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Commercial Refrigerator Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist

So you just bought a commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer. Both of these appliances are major investments, and Central Restaurant Products wants you to get the most out of your money. That's why it's important to make sure you properly clean and maintain the...
What is a Ghost Kitchen (a.k.a Delivery-Only Kitchen)?

What is a Ghost Kitchen (a.k.a Delivery-Only Kitchen)?

Though ghost restaurants started becoming trendy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only during 2020 when these delivery-only restaurants really started to skyrocket in popularity. According to a recent report by CBRE, ghost kitchens could account for as much as 21% of the restaurant industry’s total profits by 2025. That’s big business. So what is a ghost kitchen exactly? Let’s take a closer look at what they are, how they operate, and what their impact will be on the industry going forward.

Plant-Based Restaurants: The Future of Sustainability (and Profitability)

Plant-Based Restaurants: The Future of Sustainability (and Profitability)

Sustainable cooking and kitchen practices are major factors influencing the recent proliferation of plant-based restaurants, but they’re not the only ones. From vegan fast food options designed to attract new customers, to a heightened focus on catering to diners with food sensitivities, there are a variety of reasons why vegan options should be on your restaurant’s radar.

How to Sanitize your Restaurant to Meet New Customer Expectations

How to Sanitize your Restaurant to Meet New Customer Expectations

If you find yourself dreaming of a simpler life from the Before Times, you’re not alone.
While we may all wish for things to be like they were before the pandemic, the fact is that restaurant sanitation has been fundamentally changed for the foreseeable future. We’re getting a feel for what a lot of people are calling “the new normal” and it’s important to keep ourselves aware of current trends and our customers’ new expectations as well as educated on the science behind it all. In this article, you’ll find links to FDA guidelines by state and up-to-date guidance from the CDC, as well as checklists and practical advice on staying safe and staying open for business in today’s post-pandemic foodservice industry.

How Home Meal Kit Service Can Boost Your Restaurant’s Bottom Line

How Home Meal Kit Service Can Boost Your Restaurant’s Bottom Line

The Covid-19 pandemic inspired an unprecedented wave of innovation and creativity throughout the restaurant industry, as businesses struggled to stay afloat while reducing capacity limits and practicing social distancing. Now that the world is starting to open back up again, industry experts have been speculating about how many of these Covid-era innovations will stick around for the long haul. Home meal kits and grab-and-go options are two of the most popular trends of 2020, but will they continue to be viable in 2021 and beyond?

Worktables — The Unsung Hero of Commercial Kitchens

Worktables — The Unsung Hero of Commercial Kitchens

When you add a new worktable to your space, you’re adding valuable storage space and prep space, but all worktables are not created equal. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the worktable that most effectively meets your needs, and we’re going to talk about them all.

What is the Best Oil for Deep Frying?

What is the Best Oil for Deep Frying?

Don’t toil over oil: Central Restaurant Product’s oil guide for deep frying. Featuring frequently asked questions about the different types of deep frying oil, and a handy guide for which oil is best for different types of food.

How Clean is Your Water? A Water Filter Buying Guide

How Clean is Your Water? A Water Filter Buying Guide

Normal tap water contains a number of suspended and dissolved solids, such as chlorine, bacteria, sediment, chemicals, and other harmful elements. These solids can cause water to look cloudy, smell bad or taste funny, and can also affect any menu item that is prepared with water. Luckily, a water filter can help.

How to Clean an Ice Machine

How to Clean an Ice Machine

Whether you have an undercounter ice machine, a countertop ice machine, or a cuber head and bin setup, this article provides a basic overview of the essential steps for cleaning and sanitizing your ice machine.

Profiting with Pizza: An Easy Way to Drive Revenue

Profiting with Pizza: An Easy Way to Drive Revenue

Adding pizza to your menu is a great way to drive revenue, especially in down times. Due to high demand and low production costs to lend themselves to high profit markups, offering pizza is an ideal way to boost sales and keep your business on track. Learn all the pros to adding pizza to your menu, how to equip for such an operation, and tips for sustainable success.

Adapting the School Cafeteria to Safely Serve Lunch in the Age of COVID-19

Adapting the School Cafeteria to Safely Serve Lunch in the Age of COVID-19

As schools begin reopening after a prolonged shutdown in light of a pandemic, traditional cafeteria lunchtime must adapt for the wellbeing of students and staff. There are many options and solutions for what the new, not-so-traditional lunchtime (and school year) could look like, including serving lunch in the classroom, remote service, or limited cafeteria serving. Here are the solutions you’ll need to pull it off.

Improve Sustainability in The Kitchen

Improve Sustainability in The Kitchen

With increases in the millennial generation’s spending share, there is also an observable demand for sustainable offerings. Nielsen reports approximately 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for products and services that make an effort to positively impact and preserve the environment. Likewise, more than half of the Baby Boomer generation are also willing to support companies in this endeavor.

How to Keep Wrought Iron Furniture Rust-Free

How to Keep Wrought Iron Furniture Rust-Free

Wrought Iron furniture can be perfect for outdoor use due to the durability and attractive look. Restaurants, bars, and cafes often furnish their outdoor patios with wrought iron because of the look and sturdiness. This material is known for its longevity, making it perfect for commercial and residential use. We discuss how to keep this furniture looking and performing its best and go through refinishing those pieces that aren’t well maintained.

Guide to Reopening K-12 Schools Amid COVID-19

Guide to Reopening K-12 Schools Amid COVID-19

As schools prepare for the return of staff and students, it’s important that safety precautions are impletemented to protect against the threat of COVID-19. Our guide outlines cleaning and disinfecting procedures, adapting the classroom to accommodate social distancing practices, and extra steps to protect those at a higher risk of severe illness. Is your school ready to reopen?

Top Coronavirus Safety Products and Why You Need Them

Top Coronavirus Safety Products and Why You Need Them

As restaurants across dine-in services, there are essential products that must be kept readily on hand to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patrons and staff is top priority. These include personal protection gear, cleaners and disinfectants, hands-free solutions, sanitizing stations, and more. See our top products for safe reopening here.

Reopening Your Restaurant Amid COVID-19

Reopening Your Restaurant Amid COVID-19

As state-mandated restrictions regarding COVID-19 begin to lift around the country, many restaurants will be resuming dine-in service. Precautions must be taken to protect your staff and patrons. Learn what steps to take to safely reopening your restaurant with our how-to guide.

Closing Up Shop in the Face of the Coronavirus

Closing Up Shop in the Face of the Coronavirus

We are living in uncertain times. The outbreak of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, has brought normal life to a halt around the world. Each day, new guidelines are being put forth by state and federal governments in order to help stunt the growth of this highly...

How to Start a Food Truck Business

How to Start a Food Truck Business

Before you run out and buy a food truck, you need to give your idea all the careful scrutiny you’d give a restaurant or any other business. That means doing some research and making a plan.

How to Open a Restaurant: Your Complete Guide

How to Open a Restaurant: Your Complete Guide

Many dream of opening their own restaurant. If you’re interested in making your dream a reality, we’re here to help with this definitvie guide to opening a restaurant, which explores restaurant concept development, seeking expert advice, writing a business plan, securing funding, site selection, operations and staffing up, and training and startup.

Food Safety 101: A Crash Course

Food Safety 101: A Crash Course

Practicing proper food safety is hugely important to the success of your commercial foodservice. Improper techniques could lead to costly consequences like loss of customer trust and business reputation, negative exposure, decreased morale, lawsuits and legal fees, and more. This crash course is intended as an overview of common food safety precautions.

Tips to Safely Use a Commercial Meat Grinder

Tips to Safely Use a Commercial Meat Grinder

Whether you’re making fresh hamburger patties or stuffed sausage, a meat grinder will help make the most of your time and effort in the kitchen. While a grinder is useful and powerful, it’s important to know how to operate this machine safely.

Equipping A Sandwich Shop

Equipping A Sandwich Shop

Serving the perfect sandwich starts with more than just the ingredients. Having the right equipment and supplies sets up your sandwich shop for success.

How to Recycle Food Waste (It’s Easier Than You Think)

How to Recycle Food Waste (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Composting and recycling food waste is growing in popularity in the United States, and it’s because of programs implemented in restaurants, businesses, and homes. The concept of saving and repurposing food waste is appealing because of its potential to help the environment as well as people in need. We discuss how to recycle food waste and why it’s a good idea.

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