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  1. How and When to Filter Fryer Oil - Fryer Oil Maintenance

    How and When to Filter Fryer Oil - Fryer Oil Maintenance

    No matter if your fryer is the workhorse of your kitchen or only cranked up a few times per week, maintenance is key for peak performance. Maintaining your fryer may seem like a daunting task, but there are a few simple steps that you can take to keep it running like new. 

    Filtering and changing your deep fryer oil is a must. 

    Fryer oil filtration prevents loose food particles from burning and ruining the flavor of your oil. Regular filtration can double the usable lifespan of your oil – saving you significantly on oil costs over time.

    The instructions below break down how and when to filter the oil in your deep fryer.

    Maintaining Built-in Filtration System

    In many commercial deep fryers, there is a built-in filtration system that makes filtering easier for the operator. Typically, these internal filtration systems are located inside the cabinet of the fryer. The system passes oil through a filter and catches particles, which can then be discarded. Refer to your operations manual for detailed instructions on how to complete the process.

    Check out this oil filtration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36c4qP9bvAY!

    The advanced technology in commercial appliances can save maintenance time for your staff and keep your kitchen efficient, clean and functioning at its best.

    Mobile Filters

    If your kitchen has a fryer without built-in filtration, mobile filters are a good option.

    Portable deep fryer oil filter systems require more labor than built-in filtration systems but are quicker than manually filtering the oil. Most mobile filters are compatible with a variety of manufacturer fryers. The process involves inserting a nozzle into the fry pot. The system filters the oil and returns it to the fry pot through the same hose.

    When to Filter Oil

    Many operators think that the major cost of adding a fryer to a commercial kitchen is the fryer itself. In reality, one of the highest costs is recurring oil replacement. By filtering and maintaining good oil cleaning practices, you can reduce this cost. 

    So, when is it time to filter your frying oil? There are a few tests you can run to measure its freshness. 

    Traditionally, the color of the oil has been a key indicator of its health. Oil is typically clear with a yellowish tint. When the oil gets darker or loses its transparency, it’s time to filter it. You can also invest in inexpensive fryer oil test strips. Simply dip a test strip into the oil and get a clear reading of whether to change or filter the oil. In some, more advanced commercial fryers, there are automatic oil detection and testing components that trigger a notification when it is time for maintenance. 

    As a rule of thumb, you will want to consider filtering after each daypart. For example, if you are open for lunch and dinner, filter after each meal. This schedule will, of course, be impacted by the types and volume of food you are frying.

    Filtering and Maintaining Your Fryer Oil

    Whether you just added a new fryer to your kitchen or you’re a seasoned fryer, the most important thing you can do to maintain the best frying practices is routine maintenance. Filtering oil is one of the easiest maintenance practices and can help save your business time and money. If you have questions about your specific fryer or you are in need of assistance when it comes to oil maintenance, our team is ready to help.

    Written by Vulcan: https://www.vulcanequipment.com/.

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  2. Spiked Ice Cubes

    Spiked Ice Cubes

    If you’re looking to add to your alcohol intake without physically drinking more alcohol, you can add alcohol to your ice cubes! Spiked ice cubes are a great way to counteract dilution and to add more flavor to your drinks, all while making your drink a bit stronger!

    How to Make

    Obviously, liquor shouldn’t freeze, but if you have the right combination of water and liquor, you can transform the mixture into an ice cube. You have to add enough water to the mixture to lower the alcohol by volume (AVP). It is recommended to use between 8% and 12% ABV when making a spiked ice cube and that two-thirds of the mixture be non-alcohol based.

    Benefit

    Dilution can be a big problem if you have a patron who takes their sweet time when finishing their drink. You don’t want the flavor of the drink to be lost in the shuffle as the ice melts into your drink. Spiked ice cubes will make the drink stronger as time passes and who doesn’t want that!

    Play around when creating spiked ice cubes and find the best way to create your ice cubes so that they will perfectly complement your drink. Your drink will evolve as you sip it!

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  3. Low Calorie Cocktails

    Low Calorie Cocktails

    Trying to stick to your New Year's resolution to lose weight and don’t want to give up alcohol? We get it - you want a drink after a long week at work. We’ve got some cocktails for you that are perfect if you’re trying to stick to a diet.

    Mojito – 150 Calories

    At around 150 calories, a mojito, which consists of rum, mint, lime, and soda, is a great drink when trying to cut calories. To avoid the excess sugar in the drink ask for half the simpele syrup (the drink is sweet after all!)

    Tequila and Soda – 100 Calories

    Tequila has a lower glycemic index than other alcohols. Foods and drinks with a low glycemic index are perfect for weight loss. The soda is calorie free and it pairs well with a vegetable or fruit garnish.

    Seabreeze – 180 Calories

    If you like to drink vodka cranberries, a seabreeze is a great low calorie option for you. The grapefruit juice cuts the amount of sugar in half and adds vitamin C.

    Mudslide – 184 Calories

    Mudslide’s can sometimes resemble a creamy, milkshake, but this recipe calls for Kahlua, vodka, and Irish cream liqueur. This combination still tastes like dessert, but is relatively low in calories!

    We’re here to help you stick to your weight loss resolutions, but we still want you to enjoy yourself. You can go out and have a relaxing night with any of these drinks without wrecking your weight loss goals!

     

     

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  4. Bar Marketing Ideas

    Bar Marketing Ideas

    Bars are a popular place where people gather to socialize, talk, drink, and dance. Attracting and engaging with customers is becoming more difficult as everyone seems to be taking on the role of bar owner. To keep your bar relevant and to differentiate it from the competition, you need to change your marketing tactics. Below are some fresh marketing tactics to attract customers:

    Audience

    You need to get specific when defining your audience. Focus on exactly the type of customer that you see on a daily basis. It doesn’t make sense to try to target the super rich if you’re a local bar, or to try to appeal to the older crowd if your customers are typically college students.

    Goals

    Set realistic and measureable goals. You don’t want to set a goal with the general hope of increasing business, but with exactly what you want to achieve. For example, you might want to set a goal of doing better than your competitors or getting people to arrive earlier and leave later. These results can be measured to see if your marketing tactics are efficient.

    Sports

    If you’re a sports bar, you should tailor your sports marketing ideas to include local professional, college, and maybe even high school sports. You can name drinks after athletes and play reruns of classic games during slow sports periods. The bar can be decorated with team colors and logos.

    Beer Specials

    Hold beer tastings or promote specials for certain beers to attract customers. You can offer your customers beer from around the world for a specific time period, and hold contests for creating and naming beers.

    With so many bars popping up virtually everywhere, you need to find a way to differentiate your bar from your competitors. Get creative and have fun when brainstorming marketing ideas!

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  5. 2020 Food Trends

    2020 Food Trends

    As we enter the New Year, we expect to see some new food trends. While they can sometimes be hard to spot, if you identify them and get ahead of the trends, you’ll be sure to make your restaurant a destination for customers. Here are some of the food trends we expect in 2020:

    Beans

    Beans have worked their way into our hearts (and our stomachs) whether we were aware or not. While they might not be the most photogenic food on the market, they’re a great protein source, especially for those who have taken on the quest to make their lives healthier.

    Keto

    It seems as if this high-fat, no starch diet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 2019 saw the introduction of Keto-based snacks to grocery stores around the country. We anticipate seeing more and more Keto-specific snacks hitting the shelves as we head into 2020.

    Reinventing the Pantry

    People are becoming more conscious of the food they’re stocking their pantries with. With healthier options becoming more readily available, people can stock their pantry with whatever they choose.

    Veggie-Snacks

    Companies have been capitalizing on health trends and bringing forth more vegetable-centric snacks. Think: cauliflower tortilla chips – or – cauliflower anything really!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to see the food trends that take over in 2020. We know you strive to provide the best food for your customers and your families!

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  6. Restaurant Equipment Brands

    Restaurant Equipment Brands

    Is it time for you to add or replace equipment in your restaurant’s kitchen? You want the best equipment you can get! You want to survey your options for the best equipment for your budget because you want your customers to have the best experience. Check out he list of some trusted equipment brands below:

    Cambro

    Cambro offers high-quality equipment that focus on safety and efficiency. Their best products include storage containers and smallwares.

    Vollrath

    Vollrath focuses more on professional-grade equipment. They have great options for pots and pans, and kitchen utensils

    Libbey

    Libbey is great for updating the front of your house. This brand is a leading designer in glassware and tableware for over two centuries.

    Hoshizaki

    Hoshizaki is a leader in ice machines – our favorite! They’re the world’s largest manufacturer of ice machines and related accessories, including refrigerators and freezers.

    We’re here to help you navigate the various brand options for restaurant equipment because variety can be tricky. Here are some of the brands we provide: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/brands!

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  7. New Year's Cocktails

    New Year's Cocktails

    If you haven’t caught on by now – we love to customize specialty drinks for each holiday. Here are some drinks below that you can use for any party you have for the New Year in the coming month:

    Midori Melon Ball Drop

    Whether you're sipping this drink as the ball drops in Times Square, or if you have this a few days later at a party—you’ll want this in your hand for the New Year.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 ounces melon liqueur
    • 1 ounce citrus vodka
    • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
    • ½ juiced lemon
    • Sugar (garnish)
    • Melon ball (garnish)

    Rim a chilled glass with sugar using a lemon to wet the rim before applying the sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, citrus vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake and strain into glass and garnish with melon ball.

    The Leap Year

    This cocktail is perfect for this year considering 2020 is a leap year!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 ounces gin
    • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
    • ½ ounce orange liqueur
    • ¼ ounce lemon juice
    • Lemon twist (garnish)

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, gin, sweet vermouth, orange liqueur, and lemon juice and stir. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

    Silver Sangria

    Sangria is always a classic for any party you’re hosting, but this silver sangria adds a bright New Year’s twist.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 ounces gin
    • 750 ml bottle white wine
    • 4 ounces white grape juice
    • 4 ounces sugar
    • 4 ounces grapes (sliced)
    • 1 apple (sliced)
    • 16 ounces ginger ale

    Dissolve the sugar in the white wine, gin, and grape juice in a pitcher, and then add the grapes and apple. Chill overnight and add ice and top with ginger ale before serving.

    A holiday is a great excuse to experiment with your drink skills and alcohol combinations. New Year’s is no different and your guests will surely appreciate the extra effort you put in!

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  8. The Perfect Ice Cube

    The Perfect Ice Cube

    You’ve probably noticed (and we’ve discussed it in past blog posts) that restaurants are in pursuit of the perfect ice cube. Artisanal-ice, which is very dense, is the new trend in ice and while it might not have the best name, it can greatly improve your cocktails.

    In an ice machine, ice freezes from all directions meaning that particles and impurities are likely to get trapped in the ice. You want your ice to be as dense as possible because the more dense the ice is, the clearer it becomes and the slower it melts. The densest ice comes straight from nature because of the constant water movement.

    Whether a cocktail actually contains ice or not, a cocktail is likely to come in contact with it at some point in the creative process. This might be through shaking and stirring—and will lead to some dilution, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. As we’ve mentioned before, certain drinks call for certain ice cubes. The goal is to avoid dilution as much as possible.

    To counteract dilution after finding the perfect ice cube for your cocktail, you can infuse certain flavors or herbs into the ice so that the flavor is released when the ice begins to melt. For example, some places mix water with chili pepper juice into their ice cubes for margaritas, so that when the ice melts, the drink becomes spicier.

    Depending on the type of cocktail you’re making, the ice will differ. Large, square ice is perfect for some drinks, but small or crushed ice might be better for other drinks. Read one of our past blog posts for more information on what type of ice is best suited for certain drinks: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/blog/post/size-matters-when-dealing-with-ice/!

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  9. Ring in the New Year at your Restaurant!

    Ring in the New Year at your Restaurant!

    Feeling blue now that Christmas is over? Think about keeping the party going and ringing in the New Year at your restaurant! Get ready to pull out all the bells and whistles to make this party a memorable way to celebrate the arrival of 2020. Below are some tips to pulling off a great New Year’s Eve Party:

    Party Ideas

    There are a variety of themes you can go with for the party. Fancy? Glow sticks? Decade party? You might want to give your customers a chance to dress up elegantly or to celebrate a past decade in honor of entering a new one! Get creative with your ideas and once you pick a theme--stick to it!

    Entertainment

    Once you decide on a theme, you have to decide how you can best entertain your guests. The music you choose is a game changer and can definitely make or break your party. Bring in a photo booth for the party to allow guests the opportunity to take pictures and remember they spent New Year’s Eve 2020 at your restaurant!

    Promotion

    A New Year’s party is no fun if no one attends! Use your social media to promote the party. Think about making a Facebook event or starting a hashtag that is unique to the party. Advertise in your restaurant and maybe even send out invites (if you have a loyalty program, send an e-vite to those enrolled in the program!).

    Party Supplies

    Create a limited menu and stock up so you don’t run out of anything! Have your bartenders create some New Year’s themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for your guests.

    Use the holiday season to your advantage and throw a party at your restaurant to bring in the New Year. No one wants to be lonely on New Year’s Eve—you’ll find that people will come for the company. After the party is over…sit back, relax, and reflect on 2019 and what a success your party was!

     

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  10. Patio Heaters

    Patio Heaters

    Brr…the cold is here and it isn’t leaving for a couple of months! You might feel a little sad about the fact that you closed your patio up and put all the furniture away, and maybe even saw a decline in profits, but instead of completely closing up your patio for the winter months, you should invest in some patio heaters. Here are a couple different patio heaters that might suit the needs of your restaurant and keep your patio going year round:

    Ambiance Heaters

    Ambiance heaters bring you the comfort of what looks like a roaring fire with no need to refuel the fire with wood or fuel. These heaters also have built in safety features that ensure the safety of your customers and employees. This heater will definitely help you attract those looking for a romantic date night.

    Sunglo Heaters

    There are four basic Sunglo models to choose from that you can pick to fit your restaurant's direct needs. If you have a small patio, you can choose a heater that hangs from the ceiling so you can maximize floor space.

    Infratech Heaters

    These heaters are great if you want your customers to feel the warmth, but not be able to see the heat source. Infratech heaters are energy efficient and are offered in a variety of models to fit your restaurant’s needs.

    Patio space is so valuable for a restaurant and patio heaters can help you keep it open year round and maximize your profits. Check out the heat lamps we have available for purchase on our website: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/commercial-patio-heaters!

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