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Determining the Right Mixer for your Pizza Operation

Picture your perfect pizza. Maybe you have a sense of adventure and load your pie with pineapple, bacon and jalapeno. Perhaps you enjoy the classics like pepperoni or sausage. If you love all types of this dish, then you’re the perfect candidate for opening a pizza restaurant.  A quality dough mixer is the heart of any pizzeria and will be vital to creating fresh dough.  As such, you will need to apply critical thinking and strategy when making your purchase decision.

Spiral or Planetary

Two types of mixers used to make dough are spiral and planetary.   Either type will make dough; however, each has their advantages.

Spiral mixers are typically designed for dough applications only.  Because they consist of a spiral-shaped agitator that remains stationary while the bowl revolves around it, they mix, or knead, only a portion of the dough at one time, gently developing the gluten structure without overworking the dough.  Because less friction is created, the temperature of the dough remains lower versus a planetary mixer where the dough hook is constantly in contact with the dough.  If you are purchasing high-quality flour, you may want to consider a spiral mixer over a planetary mixer.

Planetary mixers are more versatile and allow you to mix other products, while a spiral mixer is designed for dough only.   Planetary mixers feature an agitator that turns on an offset shaft while the mixing bowl remains stationary.  Multiple mixing attachments, including flat beaters, wire whips, and dough hooks, also make the mixer versatile.  Will you be mixing your own pizza sauce, salad dressing or other recipes?   What about vegetable processing?  A planetary mixer typically has an attachment hub which accommodates vegetable slicing, cheese grating and meat grinding.

Determining the Size of the Mixer

As with other pieces of equipment in the kitchen, determining the capacity of the mixer is important.  What is the biggest batch you need to make?  Will you be doing small batches daily or larger batches less frequently?  Fresh and frozen storage capacity – how much storage – will also play a big factor in determining the size of mixer needed, along with labor scheduling.  For example, pizza dough can be mixed in large batches weekly and stored versus making fresh daily.

The biggest factors in determining the size of mixer needed is the type of dough (thin crust, hand tossed, deep dish) and the batch size.  The type of crust depends on the moisture content of the dough.  What is the moisture content (also known as the absorption ratio) of the dough?  Absorption ratio percentage is determined by taking the recipe’s water weight divided by the flour weight. The easiest example is a 50 lb. bag of flour mixed with 3 gallons of water.  Water weighs 8.33 lbs. per gallon so the water weight of this recipe is 24.99 lbs.   Rounding up to 25 lbs. makes the math simpler. 25 divided by 50 equals .50, so the dough has a 50% absorption ratio and the total batch size is 75 lbs. (25 lbs. of water + 50 lbs. of dough).

Looking at the capacity chart published by the manufacturer, an operator can quickly determine the correct size of the mixer for a recipe based on the absorption ratio and the total batch size.

For the example above, Globe’s recommended mixer is the SP62P.  Typically, the lower the AR, the less amount of dough (batch size) can be made for each batch of the recipe.

Purchasing a Planetary – What to consider with regards to features and options.

If you are purchasing a planetary mixer, there are several other things to consider with regards to features and options.  Let’s start at the top.

What type of controls and timer are being used and where are they?  There are mixers with digital timers or mechanical timers, and mixers with no timers.  There are mixers with the timer and controls on the front of the mixer and others who have them on the side.  One advantage to having the timer and controls on the front of the mixer is the ability to see how much time is left on a batch from across the kitchen versus those with the timer on the side.  Digital timers are more accurate than mechanical timers, providing consistent batch results of the same recipe.

What type of transmission does the mixer have?  Gears, belts or electronic speed control (variable speed motor)?  All three have pros and cons.  Generally, gears are preferred when mixing dough to provide torque under a heavy dough load.

Does the mixer have an attachment hub that will increase its versatility?  Attachments like adjustable slicing plates for vegetable prep, or shredder and grater plates for cheeses, lettuce and cabbage or a meat grinder for burgers, sausage, meatballs or meatloaf.

What type of bowl guard is on the mixer?  Is it removable?  Does it have a built-in chute to add ingredients, like oil or seasoning, during the batch without stopping the mixer?

Does the mixer have bowl clamps to secure the bowl to the yoke?  Are they spring tensioned to securely hold the bowl in place or does it just sit on a pin allowing the bowl to rattle during operation?

Does the bowl swing out, requiring a bigger footprint? This is an important consideration when kitchen floor space is crucial.

Does the mixer have a manual or a power bowl lift? There are pros and cons to both.  A power lift allows the bowl to be raised or lowered easily; however, they add cost as a secondary motor is required.

Do you need a bowl truck? Bowl trucks allow the operator to maneuver the bowl around the kitchen on a dolly.  Does the bowl dolly have ergonomic handles that assist in steering the dolly and the bowl without the operator bending over?  Does the bowl truck comes standard with the mixer or is it an additional accessory that adds to the cost?

The Life-Cycle Cost – What you need to know about the Design of the Mixer, Warranty, and Parts

With either type of mixer, life cycle cost is an important consideration.  Finding out the purchase price of the mixer is easy.  What is more important is the life-cycle cost.   How long is the warranty?  One-year or two years?  If something does go wrong after the warranty is over, how much will it cost to repair the mixer?  Looking at replacement parts pricing before purchasing a mixer can save you a lot of money after you purchase it.   If the controller goes bad, how much will it cost to replace it?  Where can you purchase those parts?  Who will service the mixer under warranty?  Can you use your own servicer or does the manufacturer dictate who will service it?

The picture of your perfect pizza, the one with bacon, pineapple and jalapenos can be made much better with the right mixer for your operation.   From a 5 qt. countertop planetary mixer to a 175 lb. spiral dough mixer, Globe has a mixer for your application.  Click here for more information on Globe floor mixers, and here for countertop

Franklin Machine Products- A Perfect 10!

Who is Franklin Machine Products?

Founded in 1918, Franklin Machine Products emerged as a small manufacturing shop, specializing in components for commercial coffee urns. They have come a long way in the past 100 years and grown into a large manufacturer, that supplies an extensive line of kitchen parts and accessories.  Some of their featured products include: The Baffle Boss, the ultimate tool for hood filter removal. Carbon Cure, which quickly removes grease from kitchen surfaces within minutes. The Fryer Splash Guard, a one-size-fits-all splash guard.

What’s new?

It’s a 10!

The Perfect 10 Spatula, a new item from FMP, empties a #10 can in less than 10 seconds! Reduce your labor and product wasted, by efficiently grabbing thick and viscous product with The Perfect 10 Spatula. This spatula works by using its unique flexible, curved blade edges. It can be used with items such as Sauces, pastes, puddings, and pie filling. The ergonomically designed large handle reduces wrist strain and features a long handle, to keep hands away from the product. It is chemical-resistant and will not absorb odors or contaminants. The spatula is made from a heavy-duty, durable FDA compliant copolymer polypropylene.

Detect Counterfeits

The UV Pro UV Light, a counterfeit detector uses UV spectrum light to validate security markings on currency, passports, license, and IDs. This detector is powered by 5 LED bulbs, includes a carrying strap and uses 3 AAA batteries (Not included).

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These are just some of the many Franklin Machine Products that we offer on our website. Shop all items here.

Store your kegs with New Age Industrial

Shelves- Built to Withstand the Impact Shock of Dropped Kegs

These heavy-duty aluminum units store 1/6, ¼ and ½ barrels (kegs) of beer as well as dry general storage. These keg shelves are extra-reinforced for the added abuse associated with handling kegs. Unlike most wire shelves, these units have easy-to-clean flat surfaces that aid in the easy-on and easy-off of smaller heavy product. Approved for use in freezers, displays, as well as packaging and storage areas, these heavy-duty, all welded aluminum racks, keep product organized and off the floor while providing adequate air flow.


Fully adjustable shelves can be raised or lowered to fit your specific requirements. Units assemble in minutes with only an Allen wrench (provided). Aluminum posts are marked in 2” increments for easy leveling with all ends capped.

Guaranteed to Last

Each rack carries a Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion as well as a Five-Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship.

Roll Kegs with Ease- Keg Carriers

All welded keg carriers nest securely on our BDT Trucks for safe keg transport. The carrier is easy to install, no tools required and is easily removed when not in use. Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion. Five-Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship.

 Secure Storage

Install your own security system with New Age Security Fences. Designed to keep your epicurean products secure, in ANY atmosphere. Fences are ideal for backroom, cooler and freezer installations. Custom built to meet your specific cooler/needs. Security Fences are built tough with heavy-duty aluminum extrusions and bolted together with stainless steel hardware. Slotted panel construction keeps individuals out, without hindering the flow of air or light into the space. The door is easily padlocked for security. Constructed of Primary grade, rust proof aluminum.


Now you can design your own keg shelving system, options include:

Solid Shelf Cover: Constructed of 5052-H32 aluminum alloy, .065” thick sheet.

EZ Panel Regulator Mount: Constructed of 5052-H32 aluminum alloy .125” thick sheet.

1/2 Shelf: Framework for the keg shelves is constructed out of 1½” x 2¾” x .070” wall tubing. Keg Shelf laterals are constructed out of 1½” x 211⁄16” x .15” wall channel. Shelves utilize standard posts that are constructed out of 15⁄16” Diameter pipe (Sold Separately).

Five Year Guarantee against material defects and workmanship. Lifetime Guarantee against rust and corrosion.

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Make your Kitchen More Efficient with Hobart Slicers

There are many items kept in the kitchen, that can contain bacteria and other hazards to food, if not cleaned properly. Food slicers are main items that are often found in most kitchens but require proper use and cleanliness.

There are different slicer options available to help keep your slicer clean while keeping your kitchen productive and efficient.

Removable parts

Slicers that have removable blades and as many parts as possible, reduce the risk of bacteria settling. Kitchen employees are also more likely to clean slicers, more frequently and thoroughly, if the parts are easier to take apart and clean.

When choosing a slicer, you should also consider one that offers a zero blade exposure at all times. This way the operator will have minimal exposure to the blade, even when the machine is apart and they are cleaning.

Considering a slicer that uses cobalt-edged knives, also offers more efficiency. It helps the knife stay sharper and have a longer life. Because the knife stays sharper, it reduces the time spent on sharpening and changing the blade.

A removable top cover is also helpful to keep your slicer clean. If the top cover can be taken off and brought to the sink or dishwasher, it offers a more thorough clean

Additional options

No volt release: This function allows for a “reset” of the machine if the power is lost. This reduces the risk of injury when the power is restored.

Home-Start: This function prevents an operator from starting in the middle of a stroke. The slicer must be brought “home” in order to begin. Some units also have an automatic shut off function after 30 seconds of inactivity.

Gas assist lift: This function allows operators to easily raise and lower the unit to clean underneath.

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Hobart offers a line of Heavy Medium Duty slicers for your needs! These offer the removable parts so that you can ensure the cleanliness of your slicing machine. Shop Hobart’s line of HS series slicers with Central, today!  Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants!

Advanced Tabco Gets Your Party Started!

Summer has officially begun and so has the outdoor season! Ensure that your guests have a good time, no matter the location by serving drinks inside, or outside with Portable Bars by Advance Tabco.

Portable Bars

Whether it’s for your outdoor patio, weddings, banquets, or even indoor events; Advance Tabco offers a wide variety of portable bar options, for your business’s needs. Portable bars are a great option so that the bar can easily be moved around the event, or even from inside to outside. They are also great to set up multiple mini bar locations, throughout your business or event.

Portable bars with ABS molded worktop, stainless steel worktop, stainless steel work area, and Heavy duty portable bar with all stainless steel interior options available. Custom color options are also available, ranging from wood to stone and any color.  Multiple sizes and configurations are available!

The Features:

Features include ice bins with drain valves, glass rack storage, speed rails, and towel rings. Heavy-duty models are also available, they include stainless steel interior, worktops and sides, insulated ice bin, heavy duty 6” casters, stainless steel speed rails and perimeter bumpers.

Light Weight vs. Heavy Duty

Lightweight bars are typically made of lightweight plastic, but still durable enough to hold up to the elements and be wheeled around. If your need is more event-based, and not to constantly have a bar set-up in the same area every time, then the lightweight bar is what you need.

Heavy duty portable bars are typically made from stainless steel. While they can be wheeled around, these are not ones that you would use to constantly move around. These are best suited for an outdoor bar at a restaurant, where it would not be moved as much. These can be a cheaper alternative option to a permanent outdoor bar.

Why Choose Advance Tabco?


Customization options allow you to pick any color, size, and material to fit your needs.


Since 1929, Advance Tabco has grown immensely to 10 distribution and manufacturing facilities across the United States. They provide over 6,000 products, most of which can be customized to fit any of your needs, all while keeping budget friendly. Advance Tabco has been recognized for Best in Class for 17 years in a row!

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John Boos- Trusted Tradition

John Boos started in 1892 as a butcher block manufacturer and grew to become the primary provider of gourmet products and food service equipment. Starting in the mid-1960’s, they further expanded their company to stainless steel manufacturing. John Boos currently continues to be the only company in the U.S, that manufactures stainless steel and wood in one location.

Work Tables with Wood Bakers Top

John Boos & Co. Flat Top Maple Work Tables (models JNS, HNS, JNB, HNB, SNS, TNS, SNB & TNB) are fabricated entirely out of solid hard maple and high-grade stainless steel or pre-galvanized steel. A standard penetrating oil finish allows for the perfect prep surface, also available in Varnique finish. The tops are available in 1-1/2”, 1-3/4” or 2-1/4” thicknesses. The tables come in many sizes, with bracing or with an adjustable undershelf, and are available knocked down for quick, easy assembly at the job site. They provide the extra strength and durability that is required in a foodservice preparation table. These heavy-duty frames can be adapted for bakeries, pizzerias, restaurants, catering, buffets, cooking demos, & even for the home kitchen.


To ensure your maple worktable tops, cutting boards, and butcher blocks stay in perfect working condition, apply Boos Bock Mystery Oil minimally once a month. Now offered in a new Gallon Bottle, Boos Block Mystery Oil is made of an all-natural, food grade mineral oil that is NSF certified. The oil absorbs and penetrates deeply into the wood fibers to replenish the moisture lost from repeated washings. Mystery Oil prevents wood surfaces from drying, bleaching, and cracking. It is recommended to be used in conjunction with Boos Block Board Cream.

Stallion Stainless Steel Work Tables

John Boos & Co. model ST6-SSK Stainless Steel Stallion Work Tables have 16 GA 300 Series stainless steel tops, offered in a flat top or a 5″ riser top (ST6R5-SSK Models). John Boos is the only company that provides the Stallion safety edge: a 1-1/2″ thick edge with a 1″ 45 degree turn down. The Stallion edge is a safety feature, it provides a drip edge for liquids & it adds strength and integrity to the table. These work table tops have a sound deadening channel that runs underneath the top. Complete with an 18 GA Stainless steel legs with metal bullet feet & adjustable lower shelf, these professional work tables are NSF & CSA certified. For safe & efficient food prep and storage for your equipment, choose John Boos Stallion Work Tables.

Why John Boos?

Why buy a John Boos product?  They are the only manufacturer that produces stainless steel and wood in the same location, ensuring the quality. They are also the only company that offers the stallion edge when competitors only offer the rounded edge. Lastly, they are committed to helping the environment. They have an active recycling program, with 95% of all the raw materials, scraps being recycled as heat for their kilns. The sawdust is also recycled for local livestock bedding.

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Lowest Prices and Free Shipping on Hobart

Shop lowest prices and free shipping on Hobart, a leading manufacturer of food prep and dishwashing equipment and supplies. Browse more than a thousand Hobart products, from slicers, mixers and food processors, to undercounter, door type and conveyor dishwashers, disposers and accessories on our website. Best-selling items in stock for free same-day shipping.

Hobart has dedicated more than a century to catering its passion for foodservice, inspired by the people who feed the world. It’s their mission to “provide food equipment that foodservice and food retail professionals can trust to work hard and deliver quality, consistent results day in and day out, empowering them to focus on what they love most – creating great food for great people.” That’s why Central is proud to partner with them to offer our customers quality products and help carry out our own purpose – equipping people who feed the world.

As mentioned above, Hobart is a leading manufacturer of durable equipment and supplies useful in the areas of cooking, food preparation, dishwashing, waste reduction, weighing and packaging. They were established in Troy, Ohio is 1897, dedicating all this time building upon a clear vision of leading the foodservice and food retail equipment industry through technological innovations, operational excellence, customer service and value you can trust to support commercial and institutional foodservice and food retail professionals.

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The History of Vulcan Equipment

The history of Vulcan Equipment has been quite lengthy. After being in operation for over 130 years, they’ve been recognized by the foodservice industry for top-quality, energy-efficient commercial cooking equipment.

Vulcan OvenVulcan traces their history back to1865 at a foundry company in Louisville, Kentucky. That operation manufactured cooking stoves and other products, and would later become the Hart Manufacturing Company.  Vulcan’s trademark name first appeared in 1890 when  Vulcan transformed to make the Vulcan Gas Heating Company. In 1949 Vulcan and Hart came together to form Vulcan-Hart. Hart acquired the Vulcan name and its line of commercial products, and continued to expand and grow throughout the years.

Today Vulcan is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cooking equipment, and even distributes their gas and electric equipment worldwide. They are now owned by Illinois Tool Works, who own a plethora of companies ranging from food equipment to polymers & fluids. Vulcan has ENERGY STAR qualified proVulcan Rangeducts which can save hundreds of dollars on utility bills. Vulcan is known for their ranges, steam lines and convection ovens. They pride themselves on new technology and ways to maximize your equipment’s use; whether it be to increase the space inside an oven to using infrared technology in a charbroiler to create the most even heat distribution.

Central Restaurant Products has been working with Vulcan for roughly ten years. We have teamed up with Vulcan for the past two to offer free shipping and the lowest prices on all Vulcan equipment. Vulcan’s charbroilers, countertop griddles and gas or electric ranges have been voted overall Best in Class by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine for many years in a row. They have also won numerous ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence awards, which are given out to groups who have shown leadership at the ENERGY STAR program. To learn more about Vulcan, visit their website. Shopping for Vulcan equipment? No need to look any further! Visit Central for great Vulcan deals!