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Restaurant Equipment Take Two

Restaurant Equipment Take Two

Take twoToday, we plan to look closer at your St Louis Restaurant Equipment needs and hone in on some of the less obvious things you will need that are not all actual appliances per say, some are smaller thing, too, that may go by the wayside if you are opening your first restaurant in St Louis near St Charles MO.

Prep tables, counters, and cutting surfaces are essential to any commercial kitchen and come in various sizes so we thought we would elaborate to some extent here. It is recommended that you choose preparation surfaces made of stainless steel. According to experts’ advice we read in our research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Service near St Charles, “Stainless steel is sturdy against corrosion, resists attack from food and meat juices, and can withstand the harsh cleaning products used in commercial kitchens.”  When it comes to cutting, you will want to have plenty of either plastic or wooden cutting boards at your fingertips. Plastic boards are easier to sanitize but can develop deep grooves that can hide bacteria. Wooden boards are generally tougher than plastic ones and don’t develop grooves as easily, but can be slightly trickier to sanitize fully.

Let’s move on to slicers for your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near St Charles, shall we?  “Slicers are often tasked with cutting meat, cheese, or other foods with speed and precision. If you need to purchase a slicer, consider how often you’ll need to use it. If your slicing is low volume or infrequent, a manual food slicer is a better, less expensive option. However, for larger amounts of food or foods that need to be cut to specific proportions, choose an electric slicer instead. Electric slicers are automatic, which can save you time and labor. Moreover, most electric slicers allow you to turn off the automatic function and operate the machine manually.”

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

commercial kitchenFiguring out which type of commercial appliance your kitchen needs, whether in the oven and stove top/range category, or any other area of product, can first be decided upon what your kitchen will accommodate, according to our recent research done on behalf of your Heating Sales in Earth City near Bridgeton.  “What type of appliance does your kitchen accommodate? Do you have a built-in wall oven and separate cooktop, or do you only have space for a range? Stick with a product that will fit into your current setup, unless you’re ready for a big renovation to accompany your new appliance purchase.”

According to our Heating Installation in Earth City, another series of questions involve power source and location.  “What type of power hookup do you have? Check to see if you have a gas line or just an electric outlet.”  If you have electric, it is 110 or 220?  How much money will you spend?  Some ranges can be a ton of money and although they are really neat appliances to have, they can definitely be an overkill for some when it comes to capabilities and also breaking the bank too.

One writer said the following, “With that said, set a budget so that shiny stainless steel finishes and touchpad controls don’t blind you to the reality of what you can afford. Fortunately, our testing has shown us that you can find a good appliances at any price point.”  If you find yourself in the 500-1000 dollar price range, then you will be looking at the more basic ranges in the commercial realm especially, according to your St Louis Heating and Range Service near Bridgeton MO.  You will get the basic cooking functions without doubt.  Your options for finish are black, white and bisque, though you can find a few stainless-steel-covered models in this price range and most all are self cleaning ovens as a standard with any of them.  You may get manual controls for the oven as opposed to digital, but that isn’t always a bad thing.  Read our next post for more info on the upper price ranges.

Commercial Kitchen Range Prices and Differences

Commercial Kitchen Range Prices and Differences

commercial kitchenKnowing that a basic range for a home or commercial kitchen can be obtained for under 1000 dollars, we set out to figure the differences in the higher dollar models on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Service in Earth City near Ladue.  It turns out that when you bump up to the $1,000- $3,000 price range you gain options in the form of cooking modes, more styles from which to choose and stainless is definitely obtainable in this price range.  Anyone looking for a slide in or drop in model which is more of a built in look, will likely be in this price range as a minimum as well.

From our recent research done on behalf of your Cooling install in Earth City near Ladue, we found the next step up in price to be the $3,000-$6,000 range.  This is steep for most home ranges, though some will foot the bill.  “Here is where you can start to get fancy with options like dual-fuel power, slide-in design and convection fans.”  Also, when looking at gas, say for instance, in the Viking Ranges, you will be offered higher and lower btu burners in order to provide more powerful and delicate heat settings.

“$6,000-$10,000: Products in this price range emulate professional-grade appliances you’d see in commercial kitchens. For ranges, you’ll see all-stainless steel construction (not just a finish on doors and control panels), models that are wider than the standard 30 inches to accommodate six or more burners, along with special options such as modular tops that allow for change ups between burners, woks, griddles, grills and other options for some.  Over ten grand is sort of crazy land for most people and you get a customized piece entirely.  Check them out by visiting your Earth City Cooling sales near Ladue MO today.

Commercial Convection Ovens

Commercial Convection Ovens

ovenWhen it comes ovens in the commercial category for your needed restaurant equipment in St Louis near Kirkwood, you will want to shop some of the ones with the best ratings and make sure you get the set up that will best serve you.  If, for starters, you are unsure of whether a convection oven is your best bet, you need to read here to find out the details of all that a commercial convection oven can do for your lineup of St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Kirkwood MO.

From our research, we found the following information on behalf of your commercial restaurant equipment installers near Kirkwood, “A convection oven can be used to warm up, bake, broil, roast or even rotisserie food, so commercial kitchens often need a good oven to create their dishes.” It can be tricky to choose just which over or ovens will best serve you and your restaurant equipment needs.  If you follow this article, along with the next one, we will give you some insight into the differences in some of the top commercial oven options on today’s market.

The Waring Commercial convection oven with model number WCO500X is a really wonderful choice in convection ovens, with so many above-and-beyond features that you will not want for any extra abilities in your oven realm with this guy in your commercial restaurant equipped kitchen.  One article describes it as the following, “A user can set it with a timer or leave it on for an indeterminate amount of time. It is designed for a standard ½ sheet baking tray and has settings for baking, roasting, convection baking and broiling. The clear double pane glass front, stainless steel drip pan and easy to use dials create a fantastic user experience.”  Check out the next article for a few other top models of commercial grade convection ovens.

Naturally Clean Your Stainless Restaurant Equipment

Naturally Clean Your Stainless Restaurant Equipment

vinegarWe began a series on cleaning stainless steel in your commercial kitchen on behalf of your restaurant equipment sales near Chesterfield MO.  We know that stainless is the most popular material for your commercial kitchen in St Louis and so began with this material.  Already discussed was the importance of what we use and don’t use when cleaning.  Avoid steel wool, use a plastic scrubber instead.  Also, recommended for stainless steel restaurant equipment cleaning is to clean with the grain.  “Go with the grain. On stainless steel surfaces with brushed or polished finishes, always wipe and scrub in the same direction as the ‘grain’ lines in the metal.”

People who are frustrated either in their own personal kitchen, or a commercial kitchen that is full of stainless steel restaurant equipment, when it comes to fingerprints.  Not only will you want to read the dos and don’ts of cleaning, but also realize that time will make a difference here and that stainless steel becomes better with age.  Schwartz and Architecture says, “Better with age. The ESDA says in addition to the availability of an increasing number of fingerprint-proof finishes, regular stainless steel shows fewer fingerprints over time. Patience is a virtue.”

In terms of cleaning products, you will want to avoid chloride, but other than that, the key is consistency.  Don’t mix products and make sure you are using something regularly.  Also, don’t forget, says the restaurant equipment experts in St Louis, you can always clean the natural way too. “Naturally clean. For a DIY approach to cleaning using pantry items, the sustainable-living team at Eartheasy advises dampening a cloth with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil and wiping in the direction of the grain.  To clean a stainless sink, it suggests pouring club soda on an absorbent cloth to scrub, then wiping dry.”

 

 

Polishing Your Refrigeration

Polishing Your Refrigeration

stainless refrigeratorWhen it comes to your Commercial Refrigeration near Ballwin MO, did you know that keeping the outside clean, you can go the natural approach, even with stainless steel?  That’s right.  “Naturally clean. For a DIY approach to cleaning using pantry items, the sustainable-living team at Eartheasy advises dampening a cloth with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil and wiping in the direction of the grain.”  Some other options for naturally cleaning your stainless steel commercial refrigeration and other restaurant equipment, are as follows:  Diluted vinegar (for cleaning limescale),Baking soda (to remove coffee deposits) Alcoholic solvents, such as acetone (for removing adhesives), Chloride-free glass sprays (especially efficient for polished, mirror-like surfaces).  You can also use specific pastes and sprays that may or may not be all natural, but make sure they don’t have chloride in them.

Why no chloride?  Well, this is a simple answer and it involves the not-so-stainless concept of stainless steel.  You see, if the first line of defense on your stainless steel refrigeration is breeched, which is a protective coating of sorts, then it can and will be subject to rust underneath.  For the above reason, it is also suggested that you do not clean with anything abrasive at all, no steel scrubs especially.  Also, make sure you are wiping with the grain as opposed to against it, according to your St Louis Refrigeration Maintenance near Ballwin MO.

Polishing is a great idea for a little added protection for your stainless steel commercial refrigeration as well.  “Shine on. Spray cleansers made specifically for cleaning decorative stainless steel surfaces usually contain silicone oil, and although they will remove fingerprints and smudges, they will not prevent them. The ESDA says the silicone oil can be completely removed by washing with mild soap and water.” Polishing past is another favorite in commercial kitchens to help maintain that shine on your commercial refrigeration products.

Your Commercial Dishwasher Options

Your Commercial Dishwasher Options

Modern stainless steel dishwasher

If you are in the restaurant business or find yourself needing to wash or sanitize dishes for your business, you will most likely be looking into getting a dishwasher to save time.  Commercial dishwashers come in a variety of styles and do a number of jobs.  Today, the Hazelwood area commercial restaurant equipment experts at American Services want to give you an idea of what styles of dishwashers are out there so you can make a more informed buying decision. Let’s get started!

Option #1 – Door Dishwasher: A door dishwasher unit is designed for medium to large restaurants, are available in both high and low temperature models, and have the ability to wash between 35 and 85 dishes per hour.

Option #2 – Pots & Pans Dishwasher: A pots & pans dishwasher is commonly found in bakeries.  These machines are capable of removing residue like stick dough with the use of high-pressure water and spray jets.

Option #3 – Glasswasher: A glasswasher unit is most commonly found in bar settings. You will find options for use in both front and back-of-house along with carousel, pass-through, conveyor, and undercounter models.

Option #4 – Undercounter Machine: An undercounter machine is most often used by small cafes, coffee houses, daycare centers, and in office breakrooms.  These units require a pre-wash as they are only designed to sanitize.

Option #5 – Conveyor Dishwasher: A conveyor dishwasher is found in large restaurants, hotels, heathcare facilities, and universities.  These units used a conveyor system to wash 100-400 racks of dished per hour depending on the size you choose.

Do you still need help choosing the right dishwasher for your business needs?  If so, the professionals at American Services would be happy to come by your establishment to answer questions and to provide you with a free estimate today! Simply call our customer care team and ask for a free estimate appointment with our commercial restaurant equipment sales team!

Your Back Bar Equipment Guide

Your Back Bar Equipment Guide

Bartender making

Your Back Bar Refrigeration equipment is the most important part of any back bar area. The refrigeration equipment that you choose will need to chosen based upon the drinks your are serving and provide the right amount of temperature control.  Today, the team at American Services wants to give you some basic guidelines that can be used when outfitting any back bar.  Let’s first talk about the type of refrigeration equipment you will most likely be choosing from.

  • Back Bar Coolers – When choosing your back bar coolers, you will need to remember that these units need to project a sleek and clean image to your customers simply because they will be seen from behind the bar.  You will need to consider solid or glass doors for your back bar coolers based upon what will be stored in them.
  • Horizontal Bottle Coolers – Horizontal bottle coolers are perfect for back bars that need lots of bottle and can storage.  These units allow the bartender to clearly see what he is serving and provide easy access to the drinks being served.
  • Direct Draw Beer Dispensers – If you have a bar area where you want your customers to see what beer you have on tab, you will want to consider a direct draw beer dispenser for your bar.  When installing the unit, be sure to consider placement, as many will order a beer based upon seeing those being offers on tap.

Now that you have an idea regarding what type of refrigeration you will need to complete your back bar set-up, you will need to think about the aesthetics of what you are going to choose.  Everything in the area should give a cohesive look that matches the feel of the bar area.  For refrigeration units, this means that you will most likely be choosing between a stainless or black vinyl finish.  Keep in mind that while stainless steel provides the most durable surface finish, black vinyl is easily hidden in a dark bar area.  Black vinyl also hides dents, dings, and scratches much better than stainless.

Contact the St. Louis area restaurant equipment experts at American Services to get a free quote regarding back bar equipment today!

Restaurant Equipment Catering Tools

Restaurant Equipment Catering Tools

catering setup

The holidays will soon be here and that means catering jobs for many food service businesses.  If you happen to be in this category of the food industry, having the appropriate catering tools will ensure your ability to properly serve your holiday customers.  Today, the Clayton area restaurant equipment experts at American Services want to help you prepare by explaining the basic catering tools you will want to have on hand.  Let’s get started!

  • Transport Tools – In order to ensure that the food you will be serving maintains proper temperature and arrives safety at the venue, all food service businesses that cater need to have a full arsenal of insulated food and beverage carriers.  Insulated food and beverage carriers can be purchased to accommodate both cold and hot food and beverages and are designed to get your goods to and from any location without compromising temperature and quality.
  • Beverage Service Tools – Depending on the beverages your business offers, you will need a number of beverage service tools to meet those needs.  Examples would include stainless steel juice dispensers and silver plated coffee urns.  These will vary upon the season, style, and need of the event you are catering.
  • Food Display Tools – Food display tools are key in making any catering company’s presentations stand-out.  When choosing your food display tools think both about function and style.  Examples of these tools include chafers, display risers, and cake stands.  Having a number of these tools on hand will allow you the ability to fit the needs of multiple clients.
  • Overlooked Extra Tools – Extra tools that are often overlooked include extra tongs, serving trays, card holders, and fuel cells.  These small pieces of the puzzle are much needed when you realize you don’t have enough of them. Be sure to keep these little “extras” on-hand at all times.

Contact the team at American Services to order your catering tools today!

Deciding on a Bin or Dispensing Ice Machine Set-Up

Deciding on a Bin or Dispensing Ice Machine Set-Up

ice cubes in scoop

Making the decision to use an ice bin or dispensing unit for your ice machine is a very personalized task.  Business owners will have to consider who is using the machine, what their needs are, and how to best fill those needs in a clean, sanitary, and convenient way.  Today, the team at American Services heating and cooling near Belleville are here to help you make this decision.  Let’s get started!

Ice Storage Bins – Ice storage bins are ideal for establishments that need to have a large quantity of ice on hand at all times.  The ice is then transferred to areas where it is dispensed from smaller storage bins.  A few of the basic features found on ice storage bins include: lots of storage, stainless steel finish, large doors, insulation, and drains.  When sizing your ice storage bin be sure that the unit you choose can hold 10-20% more ice than your machine can produce.  This will assure that you have plenty of ice on hand at all times and plenty of space to store it.

Countertop Ice Dispensers – Countertop ice dispensers are particularly helpful in self service areas like employee break rooms or hospitals.  These small units easily fit on a countertop and allow for clean, sanitary dispensing. A few of the basic features found on countertop ice dispensers include: small size, cup dispensing, and a lever system that reduces the risk of cross-contamination.  When using a countertop unit, you will either have to fill the machine with ice made by a separate machine or invest in a modular ice machine unit that can attach to the countertop unit where it sits.  To size your counterop unit properly, account for the fact that each person served from the machine will use 1.5 pounds of ice.

Contact the ice machine experts at American Services for assistance with choosing the right ice machine, accessories, and complimentary equipment today!