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COOKING EQUIPMENT

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Smoker Smarts: Specifying Traditional, Dedicated Smokers

With its tender texture and smoky flavor, barbecue has been an American favorite for decades. But during the pandemic, some found an added benefit: It holds up well for takeout.

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OPEN VS. PRESSURE FRYING: CHEF GREGG KEEPS IT REAL

A COMMON DEBATE: OPEN VS. PRESSURE FRYING There is almost nothing more rewarding than taking a restaurant concept from ideation to fruition. As a chef, helping operators navigate this journey…

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The Limitless Possibilities of a Chicken Menu

One big reason chicken is so popular is that there are so many ways to prepare it. Whole roasted… 8-piece fried… wings, tenders, thighs… and that’s just the bird. Breadings, seasonings and cooking…

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Conveyor Ovens Roll Forward

Leave it and retrieve it. That’s how one manufacturer describes the simplicity of cooking with a conveyor oven.

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REFRIGERATION & ICE MACHINES

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6 Ways You May Be Neglecting Your Ice Machine Maintenance

You probably don’t often think about the machine that makes your ice. But ice machines help food service operations accomplish many essential tasks, from making beverages refreshingly cold to holding…

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Take Your Pick: Modern Prep Tables

With so many choices, it’s hard to not find an ideal refrigerated prep table.

Holding Up To The Heat: Making Sure Your Refrigeration Equipment Is Ready For Summer

Refrigeration equipment works hard but even more so during the summer. The extra heat makes it more difficult to maintain a consistent temperature and increases risk of breakdowns and product…

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SERVING COUNTER EQUIPMENT

Why Choosing the Right Serving Line is Good Business

While aesthetics and functionality are always top of mind when considering a new serving line solution, it’s important that operators…

FURNISHINGS & DECOR

DIY Fix: Adjust Food Shields

If your facility boasts convertible food shields, and needs to shift from self-service to full-service to increase safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, follow these general steps.

SMALLWARES & TABLETOP

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Product Spotlight: A Refreshing Batch of Beverage Service Companions

From glassware to syrup dispensers, check out the latest beverage service companions from smallwares and tabletop makers.

VENTILATION

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Air Now: Explore the Latest Happenings With CKV Systems

There was a time when working in the kitchen meant you were stuck in a noisy, hot, sticky environment, sometimes…

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WAREWASHING & SCRAPPING

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Powered Sinks Take Care of the Dirty Work

Powered sinks let employees focus on other tasks besides hand-scrubbing pots and pans.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How To Choose a Door-Type Dishmachine

Energy Star Version 3.0 pushes door-type dishmachines to the next level of efficiency.

Knowing your menu and capacity will help you select the best bowl size for your three-compartment sink. What you’re cooking dictates what types of wares you’ll wash, and you’ll need a bowl size large enough to completely submerge them. Courtesy of Advance Tabco.

How To Specify a Three-Compartment Sink

Study materials, construction and bowl sizes when specifying an off-the-shelf three-compartment sink.

How a Keen Eye Helped Fix a Flight-Type Dishmachine

Watching how people use equipment can help you diagnose an issue.

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STORAGE & CARTS

Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

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Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

My Equipment Wishlist: Hot-Cold Pickup Shelves

For a growing number of customers, the perfect restaurant experience is walking through the door, breezing past the line, finding a bag with their name on it and walking out—without ever speaking to a human.

CFS Brands Acquires Piper Products

Conglomerates consolidate a dozen brands under one parent

WARMING & HOT HOLDING EQUIPMENT

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Sizing Up Visual Modular Holding Cabinets

Drive-thru ordering has surged during the pandemic as more consumers opt to dine off-premise and turn to the convenient and…

BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Direct-Draw Systems

FER compares direct-draw beer dispensers manufactured by Beverage-Air, Glastender, Perlick and Hoshizaki.

CUSTOMER-FACING TECHNOLOGY

5 Key Areas to Help Manage Your Online Ordering Boom

Many foodservice operations watched online ordering grow their revenue during the past few years. However, during the pandemic, online ordering…

WASTE MANAGEMENT & JANITORIAL

Understanding UV Light

For years, ultraviolet light has been integrated into foodservice equipment. Now its getting a second look as a tool for fighting COVID-19.

FOOD PREPARATION EQUIPMENT

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Sizing Up Floor Mixers

If you’re in the market for a floor mixer, you likely already know all about the high-capacity perks, but these machines surely aren’t one-size-fits-all.

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Mixing it Up—What to Look for in a Countertop Mixer

The countertop mixer is the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen—small but mighty, with the power to perform various functions.

Selecting Pizza Pans? Here’s What You Need To Know

With so many varieties of pizza pans, here’s how to select the one that will provide the optimal bake.

Benefits of a Connected Kitchen

Gone are the days when we believed household appliances could only talk to each other and act on their own in science fiction movies. In fact, “In other industries, such…

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