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Cadco and How to Choose a Hotplate

By Lee Davis, CFSP   Electric hotplates can be the ideal solution for many problems. Do you need:   An additional burner behind the line? A cooking surface in the prep area, bakery, or service station? A flame free burner for a front-of-house omelet, sauté, or dessert station?...

Commercial vs. Residential Blenders

By Carla Landi   It is tempting to price shop equipment solutions for your operation. The debate has been raised in commercial vs. residential microwaves, toasters, and now blenders. So, why is it necessary to purchase a commercial grade blender when the residential blender sold at the local...

Making the Blast Chiller/Freezer Investment

By Carla Landi   The benefits of having a blast chiller for food safety, food quality, labor savings, and decreased food waste makes the investment a no-brainer. But, what do you really need to know to make a smart investment and reap the benefits that come with this...

Ice Machine Maintenance is a breeze with Manitowoc Ice

By Carla Landi   Depending on the environment, your ice machine should be cleaned every 6 months. If you’re baking bread and/or working with a lot of yeast you may want to clean it more frequently than 6 months.   Regular cleaning of your ice machine ensures food...

Bar Blenders vs. Food Blenders

By Lee Davis, C.F.S.P.   I was recently asked how a commercial bar blender differs from a food blender. It’s a good question. The easy answer is: “a bar blender is designed to make frozen drinks and a food blender is designed for processing food.” While there is...

Tips For Replacing a Walk-in

By Lee Davis, CFSP Let’s face it. Replacing a walk-in is a little more expensive and complicated that replacing a toaster. So when your food isn’t staying frozen anymore, and the ice buildup jams your walk-in door open, then it’s time to make some serious decisions. I asked...

Distinguish a Salamander from a Cheesemelter

By Lee Davis, CFSP The word “salamander” comes from Latin, Greek and Old French. It refers to a “legendary lizard-like creature that could live in fire.” It seems that over time, the zoologists adopted the lizard reference in that etymology to describe those slithery little amphibians that live...

Panasonic Commercial Microwaves: Did you know?

I met with Chef Ken Megarr of Panasonic the other day. I wanted to learn about what’s new with Panasonic Commercial Microwave Ovens and maybe grab a recipe for the NFL opening game. As always, Chef Ken was eager to oblige, but seized the opportunity to turn our...

NSF: What it is and Why it Matters

By Lee Davis If you regularly buy or sell commercial foodservice equipment and supplies, then you’re probably familiar with the NSF certification stamp that appears on any number of products from ladles to refrigerators. You may even know that NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) is an...

Choosing a Commercial Slicer

By Lee Davis My auto mechanic talks about engines, transmissions and suspensions all the while he tinkers on my truck. I’ve learned a great deal from him over the years, and he’s always quick to give me advice. In contrast, the guy at my favorite Deli never says...