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Pitco Fryers and Blodgett Ovens Promotion

Prices too low to show on Pitco and Blodgett Cooking Solutions

Our latest promotion centers around two of the biggest names in cooking equipment: Pitco and Blodgett. We’re offering prices too low to show on both popular brands, featuring a huge assortment of high performance commercial ovens, gas and electric fryers, steamers, and so much more. So, what does “prices too low to show” mean? It means that to view these limited time offers and see your discounted price, you have a couple options:

  1. Visit centralrestaurant.com and log in
  2. Call 800.215.9293 and speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants
  3. Text 800.225.5107


Pitco Fryers

Pitco has been developing cooking solutions since 1918 with the goal to offer simple and reliable kitchen machinery for professional frying. They’ve fulfilled this goal and are still developing equipment to help customers create the best fried food possible for their guests. They specialize is manufacturing fryers, rethermalizers and pasta cookers. Their product assortment is designed to fit needs ranging from high efficiency and high volume, to economical. To view their entire assortment, click here.


Blodgett dates back to 1848 when founder Gardner S. Blodgett built his first oven for a local Vermont tavern owner. Now, still located in Burlington, Vermont, they’re an industry leader in commercial oven manufacturing. Covering everything from convection, hydrovection, combi, rotation rack, and deck oven design, they’re devoted to offering emerging innovations for industry solutions. Shop all Blodgett equipment and parts here.

Frequently Asked Questions About BTUs

BTU is a unit of measurement often seen attached to the specifications of certain cooking equipment. But what do they represent, and what do they tell us about the product itself? Here, we answer some common questions about BTU, including what they are, where you can expect to see them, and why they’re important.

What are BTUs?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and it’s one major specification to look for on gas-powered cooking equipment. Essentially, BTU is a unit of measurement that represents the amount output gas-powered cooking equipment has and can be read as the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water one-degree Fahrenheit. 1 BTU equals 1,055.06 joules.

On what products can I expect to see BTUs?

The BTU unit is commonly associated with cooking equipment like commercial ranges, gas fryers and charbroilers. At Central, we make it easy to browse products by BTU. Where applicable, you can select the BTU power(s) you want to browse by on the left-hand side of the web page.

Navigating by BTU

Why are they important and what do they mean for me?

Product specifications can often be overwhelming, especially for first-time buyers of commercial foodservice equipment. However, BTUs are an important unit to pay attention to because they offer perspective on expected production. It’s critical to keep the BTU in mind if you will be doing any cooking that requires high temperatures or fast recovery times. Essentially, you can read the BTU level as the higher the number, the higher the production.

Higher BTU levels can never hurt production speed and quality, but some things to consider when shopping based on BTU is that the higher the BTU, you’ll be more likely to see a higher energy bill. Not to mention, the higher the cost of the unit. However, the main takeaway is equipment with higher BTUs offer more cooking efficiency, cooking products faster and more thoroughly, and, in turn, increase kitchen production levels.

When in doubt, we’re always here to help! Give us a call at 800.215.9293 to speak with a knowledgeable product consultant.

Lowest Prices and Free Shipping on Southbend and Pitco

Shop Southbend and Pitco’s selection for the lowest prices and free shipping on convection ovens, ranges, fryers, steamers, parts and accessories.

For more than a century, Southbend has been manufacturing top-quality commercial cooking equipment. From ranges and convection ovens, to broilers and steamers, Southbend products are recognized by chefs, consultants and industry experts as the best in the industry. Their commitment focuses on innovations in energy savings, cooking speed, automation, and safety.

Since their founding in 1918, Pitco’s goal has always been to offer simple and reliable kitchen machinery for professional frying, making it easy for customers to create the best fried food possible. An industry leader in design, research, and implementation of new frying ideas, Pitco delivers new solutions for your cooking needs.

Central Restaurant Products aims to satisfy all your foodservice needs, whether you are new to the industry, or looking to replace existing equipment. Central’s assortment of Southbend and Pitco products are versatile and suitable for many types of foodservice needs.

Browse our assortment of Southbend and Pitco products, and don’t forget to check out our buying guides on Convection Ovens and Ranges to learn more about what product is best for your needs. You may also like our blog on how to add crispiness to your menu with Pitco fryers.

Questions? Our expert product consultants are here to help! Give us a call at 800.215.9293, or ‘live chat‘ us today!

Lowest Prices and Free Shipping on Southbend, Pitco, and Star

Whether you are in the market for a new range, fryer, popcorn machine, or toaster, Central has the brands you know and trust. Southbend, Pitco , and Star brands provide high quality, durable commercial cooking equipment at competitive prices. Plus, Central offers free shipping on these brands! For items that are in stock and ordered by 5pm Eastern time, they ship the same day!

SouthbendSouthbend Griddle

Southbend offers commercial cooking equipment ranging from convection ovens to broilers to ranges. Their products are designed to withstand high-volume kitchens and come top rated by chefs and industry experts. The products’ energy savings, cooking speed, and safety contribute to extremely high satisfaction ratings. Southbend is committed to their customers and to innovation that will better serve the industry needs.

Pitco Fryers



Since 1918, Pitco has been the industry leader in designing and producing reliable fryers and pasta cookers. With laser cutting technology, robotic welding, and a reliable tank, rest assured that your fryers and pasta cookers are made with the utmost uniformity, consistency, and accuracy.  Plus, the company recently released their first ever Energy Star qualified high efficiency value priced fryer!


StarStar Manufacturing

Star Manufacturing provides solutions to busy kitchens in 5-star restaurants or concession stands. The product assortment ranges from popcorn poppers and hot dog rollers to griddles, impingement conveyor ovens and toasters, all built to make your kitchen more efficient.


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Ready to purchase? Visit our website to browse all Southbend, Pitco, and Star products! If you need assistance in your decision, our Product Consultants are here to help! Call them at 800-215-9293 or chat live with them now. Speak to your Product Consultant about a free catalog, or request a copy online.

Central Exclusive Cooking and Refrigeration

Central Exclusive Cooking and Refrigeration

Central Exclusive

Great news! Our latest master catalog featuring our Central Exclusive line of cooking and refrigeration is out! Central Exclusive equipment has been designed with your foodservice in mind and can only be found through us!

All items are in-stock and ship for free.

But wait, there’s more! If you need them fast, just place your order by 5 p.m. EST and we’ll be sure to get it out the door that day. Does it get any better?

Central Exclusive Cooking EquipmentCooking

Wondering what cooking equipment we have through the Central Exclusive? We’ve got a great selection for you!

  • Ovens
  • Ranges
  • Holding Cabinets
  • Countertop Equipment

Central Exclusive RefrigerationRefrigeration

When it comes to refrigeration, we have you covered with the following items that include a two year parts and labor warranty (except on ice machines, which have either a one or three year warranty depending on the model):

  • Reach-In Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Prep Tables
  • Glass Door Merchandisers
  • Undercounters
  • Self-Contained Ice Machines
  • Cuber Ice Machines

Ready to Shop?

Ready to buy? Check out our Central Exclusive cooking and refrigeration on our website.

If you are in need of assistance, our Product Consultants are here to help answer any of your questions. Give them a call at 800-215-9293 or chat with them live now.

To request a free catalog, speak to your Product Consultant or request your free copy.

Vulcan VC4

Heat Up the Kitchen with These New Cooking Equipment Products

At Central, we are adding new products to our website constantly. We thought we’d highlight some of the newer products we’ve added in our cooking equipment category. Check out the items below!

Getting Heavy with Vulcan

Vulcan HD Range

Vulcan Heavy Duty Range

Build your kitchen up to the toughest standards with Vulcan’s V Series line of heavy duty gas ranges. Central offers the 36″ model of these ranges, which are modular so you can customize your kitchen the way you want it. Choose from a variety of range tops, from charbroiler to griddle to open burners. Each range comes with a standard 50,000 BTU oven.

In addition, Central also has added Vulcan’s series of convection ovens. Choose from gas or electricsingle or double stack. These energy efficient ovens use gentle air circulation and apply even heat distribution to cook a wide variety of menu items.

Don’t forget, all Vulcan equipment qualifies for free shipping! We have hundreds of items in stock which ship the same day when ordered by 5 p.m. EST.

Southbend Tilting Skilletstilt skillet

Looking for versatility in the kitchen? Then look no further than these tilting skillets from Southbend. These units can braise, boil, fry and more. They feature a stainless steel pan with coved corners. Controls are housed in a drip-proof console.

Manual tilt skillets do a 90° full tilt until completely empty. They also have a self-locking feature. Electric tilt skillets are controlled by an electric motor-driven belt drive. Burners will shut off when tilted at more than 5°.

Southbend’s tilting skillets are available in gas or electric, 30 gallon or 40 gallon models.

Globe Induction Rangeinduction range

Finally, we’ll take a look at the Globe GIR18 induction range. This range is perfect for making omelets, seafood and delicate sauces. It is stainless steel with an easy-to-clean ceramic cooktop. Best of all, it is designed with your safety in mind! Its pan detection feature automatically shuts off the unit if no pan is detected. Seven power levels and touch pad control make for easy programming.

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Check out these items and our complete line of cooking equipment at CentralRestaurant.com Our helpful Product Consultants are standing by when you have questions. Give one a call at 800-215-9293, or chat live with us right now!


Griddle Me This: Choosing the Right Griddle for Your Kitchen

Let’s say you walk in to your local greasy spoon diner and order pancakes, eggs, bacon and a burger (it was a long night. Don’t judge!). Chances are pretty good that your food is being prepared on a commercial griddle. Commercial griddles are an invaluable piece of restaurant equipment. In addition to your breakfast bounty, they can cook chicken, sausage, breads and buns with ease by transferring heat from a metal plate directly into the food product. When choosing a griddle, there are two types of griddle plates you can choose from: thin and thick.

Thin PlatesGriddles

Thin plates range from 3/8″ to 3/4″ thick. The benefits of thin plates are that they come up to temperature fast. There is quick heat transfer and faster heat recovery. Also, thin plates require less energy to achieve a set temperature. The disadvantages are few, but should be noted. For instance, thin plates may warp if preheated at high temperatures, so be careful when preheating. Also, they distribute heat less evenly. Thin plates are designed for light and medium-duty operations, such as breakfast-only diners.

Thick Plates

Thick plates range from 1″ to 1-1/2″ thick. Thick plates distribute heat more evenly and are less likely to warp. While thick plates require more energy to bring up to the desired temperature, they will retain heat longer. Thick plates are ideal for heavy-duty operations, such as 24-hour diners. They are also ideal for institutions and schools where frozen foods are more likely to be prepared and need more even heat distribution to cook properly.

Additional BenefitsGriddles

Commercial griddles have individual heating controls, which allow you to cook a variety of foods at once. Side and back splashes contain grease splatter. Best of all, griddles create desirable effects on food, including that perfect golden-brown color and crispy crust that make diners salivate.

Ready to Buy?

Check out CentralRestaurant.com to find a huge variety of griddles. Have a question? Call us at 800-215-9293 to speak with one of our helpful Product Consultants. Happy griddling!

Video Blog - Duke Convection Oven

Duke Convection Ovens Offer Energy Savings and More Space

Duke Convection Ovens

For over 80 years, Duke Manufacturing has committed itself to providing reliable equipment at an affordable price. Their line of convection ovens are available in gas or electric, single or double stack. Deluxe models are also available, which offer a variety of control options.

BenefitsVideo Blog - Duke Convection Ovens

All models feature 50/50 independent stainless steel doors with large, double pane windows. Duke has increased the height of the cooking chamber by four inches, which improves air flow for more even heating, and allows for greater capacity. These ovens have a stainless steel, porcelain-coated interior, which eliminates rusting in concealed areas. Coved corners, as well as a seamless bottom make cleaning easier. One of the most important features is that Duke convection ovens are completely front serviceable. This allows for quick and easy repairs, reducing service time. All of Duke’s gas convection ovens are Energy Star® rated, averaging 25-35% lower BTU input than competing models. Electric models feature a high efficiency element, which is placed next to the air circulation fan, allowing for heat to be immediately distributed throughout the oven cavity as soon as the element is turned on. This creates a faster response time, as well as improved efficiency.

To learn more about Duke convection ovens, watch this week’s video and shop Central. For questions, feel free to contact one of our Product Consultants at 800-215-9293.