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Sell More Fried Foods with Vulcan’s New Energy Star Certified Gas Fryer

Our friends at Vulcan have released a new brand of gas fryers, the VEG series. We’d like to share some more information from Vulcan below. You can shop for the VEG here. Buy from Central and receive free shipping!

New from Vulcan: an ENERGY STAR® certified 35-pound value gas fryer.  With a production capacity of 56.8 lbs./hr. and a 50 percent cooking efficiency rating, the VEG cooks 10 lbs. more per hour than a standard economy fryer and reduces operational costs through energy savings. Plus, the fryer may also qualify for energy rebates at time of purchase!

The VEG fryer is comprised of a stainless-steel fry tank and door, making it easy to clean and durable to stand up to the daily wear and tear in any kitchen environment. Standard millivolt controls eliminate the need for an electrical hook-up, resulting in additional flexibility for fryer placement under the hood.

Vulcan’s VEG fryer is ideal for cooking a variety of fried menu items, including frozen appetizers, French fries and chicken wings.  Have you ever served fried avocados?  With the VEG fryer, use the recipe below to introduce a new, appealing item to your menu that your customers are sure to love.



  • 10 avocados
  • 10 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 10 eggs, beaten

Multiply ingredients as necessary to get the desired amount.


  1. Heat oil to 350°F.
  2. Peel and slice avocados lengthwise into 8 sections. Remove the pit.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, herb seasoning and cumin
  4. Place the beaten eggs into a shallow dish.
  5. Dip avocado slices in beaten egg, and then in mixture. For a thicker batter, repeat the dipping process.
  6. Fry the coated avocado slices in the hot oil for 3 to 5 mins., or until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy with Ranch dipping sauce!

Source: (Recipe slightly altered) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/55639/fried-avocados/

About Vulcan Equipment

Vulcan, a division of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, is a leading manufacturer of cooking equipment in the U.S. with a broad line of products including ranges, convection and combi ovens, fryers, griddles, charbroilers, steamers, braising pans, kettles and heated holding cabinets.  Vulcan sells both to the foodservice and food retail end-user segments, including chain and independent restaurants, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hotels, casinos, recreation, corrections, and grocery stores.

Learn more about Vulcan here!


Add Crispiness to Your Menu with Pitco Fryers

Pitco Fryers

The art of frying has been present in cooking throughout history. Today, fryers play an important role in the foodservice industry. When used properly, fryers are quick and give food a unique taste. A concern for restaurants that cook a high volume of food using fryers is the increased amounts of waste oil. In 1918, Pitco recognized the challenges that came with frying foods and decided to produce a fryer that could save money, time and be reliable for the foodservice industry. Pitco aims to bring its customers the best fryers through research and innovations in design and construction.


Pitco offers fryers for large and small productions. The Pitco Frialator 40S is a gas, stainless steel fryer. This 105,000 BTU fryer comes in natural or LP gas. The Pitco Frialator 40S takes care of your worries about waste oil with a front 1-1/4” NPT drain that allows for quick draining.

  • Controlled temperatures between 200°F and 400°F with the ability to product up to 72 lbs. of French fries per hour.440-019
  • This fryer holds up to 40 lbs. of oil with 6” legs that are adjustable.

The Pitco Frialator 40S allows for frying a wide assortment of foods without giving up a lot of space in the kitchen. This unit has a one year parts and labor warranty.


There are available accessories from french fry bagging scoops, connector hoses,  fryer burn protection gloves and more. These extra options can help production be more efficient and protect employees.

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Central offers the lowest prices and free shipping on all Pitco fryers. To learn more about all the Pitco fryers that Central offers, visit out website or call one of our helpful Product Consultants at 800-215-9293.


Free ways to save energy in the kitchen

People toss around the terms green and energy efficient a lot these days. They are the new buzz words for many industries. But are they the same?

To me, green means friendly, and energy efficient means it’s going to save me money.

The terms are closely related, but I think it’s important to understand the differences in order to implement them effectively in your establishment, and to determine which avenue is the most important to you.

According to the Business and Media Institute, businesses can spend thousands of dollars “going green,” often waiting years to see any payoff. And CNN said HSBC spent $900,000 installing energy efficient lighting.

For restaurants and institutions already struggling with rising food and fuel costs, saving the planet may not be their #1 priority.

So what are some resources that we can start using right now?

The easiest way to conserve energy in the kitchen is to control your appliances– don’t let them control you! Schedule startups and shutdowns, and use timers. If you only use the fryer during your lunch rush, turn it off between meals. If a piece of equipment takes only a few minutes to preheat, it probably doesn’t need to be on and consuming energy all day.

According to the Foodservice Technology Center, you can save an average of $75 a year if you turn off the door heaters on your reach-ins. Generally, door heaters only need to be on if you see condensation on the doors.

Another “free” way to save energy is to set the water heaters on your dish machines only to the temperature required for specific tasks. Your dish machine’s water only needs to be at either 110°F or 140°F. A heater set even 10°F too high can cost more than $600 a year!

When you are ready to start making a financial investment toward a more efficient kitchen, it’s okay to start slowly. Most of us don’t have the resources to go all-out on a futuristic, multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art kitchen. FE&S says the best pieces of equipment to start with are fryers and dishwashers.

Fryers that are Energy Star certified are generally much more efficient than conventional fryers because they allow the operator to recycle the oil they’re using instead of paying someone to come get it and haul it away.

Likewise, energy efficient dishwashers are a plus because they save on energy and water.

Last, start with the biggest pieces of equipment that consume the most energy, like refrigerators and freezers, and, if you’re cooking in bulk, broilers and steamers.

For more tips, and a cost-savings calculator, visit CentralRestaurant.com