Debating whether or not to invest in a new char broiler for your commercial restaurant? There are so many benefits to using a char broiler that you’ll wonder why you didn’t purchase one before.
What’s nice about using a char broiler in your commercial restaurant is that it cooks using dry heat, giving you that nice grilled taste and beautiful grill marks without having to actually use an outdoor grill. You can think of it as a firebox that has a grate atop the flame. Like an outdoor grill, a char broiler is primarily used to cook vegetables and meats like beef, chicken, or fish, but can also be used to finish off a dish or reheat an entrée.
We carry a wide variety of char broilers, and with a wide selection of size options, types, gas options, and manufacturers, you will be able to find the appliance that’s just right for your kitchen.
Whether your restaurant specializes in making the perfect breakfast or just a mean hot sandwich, commercial griddles are essential kitchen appliances to have in a restaurant. A griddle is an appliance that has a flat cooking surface with its own heat source underneath. For a commercial kitchen, the most common griddles used are ones built into a range or standalone electric griddles.
At Short Order we supply our customers with many different griddle options to choose from. The two deciding factors in the decision-making process are usually the size and heat source. We carry commercial griddles that range from 12” all the way to 72” so that restaurants can get the one that fits best into their current kitchen spaces. Additionally, we have varying heat options that you can choose from: natural gas, propane, and electric.
We are extremely confident you will find a griddle that meshes perfectly with your restaurant, and that you’ll have customers coming back for more once they’ve tried the food cooked on our products.
Most commercial kitchens or restaurant buffets require infrared heat lamps to keep prepared food warm without it drying out or becoming discolored. Food heat lamps keep dishes at the perfect temperature until ready to be served. The two most common types of restaurant heat lamps are strip warmers and bulb warmers.
Strip warmers consist of a single or dual, high wattage tubular metal heater rod. The majority of these units are designed to be installed and stay in one place. They are great for buffets because they come in a variety of lengths, and can also be found in the back of the house.
Bulb warmers are usually freestanding units that can be plugged into a standard outlet, making them portable. They don’t produce as much heat as the strip warmers and generally cover less surface area. These units are ideal for carving stations or for holding warm bags of foods at concession stands, like French fries.
If you’re trying to decide between food warmers or heat lamps, remember that heat lamps are best for keeping foods warm for a short period of time. They work best on foods with a small surface area like veggies, breads, or pieces of meat, like chicken breasts. These units are not meant to be used for long-term holding or for heating dense foods like mashed potatoes. For those kinds of items, opt for a drop-in food well, holding cabinet, or hot food table.
APW Wyott works out of three locations; Dallas Texas, Cheyenne Wyoming, and Nogales Mexico. From these three places, they create and provide customer service for a variety of commercial kitchen equipment designed to work within all segments of the food service industry. Winner of a prestigious "E award" for excellence in production of wartime equipment by the Army and Navy in World War II, APW Wyott has made top-tier, reliable professional cookware for several decades.
Today, APW Wyott is a subdivision of the Standex Cooking Solutions Group. They create equipment that can cook, toast, heat, hold, warm, and otherwise prepare food in any kind of commercial environment; from fast food to fine dining and from institutional food preparation to hospitality services.
According to APW's mission statement, they "relentlessly pursue new product development…and new technologies," and "partner with our customers to understand their business and develop innovative solutions to meet their commercial foodservice needs worldwide."
Choosing an APW Hot Plate for Your Needs
Hot plates come in a wide variety of types and purposes, and finding the one that is right for you is essential:
• Method of Heating: Hot plates generally come in electric (like a range) and induction, which requires the use of special pots and pans. Induction heaters heat much more quickly, but use dramatically more electricity (and thus cost more.) If you don't need the instant heat of an induction plate, a standard coil is usually preferable for both upfront cost and total cost of ownership.
• Method of Cleaning: Hot plates come with a variety of surfaces; including cast iron, stainless steel, none (exposed coils), and tempered glass (only on induction hot plates). Generally the largest difference is how the surface must be cleaned, and the time and effort that process takes should factor into your calculations.
• Features: Hot plates have a variety of optional features that include timers, temperature displays, individual temperature settings (for multi-heater units), drip pans, and more.
• Size: Hot plates can vary in size from mug warmers to stovetop sized units and beyond. Choosing the size that best fits your kitchen is a critical part of selecting the right unit.
APW hot plates are useful in any kitchen, and absolutely vital to many kitchens. If you're looking for the best price on an APW hot plate, you've found it; because if you find somewhere that sells it for less than Short Order after you buy it here, we'll refund you 110% of the difference! Look around today and discover the APW hot plate that is perfect for your kitchen.
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