Stainless Steel: Cleaning Tips

Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Stainless steel is found in nearly every corner of a commercial kitchen. From dish rooms to prep areas, virtually every surface in a restaurant or commercial kitchen is made of the germ resistant material. Restaurant staff cleans the surface of any stainless steel at the end of the work day but are they cleaning it with the best practices to preserve the material? Below we have outlined the best ways to keep the stainless steel commercial kitchen equipment in your restaurant shiny and clean.

1. Use warm water to rinse the surface after each use throughout the day for general care of any stainless steel restaurant equipment.
2. To clean tougher messes, use a non-scratching coarse powder, like baking soda. If you cover the entire surface of the restaurant sink or prep table with baking soda, simply use a soft sponge while scrubbing in the same direction of the polish lines. If you motion in the opposite direction, you will scratch the stainless steel. Instead of water, rinse the baking soda with vinegar. This will remove stains and naturally disinfect.
4. To rid your stainless steel surfaces of resisting stains, like rust, create a paste with cream of tartar and lemon juice. Add this paste directly to the stain, and let it sit for thirty minutes. Next, you will just remove the paste and rinse the area. If the stain persists, add more of the mixture and let it sit a little while longer. This concoction should remove even the toughest stains.
5. To increase the sparkle of your stainless steel prep and cooking equipment, polish with flour, club soda, or lemon peel! Simply apply one of these three items, then rub with a soft cloth, rinse with warm water, and dry, your stainless steel equipment will look brand new!

No matter if you have new or used kitchen equipment, preserving the function and appearance is important. It's also essential to keep your stainless steel as clean as possible, as your restaurant serves many people each day. By following these tips you'll protect customers from illness and yourself from needing to invest in new equipment!

This article was inspired by jusmfg.com. For more stainless steel tips and information, check out their site!

Restaurant Table and Wall Decor Is Essential to Increase Dining Experience

Placing the Finishing Touches in Your New Restaurant

When opening a new restaurant, there are so many different items to purchase and set in place. From POS systems to commercial kitchen equipment, dining furnishings to flatware, and it doesn't stop there. You will have to create a cohesive menu, hire a friendly wait staff, and find a chef that will make your vision come to live. Unfortunately, there's still more. The restaurant decorations are meant to create a vibe and ambiance that flows with the entire restaurant. By adding these final touches to your wall and table space, you will create an experience for your guests that is one to remember.

Adding the perfect restaurant decor to your walls is important. While guests wait for the delicious meals, they will likely take a look around and discuss what they see. You may choose to hire a photographer that will capture professional pictures of your favorite dishes. If you're specializing in a particular type of food, Spain for instance, you may choose to showcase images of the region. No matter what you choose, ensure that each picture represents what your restaurant has to offer.

If you choose flowers or candles for your table tops, it is important to keep a few things in mind. While flowers are a lovely way to spruce up your tables and add romance to the air, they will likely need to be changed daily. Fresh flowers don't last long and replacing them each day can be quite costly. We suggest you stay away from plastic flowers and plants, as they can cheapen the look you're intending. Candles are also an enchanting way to add to a restaurant atmosphere. However, they will also need to be replaced. Utilizing battery powered votive candles in a beautiful holder can be a better solution for your budget.

While the food and service are highly important, don't let your restaurant decoration fall to the wayside. Regardless of the type of restaurant you are opening, it is critical to ensure that your decorations aren't an afterthought. If you create a space that is inviting and aesthetically pleasing, you're one step closer to impressing the guests.

This article was inspired by restaurantsupply.com. For more information, check out their site!


Top Rated Commercial Cooking Equipment Brands

Top Rated Commercial Cooking Equipment Brands

When investing in commercial kitchen equipment, first-time restauranteurs often ask about which brands offer the best life expectancy, quality, and value for the amount of money spent. To provide a little more guidance for our clients, we have decided to create a list of the industry's most trusted brands.

1. Vulcan. With over 150 years manufacturing commercial cooking equipment for a range of commercial kitchens including schools, hospitals, and food service companies, this brand knows a thing or two about large scale cooking equipment. Their ranges, broilers, and other cooking materials maintain a level of power and precision that certainly boasts their dedication to making professional griddles, ovens, and a plethora of preferred cooking materials.

2. Baker's Pride. Beginning in the 1940s, Baker's Pride constructed one of the industry's leading modern pizza ovens. To boot, they also manufacture a complete line of gas-powered equipment such as fryers, ovens, and more. It will, however, be more complicated to get your hands on their equipment. They limit selling to only carefully vetted companies to sustain their customer service and sales expectations.

3. Blendtec. If you need a frozen drink or smoothing maker, Blendtec is the company for you. Since the 1970s they continuously create equipment that is better than their last creation.

4. CMA Dishmachines. CMA distinguishes themselves by manufacturing powerful washing equipment that cleans dining utensils and dishes to a level that is unparalleled.

5. Turbo Air. Food preparation equipment made easy. Turbo Air produces equipment that is tested on a scale to ensure only the best materials and methods are used to create their equipment.

While there are many brands worthy of being utilized in commercial kitchens, these happen to be just a few of the best and brightest. Which are your favorites?

Consolidatedfoodservices.com inspired this article. Check out their site for more foodservice tips and information!






Advantages of Purchasing Used Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Advantages of Purchasing Used Commercial Kitchen Equipment

When opening a new restaurant there are several stressors. However, one of the largest investments restauranteurs is purchasing equipment for the kitchen. Many wonder if selecting used equipment is advantageous or troublesome. We have outlined some of the perks to going with used, to help you make your choice a little bit easier.

1. Saving Money. Used equipment is like buying a used car. You will not have to pay that hefty price tag for pre-owned equipment, as it's already left the lot. By purchasing used, you could save some serious capital that could be invested in renovations or other future expenses.

2. Like-New. As the restaurant industry has a high turnover rate, it's possible that second hand will practically be brand new. While you should examine the material for rust and missing pieces, you can find items that are fully functional that will save a pretty penny.

3. Negotiation. Prices for used equipment are not rigid. You can haggle with sellers. Don't be afraid to counter-offer. It could save you hundreds of dollars.

4. Complimentary Items. When purchasing several pieces of used equipment, you can request that the seller throws in an extra item to show good faith. This will help you save funds for more equipment, rehabilitation, or a rainy day!

Choosing new or used equipment really comes down to two things: preference and money. If you fancy new equipment and have the cash to get it, go for it! If it's not that important to have brand new, save yourself some dollars! What is your preference?

This article was inspired by thebalance.com (https://www.thebalance.com/pros-and-cons-of-buying-used-restaurant-equipment-2888611).

Necessary Items for a Restaurant Kitchen

Posted by Bill Cockrum

5 Necessary Items to Run a Restaurant Kitchen


For newcomers to the restaurant industry, the first question you may have is: "What equipment is vital to run a kitchen properly?". While every restaurant will require specialty tools, several pieces of equipment are necessary to produce dishes regardless of the style of food prepared. Below we have outlined five of the most essential pieces of commercial kitchen equipment used at any food service business.

  1. Refrigerators and freezers are quite possibly the most important items within a commercial kitchen. Without these, leftovers and perishables would spoil daily causing wasted money and possible food-bourne illness for guests.
  2. Convection ovens provide restaurants with the ability to cook more quickly and evenly, saving precious time. While a convection oven is not absolutely necessary, it is important that your restaurant has a commercial oven whether it is convection or conventional.
  3. Commercial grade dishwashers are critical for any type of restaurant. Washing dishes by hand can be extremely time consuming and not provide the proper sanitization to ensure customers don't get sick.
  4. Industrial ice machines provide much more than just cooling for beverages. If your restaurant has a salad bar or buffet, you will likely need to employ ice placed below the containers to make certain your food items remain chilled instead of hot and soggy.
  5. Food preparation and cleansing efforts would be next to impossible in a commercial kitchen without stainless steel sinks. Stainless steel is the best option for you restaurant, as its surface resists certain types of bacteria and germs.

Whether you are a veteran or novice restauranteur, you will need the proper equipment to provide the best service to your clients. Our list above is a good start, but you will likely need many more items to run a successful restaurant kitchen. What item do you find to be most useful?

This article was inspired by jesrestaurantequipment.com. Check out their site for more information!

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NRA Show 2016 Review

Posted by Travis Corley

Over the weekend, we took a drive to Chicago to attend the 2016 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show at McCormick Center.  While the free food and massage chairs contributed to an amazing time at the show, let’s face it, the NRA Show is about the equipment.  It’s where restaurant operators, and in our case restaurant equipment resellers, go to find the latest gadgets, devices and equipment that will help restaurant’s profits go through the roof. In this post, I will go over some highlights of this year’s show.


Ice, Ice, Baby (BCL Ice Machine Guide)

Posted by Travis Corley


Commercial ice machines form a critical link in the chain of operation in a restaurant or commercial kitchen.  Ice machines can also be one of the largest expenditures in your budget, so choosing a unit that works for your particular needs and situation is vitally important.

And now that the warm summer months are here, the time of year you are most likely to buy a new ice machine are upon us.  This guide is intended to help you choose the ice machine that’s right for you.


Commercial Convection Ovens

What is a convection oven?

A commercial convection oven is a free-standing unit that uses an internal wall-mounted fan to distribute hot air around the interior chamber. This method of heating reduces cooking times as it eliminates any cold air bubbles surrounding food items. And unlike conventional ovens, large batch recipes cook more evenly throughout, due to the efficient heat distribution.

This efficient piece of equipment has proven to be an indispensable appliance for many commercial kitchens including bakeries and high-volume catering operations. Models are available in half or full sizes with single or double deck designs.

commercial-refrig-4-guide BCL Restaurant Supply can help

Griddle Me This. The Secret to finding the Right Griddle Revealed

Let’s say you walk in to your local greasy spoon diner and order pancakes, eggs, bacon and a burger (it was a long night. Don’t judge!). Chances are pretty good that your food is being prepared on a commercial griddle. Commercial griddles are an invaluable piece of restaurant equipment. In addition to your breakfast bounty, they can cook chicken, sausage, breads and buns with ease by transferring heat from a metal plate directly into the food product. When choosing a griddle, there are two types of griddle plates you can choose from: thin and thick.

Thin PlatesThis plate griddle

Thin plates range from 3/8″ to 3/4″ thick. The benefits of thin plates are that they come up to temperature fast. There is quick heat transfer and faster heat recovery. Also, thin plates require less energy to achieve a set temperature. The disadvantages are few, but should be noted. For instance, thin plates may warp if preheated at high temperatures, so be careful when preheating. Also, they distribute heat less evenly. Thin plates are designed for light and medium-duty operations, such as breakfast-only diners.

Thick Plates

Thick plates range from 1″ to 1-1/2″ thick. Thick plates distribute heat more evenly and are less likely to warp. While thick plates require more energy to bring up to the desired temperature, they will retain heat longer. Thick plates are ideal for heavy-duty operations, such as 24-hour diners. They are also ideal for institutions and schools where frozen foods are more likely to be prepared and need more even heat distribution to cook properly.

Additional BenefitsLarge Thick Plate Griddle

Commercial griddles have individual heating controls, which allow you to cook a variety of foods at once. Side and back splashes contain grease splatter. Best of all, griddles create desirable effects on food, including that perfect golden-brown color and crispy crust that make diners salivate.

Ready to Buy?

Check out our online inventory here to find a huge variety of griddles and other quality pre-owned restaurant equipment, furnishings and supplies. Have a question? Call us at 618-274-4112 to speak with one of our helpful Pre-Owned Specialists. Happy griddling!