Burkett 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Pro Chefs

Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, every pro chef in your life wants something just a cut above your everyday kitchen appliances and utensils for the holidays.

Not everyone wants to open a restaurant or can run a commercial kitchen but we all know someone always trying to channel their inner pro chef. At Burkett, we cater to the prosumer as well as we do the restaurateur. Find the perfect gift for your home chef with our 2017 holiday gift guide.

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3This list is just a few of our favorite items but by no means is it complete. Share some of your favorites in the comments and check out our full lineup of commercial grade restaurant equipment at www.Burkett.com.

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender

Vitamix manufactures world-class blenders and the Vita-Prep 3 is no exception. With a 3-horsepower variable speed motor, this unit will make prep time fly with its excellent grinding, chopping and pureeing capabilities.

Waring Panini Supremo

This workhorse features a whole 11″ grooved cooking surface, allowing ample room for multiple items. It also has a brushed stainless steel body construction and removable drip tray. The hinged, auto-balancing top plate can suit foods and sandwiches up to 3″ thick.

Cambro Clear Food Storage Container

This Food Storage Container is perfect to prep for dishes or save leftovers. It is clear and is stain & odor resistant, and polycarbonate constructed. This model holds up to 4 quarts but we have lots of different capacity containers available.

Victorinox KnivesVictorinox 11 Piece Knife Set

Help them step up their cutlery game with this 11 piece set that includes paring, boning, chefs, bread, and slicer knives as well as the sharpener and the elegant wooden block for a beautiful display on any kitchen counter.

So, go ahead, spoil the pro chef in your life and watch it become the gift that keeps on giving every time they create a wonderful dish and invite you to the table for the delicious concoctions.

Immersion Blender vs Bar Blender vs Food Blender

Every product in your kitchen has a different use, regardless of how similar their actions are. You have a knife that cuts pieces of Filet Mignon, while a different knife is used for slicing and dicing vegetables. Blenders are no different. Some a free standing and blend smoothies, others are perfect for mincing vegetables, while some blenders allow you to mix food and drinks in any pot or mixing bowl.

Immersion Blender One of the easiest and most versatile blenders on the market, an Immersion Blender is a necessity in any commercial kitchen. While other blenders require that you use a specific mixing vessel, you can use any type of bowl, pot, or container with an Immersion Blender. However, one drawback to the Immersion Blender is you have to hold it as you are blending.

Bar BlenderSimply pour your ingredients into the blender carafe and press a button to thoroughly mix, blend or puree your mixture. A Bar Blender is perfect for mixing liquids such as milkshakes and smoothies. Added benefits include, they are a hands-free appliance, offer a high and low power setting, and many also have a pulse feature for crushing ice. A Bar Blender however, will not properly chop food.

Food Blenders Food mixers usually have more features, options and speeds so you can process foods of all sorts of consistencies and varying degrees of frozenness. Food blenders can be used to prepare salsas, combine ingredients for various foods like cakes and specialty sauces.  A drawback is you have to use the blenders carafe, which means having to pour a soup mixture for example into the blender carafe and then returning it to the pot- adding an extra step in your cooking process.

Immersion Blenders and Food and Bar Blenders offer great benefits but each has a drawback that is available in the alternative. In the end, you need to consider the use of your Blender, before making a purchase. If you will be making a lot of mixed drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes, a Bar Blender will better suite your needs. On the other hand, if you plan to use a blender for soups, salsas, marinara sauces an Immersion Blender or Food Blender is the better option.

Buying Guide: How to Select an Immersion Blender

Shaft Size… The type of Immersion Blender you will need depends on how you will be using it. Since shaft sizes range from 7″ to 21″, and capacities range from 3 to 50 gallons you’ll definitely the right product to fit your needs. So how do you determine what you need? This depends on the size and quantity of what your mixing and the container or pot that you will be using for mixing.

Waring 21″ Big Stik Immersion Blender Shaft

Let’s say you plan on making Cheddar Broccoli Soup with an Immersion Blender and you will make 5 Gallons of soup each time you prepare it. Using a 24 Qt Aluminum Stock Pot that is approximately 12″ tall, you would need a Waring 12″ Immersion Blender for precise blending. However, we recommend that you select an Immersion Blender with a shaft 4-6″ longer than your pot because as your business grows you will be making more soup in larger batches. This will require a longer shaft Immersion Blender. Keeping this advice in mind, we recommend that you use a Robot Coupe 16″ Immersion Blender. With that said, as the size of the shaft increases so does the price of the Immersion Blender so take this into consideration as well.

Power…. You also want to consider the amount of power that the Immersion Blender will need to properly blend the mixture. If you will be using the chopping attachment, it wil be necessary to have a higher power Immersion Blender to ensure a thorough chopping. Immersion Blenders with a 600 or more wattage, are ideal for heavy use in restaurants, while a 200 watt product will suffice for blending small batches of smoothies and sauces.

Material…..Plastic Immersion Blenders will stain especially when used to mix tomato-based

Robot Coupe 8″ 220 Watt Immersion Blender, White

mixtures. A stainless steel material, while more expensive, will easily clean and some are dishwasher safe.

Warranty…. Does the Immersion Blender offer a good consumer-friendly warranty? Hassle-Free Warranties are highly desired by consumers because the warranty claim process is ideal when you use the product regularly and cannot wait to have it serviced. Keep in mind that no warranty will cover misuse and abuse so make sure to read and follow the Instruction Manual provided with the product. Read Yesterday’s Blog for more information.


Warranty Information for Robot Coupe and Waring Immersion Blenders

Would you buy a car without a warranty? Of course not and you shouldn’t purchase equipment without a warranty. But it is not enough that it has a warranty, you need to understand the warranty and what it includes and does not include.

Robot Coupe: All new Robot Coupe Immersion Blenderscome with a 1 Year “No Hassle” Replacement Warranty. Robot Coupe will replace the machine. If your machine malfunctions, call Robot Coupe (1-800-824-1646 ext 320) and they’ll send you a warranty form to fill out.  Once they

Robot Coupe MP 350 TURBO 14" Immersion Blender | 660 Watt

receive the form, they will send you a new Immersion Blender and return labeling to return your defunct machine. In the event that the second one malfunctions, you will need to send the item in for repair.  When you contact Robot Coupe, make sure you have the serial number or  send in proof of purchase (receipt).  Recently, Jeff Hussar, Burkett Sales Consultant had a customer who’s Robot Coupe MP550 Immersion Blender stopped properly blending ingredients after only 7 months of moderate usage. The customer contacted the manufacturer and a new one was quickly shipped to her. It was that simple.

Waring: All new Waring Immersion Blenders come with a 1 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty for defects in material and workmanship. Under this warranty, Waring will replace any part deemed defective after you send the Immersion Blender back to Waring Service or to a Factory Approved Service Center. Any damage caused by abuse, misuse, overloading, and tampering will void the warranty so please refer to the Instruction Manual for assistance and if you have a problem with the Blenders performace please contact Waring immediately. The warranty is also voided if the appliance is used on a Direct Current (D.C.)

If you need assistance with an Immersion Blender Warranty issue please contact a Burkett Customer Service Representative at 1-800-828-8564.

Don’t forget you have this entire month to leave a product review on Immersion Blenders for your chance to win a Waring WSB33 Immersion Blender and everyone will also receive 200 Burkett Bucks Reward Points good on future purchases. Just follow this link —> http://www.basequipment.com/Commercial-Immersion-Mixers-s/1774.htm?utm_source=Graphic&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=ProductPalooza

How to Properly Use an Immersion Blender

An Immersion Blender is definitely not hard to use. With that said, we’ve dealt with our fair share of Immersion Blender malfunctions that could have been easily avoided.  Immersion blenders are priceless pieces in a kitchen and it is worth while investing in a good unit that with proper usage, will last.

  • The most common problem we see is people who use a “butter churning” method (up and down) when using an immersion blender which actually ruins the motor and significantly reduces the RPM.
  • The immersion blenders need to be put in the pot or mixing bowl at a 45 degree angle not straight down. The reason for this is that the blades act by pushing air into the product and rotating it through the blades which emulsifies the product.
  • The “Butter Churning Method” will make even the most prestigious Immersion Blender fail within the first 20 seconds of use because it is unable to acquire enough air to push through the blades causing damage to the motor. You will only get up to a 6 month use of the Immersion Blender using the “Butter Churning Method,” where as you will get a couple years of use out of it when using it properly.
  • One last but important tip is to allow the mixture you are blending to cool slightly depending on the material of the shaft.

Immersion Blender Face-Off: Waring vs. Robot Coupe

When shopping for a commercial Immersion Blender, Waring and Robot Coupe offer a superb product at a great value. To make it easier for you to decide, we’ve broken down what each vendor has to offer.

Let’s take a look at Waring first. Waring Commercial Products sell a variety of commercial equipment and supplies from Convection Ovens to Deep Fryers, Juicers, Toasters, and of course Immersion Blenders just to name a few. I bet

Waring 21″ 750 Watt Immersion Blender

you didn’t know that they were also the first company to develop a miniature blender for consumer use in the 1930s! By 1954, Waring had sold over 1,000,000 blenders! Yes with their long history in the commercial equipment industry you can rest assured that you are purchasing a well constructed product.

According to Waring’s Website:

From the versatile Quik Stik® to the heavy-duty 1 HP Big Stix®, these handheld blenders easily power through any task that requires ingredients to be blended, mixed, whisked, puréed or whipped. Shaft sizes range from 7″ to 21″, and capacities range from 3 to 50 gallons. With all-purpose stainless steel blades that reach deep, and comfortable grips, users can count on ultimate control and consistently smooth results.

Waring Big Stix Immersion Blender Bowl Clamp

Waring Immersion Blenders are relatively affordable when compared to other vendors. For example, a basic 7″  100 Watt Immersion Blender is only $49.99. A higher capacity 21″ 750 Watt Immersion Blender is $481.50.  All Waring Blenders also come with a 1 Year Limited Warranty.
Waring also offers a several accessories and attachments that make the Immersion Blender even more versatile in a restaurants kitchen.
Another excellent choice when purchasing an Immersion Blender is Robot Coupe. Robot Coupe has been the foodservice industry leader in the development and refinement of commercial food processors and vegetable preparation units for over 30 years. Recently Robot Coupe was named “Best in Class” in the food processor category by an independent panel of industry equipment dealers, broadliners, and consultants.
According to their Website, Robot Coupe Immersion Blenders offer
[a] variable speed function will enable you to adjust the speed to suit each preparation and to start the processing at a lower speed in order to reduce splashing.

Robot Coupe MP 350 TURBO 14″ Immersion Blender | 660 Watt

Exclusive to Robot Coupe, their Immersion Blenders have all stainless steel removable blade, bell, and shaft which makes for easy cleaning, as well as an automatic speed regulating system. A 1 Year Replacement Parts Warranty comes standard.

Keep in mind of course, high quality manufacturing requires a higher price tag. The Robot Coupe MP550 21″ 840 Watt Immersion Blender costs $929.90. The lightweight 8″ 220 Watt Immersion Blender retails for $279.65. Like Waring, a variety of accessories are also available.

If you have any questions about wither vendor we encourage you to contact one of our knowledgeable  Sales Consultants at 1-800-828-8564

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