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  • A buyer's guide to commercial mixers

    If you are in the market for a commercial mixer, if so you need to research about all the different brands available and what there features can do for you. You needs will depend on your menu and on the amount and frequency of food preparation needed to be produced by your kitchen.

     

    The company to buy from is the one that  best understands your menu, there is a world of difference between the needs of a bakery and a quick serve restaurant.

    How to find a Vendor

    Certain factors are important when looking for a potential commercial kitchen mixer supplier. The vendor should be able to answer all of your questions.  If there is a showroom available, go and visit, ask questions, walk around, chat with the staff, they may even hold classes and brand demonstrations. Lastly and with equal importance make sure your vendor of choice can also deliver on the after sales service and can support you through the new equipment warranty period.

    Points to take into Consideration

    The first point to note is that of cost versus quality. Don’t get hung up on the price and forget to consider what a quality product it is – after all, this will affect your business in the long term. The manufacturer or vendor needs to have a good reputation, knowledgeable staff and a solid process for maintenance and repairs when needed.

    The vendor you choose should be a leader in the field and have a sound knowledge of your business and the equipment you use. They should know learn the ins and outs of your business and how the food preparation chain works in order to recommend the best unit for your needs.

    The potential vendor has to be reliable and has to provide a genuine parts and sales back-up service. Their staff should be able to recommend companies that can install your new equipment properly and help maintain it for you. After all, you have invested in this machinery.

    Always remember that GP Parts Direct is on hand to help and assist you with OEM replacement parts – visit us at www.gp-partsdirect.com call us now for a quote and information.

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  • Tips for choosing an energy efficient commercial kitchen mixer

    Commercial kitchen mixers are an absolute necessity in your restaurant or hotel kitchen. They were first used as early as the 19th Century, as a simple kitchen appliance. However in response to the large scale development of hotels, eateries and restaurants a whole host of commercial mixers were designed for every use and menu imaginable.

     

    Commercial kitchen equipment has been criticized for using far too much energy. With movement towards a greener planet gaining momentum, commercial kitchens have as a whole come under scrutiny. They have become hotbeds of power saving opportunity. To compound the power use issue equipment is generally not serviced or repaired at regular enough intervals, and it therefore uses more power than necessary. So, your number one tip is to have your mixers serviced regularly especially larger units mixing heavy loads.

     

    Repair or Buy?

     

    Repairing old machinery with food service equipment parts may not be the answer when old appliances fail or break down. The old machines could well be so energy inefficient that it could cost more in the long run to keep repairing, than to invest in efficient, new pieces of equipment.

     

    Look around, get advice and see which option will benefit you more in the long term. You need to go with the most cost effective solution – money-wise and energy-wise. Research shows that food preparation and cooking equipment can use up to 35% of the total energy expenditure in a restaurant, so you need to be as energy efficient at possible.

     

    Looking for OEM Commercial Kitchen Mixer Parts

     

    Food service equipment can last from 5 to 25 years depending on the characteristics of the machine.

    Should you decide to repair your equipment, and need commercial kitchen mixer OEM parts, then look no further than GP Parts Directs. Visit www.gp-partsdirect.com, with over 400 manufacturers in stock, they will be able to help you with what you need.

     

    Another way to save energy with your Commercial Mixer

     

    As with all commercial kitchen equipment - large or small - keeping it clean and in good working condition can make an impact. Make sure your staff is properly trained to carry out a correct and thorough cleaning routine every day, which will help prolong the energy and the life of the machine.

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  • Not all Commercial Kitchen Mixers are Created Equal

    Commercial kitchen mixers come in a variety of sizes and weights, they can sit on a counter top or stand on the floor as a separate unit in your kitchen.  Floor units are very heavy, solid pieces of machinery that will take up a whole corner of a commercial kitchen. These pieces of equipment are specially designed to mix large batches of dough for anything from breads to frostings, in a short period of time.

     

    Floor mixers have different attributes that set them apart from each other. Some are planetary mixers; others are vertical cut mixers or spiral mixers. The planetary mixer is the most common.

     

    Where to get Commercial Kitchen Mixer Parts

     

    GP Parts Direct has been in the market as a commercial kitchen mixer parts supplier for years. They supply all other restaurant kitchen equipment parts as well. They are the company to go to for all OEM replacement parts for commercial kitchen equipment that you may need.

     

    Kitchen Mixer Replacement Parts

     

    The planetary mixer is so called because it works similarly to the planets in our solar system going around the sun. It is a very useful piece of equipment to have in your commercial kitchen in that it is very versatile and it is equipped for bulk processing.

     

    It is easy to get commercial kitchen mixer replacement parts from GP Parts Direct.  If the machine mal-functions and stops working, you can call GP Parts Direct and they will ship the spare part to you on the same day so you do not lose any production time.

     

    What to Choose when buying a Commercial Kitchen Mixer

     

    It is important to decide whether your commercial kitchen mixer will be belt or gear driven. If you will be using it for large scale operations and mixing heavy doughs, then it is better to go for a gear driven model – and remember metal gears are more durable than plastic ones. The mixing bowls also come in different sizes – from 5 quarts up to 60 quarts. You can also get gallon sizes. A mixing bowl on a medium sized floor mixer will usually hold 20 to 30 quarts.

     

    Your mixer can also be delivered with a number of attachments to make your mixing life easer – things that can speed up the process of meat grinding for example, or maybe chop vegetables, or even to make pasta.

     

    Why GP Parts Direct

     

    Whatever commercial kitchen mixer you purchase, you can rest assured that any OEM replacement parts can be efficiently ordered from GP Parts Direct and delivered next day if needed. Visit us at www.gp-partsdirect or call us and experience our service excellence – 1-888-498-1238.

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  • School's Open! – Five Valuable Health Checks for Your Cafeteria

    The new school year is about to begin, but before it’s time to open the doors, it’s important that you do a maintenance check of your cafeteria. Here are five health checks for your cafeteria to help you keep things running as smoothly as possible;

     

    ✔Can your equipment breathe?

    A healthy environment for your equipment begins with ensuring they can breath.  Are the filters in your stove hoods fresh and clean? One area of particular concern is your restaurant’s kitchen hood which, if not properly cleaned and maintained, poses a serious risk of fire.

    Cooking produces a number of effluents including grease, moisture, and smoke. With the exhaust fan on, each of these components is drawn up through the kitchen hood, through the filters, and in to the ductwork building up over time. Once the buildup is sufficient, it becomes a fire hazard—which can only be prevented through routine cleaning or replacement

     

    What is the temperature?

    Are the refrigerators cold?  Food safety is paramount in school cafeterias so it is of utmost importance that your refrigeration systems are maintaining a low enough temperature to avoid the “Danger Zone” or above 40° F. If not, maintenance may be in order. For more information on measuring the temperatures in your refrigeration units visit, www.fsis.usda.gov.

     

    Are the ovens hot?  When was the last time the ovens have been calibrated?  Is your oven thermometer in working order?  When baking meat and poultry, it is important to ensure the oven is at 325° F or higher.  Now is the time to test the ovens to ensure their thermostats are working correctly.

     

    Do any of the gaskets need replacing?

    The function of gaskets is to keep the cold in refrigeration equipment, and hot in, you guessed it, ovens.  If a gasket, either on the cold side or hot side of the business is cracked, dirty with grime, or worse, mold, the sealing mechanism may not function correctly.  If the gasket is not seated correctly, the vacuum will not provide a tight seal between the door and the appliance, which may impact the temperature regulation, putting the preservation of your food and energy efficiency at risk.  Gaskets may be cleaned, but if they are cracked they will need to be replaced.

     

    Does the ice machine need cleaning and sanitization?

    Ice is considered a food by the FDA so it is just as important that your ice making machine is clean and operating correctly as your other equipment.  Your ice machine should be cleaned at least every six months.  If you are noticing that your Ice machine does not release ice or is slow to harvest, the quality of ice is poor, or it is producing at a lower than normal capacity, chances are your machine needs to be cleaned and sanitized.

     

    Are there any moving parts that need to be lubricated?

    Your equipment is a valuable asset to the operation of your cafeteria and needs constant maintenance to work in top form.  Not only does poorly maintained equipment run inefficiently, it may breakdown,-costing time, money, and most important, potential safety issues in your operation. Lubricants reduce friction around moving parts within your equipment and should one of the first and most important of maintenance checks you conduct. Look for signs of excess oil or grease build-up. Check for leaks around oil seals.  It is important to use the right lubricant, check the manufacture’s recommendation.  If you need help determining what to use, GP-PartsDirect is one source available to assist you.

     

    A complete list of resources and guidelines for healthy school cafeteria cleaning is available on the federal food safety website: https://www.foodsafety.gov/.  This information can help you ensure that your cafeteria meets the standards, and is a healthier environment for you and your students.

     

    If your maintenance activity identifies parts that are old and need to be, look no further than GP-PartsDirect. We will help you find the manufacturer recommended replacement parts for cafeteria equipment as well as manufacturer recommended cleaning supplies. Contact us today for further information.

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  • Purchasing decisions: Is energy efficiency a priority?

    When you’re running a restaurant, your primary concerns is whether your customers are enjoying their dinning experience. However, let’s not forget that healthy profits are the backbone on which great restaurants are built.  One way to ensure that you can maximize your profits is through energy efficient use of restaurant kitchen equipment. Here are a few tips on how to make energy efficiency a priority in your kitchen and reduce your energy bill:

     

    Regular maintenance is a must

     

    It’s well known that kitchen equipment that is not functioning optimally can draw more power. Don't wait for equipment to actually break down - rather schedule regular maintenance check ups with an experienced technician.   A CFESA industry-certified technician will be able to tell you if any of your restaurant kitchen appliances need repair and which parts need replacing, to ensure your equipment is operating efficiently.

     

    Choose high quality parts

     

    When replacing parts, it is important to follow the manufacturer guidelines. O.E.M. replacement parts are always the best option. Skimping on correct maintenance may prevent your equipment from operating to its original specification which can lead to components overworking and increasing your energy bill. Whether you are sourcing parts for a commercial ice machines parts or a food processor, choose a reputable supplier to ensure that the parts you are buying are manufacturer recommended,

     

    Look at long-term versus short-term costs

     

    If you have energy saving goals, you may consider replacing restaurant kitchen equipment with appliances that are specifically made to be energy efficient. These appliances may be more expensive than regular equipment, but the long-term savings should more than make up the difference. Do some investigating and compare your energy bill using standard appliances versus the projected energy use with efficient appliances and the benefits will be obvious.

     

    Use kitchen friendly technology

     

    Technology for the food services industry is advancing every day. Ensure you are aware of developments that help you save energy, such as induction cooking, energy efficient fryers and griddles and variable-speed hoods with heat adjustment controls.

     

     

    Need to reduce your energy bill? New appliance parts could well be the solution. GP-PartsDirect

    sells replacement O.E.M. restaurant kitchen equipment parts for most major brands. Contact us today for further information.

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  • Stay ahead of the game with stadium food service latest trends

    Food plays a major role at sporting events. After all, who doesn’t love a hot dog and sipping on something cold to drink while enjoying the game? These days however, stadium food service is evolving as fans begin to expect more variety and quality from the food that is offered. This has led to new demands in terms of stadium food service equipment to meet the needs of increasingly diverse tastes and expectations.

     

    Here are a few trends that are affecting the stadium food service industry:

     

    More restaurant like options

     

    People love good food. With the popularity of reality cooking programs such as Masterchef, the public is more aware of food trends and this is filtering down into stadium food services. Stadiums are gearing up to give the people what they want - great food that reflects restaurant trends, and not just the traditional sports event fare of hot dogs, hamburgers and beer.

     

    Local rather than corporate sponsored menus

     

    There’s been a big push in recent years for stadiums to feature menus from local chefs rather than sponsored food offerings. So what we’re seeing is more chef driven concepts within stadiums, which is in line with the public desire for fresh, authentic and diverse cuisine.

     

    More need for stadium food service equipment

     

    While in pervious years, choice was limited and catering facilities were really only needed for club seats and suites.  The diversity that stadiums are now offering in their food services means that there is a far greater need for on site cooking. Stadium food service equipment is now a large and vital part of running a stadium, and stadiums are investing in upgrading and installing new equipment.

     

    Stadium upgrades to handle menu changes

     

    Whereas in the past, it was expected that visitors would eat dinner in restaurants outside the stadium, and that stadium food services were mainly about providing light meals and snacks. Now the assumption is that people will be eating at the stadium and expect the same level of service and quality that they find at their favorite restaurant.

     

    Many stadiums are using this shift in stadium catering as an opportunity for a complete upgrade and overhaul. New stadium food service equipment is being brought in to cater the club and suite, as well as standard food services that the general seating uses. Stadiums are being renovated to provide areas for outdoor cooking and offering a more comfortable atmosphere where fans can enjoy eating as part of their stadium experience.

     

    New revenue for stadiums

     

    What all of this means, is that food services have become a vital component of the sports stadium experience. Stadiums should be investing in their food services, their equipment and their strategies for providing excellent culinary options in order to reap the rewards of this new trend.

     

     

    Do you require support on your stadium kitchen equipment? GP-PartsDirect offers stadium food service equipment parts and stadium food service equipment cleaners. Contact us today for further information.

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  • What to look for when hiring a service technician for your cafeteria kitchen equipment

    Foodservice equipment is designed for heavy use and even with regular maintenance, equipment does wear and tear over time, requiring repair and replacement parts. When it’s time for a service, you should choose a professional who has great experience in working with kitchen equipment.

     

    Here’s what to look for:

     

    A varied knowledge of kitchen equipment and brands

    A CFESA industry-certified technician will have extensive knowledge and experience. For expert cafeteria kitchen equipment repair, make sure the technician you choose has a number of years’ experience under his belt, as well as manufacturer training on a variety of equipment. Don’t be afraid to ask about their familiarity with the equipment that you use and check if they are manufacturer authorized, this could save you money during the warranty period. Some companies may only specialize in particular equipment types and brands.

     

    Exceptional customer service

     

    No matter what company you hire to service your cafeteria kitchen equipment, excellent customer service is essential. As a customer, you need to be kept well informed and sometimes things need to be explained to you in ‘layman’s terms’. The servicing technician as well as the company they work for needs to offer superior support and warranty their work. They should also be able to advise you on issues with your equipment that you may not be aware of, in addition to fixing immediate concerns. A good service company will also check the manufacturer warranty status of your equipment making sure you get the most out of your initial purchase.

     

    Additional services and benefits

     

    Ask yourself this: does your kitchen equipment service technician offer you anything above and beyond just fixing and maintaining equipment? A truly exceptional technician should be helping you with advise and tips to enhance performance and extend the life of your equipment, rather than just trying waiting for things to go wrong. This way you can rest assure that when they do advise repair, you can trust that they are being 100% honest and forthright.

     

    Your service technician should be able to source O.E.M. cafeteria kitchen replacement parts that protect your warranty and ensure you equipment is returned to its original manufacturer specification.

     

    For expert Cafeteria kitchen equipment replacement parts and manufacturer recommended care items, speak to us at GP-PartsDirect. Contact us today for further information.

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  • Energy Efficiency is Key when Choosing Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    Just like having a reputable company that specializes in the sale of commercial fridge parts is of great importance, so too is choosing the right commercial refrigerator supplier. Ultimately, you need to be sure that the supplier working for you is fully equipped to handle all your refrigeration capacity requirements, from size and function to energy efficiency and longevity. Here are tips for making the right decision for your commercial kitchen and culinary establishment.

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  • Energy Efficiency is Key when Choosing Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    Not only can energy efficiency of your commercial refrigeration increase both the profitability and productivity of your kitchen, it is now also the law.  As of March 27, 2017, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new regulations on energy efficiency standards those manufacturers of commercial refrigerators and freezers – collectively referred to, as commercial refrigeration equipment must comply with. [...]

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  • Our Guide to Different Types of Refrigerators

    The right refrigeration equipment will help to keep food fresher, meals tastier and guests happier. The question is, which refrigeration equipment do you need to ensure a properly functioning kitchen? There are generally four main types of commercial refrigeration equipment: some of which will be essential components of your kitchen, and some of which will be nice-to-haves. We investigate in more detail below.

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