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“Would you like fries with that?” This is one of the most common questions in foodservice in the United States. Whether dining out at a full-service restaurant or grabbing a fast bite at a QSR, French fries have become a ubiquitous side for many of our most loved dishes. But how did taking a modest potato, slicing,...
As the end of the year approaches, now is the perfect time for operators to start crafting their perfect New Year’s Eve menu. New Year’s is when many people choose to indulge, so decadent treats (both sweet and savory) are ideal for foodservice establishments. It doesn’t get much more indulgent than fried foods, and with...

by Pitco on November 11, 2023 at 7:54AM

Cooking oil is often the unsung hero. It silently contributes to (or detracts from if not properly managed) the flavors and aromas customers desire when consuming fried foods. But oil isn’t cheap, and in fact, can be one of the biggest expenses in today’s foodservice industry. What’s behind these price fluctuations and higher prices? Let’s...
When it comes to commercial cooking oil, most foodservice establishments use vegetable-based varieties, such as olive or peanut oil. However, meat-based products are coming back in style, thanks to their versatility and how well they infuse dishes with extra flavor. Beef tallow, in particular, is making a comeback and giving lard a run for its...
It’s indisputable: America loves French fries. The average American consumes about 30 pounds of fries yearly, and seven percent of all potatoes grown in the United States head to McDonald’s to become fries. While there’s consumer interest in health, Americans continue to commit to restaurants serving the best French fries in ways that often go...
While recovering from rising supply and labor costs, restaurant and foodservice operators are looking for ways to stretch budgets and cut costs, leading many to purchase cheaper commercial fryers and other kitchen equipment. While opting for inexpensive commercial fryers may seem like a cost-effective choice initially, it often leads to greater expenses in the long...
Foodservice operators have to overcome increasing challenges, including wage increases. The demand for higher wages has grown significantly in recent years, meaning operators must adapt to maintain their workforce and balance their bottom line. Fortunately, having a Pitco automated fryer in your commercial kitchen can alleviate this issue by streamlining the kitchen and cutting operating...

by Pitco on September 11, 2023 at 6:29AM

As a former Marine Corps chef, Jan Tung has gotten to enjoy and create many culinary experiences. Now as Preferred Marketing Group‘s Business Development Representative and chef in Southern California, she works with a lot of foodservice operators who have questions about how to make their fryers last longer and increase profits. We sat down with...
Deep fryers are a ubiquitous part of the food industry landscape, used to cook everything from French fries to egg rolls to fried chicken. To ensure even, high-quality results, smart restaurant owners invest in only the best fryers, yet a more commonplace aspect of deep frying often gets overlooked by many foodservice professionals: the oil....
In 1994, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) founded National Food Safety Awareness Month (also called Food Safety Education Month). The goal was to bring everyone together to focus on food safety over the course of every step in the supply chain and each part of production. Safety, of course, is the top objective...