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The Best Plumbing Equipment for Your Kitchen or Business

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/24/2020

Plumbing and its associated elements are one of the most important parts of the foundation needed for a working, functional kitchen.

Make a Bar in Your Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/10/2020

While meeting friends for a drink at a bar can make for a fun night out, being able to mix up your own alcoholic beverages at home for guests or for a quiet night in is also nice.

Gas vs. Electric Ranges

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/8/2020

Ranges can come in a variety of styles and sizes, but their source of power is the most hotly contested feature. 

Manufacturer Spotlight: Lodge

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/3/2020

Since 1896, Lodge Manufacturing Company has been producing quality cast iron cookware.

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.

Caring for Stainless Steel Cookware

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/6/2020

Caring for your stainless steel pieces is easy and can help them last for years. 

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. 

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.

Cooking with Physical Disabilities

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/14/2020

For those with physical disabilities, cooking can be more challenging than enjoyable, but it doesn't need to be.

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.

Benefits of a Small Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/17/2020

While you may get kitchen envy when you see a large kitchen, there are a few benefits to having a smaller kitchen space.

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? 

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.

Classic Banana Bread

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/22/2020

Banana bread is an easy way to use the bananas your family refuses to eat rather than throwing them away. 

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.

Popular Recipes to Make While you Shelter in Place

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/1/2020

Despite the endless possibilities of possible dishes, some meals seem to be more popular to make and share during this time than others.

Back to Basics: Cooking for Absolute Beginners

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/24/2020

If you don't know the first thing about being in the kitchen, now is a great time to learn. 

Brownie Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/22/2020

Who couldn't use a little chocolate right now?

Expand your Cooking Skills While Stuck at Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/10/2020

Kill two birds with one stone: make your meals and improve your culinary skills at the same time. 

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.

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. 

Manufacturer Spotlight: John Boos

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/15/2020

With over 125 years of experience in the industry, John Boos is a company synonymous with quality equipment.

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.

Oreo Peppermint Bark

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/18/2019

Oreo Peppermint Bark is both easy and fun to make--not to mention festive!

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!

Guest Post: The Benefits of Owning a Braising Pan

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/15/2019

Its versatility and convenience make it useful in nearly any commercial facility.

Thanksgiving Essentials

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/13/2019

The Thanksgiving meal is the most important part of Thanksgiving.

All About Pasta Makers

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/22/2019

Homemade pasta and store bought pasta belong to different realms.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Norpro

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/17/2019

Providing quality and innovation since 1973, Norpro is the best place to start when searching for everyday kitchen items, cool kitchen gadgets, or those random, but oh-so-useful baking supplies. 

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.

ADA Compliant Equipment

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/20/2019

Several of the manufacturers that we carry at JES have equipment with ADA compliance specifically listed in the specifications section. 

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/30/2019

There are endless ways to make or eat apples--raw, baked, in various pastries, etc. Making apple chips at home is yet another tasty way to eat them. 

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. 

Kitchen Tools to Make Life Easier

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/18/2019

We'd all like life to be a little easier now and then. 

Summer Cocktails

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/28/2019

These fun, colorful drinks combine fresh fruit and alcohol to make delicious combinations. 

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!

Cooking for One Just got Easier

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/15/2019

Food is delicious but when you’re cooking just for yourself, the idea of making food can be daunting. 

The Customizable Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/10/2019

Finding the perfect pieces to fill your home isn’t always easy. The same can be said about the little things you use on an everyday basis.

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.

The Perfect Wine Fridge for You

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/1/2019

There’s nothing quite like unwinding after a long day at work or a long week with a nice glass of wine. But, are you properly storing your wine to get optimal taste? Wine fridges may have seemed like something that only belonged in mansions, but with the variety of styles and sizes available today, they are more accessible than ever. 

How To Protect Your Ice Machine During The Summer

Posted by on 7/13/2018

During the hot summer months, everything tends to run a little slower. To help your ice machine run more efficiently, so you can keep cool,Ice-O-Matic has some helpful tips for maximum ice machine productivity.

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 Calibrate Your Kitchen’s Thermometer

Posted by on 6/15/2018

Thermometers are a necessity in any commercial kitchen. A myriad of things can go wrong without a thermometer. The only thing worse than not having a thermometer is having one that is not calibrated correctly. Thermometers lose their accuracy over time and use. Even if your thermometer is only a few degrees off, then you’re running the risk of health problems, over cooked food, and overall calamity in a commercial kitchen; all this can be easily avoided by simply recalibrating your thermometer.

Create An Outdoor Kitchen With Holland Grill

Posted by on 6/8/2018

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends in grilling, with homeowners adding backyard grilling and entertainment centers in rising numbers. Creating an outdoor seating/cooking area is one of the easiest and most economical ways to increase your living space, and it allows you to get the most use out of it by providing a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends.

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:

Kitchen Stand Mixers

Posted by on 5/25/2018

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.

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.

Cajun Fryers & Grills

Posted by on 3/30/2018

With everyone trading in their winter coats for shorts and flip-flops there’s no better way to embrace the warm weather than outdoor cooking. But what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear those two words in the same sentence? Most people would say burgers and hotdogs, or maybe steaks. But we say fried chicken, smoked ribs, and everything in between! This year it’s time to think outside the box and explore past the outdoor cooking stereotypes.

Lightweight Fryers Perfect for Small Kitchens

Posted by on 3/13/2018

If you don’t have a lot of room in your commercial kitchen but you are finding yourself in need of a good fryer, then you might look at a commercial counter top electric fryer as an option.

Outdoor Approved Ice Machines from Hoshizaki

Posted by on 2/23/2018

It’s no secret that ice machines are not built to handle every type of situation. Generally their performance is subject to the environment and resources available. But thankfully there are some ice makers better equipped to meet the unique demands of the residential customer.

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.

The Difference Between Stove Top Turkey and Outdoor Smoked Turkey

Posted by on 2/16/2018

There are several methods to cooking a turkey or ham for the family dinner table, you can smoke them or cook them on the stove top.

The Perfect Stock Pot

Posted by on 2/14/2018

Manual & Thermostatic Griddles: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted by on 2/3/2018

Often times our customers are confused about the difference between a manual and thermostatic griddles.  The difference is quite simple actually so we'll explain it in a manner that most anyone can relate to…

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.

Professional Cooking Equipment: American Range Heritage Series

Posted by MJ on 1/21/2018

American Range is a recognized leader in the commercial food service industry. With over 30 years of experience, innovative technology, and robust engineering have advanced their professional cooking equipment to withstand the challenges of the most demanding chefs and kitchens. American Range heavy-duty commercial series ovens are utilized by some of the world's most renowned restaurants, such as, WYNN Las Vegas, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and Cafe' Gray NYC. These highly flexible and valuable oven bases and rangetops are modular and can be reconfigured to accommodate any kitchen or cooking style. American Range's residential professional line of gas ranges, French-door wall ovens, slide-in rangetops and cooktops are commercial grade; with the soul and capability of a commercial range blended with luxurious style.

Deep Fry Your Ham for Christmas

Posted by MJ on 12/16/2017

If you are going to be making a main entree for your family this Christmas, then having a great Southern Deep Fried Ham will be a temptation none can pass up. The following recipe is a great recipe for true Southern Deep Fried Ham :

The Ins and Outs of Commercial Refrigeration

Posted by MJ on 11/30/2017
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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.

Choosing the Right Popcorn Popper

Posted by MJ on 10/21/2017
popcorn poppers

Everyone loves popcorn. The delicious, buttery smell makes mouths water, is a great giveaway, gift, or fun food for concessions/events and draws traffic to any size company! If you've decided to buy a popcorn machine for your business or event, the amount of options can seem overwhelming. Don't Worry! We've created this quick-reference popcorn popper guide to ensure that you choose the right size popcorn machine to fit your needs.

What To Do If Your Ice Machine Floods

Posted by Brindley Harwell on 9/13/2017

Ice Machine Flooding Info

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.

Commercial Ice Machines Save Money

Posted by Emily on 12/15/2016

The Very Big, Very American Pinnacle Grill by Holland

Posted by on 11/9/2016

What do you picture when I mention “American Cuisine”? And I don’t mean clam chowder or gumbo or some other regional dish like that. No — when I say “American Cuisine,” I’m talking about food popular across the entire country, eaten in all nine time zones. I’m not sure about you, but when I picture the food of America, I imagine paper plates topped with hot dogs, cheeseburgers, sausages, barbecue chicken, and maybe a little yellow corn thrown on the side. America is the land of milk and honey, true, but even more than that, we’re the land of sirloin skewers and baby back ribs. America is a nation of grillers.

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

Posted by on 6/5/2016

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.

The Case for Energy Efficient Foodservice Equipment

Posted by Guest Contributor on 4/15/2016
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Shopping for commercial foodservice equipment can be overwhelming. There are a variety of factors to consider such as brand, performance and warranty terms. However one factor that should be a no-brainer is whether or not the equipment is ENERGY STAR® certified.

Wine Glasses 101

Posted by on 12/28/2015

Wine glasses are a topic of moderate controversy among various beverage connoisseurs. One wine drinker may insist that the shape of your wine glass matters a great deal, while another might feel that it doesn’t make a significant difference. Some avid wine enthusiasts would argue – perhaps pedantically – that each type of wine tastes better when served in a very specific type of glass matched to the qualities of the wine in question, but most home budgets can’t afford to keep over two dozen different types of wine glasses at the ready, and that’s not to mention the cabinet space that that would require. However, there are some generally accepted rules about what sorts of glasses to use in most everyday wine situations, and having a few different styles on hand should keep you well covered to properly serve just about any type of wine.

Just Fondue it! – Throwing a Fondue Party

Posted by on 12/28/2015

Well, 2011 is almost here and that means its time to put your party hat on and get ready to ring in the New Year. Perhaps you are wanting to throw a New Year’s Eve party but are up in arms as to what you should serve your guests. While ham rolls and other hors d’oeuvres are a great idea for any New Year’s Eve party, they can also be very mundane. A great way to ring in the New Year with a little twist is to throw a fondue party.

Dexter-Russell Knives - A Cut Above The Rest

Posted by on 12/27/2015

Knives come in all shapes and sizes in the kitchen. A chef is only as good as his or her knife allows. One of the biggest issues a beginning chef may have is learning which knife is right for them to buy.

G.E.T. Decorative Bowls & Platters

Posted by on 12/20/2015

G.E.T. Enterprises is a leading manufacturer in tabletop restaurant smallwares . They have a wide selection of soup and rice bowls. These bowls are 8 oz. in depth and have several decorative patterns including several Oriental designs. They are made of melamine and are NSF listed. They also offer platters to complement the bowls and are sold in sets. These items are great for either commercial or residential tabletops.

The Hottest Thing in Ice: New Ice-O-Matic Undercounters!

Posted by on 12/16/2015

Ice-O-Matic recognizes that the face of the food service industry is changing, and they’re on the cutting edge of keeping up with these changes. It’s for this reason that they’ve introduced the HIS line , a new line of compact, under-counter ice machines.

Southbend: The Gentleman's Gas Range

Posted by on 12/14/2015

Range ovens are a necessity in any restaurant. These ovens allow you the option to cook more than one thing at a time whether it's baking rolls in the oven or cooking stir fry on the stove top griddle.

Only Winners Deserve a Hoshizaki Refrigerator

Posted by on 12/8/2015

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.

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

Posted by on 12/7/2015

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.

Get Schooled in the Art of Ice Making

Posted by on 12/5/2015

We at JES are happy to introduce Annette our newest addition to our web department. As content writer; Annette will be writing many of the new blogs coming up as well as the many product descriptions for the products being added everyday to Welcome Annette! – Jarrett

The Tasteful Way to Entertain During the Holidays

Posted by on 12/5/2015

The holidays are coming and that means it’s time to start rocking around the Christmas tree by throwing a great holiday party. If you’re having a little trouble getting started, have no fear we are here to help. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide of how to throw a stellar Christmas party in true J.E.S. fashion.

Wine Pairing During Christmastime

Posted by on 12/4/2015

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.

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

Posted by on 12/3/2015

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?

Cheers! A Mason Jar Makes A Great Gift!

Posted by on 11/30/2015

Libbey Inc . has been a leader in glass tableware and is the second largest glass tableware manufacturer in the world. They maintain almost 2,000 stock-keeping units . They have decorative glasses for all occasions like the COUNTY FAIR drinking jar . This 16-ounce glass gives a bit of rural charm with its “mason jar” shape. One that will make a perfect gift for the holiday season.

Get Delicious Nugget Ice in Your Home

Posted by on 11/30/2015

Looking for a way to breathe some new life into your old favorite drinks? The soft, chewable texture of the original nugget ice from Scotsman Ice Systems may be just the thing that you need

Black Friday Deals at JES Restaurant Equipment

Posted by on 11/27/2015

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We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week filled with family, friends, and food… lots of food! But Thanksgiving isn’t the only big day this week; Black Friday 2013 is almost here. And that means big deals at JES Restaurant Equipment. If you’ve subscribed to our newsletter then you already know we’ve been rolling our coupons and saving all month long, and if you’re not – now is a perfect time to sign up!

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