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6 Basic Forks You Need to Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/27/2020
curved line of silver forks against dark grey background

There are a lot of tools in the kitchen, but not all of them are necessary for everyday cooking. Check out this guide for 6 forks that everyone should know!

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.

Equipment Every Food Truck Needs

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/30/2020
couple walking up to a white and pink food truck

There are a lot of things needed when outfitting a food truck. Check out this guide to help you get started!

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.

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.

New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/3/2020

Resolutions don't have to be huge or far-fetched. 

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.

Gas vs Electric Restaurant Equipment

Posted by on 3/6/2019
Gas versus Electric Restaurant Equipment

Restaurant Equipment: Gas vs. Electric - What's Best For Your Operation? 

Gas vs. Electric | Which is Best for Your Restaurant? 
Your kitchen equipment directly impacts how your food is prepared, what your chefs interact with every day, and the amount of your monthly energy costs. No matter if you’re just opening up your first restaurant or if you’re looking to make a change in your commercial kitchen, there’s always the battle of choosing gas or electric equipment. 

Outfitting a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by on 10/4/2018

What You Need To Get Started:

The kitchen is the center of your business. You need high-quality, high-powered commercial kitchen equipment to withstand daily use and keep your staff organized and happy. Before you start purchasing equipment for your kitchen, it’s crucial to note which appliances are right for your restaurant.

How to Start a Restaurant on a Low Budget

Posted by on 7/14/2018

Starting a restaurant easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Equipment, space, menu design, and marketing are all big-ticket items that add up quick. Throw in staff and inventory and your funding may start to look flimsy. While these factors may seem nonnegotiable, businesses before you have made it by on much less money than normal and still seen success. Read on to find out how you too could start a restaurant with a barely-there budget.

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 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.

Six Easy Tips to Prepare Your Restaurant for a Health Inspection

Posted by on 7/8/2018

Health inspections for commercial dining venues are a fact of owning such a business, and thank goodness for them, because we’d never want to eat out if there weren’t any guidelines. The experience can, however, be unnerving to the point of downright terror if you allow it to be. There are some common sense ideas in preparing for a health inspection that can make it less painful and more successful.

How To Waste Less Food in Your Restaurant

Posted by on 7/8/2018

With the constantly increasing awareness of world energy use becoming a more and more pressing concern with every passing year, many food service establishments are beginning to look for ways to reduce their waste production and excess energy use. The mental image of trash being emptied into slowly crowding landfills is powerful motivation for many restaurateurs to begin minimizing their waste – not to mention the increasing costs of waste disposal services. While taking steps to reduce waste is often slightly less convenient, and will take more time and effort from both you and your restaurant staff, the financial, environmental, and social impact of minimizing waste will almost certainly be worth it in the long run. Here are a few tips to start reducing your restaurant’s waste production.

How to Motivate Servers in Your Restaurant

Posted by on 6/29/2018

When it comes to motivating your servers, business writers suggest you hold daily contests with the winners receiving small monetary prizes. They suggest, basically, that once a day you should gather your waitstaff in the kitchen, flash a fifty dollar bill, and then tell everyone that whoever sells the most surf-and-turf plates that evening goes home with the fifty tucked inside their billfold. The logic here is everybody wants money, and so when you dangle $50 over your employees’ heads, they’ll jump however high it takes to snatch it. Well, if that sounds reasonable to you, then listen up because this is important. Contests are for chumps.

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 Open Your Own Restaurant

Posted by on 6/22/2018

So you want to open your own restaurant.  It’s a more popular field than ever before because less people are taking time to cook.   Maybe you’ve seen that perfect old building being remodeled in town, and envisioned it fully of happy diners expounding on your brilliance.  Seems like a good place to start?  Wrong answer!  There’s a logical process to opening your own restaurant, and it doesn’t start with the cutest old building you’ve ever seen.

Is Your Restaurant Making These 10 Sanitation Mistakes?

Posted by on 6/15/2018

Maybe it’s because you’re swamped. Or maybe you’re just lazy. Regardless the reason, that thing you’re doing… it’s disgusting. Anyone who works in the service industry has skipped some important sanitation procedure before—it’s only when you start making a habit of uncleanliness that your restaurant begins to suffer. So be honest with yourself, are you guilty of these ten sanitation no-no’s?

Addressing Food Allergies

Posted by on 5/25/2018

Food-based allergies have symptoms ranging from barely noticeable to imminent threat of death.   Research suggests that approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies.  A 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that food allergies in children increased by about 50% between 1997 and 2011.  The most common allergen for children is cow’s milk, while the most common allergen for adults is shell fish.   Peanuts aren’t the most common allergen for any segment of the population, but they are frequently the most violent.  Some are so allergic to peanuts they can’t be in the same room with a peanut butter cookie.   Food allergies are increasing in all segments of the population.   It’s not clear whether allergies or reliable diagnosis is on the rise, but one thing is certain.  The health threat can’t be ignored.  Food service is feeling the impact strongly.

All About Bar Beverageware

Posted by on 5/17/2018

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.

Patio Furniture for Outdoor Dining

Posted by on 3/22/2018

Outside dining is upon us again. The chance to enjoy our meal outdoors is a deciding factor for many people, including me, when choosing a restaurant. If we’ve gone to the trouble of finding an ocean, we like having dinner beside it. Side walk window shoppers and carefully tended lilies are preferable to walls of art we’ve seen before, even if we love them. Patio furniture grants us the freedom to savor your menu selections while we savor the season.

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.

Everest Refrigeration: Battle of the Brands

Posted by on 3/12/2018

If you are in the market for a new refrigerator or freezer, with all the features, options, brands, and manufacturers these days, your search can turn into an overwhelming mess pretty quickly. Luckily, we are here to help. In this blog we will compare three different refrigeration manufacturers and their equipment to ensure when you are choosing your next piece of refrigeration equipment, you are well-informed to make a good decision and choose the correct fridge or freezer to fit your needs.

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.

Guide to Kitchen Knives

Posted by on 2/16/2018

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

Things to Consider Before Opening a New Bakery

Posted by on 2/15/2018

It has been said that smells trigger memories more than any of our senses. Maybe a cologne reminds you of your grandfather, or a hair spray reminds you of your aunt, or a specific fabric softener reminds you of a previous relationship. The power of smell cannot be under estimated.

Start A Food Truck Business

Posted by on 2/13/2018

Although food trucks have been a long-standing part of American culture, the popularity of these mobile eateries has come to an all time high within the last few years, and for good reason. Motivated entrepreneurs can start a mobile food business for a fraction of the cost to open a brick and mortar restaurant and yields several advantages over the traditional foodservice method by allowing owners to bring the food to their customers and requiring less employees to operate.

Shop JES Restaurant Equipment's Food Truck Category Here.

An Introduction to Buying Sinks for Restaurants & Bars

Posted by MJ on 1/24/2018

Do you feel like it’s time to buy a new commercial sink but you aren’t sure what type to purchase? First, you should understand why you are buying it. The cost of the sink is usually in direct comparison to the job for which it is used. If you are purchasing one for the mud room of your home, then a sink that is not NSF approved will work fine; however, if you are in an industrial environment or a restaurant, then a NSF approved sink is imperative.

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.

A Food or Salad Bar Can Liven Up Any Dining Room

Posted by MJ on 1/19/2018

Many large restaurants and cafeterias offer food bars to give customers a myriad of options. Most of these food bars are rather large and tend to take up more space than necessary. Not only does this reduce the amount of possible table space, but it also minimizes serving options for your patrons.

Trendy Table Tops for Tasteful Restaurants

Posted by SYG on 11/27/2017

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.

Advantages of Commercial Dishwashers

Posted by MJ on 11/20/2017

Are all dishwashers the same?

Here's what you should look for when determining which washer is best suited for your restaurant and/or food service business.

The Way to Plan Out a Small Kitchen

Posted by on 4/29/2017

Today we are starting a new series where we will feature advice from our owner Eric on various problems you may run into when setting up a commercial kitchen. Here’s our first post in the series.

Keep Them Doggies Rollin’ with a APW Hot Dog Roller

Posted by on 12/30/2015

Everyone loves a good hotdog. It’s no secret that the best hotdogs are made on a grill. If you are a hotdog vendor and want to make a great hotdog then there is no better way to do that than making them on a hotdog roller . The question is why does a grilled hotdog taste better than a boiled dog?

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.

Large Tax Deductions for Your Restaurant Equipment

Posted by on 12/19/2015

It’s Christmas, but bear in mind it’s also almost the end of 2013, and there are some very good things that might not be around after 2013. One of those is the Section 179 Business Tax Break, which is substantially greater than it was in 2012, and not something you want to let pass by. If you’re thinking about purchasing, now truly is the best time.

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

Posted by on 12/15/2015

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.

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.

Use Social Media to Market During the Holidays

Posted by on 12/7/2015

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.

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

So You Want to Start Your Own Coffee Shop, Huh?

Posted by on 11/27/2015

Regardless of where you are in America, one thing is for certain: Americans love coffee! Coffee is always a necessity no matter where you go. The average coffee shop sells $550,000 worth of coffee in a year. 52% of Americans drink coffee daily. 15% of Americans buy at least one cup of coffee at a coffee shop every day. This number is increasing 3-4% per year.

Accelerated Depreciation and How to Maximize Your Restaurant’s Savings

Posted by on 11/15/2015

With the end of the fiscal year approaching and the elections behind us, many businesses are looking for ways to get the most out of their savings and drive 2012 sales. In the face of upcoming tax law changes, we want to remind our loyal customers as well as other businesses out there of a very important and powerful sales tool.

Invest in a Ventless Ventilation System for Your Commercial Kitchen

Posted by on 11/9/2015

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.

You Can Enhance Your Business With a Custom Floor Mat

Posted by on 11/8/2015

Whether you’re a restaurant, hotel, or any other business owner, you need to welcome your customers with warm and open arms. A great way to draw your customers in is using a custom logo floor mat. These inexpensive commodities can really add elegance to your company and gives it a more official look.

Why Owners Are Choosing to Finance Their Restaurants Through JES

Posted by on 11/5/2015

This Deal Has Since Expired.

J.E.S Restaurant Equipment and Time Payment provides a better way to meet needs while expanding your sales . Time Payments financial products were designed to work with new and existing restaurants. It will provide restaurants a way to preserve their cash and give competitive advantage to close new sales with three features that enable them to do this faster.

Have You Considered LED? Sometimes It’s a Better Option Than Neon.

Posted by on 11/2/2015

Nowadays owning a restaurant is more or less a constant bout with your competitors for attention. There is an incessant flow of information piling up on consumers in almost every media outlet imaginable. Smaller restaurant owners have to fight the Goliaths of the restaurant world today to catch their consumers’ eye. So, as a restaurant owner how are you going to get your company name as a frontrunner in the restaurant industry?

Teach your Garçons and Serveuses Proper Tableside Wine Serving

Posted by on 10/18/2015

Pouring wine at the table has long been considered the purview of high class and expensive restaurants. While you do need a bit of knowledge and a fairly well-stocked wine selection to justify performing the wine serving ritual, bringing the wine pouring routine out to the table will help to add a bit of interactivity and a touch of class to any restaurant. Here is a quick run-down of the process for anyone interested in serving wine at their customers’ tables.

There’s A Big Difference Between Residential & Commercial Warranties

Posted by on 10/17/2015

Although manufacturer warranties have made the world of expensive consumer purchases a much safer place to shop, they can sometimes be tricky things. Many warranties come with sets of extenuating circumstances that can render them invalid if the product is used in the wrong way or in the wrong location. Restaurant equipment often includes several of these special-case details, so it is important to read through the warranty sheets on your new equipment before replacing any old machines.

Ice Machine 101: How to Install a Water Filter

Posted by Jeramy Baker on 10/9/2015

We noticed that a bizarrely large number of customers have called in recently asking us how to install new water filters in their ice machines—we’re talking like a sudden six-fold increase in filtration-related questions here—and we couldn’t help but wonder if maybe the universe is trying to tell us something. Now, the J.E.S. New Employee Corporate HR Handbook has a short section in it that warns employees against “needless attribution of unexplained phenomena [to] serendipity,” and then goes on to discourage “reading too much into, or explicitly trusting and/or believing in, so-called ‘Signs from the Universe,’ ” but, just this one time, we’ve chosen to ignore company policy and listen to our guts and take the time to draw up a diagram for y’all to use. We hope it helps!

Why Warranties Are Important When It Comes To Combi Ovens

Posted by on 10/9/2015

For years, Blodgett, located out of Burlington, Vermont, has been a leading manufacturer in commercial ovens, priding themselves on their product’s sustainability and quality. Now they are stepping it up a notch by extending their warranties on a number of commercial ovens

2014: Gratuity NOT Included

Posted by on 10/8/2015

Starting January 1, 2014, restaurants are no longer able to count automatic gratuity as tips for servers. The new rule actually passed in June 2012 and was implemented January 1, 2013 but the IRS is not enforcing it until January 1, 2014 to give restaurants time to adjust and comply to the change. The IRS now classifies automatic gratuity as a service charge which is considered part of the server’s wages, not a tip. Service charges for restaurants are a previously agreed upon price to be charged for services provided.

The Right Glassware for You

Posted by on 10/5/2015

Stocking glassware for your bar or restaurant can often be a daunting proposition. With so many different types and styles of glassware , it is only natural to wonder if you are buying the “right” glassware to properly compliment your drink menu. Although the “rules” concerning what drinks go into what sort of glass are mostly arbitrary (reasonable customers will forgive you for not always having exactly the correct glass for every occasion), having a variety of different glasses in which to serve your various drinks will help add interest and flair to your beverage offerings. The types of glasses that you need, however, will ultimately depend on what sort of drinks that you are going to be putting into them. Here is a quick overview of the “necessary” glasses for different kinds of beverages.

Save Your Holiday Profits and Defer Payments Until the New Year

Posted by on 10/2/2015

You know that you’re neck-deep in the holiday season when your tables are perpetually close to capacity and your guests perpetually, splendidly tipsy. For about two months straight, your equipment must keep pace with a no-vacancy dining room, and if you haven’t adequately prepared, by like 12/23 the whole operation’ll be practically wheezing.

Zero Percent Financing on All Manitowoc Merchandise

Posted by on 9/24/2015

Between now and December 31st, Manitowoc is offering JES customers 0% Financing for Two Years on any order over $1,000. Using this deal, you can divide your checkout amount into a handful of easy, incremental installments without any due interest whatsoever. To qualify for this offer, fill out our short online application and then fax or email us a return copy — we will reply within hours as to whether you’ve been approved. For detailed information, click here or call us directly at (866) 200-6056.

Benefits of a French Press Coffee Maker

Posted by on 9/22/2015

For those of you that love coffee but are use to getting your daily dose from an automatic coffee maker, I highly recommend you start using a french press. Many people who have not been introduced to quality coffee, may be surprised at the difference.

Are You Trying to Start a Pizzeria? Read This First.

Posted by on 9/16/2015

One of the most beloved foods around the world, hands down, is pizza. The entire world craves this famous dish that originated from Italy. There is no denying that people love going out to eat. Nowadays with as many people that don’t have time to cook, more and more are starting to eat out. This have left a big avenue open for the pizza industry. This great dish can feed sometimes 6-8 people at one time and leaves an outlet for those wanting to get creative with their culinary expertise.

Things to Keep in Mind When Starting an Ice Cream Parlor

Posted by on 9/14/2015

Regardless of what type of restaurant you decide to open, one thing is for certain: Everyone loves ice cream! Ice cream shops are a great idea for marketing to all age groups from toddlers to senior citizens. The average American eats approximately 6 gallons of ice cream a year, therefore an ice cream shop can be a great investment for you as an entrepreneur.

What Every Restaurant Owner Should Know Before Buying Used Equipment

Posted by on 9/9/2015

One of the more costly items to buy when opening a new restaurant is the equipment. Despite drawing a loan, money goes by quickly in the restaurant industry. You are probably going to have to start your own restaurant with a low-budget but thousands of dollars can be spent in a short period of time. Many restaurateurs choose to buy used equipment as an alternative investment when their funds are tight. There are several things you as a restaurateur should be aware of before purchasing used equipment .

How to Host a Wine Tasting, Part 2: Layout and Ambiance

Posted by on 9/3/2015

Hosting a wine tasting in your bar is likely going to be a much more intimate and personal experience than the more open “convention center” feel of larger, exhibitor-style tastings. Bar tastings allow a unique opportunity for conversation and community building, but it can sometimes be challenging to balance a bit of “wine professionalism” into the pre-existing atmosphere of your bar. In part one of this post , we discussed how to select your wine order. While your wine is ultimately the main attraction at your event, the presentation and surroundings can make or break a good wine selection. Here are a few things to consider when organizing the layout of your tasting.

How to Host a Wine Tasting, Part 1: Tasting Order

Posted by on 8/30/2015

Hosting a wine tasting at your bar or restaurant can often seem like an intimidating and daunting task, particularly if you are not an expert in all things wine-related. With thousands of years of history and countless wine companies and brands to investigate, even thinking about tapping into the wine industry can seem like an overwhelmingly complex endeavor. But while putting together a good wine tasting does take a bit of time and planning, it can actually be much more manageable than many people may think.

Going Green: Good for the Planet & for your Business!

Posted by on 8/25/2015

There is a considerable amount of buzz these days about “Going Green“, but what exactly does that mean? Well “Going Green” is a very broad activity, but in a nutshell is has to do with anything that is environmentally friendly, from using biodegradable cleaning products, recycling, turning off lights when not in use and the list goes on and on.

Using Social Media to Promote Your Food Truck

Posted by Amanda on 8/24/2015

With the mobile food industry growing at a rapid rate it’s more important than ever for owners of these meals on wheels to utilize social media. Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are some of the most valuable, and initially free marketing tools available to business owners, allowing them to reach out to potential customers and encouraging current customers to return for your products or services. But in order to get the most effective results there are certain steps you need to take to increase your number of “friends” and “followers.”

Shop JES Restaurant Equipment's Food Truck Category Here.

Temperatures & Methods for Chilling & Serving Alcohol

Posted by on 8/21/2015

While refrigeration temperatures are an important part of running a food and beverage business, bar beverage chilling is rarely ever addressed. While this may not be very important to a restaurant with a full dinner menu it is something a small bar-focused establishment might want to consider. All alcoholic beverages are not created equal and therefore should not always be stored at a single temperature setting. Separate refrigeration units should have their temperatures set based on whatever type of beverage is being stored in them.

The 10 Most Essential Baking Supplies

Posted by on 8/20/2015

Any time is a good time for baking. Whether youâ€Ã¢â€žÂ¢re making cookies, baking bread, or constructing a birthday cake, having the right equipment is important and can make the whole experience less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are the Top 10 basic supplies you need to get your kitchen ready for baking.

The Skinny on Restaurant Air Conditioning

Posted by on 8/20/2015

Time to save money again!!  Do you own a restaurant?  One thing that you have in your store is an exhaust hood or two. In the summer time down south it gets hot and humid and sometimes cooling your building can seem impossible. Maybe all that cool air is being sucked out with the hot air from your cooking equipment through the exhaust hood.  Here is a test to see if this is happening in your restaurant.  With all of your exhaust hoods running, make up air included, go to the front of the building open the entrance doors and take note of what you feel.  Did you feel a rush of air come past you, or did you feel resistance when opening the door?  If you did then you have negative pressure in the building and all of your high cost AIR CONDITIONING is being sucked up through the exhaust hood.  Do you want to fix this situation?  If so there are companies that will balance test the building and bring this situation under control.

Building A Restaurant When You Can’t Afford A Ventilation Hood

Posted by on 8/16/2015

There are many expenses opening a new restaurant can incur, and to first-time owners these can sometimes come as a big shock. For instance, one of the largest purchases that new owners aren’t always prepared for is the hood system In many cases this several-thousand-dollar item can make or break your budget. So what about operating a restaurant kitchen without the hood?

Here’s some more words of wisdom from John Eric Smith, Mr. J.E.S. himself, on how you can still legally operate a restaurant if the expense of  a hood system is just too great for your finances:

6 Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales

Posted by on 8/12/2015

When a restaurant needs to increase revenue , many owners look to quick, surface solutions like charging more money or extending business hours. By overlooking the reasons why a restaurant isn't making the profits it should, it only digs them into a deeper hole. Read on for six unexpected strategies to help increase restaurant sales and keep them up for good.

Charbroiler vs. Chargrill: The Difference Between Lava Rock & Radiant Heat

Posted by on 8/12/2015

Another frequently asked question we receive is, “what’s the difference between a radiant & lava rock charbroiler?” (often called a chargrill as well). Well the main difference is the way in which the heat is transferred to the food. On a radiant chargrill the burner is positioned under a cast metal radiant from which the heat is radiated towards the food being grilled. The radiant is usually pitched like a roof allowing the excess drippings to run off and not carbonize; although some of the drippings from the meat will actually “burn” and provide that chargrill aroma we are all so familiar with. Lava rock charbroilers use a bed of lava rock positioned above the burners to catch and radiate the heat towards the meat above.

Cleveland Range Combi Ovens become Convotherm

Posted by on 8/11/2015

There are very few foodservice companies that have built as many top brands as Manitowoc Foodservice. With brands like Frymaster, Lincoln, Merrychef, and Manitowoc Ice, Manitowoc is known for great brands and quality products. In 2011 Manitowoc added Cleveland Range to their list of brands. Since they acquired Cleveland Range little has changed until recently. In 2014 Manitowoc dropped the "Range" from Cleveland Ranges name and now they are simply Cleveland and branded the Cleveland Range Combi ovens and steamers as Convotherm. In 2015 they removed the Cleveland Combi ovens from their product list and birthed the brand Convotherm.

Paper Towel Dispensers For Restaurant Bathrooms

Posted by on 8/2/2015

We are currently overstocked on these Update Intl. TD-1114L Paper Towel Dispensers and have them priced to move.  This manual paper towel dispenser is a great fit for any bathroom, break-room or food prep area where easy access to paper towels is needed.  Get one (or two) today, they are sure to go fast at this incredible price.  Visit our website today and let J.E.S. be the one stop shop for all your commercial restaurant equipment and restaurant supplies.

Recycling Stainless Steel Advance Tabco Helps Reduce Your Footprint

Posted by on 7/31/2015

Stainless steel is one of the most valuable and durable materials of the industry, restaurant equipment included. That being said, its also one of the greenestmanufacturing materials today. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and because it can be recycled without any degradation it is highly sought after. A stainless steel item or appliance retains it is value even after decades of use because of its iron content and other elements.

New Lead Regulations And How They Will Impact Your Business

Posted by on 7/26/2015

Quality of water has always been an important factor in the success of any foodservice operation. Between cooking, serving beverages to customers, washing dishes, making ice, and a variety of other tasks, restaurants need to use the cleanest, purest water available to ensure the health and safety of their customers. In 1974, the Environmental Protection Agency passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to reinforce this idea. The SDWA moves to keep the concentration of chemical and mineral contaminants below the accepted “safe for consumption” values in all sources of public drinking water.

The Proper Temperatures for Safe Commercial Refrigeration

Posted by on 7/24/2015

Just because you have a refrigerator or freezer doesn’t mean it’s cold enough to store your perishable food products in it. This is especially true for commercial refrigeration products because the food service industry regulations are so strict. The temperature at which foods are stored can affect their appearance, taste, nutrient content and most importantly their safety.

Electric Booster Heaters for Commercial Dishwashers

Posted by on 7/17/2015

Foodservice establishments must sanitize their dishes in one of two ways: chemicals or hot water. While using a low-temperature dishwasher is more energy efficient, the cost of chemicals far outweigh the electric bill making high-temperature dishwashers more common in the restaurant industry.  So why do you need a booster heater?

How Ice Makers Maintain The Coke Freestyle Illusion

Posted by on 7/9/2015

The Magic Inside A Glass Of Coke
In 2006 Coca-Cola ran a commercial that imagined the inside of a vending machine as a magical, motorized ecosystem where small creatures prep each bottle of Coke before it’s eventually dispensed. Dust bunnies slobber condensate on the bottle; an industrial fan shreds snowmen into ice flakes, which then blow and stick onto the bottle’s glass; a climactic parade with brass band playing, fireworks exploding, and confetti swaying downwards marches the Coke along a miniature Main Street before sliding it ceremoniously down the vending chute.

Kloppenberg Custom Lab Fabrications

Posted by on 7/6/2015

Founded in 1941 and located in Denver, Colorado, Kloppenberg is a leading manufacturer of tailor-made lab fixtures for hospitals, universities, and industrial research facilities. This company has distinguished itself by using cutting-edge construction techniques to shape products out of the industry’s most respected metal—stainless steel. The all stainless steel construction of Kloppenberg’s entire line provides the ideal surface for pristine storage, immaculate rinse stations, and efficient working space.

Restaurant Equipment Certification Guide

Posted by on 6/20/2015

Manufacturers that make food service equipment invite certification agencies to visit their facilities and test their equipment for safety and sanitation. A seal of approval from a respected certification board lends legitimacy to a product and guarantees that it will be safe to use in a commercial setting after it leaves the factory. It won’t catch fire. It won’t rust. It’s safe.

The Oldest Advertising Trick in the Book

Posted by on 6/13/2015

If your restaurant’s front doors open over a busy downtown sidewalk, you own a plot of property that is appropriate for advertising’s most populist canvas,  the A-frame sidewalk chalkboard . Come on—how can you not love these chalkboards? They’re an irresistible, unconventional, customizable pedestrian flytrap. And I assure you, there are at least three aspiring painters or poets or typographers working for you already who would kill to play with a stub of chalk every morning before lunch. Sure, chalkboard signs are analogue—old media—but so what? Neil Young put it best on Rust Never Sleeps: “…It’s old, but it’s good…”

Get Near-Instant Shipping with Imperial Range

Posted by on 6/13/2015

If you’ve been needing a new piece of equipment for your commercial kitchen and are worried about delivery time, then you’re in luck. The J.E.S. sales staff was paid a visit yesterday (pictures below) by Doug and Danny from Master Marketing Sunlow to learn about some new shipping benefits for customers ordering Imperial Range products.

How Restaurants Can Negotiate Contracts with Food Distributors

Posted by on 6/11/2015

Food is one of the biggest expenses in a restaurant. A great way to rein in food costs is to negotiate a prime vendor agreement with your distributor. In exchange for your exclusive business, the distributor will give you a better deal. Here’s how to negotiate the best agreement possible.

We're Beginning To Really Like The Manitowoc Indigo Series...

Posted by on 6/8/2015

Manitowoc has done it again with their innovation and inside the box approach to thinking and creating a state of the art ice machine with the Indigo Series. Lets start with the Intelligent Diagnostics, this feature monitors the health and the well being of your machine, and gives you the ease of knowing that your machine is running smooth and ready to make the ice you need. This also alerts you of errors before you run out of ice, there is a constant monitoring of the refrigeration and sub-system controls. So when problems arise they can be immediately attended to. The electronic storing and reading of data makes servicing easier also reduces labor time and reduces the machines downtime.

Restaurant Promotion Ideas

Posted by on 6/5/2015

Running a promotion for your restaurant is a great way to attract new customers and let loyal patrons know you appreciate their business. From face-to-face interaction to social media outreach, there are many ways to go about a promotion, and which method works best is sometimes just good old fashioned trial and error. Here you’ll find some restaurant promotion ideas that have proven to be effective.

Dr. Mercola: “Microwaves Are Bad For You.” Fact Check: False

Posted by on 6/2/2015

Don’t trust Internet doctors.

While researching microwaves for our JES Restaurant Equipment buying guide , I came across article after article [ 1] [ 2] [ 3] that claimed microwaves do terrible things to your health. They zap nutrients out of your food! They’re radioactive! There’s a small chance that they WILL give you cancer!

Does Your Menu Meet Its Potential?

Posted by on 6/2/2015

Every good restaurant needs a great menu If you are a restauranteur, devising a great menu should be at the top of your priority list. The menu can either turn your customers away immediately or keep them coming back well into the future. What most restaurant owners fail to realize is that a good menu is more than just a list of entrees and appetizers on paper. It should complement the overall look and atmosphere of your restaurant with a good design and layout. It should also be updated regularly to adjust for cost and determine which items sell and which items aren’t.

Cambro Versa Food Bars: The Perfect Salad Bar Solution!

Posted by on 6/2/2015

In an effort to raise a healthier generation of kids the Let’s Move Campaign is pushing for schools to offer healthier food options to their students. One recommendation set forth was to upgrade the cafeteria equipment to support the provision of healthier foods, for example, by swapping out deep fryers for salad bars.

Ohm on the Range: Induction Cooking and Cookware

Posted by on 5/29/2015

Although the concept of induction cooking was first developed back in the early 1900’s, induction cooking equipment has just recently started to catch the attention of the foodservice industry. With the refinement of the technology came lower prices and greater ease of use, and as such this effective and energy-efficient method of cooking is being integrated with increasing regularity into both commercial and residential cooking equipment. Induction cooktops feature a unique suite of benefits that are universally enjoyed by those who invest in the technology, but the cooking mechanism is rather different from most conventional methods, and knowing how it works can help you get the most out of your induction cooker.

How To Properly Clean Food Surfaces: Part 2

Posted by on 5/29/2015

In our last post we began to discuss cleaning food-contact surfaces, but found it extensive, and decided to make two shorter blogs. Today, we’re getting it to more detail about the correct and safe usage of chemical sanitizers. The proper method of cleaning dishes in three compartment sinks has been previously covered in our blog Wash, Rinse, Sanitize-How to Clean Equipment and Utensils in a Compartment Sink , so in this post, we’ll look at dish machines and cleaning food-contact surfaces which can’t be fitted into either a sink or a dish machine.

Commercial Ice Machines: Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled; What’s the Difference?

Posted by on 5/27/2015

It seems as though one of the more frequently asked questions around the sales office is, “What’s the difference between air-cooled & water-cooled?”… Well I’m here to give you that answer.  While it may seem as thought the answer is self explanatory most people do not understand the difference or the pros & cons of each.

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