Believe it or not, a Commercial microwave may be exactly what your kitchen needs…

The Pros and Cons of Microwave Cooking…

There is a well-known stereotype, especially within the restaurant sector that microwaves compromise the quality of food, and although this may be true in some cases, there are many more ways to use a microwave than to cook food. You will also fin microwaves in Michelin starred restaurants!

It doesn’t matter how good your Chef is, commercial microwave ovens can make life in the kitchen so much easier. Have a read through this article to find out how your commercial kitchen could benefit from using a microwave.

Blizzard Microwave

The Different uses of a Commercial Microwave

Microwave cooking is a fantastic way to prepare many food items with little waiting times, this makes it a staple piece of equipment in many establishments.

Heating foods using a commercial microwave saves precious time, it can help a recipe come together a lot faster than waiting for it to get hot on top of a stove.

A commercial microwave is an excellent way to defrost food that your chef may have forgotten to do the day before, a microwave will defrost your food in a fraction of the time that it will take to thaw in a refrigerator.

Utilising space is essential within a commercial kitchen, why not use a microwave to heat up soups to put in your soup kettle or use your microwave to heat up sauces, this saves space on your oven so that you can use it for something else.

A Great Tool to Expand your Menu

Many commercial microwaves do not require a ventilation hood, this makes it a great tool to expand your menu options in cafés, restaurants and pubs or to introduce food to your establishment within a convenience store or quick serve kiosk.

Using a microwave to cook foods such as jacket potatoes, vegetables and soups makes it easier for you to add these items to your menu as the microwave will cook them a lot quicker than an oven.

The Cons of Microwave Cooking

Like all great things, there are a few cons to microwave cooking, but these can easily be prevented if you choose a good quality microwave and follow temperature guidelines.

Microwaves work by heating the water molecules within foods and as a result of this it is easy to overcook foods if you are not careful. In order to prevent this it is important that you adhere to proper timings, you should also use container ventilation to prevent foods from bursting, becoming soggy or developing a chewy texture.

Acme supply a wide range of commercial microwaves form some of the biggest brands in the industry. Take a look at our brochure for more information, alternatively you can call a member of our sales team on 01254 277999 to discuss your needs and requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable products.


The Benefits of Contact and Panini Grills

Contact Grills are increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ gadget within every commercial kitchen. The grill achieves results by cooking food between two heated surfaces. This method has many benefits over the conventional griddle as it cooks the food quickly, there is no reason for turning and it seals the food more effectively, locking in the juices, reducing shrinkage and improving the overall flavour of the food.

The speed of the cooking means that a relatively small cooking area can triple the output of a griddle of the same size. Generally, cooking times range from one minute to around three minutes depending on the food type and thickness.

Contact and Panini grills are portable and can be used anywhere from cafés and coffee shops to a mobile catering wagon or outside kitchen as well as in a standard commercial kitchen.

They give you the ability to add a wide range of hot snacks to your menu for a minimum outlay. That’s right, there are some top quality machines out there at very small prices.

Take the Blizzard Single and Double contact grill range for example. These machines are light duty with cast iron plates, counter balanced top plates, manual thermostat and gives you the option of smooth or ribbed plates.

Blizzard Contact Grills

And at the small price of £249 – £349 with a 1 year warranty, they are a great addition to any commercial kitchen.

What do you need to consider before purchasing a Contact or Panini Grill?

Cast iron plates heat up rapidly and smooth plates are ideal therefore for sealing in meat juices and flavour. Ribbed plates on the other hand produce attractive branding marks, and are ideal for Panini’s, giving them more versatility, therefore it is important to consider which one will be most suitable for your business.

On the other hand, a model with a smooth bottom plate and a ribbed top plate such as the Blizzard BRSCG2 might provide the perfect compromise.

Capacity is an important aspect to consider and it is important that you check that the outputs quoted by manufacturers are like for like.

The type of foods that you will be cooking is also important to consider, do you serve a lot of vegetarians or halal food? If so it might be worth purchasing and additional machine.

Finally, it is important that you look for a product that meets all current EU safety regulations, make sure that the model is easy to clean and make sure that you purchase your machine from a reputable dealer and always keep an eye out for models that offer warranty periods.

Here at Acme we offer a wide range of grills to suit all situations, contact our sales team on 01254 277999 and a member of our team will discuss the best unit for you and your business.


Blizzard Bottle Coolers and Cellar Coolers are now ECA Approved!

Blizzard Bottle Coolers and Cellar Coolers are now ECA Approved!

Blizzard Bottle Coolers

Our very own Blizzard brand has been in the spotlight recently! Our BAR1 and BAR2 models in hinged and sliding doors and in stainless steel finish have been added to the Energy Technology as have a range of our cellar cooling units including our BCS13U, BCS17U and BCS22U-1PH units.

So what does this mean?

This means that they are now eligible for the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. This scheme enables businesses to claim a 100% first year capital allowance on investments in certain energy saving equipment such as the Blizzard bottle coolers, against the taxable profits of the period of investment. For more information on capital allowances, please see HMRC’s page on tax relief for capital allowances.

Are there any other benefits?

There are a range of benefits to the ECA scheme;

  • Improved Cash Flow
  • Lower Energy Bills
  • Reduction in Climate Change

The Blizzard bottle coolers are energy efficient cabinets, this means that you can expect to benefit from reduced running costs of equipment, which will have a direct impact upon your cash flow with the added advantage of helping the environment.

That’s great!  How do I get one of these bottle coolers?

For more information about the ECA scheme and how you can claim you can have a look on their website; http://bit.ly/1sbniTv.

You can also call a member of our dedicated sales team for more information, prices and availability on 01254 277999.


It is National Chip Week!


Everybody’s Favourite bit on the side…

National Chip Week

It is a well-known fact that Britain loves chips, it is a firm favourite Nationwide. There are over 247 million portions of fish and chips served every year in Britain alone. The equivalent of 19,600 football pitches worth of potatoes are grown each year with almost 575,000 tonnes of British potatoes made into chips each year, it is no wonder that we have dedicated a whole week to the mighty chip!

Everywhere we eat we are offered chips as a side dish… and they go so well! It is really easy to make chips a part of your menu, whether you want to make them as a side dish in a pub or restaurant or add them to a canteen.

All you need is oil, potatoes and a fryer. Acme can help you with this, we have a wide range of commercial fryers including single and double tank light duty electric fryers to heavy duty fryers.

Fryers are not only useful for making chips, you can cook a wide range of food in there such as fish and chicken. The fryer will give the meat a delicious crispy coating while keeping the insides juicy and tender.

If you are looking for a high quality, low budget fryer for a new or small business, we have exactly what you are looking for. The Blizzard BF6 Model is a 6 litre single tank electric fryer with a temperature range of +50 to 190°C. It has a safety cut out and a mesh batter plate and lids and baskets are supplied. We also give you a 1 year warranty.

If you are looking for an upgrade to your current fryer then look no further than our twin tank electric fryer with tap. The Blizzard BF88 model has a stainless steel interior and exterior, 2 x 8 litre National Chip Weekcapacity tanks, a temperature range of +50 to 190°C, an adjustable manual thermostat and includes lids and baskets. This mighty model also has a 1 year warranty.

Have a look at our fryer leaflet for construction information, prices and technical details. For more information give a member of our sales team a call on 01254 277999.