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What is Commercial Refrigeration?

A commercial refrigeration unit is a device that provides cold storage for food, beverages, and other products that require refrigeration in a restaurant or other dining establishment. Commercial refrigeration encompasses both refrigerators and freezers, and refrigeration units are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your kitchen’s particular needs.

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Who will be the Food Bank of Greenwood County's first Chopped Champion?


Who will make the cut and who will be “CHOPPED”??? Who has what it takes to become the Food Bank of Greenwood County's very first “CHOPPED” Champion?

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Beyond Pumpkin: Menu Ideas for Autumn

Fall Food

Here in the South, Pumpkin has long reined as king of the fall; but this year, chefs, limited-service brands, quick-service, and fast casual concepts have introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor with creative marketing campaigns.

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Wash, Rinse, Sanitize – How to Clean Restaurant Utensils in a Compartment Sink

Compartment sinks are not only convenient in the foodservice industry but are also mandatory in many cases. Most health and sanitation standards require restaurants to have a sink with three or more compartments to manually clean utensils and smaller equipment pieces. But washing smallwares by hand is not as simple as running some soap and water over them. Washing restaurant utensils and equipment is subject to standards just like washing your hands. This three-step process is kinda like the “stop, drop and roll” of warewashing:

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Where + How Do Restaurants Use Berner Air Curtains?


What is an Air Curtain?

From the office lobby to shipping and receiving, and from our front doors to yours, better environments use Berner! Since 1956 Berner International has been dedicated to maintaining comfortable environments and saving energy with Berner commercial, architectural, and industrial air curtains and doors. Berner air curtains and doors effectively prevent heating or air conditioning from escaping through open doors; while providing substantial energy savings, personal comfort, and insect control. Air Curtains and doors employ a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. This seal separates different environments while allowing a smooth, unhindered flow of traffic and unobstructed view through the opening. Berner Air Curtains also help stop the infiltration of flying insects. For 60 years Berner has offered unmatched quality, performance, and dependability; saving energy and creating healthy, comfortable environments!

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The History Of The John Boos Butcher Block Table

With over 125 years in the market, John Boos & Co is the primary provider for gourmet products, butcher blocks, and foodservice equipment in the USA. Capable of both wood and metal manufacturing at the same location, John Boos is the only manufacturer with the opportunity to easily and quickly expand their product offerings to customers!

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Wood Beats Plastic – Cutting Boards, Chopping Blocks, & Butcher Blocks from John Boos

While plastic is cheaper and more convenient for many applications in today’s modern kitchen sometimes there’s just no substitute for quality old fashioned wood. In addition to durability it adds both style and elegance to your kitchen with it’s antique finishes and beautiful colors. This is one of the reasons you see many world famous chefs on television using wooden cutting products in their shows. When taken care of properly a wooden cutting board, chopping block or butcher block will serve you well for years to come and they become even more attractive as they age.

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Dual Sided Cooking

dual sided cooking

When thinking about adding new cooking equipment to your commercial kitchen, it’s critical to ask:

  • What’s on my menu today and how might it change in the future?
  • Will potential additions to the menu resonate with my patrons?
  • Are the menu additions appropriate for my concept?
  • How many meals will I need to deliver and how will this vary by day of the week and time of day?
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How to Host a Fish Fry

Community fish fries have long been a staple in the southeastern region of the United States. Fish fries are great for community building, fundraising, or even just family events, and their versatility and appeal has begun to spread across the nation. However, some who are unfamiliar with this largely southern tradition may have a few questions about how to “properly” host a fish fry of their own. Luckily, fish fries are traditionally very casual events, and preparing for them is usually not a terribly intensive process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when organizing your own fish fry.

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A Braising Pan Does It All, but a Lot of Restaurant Owners Don’t Know They Exist

There are many ways to tenderize meats. One way to enhance the food’s color and flavoring is to slowly cook meat in liquid to produce tender, moist meat. Stewing is one method of choice but to really use less liquid in order to retain those juices and flavors the best method would be to braise your meats. This particular method surrounds the meat around the juices and moisture created by the cooking process.

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Only Winners Deserve a Hoshizaki Refrigerator

Hoshizaki is a leading manufacturer in commercial ice makers and refrigeration units across the globe. Now Hoshizaki has introduced a new line of Hoshizaki Commercial Series Refrigeration units. These new line of refrigeration and freezer units are top of the line in commercial refrigeration.

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Meat Doesn’t Have to be Thick as Rubber. We Can Teach You How.

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend preparing a delectable slice of meat if when you cut into your steak and find it still to be tough and like biting into a withered balloon. If you have had this experience before with various types of meats then you could have tried a hand-held meat tenderizer as a nice alternative.

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Use Social Media to Market During the Holidays

Social media marketing has rapidly become an increasingly influential presence in the sales world over the past several years. With more and more companies and individuals joining social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest each year, these online networking tools have grown into an undeniably powerful name-making and brand-establishing tool when looking to build one’s business.

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Wine Pairing During Christmastime

With the holidays just around the corner, many people have already begun to make arrangements for this year’s holiday dinner. We’ve recently discussed how to choose wines for a wine tasting , but it’s time to revisit the subject from a different angle as families and catering companies gear up to make their holiday dinner beverage selections.

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Now That You’re Cookin’, Check Out the Economy Pitco Fryer

Since 1918, Pitco Frialator have been manufacturing fryers in the USA and have been offering quality, reliable equipment for professional frying. They have since then been in the forefront of the frying industry. So, what makes Pitco Frialators one of the top brands in commercial frying?

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Great Deals on Cyclone Convection Ovens! Whoa!

If you are a restaurant, a school cafeteria, or any other commercial kitchen then chances are you will be using a convection oven to cook most of your meals. Convection ovens are useful because they take far less time to cook food than a conventional oven. They are also great commodities in the fact that they save energy by cooking food evenly without having to turn your food products around inside the oven.

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Restaurant Holiday Tool Buying Guide

Whether it’s your first Thanksgiving or you’re a Turkey Day pro, these cooking and baking tools are essential to get you through the holidays. We always remember to get the food, but making sure you have the correct equipment and kitchen utensils can make or break your holiday. You’ll need all of the basics plus a few special tools to cook turkey, gravy, and your favorite side dishes.

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Cookin’ Roast Duck with Chef Rob Eaton

This week, we welcomed Chef Rob Eaton of Buzzard’s Roost Southern Tea House back to the JES showroom to show us how to prepare a slightly less traditional bird for the upcoming holiday meals. In this video, Chef Rob demonstrates how to prepare, cook, debone, and serve a delicious roast duck.

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One Cup ? Eight Ounces | How Coffee Carafe Sizing Works

What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Cup’

Go to any website that sells coffee-making products — I’m talking urns, percolators, brewers, that sort of thing — and you’ll notice that the products are listed like this:

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A Cup Dispenser Can Bring Order to the Chaos of Your Restaurant

If you are a restaurant owner, then you will probably go through quite a few cups in your place of business. Foam cups are used by most owners to avoid the burden of having to wash ceramic cups. If you server a lot of hot tea or coffee, then you are likely to use foam cups. A great way to stack these cups and keep them altogether is by putting them in a foam cup dispenser.

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The Difference Between Stove Top Turkey and Outdoor Smoked Turkey

The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is swiftly approaching and that means it’s time to start preparing that great turkey or ham that will be the focal point around the family dinner table this holiday season. There are several methods to cooking a turkey or ham this season, one way is to smoke them.

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4 Steps to Caring for a Wooden or Plastic Cutting Board

Cutting boards come in many varieties but the two basic ones are wood and plastic. Care and maintenance for each one depends on the material used. Wood cutting board requires coating the board in mineral oil which acts as a sealant to prevent bacteria from forming. Avoid submerging in water, store in a dry place, brush it clean, and avoid bleach. A plastic cutting board has to have warm soapy water to clean it and should avoid the dishwasher. There are four steps to caring for a wooden cutting board.

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Invest in a Ventless Ventilation System for Your Commercial Kitchen

Many restaurants use deep fat fryers, griddles and other large restaurant appliances for commercial use in their kitchen. If any of these appliances are used, then they will need a ventilation system with an exhaust hood to filter out the smoke and particle emissions. A standard ventilation unit is one method of ventilation control; however, if you are a restaurant owner, you may want to consider a ventless ventilation system.

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Cookin’ Oysters Rockefeller with Chef Rob Eaton

Chef Rob Eaton of Buzzard’s Roost Southern Tea House (Ninety Six, SC) recently made a trip back to the JES test kitchen to show us several different ways of preparing fresh oysters, while demonstrating the usefulness of the Vollrath Oyster King for opening the often stubborn-shelled mollusk. In addition to a few quick tips on serving raw and steamed oysters, here’s his take on the classic Oysters Rockefeller recipe.

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