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Should Your Restaurant Stay Open on Thanksgiving?

More and more families have decided to make Thanksgiving dinner reservations at a local restaurant, instead of preparing an elaborate meal at home. This phenomenon is bringing more business to restaurants during the holiday season, but it also puts strain on your staff and keeps them away from their families. In this guide, we’ve listed a few popular chain restaurants open on Thanksgiving, as well as some key factors that can help you decide whether to keep your restaurant open.

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The Benefits of Probe Cooking

Food thermometers provide valuable information about a product’s internal temperature. Whether you’re cooking proteins or veggies, you can use a probe to find out whether a food's temperature is outside of the “danger zone” (between 40° and 140°F). This ensures that dangerous bacteria have been neutralized and the food is safe to eat. In this guide, we’ve shared a few benefits of temperature probe cooking.

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Energy Efficient Kitchen Equipment

We all know restaurants consume a ton of energy. With so many appliances involved in creating a menu, it’s crucial to invest in energy efficient kitchen equipment. With inefficient equipment, you may be throwing away thousands of extra dollars for no reason. In this guide, we’ve shared a few of our favorite restaurant kitchen efficiency tips, so your operation can help conserve resources and save money.

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What are the Benefits of Boilerless Equipment?

Boilerless ovens use a different approach to creating steam, and they have distinct benefits that boiler ovens can’t compete with. Typically with boilerless technology, cold or room-temperature water is sprayed onto a much hotter surface, which creates steam inside the unit. Then, fans circulate the steam throughout the oven chamber. On the other hand, boiler-based ovens heat up water in a separate tank, so that steam can be sent to the oven chamber when needed.

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The Best Kitchen Equipment for Fast Food Restaurants

In a fast food kitchen, speed and efficiency is virtually everything. Of course, customers want to enjoy a quality meal, but many people visit a fast food restaurant because they don’t have time to waste. To that end, some kitchen equipment lends itself to the fast food business model, which relies on quick cooking processes, holding equipment and limited space. In this guide, we’ve shared fast food equipment recommendations that maintain food quality, while still achieving results in record time.

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What is a Blast Chiller? The Importance of Food Safety.

In recent years, more restaurant kitchens have added a blast chiller to their line, because of the culinary possibilities and food safety enhancements this device offers. So, what is blast chiller equipment, and how does it work? Essentially, the chiller “blasts” a food item with lightning-fast and extremely cold air. It’s a handy solution for chilling wine and other beverages, and you can use it for food as well. In this guide, we’ve shared how a blast chiller works, as well as a few popular applications for today’s restaurant kitchens.

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Experience Alto-Shaam at the 2018 NACS Show

We’re so excited to showcase our products at the 2018 NACS Show in Las Vegas from October 7 to 10. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s show is expected to be the biggest yet. With more than 24,000 industry professionals coming together in the 400,000+ square foot expo, this is a key event for the convenience store and fuel retailing industry.

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How to Display Food on a Buffet

When executed properly, a buffet offers something delicious for everyone. Unfortunately, most buffets run into shortcomings that take the spotlight away from the food. Whether it’s an unsafe approach, an unattractive presentation, or a poorly planned layout, there are a lot of logistical hurdles to jump when putting a buffet together. In this guide, we’ve shared how to display food on a buffet with four common-sense tips.

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4 Trends in Overnight Cooking

When most people think of overnight slow-cooking, they picture large cuts of meat that are falling off the bone. In fact, overnight cooking can be used for a wide range of recipes, and low-temperature ovens have become a staple in the restaurant world. Below, we've shared four of the most popular overnight recipes that you can make with a Cook & Hold oven.

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