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The 4 Types of Commercial Dishwashers

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/17/2020

Dishwashers are a very important part of the overall flow of a commercial kitchen.

The 6 Basic Forks You Need to Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/27/2020

While there are many different types of forks used in the world of cooking, there are only six basic types of forks everyone should know.

7 Non-Cooking Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/25/2020

Apple cider vinegar can be just as versatile as its cousin, white vinegar, in the kitchen.

Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/20/2020

The next time you find yourself making one of these cooking mistakes, try one of these solutions to fix it.

How to Sous Vide the Perfect Steak

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/18/2020

Learn how to make the perfect steak every time.

Bar Glassware 101

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/11/2020

It's important for any bar or restaurant to stock a variety of glassware in order to serve a diverse crowd.

Finding the Right Ice Maker for your Business

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/4/2020

Just as there are several different types of ice available, ice makers can have just as many options when it comes to features. 

Equipment Every Food Truck Needs

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/30/2020

When starting or outfitting a food truck, there are a lot of things to think about and a lot of decisions to make.

Top Tools Every Grill Master Should Have

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/28/2020

In order to master the art of the grill or smoker, you need to have the proper tools. 

Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture for your Restaurant

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/24/2020

Many customers enjoy dining outside during warm weather making it important that restaurants have outdoor furniture that meets both their and their customers' needs.

Beginner's Guide to Kitchen Knives

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/22/2020

Unless you run a commercial kitchen or are an aspiring chef, you really only need these knives in your kitchen arsenal.

Caring for Wooden Kitchen Tools

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/8/2020

With the proper care, wooden utensils and cutting boards can long outlast their plastic or metal counterparts.

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Playlist for your Restaurant

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/26/2020

While it may seem like a minor detail, what music you play in your restaurant is vastly important.

8 Ways Restaurants can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/24/2020

It's never too late to begin implementing tactics aimed at maximizing a restaurant's inventory and making it eco-friendlier.

How to Care for Copper Cookware

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/19/2020

If properly maintained, copper cookware can last for years.

10 Ways to Clean your Kitchen with Lemons

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/12/2020

Did you know lemons could be used to clean your kitchen?

When was the Last Time you Deep Cleaned your Kitchen?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/10/2020

We use the kitchen several times a day and wash dirty dishes or clean up spills, but when did you last deep clean your kitchen? 

DIY Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2020

Running out of disinfectant wipes? Make your own!

How to Wash your Face Mask

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/3/2020

You have a face mask, but how do you care for it?

How to Season your Cast Iron Cookware Like a Pro

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/29/2020

To ensure your cast iron lasts for decades, make sure your cookware is seasoned properly.

How to Avoid Food Waste

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/27/2020

Maximize the food in your kitchen and get as much mileage out of them as possible.

Basic Baker's Tools

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/20/2020

You don't need to be an expert baker to make chocolate chip cookies or banana bread, but it does help if you have a few of the right tools.

Health Tips Restaurant Goers Should Keep in Mind

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/15/2020

As restaurants begin to reopen, there are several things restaurant goers can do to help ensure their health and the health of other diners and restaurant employees. 

Keep your Employees and Customers Healthy: Tips for Restaurant Owners

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/13/2020

There are several things restaurant owners can do or implement to protect their employees and customers as restaurants begin to reopen. 

How to Help Local Businesses Right Now

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/6/2020

Local businesses and smaller organizations could use your help right now.

Guest Post: Planning and Setting up your First Restaurant--Your Comprehensive Checklist

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/29/2020

To help you become the most successful business owner we've developed a comprehensive checklist of item your restaurant needs to succeed.

What's in Season This Spring

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/17/2020

Spring is the season of new beginnings.

Get the Most Out of your Food

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/15/2020

Improperly storing your food could shorten its shelf life and raise the risk of bacteria or mold.

Create an Easter Feast at Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/8/2020

Easter this year will most likely be very different but that doesn't mean you have to skimp on celebrating with a nice meal. 

Cooking Made Easy

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/3/2020

There are several kitchen appliances that can help expedite the cooking process and keep it from feeling like a chore.

5 Cooking Tips for Those who Don't Cook

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/31/2020

Now is the perfect time to start mastering the basics. 

Same Ingredients, Multiple Meal Options

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/27/2020

If you've stocked up on a lot of staple ingredients but are now wondering what you can make so you're not eating the same meal over and over, we've come up with a few suggestions.

Equipment Every Healthcare Facility Should Have

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/25/2020

While having enough masks, gloves, and gowns is paramount for hospitals and other healthcare facilities at this time, having enough other, properly functioning equipment is equally as important. 

Restaurant Sanitation from a Restaurant Owner's Perspective

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/18/2020

There are several things you can do to promote sanitation in your establishment and fight against bacteria, viruses, and illness.

Restaurant Sanitation from a Restaurant Diner's Perspective

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/18/2020

There are several things restaurant diners can do to prevent catching bacteria, viruses, and illness when dining out. 

Energy Efficient Equipment

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/4/2020

As consumers are becoming more eco-conscious, so too are restaurant equipment manufacturers. 

Rice Cooker vs Insta Pot

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/28/2020

What is the difference between a rice cooker and an Insta Pot?

How to Choose Food and Drink Pairings

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/21/2020

Did you know there's a method to choosing food and drink pairings that compliment each other?

How to Clean your Oven

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/19/2020

The oven is one of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment. But how often do you clean it?

Galentine's Day Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/12/2020

Galentine's Day is a day to celebrate friendship with your closest gal pals.

Express your Love in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/7/2020

Instead of buying a cute teddy bear or a heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine's Day, consider doing something for your partner that they will really appreciate. 

Tea 101: Tea Around the World

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/22/2020

Drinking tea is part of almost every country's culture in the world.

10 Easy Ways to Step Up your Cooking Game in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/10/2020

Everybody can improve their skills in the kitchen--and it doesn't have to be hard or require purchasing expensive equipment.

What's in Season This Winter

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/8/2020

Knowing what is season can help lower grocery bills and can inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. 

12 Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/6/2019

If you have any cooks in your life, a new kitchen gadget makes for the perfect gift!

Thanksgiving Essentials

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/13/2019

The Thanksgiving meal is the most important part of Thanksgiving.

Five Ways to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/6/2019

Like with most meats, there are several ways to cook a turkey.

Tea 101: Loose Leaf vs Tea Bags

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/31/2019

How to prepare tea can spark debates between die-hard tea drinkers over which method is best—tea bags or loose-leaf tea. 

Tea 101: Tea Flavors

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/11/2019

Within each category of tea are endless flavor combinations.

Guide to Apples

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/9/2019

While an apple may just be an apple to some, they can actually have different suggested uses based on their variety. 

Canning 101: A Beginner's Guide to Canning

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/4/2019

While there are two methods of canning--pressurized and water bath--water bath canning is more popular.

Guide to Commercial Sinks

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/2/2019

Choosing the right sink for your commercial kitchen is just as important as simply having one since different sinks serve different purposes. 

Tea 101: Types of Tea

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/18/2019

In general, there are 6 basic types of tea from which the thousands of varieties we see in the store are made. 

What's in Season This Fall

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/13/2019

Buying produce when it's in season can help cut down on cost. 

10 Mushrooms You Should be Cooking With

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/3/2019


Mushrooms are extremely versatile as they can be added to virtually any meal for extra flavor, texture, and variety. 

Coffee 101: Coffee Around the World

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/27/2019

While Starbucks and your local coffee shops have a seemingly endless list of ways you can order your coffee, even that isn't every combination. 

10 Kitchen Gadgets for Those Who Love to Cook

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/20/2019

For the person who already loves to cook or for the curious chef just delving deeper into the world of food, here are ten items any lover of cooking will want to have in their arsenal. 

Types of Cooking Oils

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/16/2019

The world of cooking oil is experiencing a major boom. Although the new selection may seem excessive, not all oils are created equal.

Coffee 101: Coffee Grounds

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/9/2019

Coffee beans can be purchased at grocery stores or local coffee shops either ground or whole.

How to Pick a Good Watermelon

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/6/2019

The end of summer into the beginning of fall is peak watermelon time. 

Pale Ale vs. Lager: Beer Breakdown

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/2/2019

Despite pages and pages of beer options, beer actually only has two main "types"--ales and lagers. 

Guest Post: The Perfect French Fry

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/26/2019

The perfect French fry starts with the ideal frying system.

Coffee 101: Types of Roasts

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/19/2019

Coffee tastes great and may be considered an elixir for some, but there is quite the process that coffee beans go through before it reaches the mugs of the consumer. 

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/7/2019

Who doesn’t love a scoop of ice cream in the summer? Or, anytime really.

What is a Dutch Oven?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2019

They’ve been around for decades, but Dutch ovens seem to be rising in popularity once again (thanks Chrissy Teigen), but what is it and why do people swear by them? 

The Three Types of Table Settings Everyone Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/31/2019

All meals generally require the same basic utensils—plate, fork, knife, spoon, napkin, glass, etc. But the presentation of these items can not only provide a nice visual aesthetic but can also convey the formality of an event.



What Temperature Should my Wine be?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/24/2019

There's nothing quite like a nice glass of wine after a long day. But, are you storing and drinking your wine at the right temperature for optimal taste? Check out this infographic and find out! And if you like, please share it and tag JES!

What You Need for a Big Breakfast Spread

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/3/2019

Who doesn’t love a big breakfast spread with all the fixings? Especially on a beautiful weekend morning when the start of the day doesn’t have to be as hectic as the rest of the week. Depending on what you like to eat, the options are endless: poached eggs and toast, eggs with bacon or sausage, omelets, pancakes, waffles, crepes…the list could go on and on.

All About Smoothie Bars

Posted by on 7/14/2018


Smoothie bars are all the rage and have been for a few decades. They are a convenient way to get a cool drink and a serving of fruit and veggies. Popular places to have one is near a health club or in malls or on the beach. There are several different types of equipment you’ll need to start up your smoothie bar. This is a guide along with some recommendations to help you get started.


How to Know Which Timer is Right for Your Kitchen

Posted by on 6/29/2018


It’s no secret that every good chef needs a great kitchen timer to ensure a delectable meal. Whether you are a residential or commercial chef, purchasing the right kitchen timer is a priority for avoiding over or undercooked meat. The kitchen is a very serious place to be when using electricity, heat, etc. Therefore, timers are a great asset to have to keep from setting your kitchen ablaze from absent-minded cooking habits.


How to Properly Clean Aluminum Cookware

Posted by on 6/1/2018


With its high heat conductivity, relatively low price, and ease of manufacturing, aluminum is quickly becoming an industry standard in cookware equipment. Many modern pots and pans feature aluminum-clad bottoms to help with fast and even heat conduction without sacrificing durability, while others are made of solid cast aluminum. But with aluminum becoming a more prevalent cookware material—one that may make its way into our home or restaurant very soon, if it hasn’t already—it is important to know how to care for your aluminum pots and pans. Caring for aluminum is a bit different from caring for highly finished and polished materials like stainless steel, but with a bit of care and attention, your aluminum cookware will offer years of reliable use. Here are some tips for keeping your cooking implements in great condition:


All About Bar Beverageware

Posted by on 5/17/2018
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Stocking the cabinets in your commercial bar or home kitchen with the right kind of glassware can sometimes be a daunting – or at least financially intimidating – task. The sheer variety of different types of beverageware will mean that most establishments won't have the budget or space to keep every single kind of glass on hand.


A Dinnerware Buying Guide

Posted by on 5/10/2018


Customers will pass judgment about your restaurant the second they sit down. That is why picking the right dinner plate is so important to the restaurateur. Dinner plates are an important part of your restaurant experience and thus should be well thought out before purchasing. It should complement the color and design of your establishment. When choosing dinner plates, you should consider several things including materials, colors, shapes and sizes.


7 Kitchen Basics For Your Future Graduate

Posted by Magan Jennings on 5/4/2018

You probably know at least one graduate who will fend for themselves in the kitchen for the first time this summer. No more late night pizza runs or campus cafeteria food, it's time to cook for real. Some basic kitchen gear and tools, make an excellent and pratical graduation gift. At JES Restaurant Equipment, we know you want the most bang for your buck, and given that kitchen space can be limited -- we've tracked down 7 of our most durable, affordable, and well-designed kitchen tools and essentials available on the market.


Classic Chocolate Fountains

Posted by MJ on 4/27/2018
Sephra fountains

Whether you're looking to throw an amazing baby shower, wedding shower, or just to celebrate National Chocolate Day, make it fabulous with a delicious and beautiful chocolate fondue fountain!


Tips for Cleaning and Re-seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

Posted by on 4/27/2018


Lodge Manufacturing has made cast iron cooking equipment for more than 110 years. It was not until 2002 Lodge developed a vegetable oil spray system with high temperature gas ovens to season their cookware before it left their warehouse.


Where + How Do Restaurants Use Berner Air Curtains?

Posted by MJ on 4/20/2018
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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!


Stainless Steel vs. Non-Stick Cookware

Posted by on 3/26/2018


The type of cookware that you choose for your home or commercial kitchen will have a large influence over your general cooking process. There are a wide variety of different types of pots and pans available to the modern chef, but none are as well-known (and argued about) as stainless steel pans and non-stick pans. The stainless steel vs. non-stick question is asked frequently by shoppers hoping to upgrade or restock their kitchen, and although people often swear by one or the other for a variety of different reasons, it is important to know about the differences between the two before making your decision. Keep the following things in mind when shopping for your next selection of pots and pans.


Equipment Certification Guide

Posted by on 3/2/2018


It’s important to know what those certifications tell you about your purchases, so we’ve listed our most common ones. The next time you’re shopping on our site, you’ll have a better understanding of the quality of products you’re considering.


How To Can Preserves In Your Own Home

Posted by on 2/23/2018


Though it’s somewhat of a rigorous process, home canning has been passed down from generations back. It has given families the opportunity to preserve their own foods for years right from the comfort of their own kitchen. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and poultry can be preserved and savored year-round with this unique way of preserving foods. The great part of canning your foods is the reassurance that you will have of opening your can goods months later and guaranteeing the freshness and quality you come to expect from this process.


Guide to Kitchen Knives

Posted by on 2/16/2018
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Kitchen Knives come in many different varieties and it can be overwhelming trying to find what kind of knife you need.

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Kitchen Knives come in many different varieties and it can be overwhelming trying to find what kind of knife you need.


How To Brew Your Own Beer

Posted by on 1/30/2018


A phenomenon has emerged in the brewery world that has caused a chaotic stir among those wanting to make their own beer. Home brewing has not only grown into a popular activity in residential kitchens but it has also gained a reputation in commercial kitchens as well. Making your own brew is a very inexpensive product that will easily rival anything else you could buy in the store.


How to Choose Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Accessories

Posted by MJ on 1/11/2018
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Owning a KitchenAid stand mixer is considered by many to be one of the defining requirements of an “official” home kitchen. The quality, usefulness, and durability of KitchenAid’s stand mixers are among the best in the industry, and although the price of admission to the KitchenAid owner’s club can be a bit intimidating, it is universally regarded as being well worth the investment.


Guide to Walk-In Coolers & Freezers

Posted by MJ on 11/30/2017


Walk-in refrigeration units are convenient and often necessary for commercial kitchens. And though the process of getting one can be overwhelming it is important to have all of your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed when ordering a walk-in unit because even the tiniest detail can affect the outcome. The key is to work with your seller and be sure that they have all of the information they need to give you what you need.


Trendy Table Tops for Tasteful Restaurants

Posted by SYG on 11/27/2017
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Atmosphere is very important in a restaurant. It sets the mood for how people receive your food. Having a trendy themed restaurant can be a bit temperamental, with the fleeting nature of trends. However, here is a list of trends that we think aren’t going to go out of style any time soon.


What Do I Need For My Kitchen? Cheesemelter vs. Salamander

Posted by Brindley Harwell on 9/18/2017

Ultimate Showdown

Choosing The Right Ice Type

Posted by Eric on 8/28/2017

Which ice type is right for your business? We will walk you through the differences and their function.



Preferred Beer & Popcorn Pairings

Posted by MJ on 6/8/2017
Gold Medal Preferred Beer & Popcorn Pairings

Let these recommendations spark ideas of how you can use gourmet popcorn to complement your beer selection!


Loons, Spoodles, and Spoons. What?

Posted by on 2/10/2017


What is a loon ? When most of us hear the word, we immediately picture an aquatic diving bird or perhaps your crazy aunt that hoards everything in her house until she becomes the talk of the neighborhood. In this context, we are referring to a kitchen utensil that can also be called a spoodle.


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