Product Review: Vollrath Redco InstaCut Dicers

To use fresh vegetables in a wide variety of dishes, your kitchen staff needs to take the time to dice them—which can take time you don’t have, especially during busy meal rushes. To help you save time, effort, and provide consistency in the sizes of the vegetables, I recommend using the Vollrath Redco InstaCut dicer. All Vollrath Redco InstaCut dicers...

Energy Efficiency Comparison: Holding/Proofing Cabinets

Energy Efficiency; The Proof is in the Pudding Insulation As our world continues to focus on energy consumption, Curtis Restaurant Supply is heeding the call to action by offering more efficient options for our customers. Metro heated holding/proofing cabinets are some of the most reliable in the industry. While there are many things to consider when choosing which type of...

Wonderful Watermelon Drink & Dessert Recipes

Which fruit exemplifies summer? Watermelon, of course. In Oklahoma, watermelon is plentiful and available at your local grocery store or farmers market, or it can be grown in your own backyard. The following recipes are a new twist on this refreshing summer favorite. Watermelon-Lavender Sorbet What better way to get a full serving of fruit than in this delicious sorbet....

Safety Compliance: The Importance of ANSI and NFPA Standards in Your Commercial Kitchen

Did you know? The American National Standards Institute, better known as ANSI, and the Canadian Standards Association, better known as the CSA Group, oversees the development of consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the United States and Canada. ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16 ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16 is the applicable standard for connectors for moveable gas appliances. Moveable gas...

So, You Need Some Restaurant Equipment: Important Questions to Ask Before You Purchase

Running a restaurant is a complex, exciting business. From menu planning and hiring staff, to managing expenses and keeping your kitchen in tip top condition with well-maintained cooking equipment. Commercial cooking equipment is a large investment that needs some research and planning. New Equipment  If you are purchasing equipment for a new foodservice establishment, the first thing to consider is...

Cocktails, Mocktails, and Holiday Grogs

So often, holiday-inspired drinks are reserved for Christmas. Why can’t we eat, drink, and be merry 12 months out of the year?! I’m here to tell you, we can!  Here are some fun recipes to get you thru the next few months. My favorite thing about “grogs” is that there isn’t a set recipe. Historically, grog was rum cut with...

Risky Business: Keep Customers Safe with these Food Cooling Procedures

At Curtis Restaurant Supply, we hear a lot about cooling food quickly, cooling food thoroughly, and the “danger zone” of temperatures. We have seen restaurants and corporations suffer long-term damages, both monetarily as well as reputationally, caused by lack of proper procedure in the kitchen. We have all seen the headlines. Are food contamination woes the result of improper cooling...

Santoku: A Beautifully Balanced All-Purpose Knife

The santoku is a general-purpose kitchen knife. It originated in Japan after World War II when the Japanese began eating more beef. It began its cult-like fame in early 2000 when TV chef Rachael Ray announced the santoku was her favorite knife. The santoku is a great all-around knife. It has a rocking motion which makes it ideal for slicing,...

Retail Paradigms: Online Shopping, Part 1

From the owner’s desk Last year, several large retailers filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. This continues a string of news reports regarding other large retailers either filing bankruptcy or closing stores. The reasons for these companies’ difficulties are likely many and varied, but a common thread that typically accompanies the news report stories is the impact of the internet...

Dos & Don’ts of Commercial Mixers

Remember these safety tips when operating a commercial foodservice mixer. Do: • Make sure mixer bowl is firmly in place • Attach proper paddle or whip securely • Place ingredients into mixer bowl • Close Guard Net • Raise bowl by turning the lever on the right side of the mixer. Do this while pushing and holding black start button...