1. Why Salad Is King and Why it Matters to your Business!

    Salad is fast leaving behind its humble roots as a small, perhaps wilted, side dish to the main course and becoming the star attraction of the dining experience! Health conscious consumers are craving fresh greens, vegetables, and low carb options, and restaurants across the country are catering with a variety of healthy options.

    Putting an emphasis on super greens, kale remains king of the game, but other micro greens such as arugula and seasonal watercress are key components to creating a salad that will impress. Regular romaine is fine, but offering different options will keep your customers happy (and healthy!) In addition, organic bibb lettuce is a gourmet option well suited to fine dining establishments. Sprouts, which can be easily grown in house, are another super food that the health conscious crowd will quite literally eat up.

    In terms of toppings, healthy vegetables take center stage also. Good bets are seasonal and colorful - pomegranate seeds in the winter and radishes in the spring for example. If you work with local farms, putting the names of your suppliers on the menu will also increase your social equity and allow for a higher price point - and profit margin! for your business.

    In terms of protein, offering several options at different price points is always a great option. A simple fried egg at a low price point is a classic and delicious bistro edition to almost any salad. Scallops are delicous, simple, and can elevate the price of a salad entree to that or a regular entree. A simple steak, chicken, and salmon option will give your guests variety and ensure that their leafy greens provide a full and balanced meal. If you have a large vegetarian crowd, consider adding seasoned tofu to your menu options so that they can choose something to satisfy their dietary needs - tempura fried buffalo tofu is simple to make and delicious!

    Need more proof that salad should take center stage? McDonalds - a chain usually associated with very UNHEALTHY foods - is revamping its image and menu offerings with a salad which now includes red leaf lettuce and colorful carrots. If the food giants are taking notice of the health conscious consumer - chances are you should too! Up your salad game and stay on top of this delicous, healthy summer trend.
  2. The Moffat Convection Oven Is No Slouch For These Foods

    Food PlateThe Moffat convection oven is no slouch when it comes to efficiently and accurately cooking foods.  Rather than having simple burners where the food is unevenly cooked (not a bad thing for certain applications), there are fans inside the chamber which evenly circulate the heat. 

    Where do you get the best results with a Moffat convection oven?

    • Meats

    Convection ovens are delightful for meats, as they give a good all-around cook.  Many of the ovens out there will switch between your convection and your conventional, so if you’re fond of the broiled flavor in the last few minutes, you can definitely do that.

    • Vegetables

    If you’re fond of vegetables that cook right every time, the convection oven really stands out.  You can use all of the trays to get those veggies out, making for more efficient time spent in the kitchen.

    • Cookies and Pastries

    The cookies and pastries in your Moffat oven mean that you have to be just a bit more careful with using them.  The fans can sometimes topple the delicate pastries, and there might be different cooks with the texture, but it can be done.

    You can cook nearly anything that you want in a convection oven.  How it turns out is more dependent on the knowledge that you have of your particular oven.  That expertise will yield better food.

  3. The Scotsman N0422A-1

    Nugget IceYour restaurant is planned from the ground up, yet there are many restaurant owners out there who will accept just any ice machine in their place. The type of ice that you serve in your drinks could be a differentiating factor.

    For instance, we’re quite fond of the Scotsman N0422A-1 Air Cooled 420 LB Nugget Ice Machine. Yes, that’s its formal name. In reality, this particular Scotsman ice machine is a workhorse which produces pound after pound of delicious, crunchable ice.

    Let’s take a look at some of the features of the N0422A

    • Produces up to 420 pounds of nugget ice per day.

    • Air-cooled condenser keeps machine water waste at a minimum. In fact, it uses up to 50% less water than the comparable cube ice machines.

    • The easily removable side panels make cleaning and maintaining the ice machine a snap.

    • Easy-to-read indicator lights give you up to the minute status reports on what the ice machine is up to.

    • Less than 2 feet wide, allowing the ice machine to fit in the most compact spaces.

    Take the time to choose your favorite ice type and your favorite ice machine using our ice machine buyer’s guide. You’ll learn all about the ice machine world.  

  4. Turbo Air Refrigeration

    Turbo Air RefrigerationTurbo Air is a newer refrigeration company but they are already turning heads. They formed in 1997 with the goal of becoming the most respected company in the refrigeration field. The way they plan to do that is through constant innovation.

    Some of their unique features include using stainless steel shelving in refrigerators. Refrigerator shelves made of PVC or enameled metal do wear out over time, but stainless steel will last the life of the refrigerator. They are also much easier to clean and sanitize in case of spills.

    Instead of a dial to control the temperature of the refrigerator, they use a digital display that shows the exact temperature. This lets restaurants know immediately if something is wrong with the refrigerator. It also helps them raise or lower it if they need a particular temperature for an item. All it takes to adjust it is a push of a button.

    They also have a long warranty period on all their models, and they cover a wide range of refrigeration needs. If you’re looking for bar refrigeration, commercial restaurant refrigeration or freezers, or refrigerated display cases, Turbo Air has a product for you.

    For more information about Turbo Air and the products we carry, click on the link above. We’re sure you’ll be happy with their innovative and environmentally-friendly products.

  5. Why are True Refrigerators and Freezers Great?

    True RefrigerationRestaurant equipment is made all over the world, but sometimes you really want something that is made in the USA. If you want your refrigeration units to be built in America, look no further than True brand refrigerators. They are the best of the best. From 2001 to 2011, their refrigeration units were awarded Best in Class.

    Why are they so good? First is their rigorous quality inspection process. Every tester runs refrigerators for 4-6 hours and freezers for at least 16 to test for potential breakdowns.  During testing the temperature and systems are rigorously monitored. If you buy a new True refrigerator or freezer, you know you are getting a quality product.

    The shelving is made out of larger diameter steel for strength and is powder-coated. You won’t have to worry about shelves cracking or peeling. They are also environmentally friendly. Their Ecomate insulation uses no CFCs in manufacturing and will not off-gas these harmful chemicals. Even the fans are heavy duty. You shouldn’t have to even think about the fan for 15-20 years on your True unit.

    Simply put, our True brand refrigerators and freezers are among the best units you can get.  Be True to yourself and your kitchen.

  6. Is your Ice Scoop Scratched?

    ice-scoop There is an essential accessory to every ice machine. Most people never even think about it until it’s missing. It keeps ice from becoming dirty. It fills bins and glasses without complaint. We’re talking about the humble ice scoop.

    If you’ve been reading our blog, you’ve read many articles about what happens when employees scoop ice with their hands. That causes bacterial infections that could dirty the entire bin, make your customers sick, and give your restaurant a black mark on a health inspection. Scooping ice with a glass is almost worse. Ever try to find broken glass inside of a bin of ice? It’s impossible to get it all. The whole batch must be dumped so the bin can be cleaned.

    One of the brands of scoop we sell is Browne Foodservice. They come in several different sizes and materials, have a finger grip handle, a round bottom, and a lovely polished sheen. They can be considered the best utilitarian ice scoop for the job.


    Take a look at your scoop. Is it made of plastic? Is it starting to scratch? Are you afraid it’ll break one day when you’re filling the ice bucket? Try a metal scoop instead from Browne Foodservice. And don’t use your hands!

  7. Presto Equipment at Ice Machines Plus

    presto Ice machines are our main business, but we have plus in our name for a reason. We deal in several other kinds of restaurant equipment for our customers. Today, we want to highlight our Presto brand equipment. We sell Presto meat slicers and commercial mixers.

    No deli or sandwich shop could get away without owning a slicer these days. Adjustable meat slicers let restaurants slice meat to whatever thinness they need off of a larger hunk. Meat slicers also work well for many cheeses, though this depends on the cheese and the model. They are essential pieces of equipment for anyone who handles sandwich meats. We carry Presto’s 10” model and 12” model, plus a deluxe 12” model.

    Presto is also a well-respected brand for standing mixers. Any restaurant that needs dough needs a large-sized mixer for mixing it in large quantities. Presto has 10 quart, 20 quart, and 30 quart models and we carry them all. All models come with a bowl guard, a wire whip, a flat beater and a dough hook. All models that we carry are planetary mixers and are gear driven, not belt driven.

    The Presto mixers and slicers stand for high quality and a dedication to making sure that the prep for your restaurant is carried off without a hitch.  From huge bowls of food to giant slices of meat, Presto can handle it all. 

  8. Metalfrio Bar Refrigerators

    Metalfrio Metalfrio has been making refrigeration equipment for over 50 years.  They’re a well-respected worldwide brand.  These masters of refrigeration have been making many sizes of undercounter bar refrigerators for years, and we’re very thankful for them.  They’re a must for any barkeep who wants to keep their beer and condiments chilled.

    Metalfrio sells many types of bar refrigeration, and we sell two main types from their lineup. The first is a bottle cooler. Bottle coolers can fit under the bar or at the back of the bar. They’re designed to keep beer and wine cooler bottles cold and secure. All models have lockable doors and a removable bottle opener and lid catcher. They’re great for storing bottles of alcohol that every bar has but doesn’t need a fancy display for. We sell 50” and 65” varieties.

    Back bar coolers are meant to go against the back of the bar under the liquor. There are two main varieties. One has solid stainless-steel doors and the other has glass doors. The glass door models can form an attractive display case to show off special items and help barbacks find what the customer needs. The solid ones are good for bars that don’t have an undercounter refrigerator. They can store their gear behind them without putting it on display. We offer Metalfrio’s 11.8, 15.8, and 19.6 cubic ft. models in both solid door and glass door.

    All of these models have 8 ft electrical cords that work with normal 120v outlets. No fancy plugs necessary! Check out our store catalog page for more information about our Metalfrio models.

  9. The Scotsman CU0515GA-1

    Gourmet Ice We have a fascination with gourmet ice. Clear, solid cubes of ice are far more attractive in a drink than ice from the gas station. Gourmet ice also melts much slower and keeps drinks colder longer, a benefit when drinking alcohol. How can you get your hands on this kind of ice?

    Try the Scotsman CU0515GA-1 Air-Cooled 84 LB Gourmet Ice Undercounter Ice Machine. This machine is perfect for any bar that wants high-quality ice. This self-contained machine can produce 84 pounds of ice per day and hold 24 pounds at a time in the integrated bin. It is made of stainless steel and quite attractive to the eye, and at only 28” high it can fit in many places other ice machines cannot. The legs are also height-adjustable.

    This machine is air-cooled, which reduces the amount of water waste compared to a water-cooled machine. It uses 37 gallons of water for every 100 pounds of ice. It comes with a seven foot power cord as well. We also sell all accessories for this machine, including filters, cleaning product, sanitizing product, and descaling equipment. And it also comes with a three years parts and labor warranty on all components and a five year parts warranty on the compressor and condenser.

    Once you’ve had gourmet ice, you’ll definitely want it for your customer’s drinks. Give our machine a try. Call our sales reps for more information about how you can get the Scotsman CU0515GA-1.

  10. What we love about the Scotsman C0330MA

    Scotsman C0330maWe believe that every ice machine has a purpose over here at Ice Machines Plus. Each ice machine that we sell is special.  We talked a bit yesterday about one of Ice-O-Matic’s ice dispensers.  Today, we wanted to tell you what we love about the C0330MA paired with a hotel ice dispenser.

    • When you’re running a big hotel, you need a hotel ice maker that can keep up with the volume.  The C0330MA can produce up to 400 pounds of ice per day, which means that it’s just under 20 pounds of ice per hour.
    • The Scotsman C0330MA is paired with a bin that can hold up to 180 pounds of ice, so if there’s a run to the ice machines, this machine can handle it.  There are no lag times on ice even for for large hotels.
    • Washes away waste after every cycle to lower and eliminate the amount of scale buildup that’s caused from hard water.
    • No need to dismantle the ice machine when the dispenser and the bin need to be cleaned.  The top pane is removable, which makes it a snap to get inside there and sanitize the bin.
    • The machine can handle nearly any bucket that’s put in front of it. This machine and bin combination are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

    If it’s maintained well, the hotel ice machine that you choose for your place is going to last for a long, long time.  Choose just a little bit more than you need, and you should be ready to go.  

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