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Permission to Smoke!

By: Lee Davis Blame it on my “inner caveman” if you like, but I love smoked meats: ribs, brisket, chicken, salmon and even smoked oysters. Everything just tastes better smoked. The process of smoking meat has traditionally required special equipment, fuel and ventilation. So until recently, if you wanted smoked food, you needed to find a restaurant that specialized in just that. I always looked for a place…

Master-Bilt Master Controller 2.0 Upgrade

By: Matt Kurnick Ever wish you could remotely monitor and program your Master-Bilt walk-in refrigeration unit? Now there’s an app for that. To start 2012, Master-Bilt announced the release of an upgrade to its Master Controller Reverse Cycle Defrost (MCRCD). The new “2.0” version is expected to be an upgrade to the already award-winning design. The Web2Walk-in is an internet-based program that provides complete access to the MCRCD…

Easier Cleaning & Extended Life – Teflon Liners for ACP’s AXP22 Oven

By: Lee Davis Do you or someone you know use an AXP22 Combination Cooking Oven from Amana Commercial Products? On January 1, 2012 Amana Commercial Products (ACP) released a must-have accessory that will make their life easier and extend the life of their oven. ACP has introduced TL10 Teflon Liners for the AXP22. The AXP22 uses microwaves, forced convection and infra-red radiant heat for fast cooking of a…

Fisher EZ Install Adapters – Gets You Up and Running In Minutes!

By: Carla Landi Fisher Manufacturing has taken away the stress and aggravation of changing out your old off-brand faucet or pre-rinse unit with their convenient EZ Install Adapters. The EZ Install Adapters allow you to install your new Fisher product on your own without removing the existing sink or hardware from the wall.  It’s extremely simple. Applying the EZ Install Adapters is an easy-to-follow 4-step process that takes…

Soup’s On – Warmers vs. Rethermalizers

By: Lee Davis Everywhere you go these days, you see those cute little pot-bellied stand-alone self-serve kettles full of soup, stews or chili. They’re usually black, but some are copper or plain stainless. They range in size from about 6 quarts to 12 quarts capacity. You see them at convenience stores, grocery stores, salad bars, cafeterias and buffets. They all do the same thing: keep soup hot. Right?…Wrong!…

Hamilton Beach Mix ‘n Chill HMD900 Series

By: Carla Landi Hamilton Beach recently updated its classic drink mixer, setting the standard for candy mix-ins, soft serve, hard ice cream and more in their most user-friendly model yet, the HMD900 Series Mix N’ Chill. The HMD900 Series features the new Smart-Start™ one-hand motor activation which allows operators to easily prepare beverages and desserts. Not only is it easier to use, but it promises perfect results every…

Nug Nog: A Chilly, Chewable, Holiday Favorite

By: Lee Davis I love the Nug! … Scotsman Nugget Ice that is. Nugget Ice is the original chewable ice from Scotsman Ice Systems. It’s a delightful alternative to hard, plate-frozen ice cubes, especially if you like to chew ice! Nugget Ice machines produce this chilly treat by freezing water inside of a refrigerated cylinder. Once frozen, a turning auger pushes the ice through holes in the cylinder….

No More “Pop Goes the Handle”

By: Lee Davis Rubbermaid Commercial Products has upgraded its mechanical sweepers. The annoying tendency of the handles to come loose and “pop” free of the sweeper base has been solved. It’s now a threaded connection! Additionally, the redesigned units will come with a reinforced base and new grey bumpers. SKUs will remain the same and products will ship according to availability. Click here for this updated product’s full…

Hatco Heated Zone Merchandisers – Hot New Energy Saving Solution

By: Lee Davis The local truck stop in my hometown is by far the hottest lunch venue for miles around. The main attraction is a variety of boxed grab-and-go hot sandwiches of the burger, fried chicken patty, meatloaf and bar-b-que variety: hearty if not heart healthy. The sandwiches are merchandised in a traditional self-serve, slanted shelf warmer with two tiers. As you grab a sandwich from the front,…

Rubbermaid Eliminates BPA in All SKUs

By: Lee Davis What is BPA? Bisphenol A is a building block of polycarbonate plastic, which is commonly used in the production of food and beverage containers and packaging. BPA is also used to make epoxy resins that coat the inside of food cans and bottle tops. What’s the big deal? There’s a lot of controversy over just how dangerous BPA may or may not be to consumers,…