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About Rachel Beck

Rachel Beck is a Content Specialist at Central Restaurant Products, a food service equipment and supply distributor in Indianapolis. Rachel specializes in the cooking equipment category. In her role, she is responsible for web product launches, and she also writes content for Central's catalog, website, and blog. Rachel contributes to social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. Rachel has attended NAFEM and looks forward to attending the National Restaurant Association Show this year.

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Frozen Desserts: More Than Just Ice Cream

July 1 kicks off National Ice Cream Month! In honor of this delicious treat, why not learn more about other frozen desserts that you may see this summer? We’re not responsible for any brain freezes while reading!

Gelato

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Gelato featured at the 2014 NRA Show in Chicago, diagnosis Ill.

Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert, which is slightly denser than ice cream. While ice cream is made with cream, milk and sugar, air is then added to increase the quantity made. Gelato is made without adding air – producing a richer, creamier result!  Gelato also has about 18-26% less butterfat than ice cream. With this content, gelato will be less solidly frozen than ice cream, so it will melt faster when eaten. Lastly, gelato is served about 10-15 degrees warmer than ice cream. Like ice cream, gelato can be made in a variety of flavors.

Sorbet and Sherbet

The main difference between sorbet and sherbet is that sorbet is dairy-free – which is definitely a plus for anyone who is lactose intolerant. Both start with similar base ingredients – pureed fruit, sugar, and water. However, most sherbet does contain between 1-2 percent milk fat or cream.  Anything with more than 10% milkfat is considered ice cream.

Frozen Yogurt

It seems that frozen yogurt shops are everywhere now! Many ice cream franchises even have froyo options in their offerings. One reason is that frozen yogurt seems to be a healthier option for consumers, without sacrificing that sweet tooth.  But is it really better for you? In comparison, both ice cream and frozen yogurt are made from dairy products.  Frozen yogurt simply blends yogurt with an ice cream base. The calorie content doesn’t vary much between ice cream and froyo if both are made from whole fat dairy products. However, a low-fat, sugar-free frozen yogurt will cut back on calories, fat, and sugar. Just watch out for the toppings, which can really add up!

Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is similar to ice cream, with the addition of egg yolk, for a richer consistency. Frozen custard must contain at least 10% butterfat and 1.4% egg yolk. It also contains less air and ice crystals than ice cream. This makes custard a much creamier product. Like gelato, custard can be served at warmer temperatures than ice cream – typically around 18°F.

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Ice Cream Dipping Cabinet #675-455

If you made it through without getting too hungry, why not check out our selection of ice cream equipment and supplies online? Whether you’re serving traditional ice cream or a creamy gelato, we can help! We have everything from ice cream cabinets to scoops – and you can always contact one of our helpful product consultants for more information!

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Vulcan Combi Ovens: Ultimate Ease of Use

Vulcan is one of the leading commercial cooking equipment providers, having received 12 Best in Class Awards from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies (FE&S). Vulcan has top products in many cooking product lines, including charbroilers, ranges, fryers, and ovens.

One of the newest products from Vulcan is the ABC Series combi oven. Combi ovens combine convection heating and steaming to create an amazingly versatile product!

Just Set the Temperature, Time and Go

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Vulcan ABC Series combi oven

This full-size combi oven is boilerless, which allows direct steam creation for optimized cooking capability and production – with minimal energy and water consumption. It also features an auto-reversing fan with electronic braking system.

The Vulcan ABC Series combi oven is easy to use with only three knobs—temperature, time, and humidity. The oven has large LED displays with a timer range that is continuous up to 24 hours. Temperature range is 80° to 450°F.

The humidity range is adjustable from 0-100%. Patent-pending humidity level control automatically adjusts after setting temperature. This humidity control ensures accuracy for repeatable results while providing efficiency in energy and water usage.

The Vulcan ABC Series combi oven has an all stainless steel cooking interior, top, and sides. It is fully insulated for optimal heat retention inside the cooking compartment. Three halogen lights are built into the door behind heat reflective inner glass. This combi is available in gas or electric. The electric model comes in 208, 240, or 480V. This combi oven is perfect for all establishments, including schools, restaurants, and health care facilities. Use it for a variety of applications – baking, steaming, roasting, rethermalizing, poaching, stewing, and more!

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Look for the new Vulcan ABC Series combis in our upcoming July catalog! If you want to check it out now, shop online, or call one of our helpful product consultants for more information.

For a limited time, you can get the Central Edge with the Vulcan ABC combis. The Central Edge includes over $700 in added value at no additional cost and includes a single hollow carbon filter system. This filter system will help to remove excess scale build-up to extend the life of your oven.

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Food Service News Week in Brief: June 27

Food Service News

Looking for the latest food service news? Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blog and promotions from Central for the week of June 23 through 27.

  1. National Restaurant Association: Gulf’s governors asked to support access to locally sourced seafood
  2. NPR The Salt: Is it time for food to get its own major museum?
  3. HuffPost Taste: 5 times Ramen overstepped its bounds
  4. Nation’s Restaurant News: Del Taco parent exploring sale
  5. Restaurant Hospitality: Tea’s hot, restaurant sales less so
  6. Wall Street Journal: Butter makes a comeback as margarine loses flavor
  7. NBC Chicago: McDonald’s secretly serves up mobile pay app
  8. QSR Magazine: Woody’s Bar-B-Q announces July 4th LTO
  9. Restaurant Business: How to improve speed of service
  10. Foodbeast: A look at the Leaky Cauldron menu in Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter World

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True Refrigeration

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Now through July 6, get the lowest prices and free shipping on all True Refrigeration! Same day shipping is available on orders placed before 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Shop now!

Sani-Serve Ice Cream

Summer is all about ice cream! Check out our latest pricing on frozen yogurt, soft-serve and shake machines. Shop now!

Central Exclusive Countertop Equipment

Now through June 30, get free shipping on Central Exclusive countertop equipment! All made in the USA. Shop now!

Grosfillex Indoor and Outdoor Furniture

Is your outdoor patio ready? Grosfillex offers an array of indoor and outdoor furniture to get your restaurant ready for summer! Shop now!

Metro

Receive 10% off shelving and holding cabinets from Metro, and get free shipping on holding cabinets! Shop now!

To keep up with the latest, subscribe to Central’s email list and get exclusive benefits such as discounts, new product alerts and early access to our clearance list. Don’t forget to sign up and request your free copy of our latest catalog! 

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or recommend us on Google+ for other daily foodservice news throughout the week. Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards and watch videos on our YouTube 

 

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Barbeque Season: Are You Ready?

School’s out, it’s getting warmer, and summer is just around the corner. It’s time for swimming, vacations, and barbeques. Make sure you’re ready for grilling season in your barbecue grillestablishment by reading our guide and checking out our products online!

Depending on the size of your crowd, it’s important to know what size grill you need. Central carries grills in sizes from 30”W to 80”W, and many in between! Remember to consider not only the crowd size, but also the products you will be grilling.

Gas Grills

If you have a gas grill, you have definitely thought about how many BTUs you need. Keep in mind that higher BTUs does not always mean it’s a better product. It’s more important to look into how many burners are included. Individual burners with adjustable heat will allow for more control over your cooking, and more even heat distribution. Gas grills will be a lot quicker to start, and easier to control the flames.

Charcoal Grills

Commercial charcoal grills can be a more economical option for your establishment. Another advantage is that your food will have that distinctive smoky flavor that customers love! Central carries charcoal grills that are transportable, and perfect for catering and other outdoor parties.

Customize Your Cooking

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Don’t forget accessories! Check out our variety of options so you can create a more personalized cooking experience.

Patio Space

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Now that you’ve mastered outdoor cooking, why not spruce up your patio space? Central has a great selection of outdoor furniture and umbrellas. Be sure to also check out the outdoor patio heaters for chilly evenings! Having a tailgating event and need to stay sanitary? We have portable sinks so you’re always ready to go – no matter the situation!

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Not sure where to start? We’re always adding new products, so feel free to browse our website, or call to talk to one of helpful product consultants. Tell us below what your favorite part of grilling season is!

Farm to Table

Farm to Table: A Healthy Menu Trend

Food trends come and go, and many can be very unhealthy – Bacon. Cupcakes. Bacon cupcakes? While they may sound amazing, it’s nice to know there are some trends that are actually good for you!

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According to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, on average, fruits and vegetables travel almost 1,500 miles before being sold to a consumer. In addition, 39% of fruits and 12% of vegetables are imported from other countries. In order to keep the produce from spoiling during transit, it is often harvested before it is fully ripened. This does not allow the produce to absorb all the nutrients from its surroundings.  According to the USDA, this causes the produce to lack nutrients that would be present if it were allowed to ripen on the vine.

Locally Grown – Better for All

What else is bad about food traveling so far? It’s not good for the environment. The average 18-wheeler would burn about 500 gallons of diesel fuel in a 1,500 mile trip. Also, when produce is imported in, it doesn’t help the local economy from the sale of farmed food.

One of the best places to start finding locally grown foods is a farmers’ market. Here you can find not only produce, but artisan cheese, local honey, and hand crafted beer and wine. You may also find local farms have roadside stands or established stores that are open year round. You will be able to find local beef or chicken, as well as fresh farm eggs for your farm-to-table menu. An app called Locavore can help you find local food that’s in season. It’s free, and also features seasonal recipes. You can also find a seasonal ingredient map from Epicurious to find out what’s fresh in your area.

Farm to Menu

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Central carries lots of options for your favorite recipes!

If your establishment is participating in the farm-to-table movement, there are many options to showcase your locally produced dishes. Be sure to highlight any local meats, cheeses, or produce on your menu.  Search through our website to find just the right dinnerware, flatware, and drinkware for your recipes and craft beer.

Recipes to Try

Note sure where to start? Here are a few recipes you can try with fresh produce as a main ingredient.

 

Feel free to share any great recipes or ideas on how your establishment is taking part in the farm-to-table movement!

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Vulcan K Series Kettles: Making the Perfect Soup Stock

Want to make the perfect soup stock? It all starts with the right ingredients and the right equipment.

Vulcan K Series Kettles

The Vulcan K Series kettles are steam jacketed and perfect for soups, stocks and sauces. The low temperature, easy controls, embossed gallon markings, and true working capacity are all the quality features you would expect from Vulcan. These kettles are versatile and ideal for many establishments – restaurants, colleges, universities, or school food service.  Watch the video to learn more!

The Perfect Soup Stock

K Series Kettle

Mike Burke, Product Line Manager at ITW Food Equipment Group, tells us how to make the perfect stock.  All you need is vegetables, meat, and some spices.  You start by baking the bones, and paint them with some tomato sauce. Next, add the mirepoix (chopped celery, onion, and carrots) and add back to the oven.  Get the spices ready in a sachet d’epices, and get the kettle ready. The key to a good stock is starting with cold water. Add the meat, vegetables, and spices and set to simmer. You can let it simmer all night. Next morning, take out the spice bag, and start the straining. Vulcan’s pouring lip strainers are a perfect accessory to help you easily strain the stock.  Just a second straining with a fine mesh strainer, and you’re set – Ready for the refrigerator for storage!

Easy Cleaning

The K Series Kettles are easy to clean.  Simply remove the attached strainer, and with an optional hose assembly, you can spray the kettle out in the tilted position.

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Vulcan’s K Series Kettles come in many size options – gas and electric. Check them out online now! Make your own perfect soup stock and let us know how it turns out!

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Food Service News Week in Brief: May 23

Food Service News

Looking for the latest food service news? Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blog and promotions from Central for the week of May 19 through May 23.

  1. Eater: Facebook Adds Menus to Restaurant Pages
  2. Restaurant.org: 5 Tech Trends at the NRA Show
  3. NPR: How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food
  4. HuffPost Food: Food Chains With the Most Recognizable Scent, In Order
  5. FoodBeast: Yelpers Now Have 12 Seconds to Post their Restaurant Feels
  6. ABC News: Burger King Scrapping ‘Have It Your Way’ Slogan
  7. Nation’s Restaurant News: Famous Dave’s Appoints Ed Rensi CEO
  8. TruNews: Panera Bread Will Replace Cashiers With Robots By 2016
  9. Politico.com: Plans Being Hatched to Block School Lunch Changes
  10. MotherJones: Cupcakes, Bacon, Kimci: Here’s Where Food Trends Come From

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True Refrigeration

Now through July 6, get the lowest prices and free shipping on all True Refrigeration! Same day shipping is available on orders placed before 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Shop now!

Vollrath Mixers

Receive free shipping on all Vollrath mixers – the perfect mix of reliability and reputation! Shop now!

Metro

Receive 10% off shelving and holding cabinets from Metro, and get free shipping on holding cabinets! Shop now!

To keep up with the latest, subscribe to Central’s email list and get exclusive benefits such as discounts, new product alerts and early access to our clearance list. Don’t forget to sign up and request your free copy of our latest catalog! 

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or recommend us on Google+ for other daily foodservice news throughout the week. Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards and watch videos on our YouTube