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15 Non-Food Ways to Use Food Items

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/16/2021
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You might be surprised at how food can be used in non-food ways. Check out this list and find out how else you could be using common food items around the house!

Can Spices Go Bad?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/9/2021
market stall with piles of various spices

Could your spices be bad? Find out how long spices last and the proper way to store them and never use bland spices again!

6 Types of Cookware Finishes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/12/2021
collage of cookware with variety of finishes

Did you know your cookware doesn't have to match? Different cookware finishes can meet different cooking needs in the kitchen better than a matching set. Find out which finish your cookware should have!

Tips and Tricks to Get Perfect Eggs Every Time

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/7/2021
four cracked eggs in green bowl with bowl of cracked eggshells and whisk in background

Eggs are one of the most versatile foods in the kitchen but can also be one of the hardest things to get right. Use these tips and tricks to make your eggs turn out perfectly every time!

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/3/2020
present box with gold glitter lid and white twine bow next to 2020 holiday gift guide in gold letters

This holiday season gift loved ones in your life with some new kitchen gadgets they'll love.

Thanksgiving Wild Rice

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/24/2020
white place setting with serving of wild rice with cranberries

Looking to try something new for Thanksgiving this year? Check out this Thanksgiving-inspired take on wild rice and add a new side dish to your Thanksgiving recipe rotation!

How to Season Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/19/2020
someone carving a turkey

The turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving meals. Check out this recipe to get perfectly seasoned turkey at your next Thanksgiving gathering!

5 Ways to Still Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/17/2020
artificial fall leaves with give thanks written below in marker

While the holidays this year may look very different from previous years, it's still possible to celebrate regardless of where you and your loved ones are.

10 Items You Should Never Put in the Dishwasher (And 7 You Can)

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/12/2020
dishes and pot in bottom rack of dishwasher

Here are 10 items that should never be put in the dishwasher and 7 items that can.

Prevent Burnout in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/10/2020


female chef screaming while holding hand mixer to temple

Don't get burnt out on cooking. Keep kitchen burnout at bay with these helpful tips!

How to Get Rid of a Stinky Kitchen Sink

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/29/2020
hand holding teaspoon of baking soda above a covered sink drain

You'll be surprised at how easy it is to get rid of that unpleasant smell coming from your kitchen sink. Find out how to banish bad smells from your sink for good and never have a stinky kitchen sink again!

Why Nugget Ice is the Best Ice

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/27/2020
glass full of nugget ice, lime slices, and liquid with nugget ice and limes in background

Do you love to chew on ice when your drink is gone or just hate large ice cubes? Learn why so many people swear by nugget ice and never go back to another ice shape.

17 Useful Cooking Substitutions to Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/15/2020
rows of various herbs and vegetables laid out on wooden surface

You'll be surprised how useful it can be to know what ingredients can stand in for others when cooking. Read our list and find out what to do the next time you run out of something!

How to Change the Filter in your Refrigerator

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/13/2020
clear glass of water next to three different kinds of refrigerator filters

When was the last time you changed the filter in your refrigerator? Learn how to change your refrigerator's filter and how often experts recommend doing it!

10 Spoons Everyone Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/6/2020
tarnished spoons of varying sizes and shapes on dark background

Do you know the purpose of these 10 spoons? Find out what 10 spoons everyone should know!

9 Coffee Makers Every Coffee Drinker Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/29/2020
coffee maker on countertop next to gas stovetop with two cups of coffee

If you love coffee, you should know these coffee makers. Find out how many of these coffee makers you know and add to your coffee knowledge!

The Best Plumbing Equipment for Your Kitchen or Business

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/24/2020
bathroom sink and faucet with tiled wall

Plumbing is one of the most important parts of the foundation needed for a working, functional kitchen. Find out why T&S Brass should be your go-to company for all your commercial plumbing needs!

The Only Cooking Utensils You Need in Your Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/22/2020
kitchen countertop full of variety of kitchen tools including toaster, knife block, cutting board, pots, and kettle

Everyone needs a certain amount of cooking utensils in their kitchen, but it can be difficult to know which ones are essential. Check out this guide to see what utensils you need in the kitchen and which ones you don't!

Create a Bar in Your Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/10/2020
row of different mixed drinks, cocktail shaker, and liquor bottles on bar top

Going out to a bar with friends can be fun but exhausting. Learn how to set up a bar in your home and enjoy cocktail drinks whenever you want!

Gas vs. Electric Ranges

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/8/2020
countertop with fresh vegetables, knife block, and container of kitchen utensils next to electric stovetop

Whether a range is gas or electric-powered is one of the most important features when it comes to ranges. Learn the pros and cons of each and make the best choice for your restaurant!

All About Lodge Manufacturing Company

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/3/2020
manufacturer spotlight in black text on left with Lodge cast iron logo on right on light burlap textured background

Cast iron cookware can last forever if it's made with quality material. Find out why Lodge is the go-to company for cast iron cookware and why you should never go anywhere else for your cast iron needs!

7 Other Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/25/2020
bottle of apple cider vinegar on its side with homemade label

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

How to Fix These 14 Common Cooking Mistakes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/20/2020
man holding hands to face in distress while looking into open oven where smoke is billowing out

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
collage of pots and pans

Want your stainless steel cookware to last for years? Follow these easy steps to make sure you're taking proper care of your stainless steel pieces so they can last for years!

The Top Tools Every Grill Master Should Own

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/28/2020
grill turner, tongs, and fork resting on round charcoal grill

If you love to grill, you know how important having the right tools can be. Find out what tools every grill master should have and what tools you might be missing!

A Beginner's Guide to Kitchen Knives

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/22/2020
row of different types of kitchen knives with shortest knife in background and largest knife in foreground

You'll be surprised at how many different knives you can find in a kitchen. Check out this guide to see what ones you absolutely should know (and have)!

Making Cooking Easier

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/14/2020
man in wheelchair opening upper cabinet door in kitchen

For those with physical disabilities, cooking can be more challenging than enjoyable, but it doesn't need to be. Find out how making a few adjustments can make cooking easier and more enjoyable.

Caring for Wooden Kitchen Tools

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/8/2020
close up of rows of wooden cutting boards of different grains and stains

Did you know your wooden kitchen tools could outlast your plastic ones? Find out how to properly care for your wooden cutting boards and utensils and watch them last for years to come!

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

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

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.


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