Which recommended Catering Water Boiler should I buy?

Hot beverages offer some of the best profit margins in catering, ingredients costing a few pence and a beverage selling in excess of one pound. On Demand Hot water is essential for every catering operation used for hot drinks to chefs needing quick hot water supply. Here are some common FAQ’s
Wall Mounted or Counter Top Counter top  water boilers tend to cost a little less and are easier to install. (Most use a 13 amp plug and so you don’t need a qualified electrician to hard-wire them in.) Counter top water boilers generally have the option of a drip tray – handy for over spill and easy to empty. The down-side is they take up valuable counter space and are less flexible in use.

Wall mounted water boilers are handy as they don’t take up valuable counter top work space.  Easy to use if you need to fill large mugs or cafeterias etc as you can create a larger access under the tap.  On the downside wall mounted water boilers are usually hard wired (by an electrician) and don’t usually have a drip tray to catch those over spills etc.
How many people will the water boiler serve, at times of peak demand and on an hourly basis? If you work on 1 litre or 4 mugs, thinks about whether you have fixed breaks or not. For example, a school with 20 teaching staff all needing a cuppa at morning break would need a boiler with at least a 5 litre draw off. An office with a staff of 40 people but where the breaks are not fixed, could easily manage with a 3 litre boiler. Don’t forget meetings etc where there may be a high spot-demand.
What are you filling? Cups and mugs or air pots and urns? All water boilers can fill cups and mugs, but if you are filling larger vessels, you will either need a taller counter top model or a wall mounted water boiler.
Draw Off It is important to understand the actual draw off the water boiler is capable as this is the amount of water available for immediate use. Calculate how much water you will require during your busy periods when assessing the right water boiler for you.
Heat up time Check heat up times from cold, as this may be important, different models and capacity take different times to initially heat up the water from cold before use.
Water filters Filters are necessary to reduce lime scale build up any odours and ensure your customer experiences the right taste from their beverage.
Free to all or restricted access? Can all staff / patients / visitors help themselves to hot water, or do you require a lockable push-button dispense; for example in care homes, shared-use venues etc?

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What should you look for when buying a griddle

The griddle is a a popular piece of equipment for caterers, used to simply heat food on a metal plate, but any kitchen will find that it has many uses and desirable effects. In most cases, griddles are available as either gas or electric, but these days in some places steam powered griddles are offered on the market too. Flat griddles are by far the most popular due to the ease of cleaning. However, both ribbed and half ribbed griddles are available on the market.
Griddle Uses

Having a griddle in the kitchen can offer many positives, including;

– The development of flavour that occurs with the browning (caramelising) process.
– The tenderising of meats such as steaks and chicken breasts.
– The development of crispness or a crust.
– The drying out of products such as pancakes, bread and buns.
– The melting off of fats, especially in food like sausages and bacon.
Facts to Consider When Buying When it comes to buying a griddle, things to consider include:

• The kitchen requirements for the grill; this will help when considering the size to suit the needs.
• Ask for advice when buying a griddle and tell a dealer what the needs will be; they are there to help.
• Choose equipment which is easy to clean.
• Griddle plates should have no gaps to allow grease to seep into the body. Look for fully welded plates or one-piece castings. Splash guards should be integrated for the same reason.
• Larger units should offer the flexibility and energy saving capacity of a dual heat zone.
• Major manufacturers offer a wide range of griddle plates including machined steel, ribbed, half-ribbed and chrome. Chrome griddles radiate less heat into the atmosphere and so are more energy efficient than steel plate models. This contributes to a more pleasant working environment.
• Check the drainage channel – will it be easy to use and keep clean?
A griddle can be a handy instrument to have in a commercial kitchen as it can be utilised in many ways.
Making Decisions When Choosing a Griddle

Other than the fact that griddles come in different shapes and sizes, there is another key decision to make when buying them; what type of metal will be used for the plate and what the finish of the surface will be. As with contact grills, griddles are available in cast iron, but rather than aluminum, are usually available in different types of steel as the alternative.
Plate Thickness

Once a decision has been made about the metal for your griddle, the thickness of the plates has to be considered, as both have varying successes.
Thin plates are more responsive when adjusting temperature, come up to temperature quicker requiring less energy and are generally cheaper. But they can warp if preheated at high temperatures and distribute heat less evenly causing hot and cold spots.
Thick plates are less likely to warp, retain heater longer and distribute heat more evenly. But they respond slower to changes in temperature control and they require more energy to bring up to the desired temperature.
Electric or Gas

One key decision a customer will make is whether to use a gas griddle or electric griddle. Gas is often seen as heavier duty and tends to be more responsive to temperature control. However, electric has the benefit that it doesn’t need to be installed by an engineer and easier to move to a different location if needs be

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How to Descale/Clean Marco Water Boiler Tank

Applies to : All Marco Water Boilers

How to Descale Water Tank and Clean Water Level Probes
It is a common occurrence for limescale to build up in the tank of a water boiler. The amount of limescale build up is relative to the water hardness in a particular area.

The most common error indication on a boiler is the Ready light giving two red flashes between pauses, indicating that water can’t be seen in the tank. This can be caused by a number of issues, most commonly, limescale or film build up on the water level probes.
Descaling Procedure:
 Isolate machine from power supply.
 Isolate machine from water supply.
 Drain water from machine.
 Remove all lids.
 Remove as much scale as possible by hand, paying particular attention to level probes (White plastic with steel tab). Be very careful not to damage any attachments.
 Use ScaleKleen, Marco part No. 8000270 or similar. Follow instructions carefully.
 Thoroughly clean and flush the machine before re-use.
 Follow installation and first time operation instructions
NB: Always clean the water level probes after descaling and rinsing the tank.
To Clean Water Level Probes:
 Turn off unit at wall socket or unplug from wall socket
 Remove top cover from boiler
 Remove tank lid from tank
 Identify water level probes – flat metal tabs inside water tank, normally 2 or 3 probes
 Dispense as much water from unit as possible using tap
 Thoroughly clean probes with ScotchBrite or scouring pad
 Replace tank lid and top cover
 Reconnect power to boiler and operate as normal


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Looking for an upright Ice Cream freezer?

Upright ice cream frezer

Take a look at the new Mercutus D1-720 upright ice cream freezer designed specifically for storage of 5 litre napoli pans containing either ice cream or gelato. The freezer holds a total of 44 5-litre napoli pans. The D1-720 can either be used for low temperature (-20°C) storage or for tempering. This is where you bring the ice cream up to serving temperature (normally around -15°C).

Ice cream should not be warmed to serving temperature too quickly. the D1-720 is an ideal storage units from which to transfer into your ice cream display at the ideal serving temperature.

The solid door upright freezer is a real alternative to our usual display ice cream freezers.

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Lincat introduces new generation of advanced combi steamers

Lincat recently introduced a new generation of advanced Opus SelfCooking Combi Ovens. The range includes a new compact model, the Opus SelfCooking Center® XS, which delivers all the power, intelligence and efficiency of its full sized counterparts, from a minimum of floor space.

With a footprint of just 550mm x 655mm, the Lincat Opus SelfCooking Center® XS is a 6 x GN2/3 unit, which incorporates all the features and functionality of the larger GN1/1 and GN2/1 models. Perfect for even the smallest kitchen, it can be sited on a counter top or optional wall brackets or floor stands. When combined with a matching UltraVent fume and condensation hood, the XS can be built into any installation, making it great for front of house applications.

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Lincat introduces heavy-duty Opus 800 range

Lincat Opus 800

Lincat have launched a collection of no fewer than 12 oven ranges as part of its new Opus 800 series of prime cooking equipment. Constructed on strong steel chassis, with heavy duty components, Opus 800 oven ranges are built to withstand the rigours of the busiest commercial kitchen.

There’s a wide range of options to choose from including: gas, electric or dual fuel; burners, plates or solid tops; side opening or drop down doors. Each new oven range combines a stylish, streamlined look with reliable UK engineering to deliver enhanced performance, output, energy efficiency and serviceability. And, for the first time, Lincat has introduced a powerful induction top range to the series.

The new induction hob top has 5kW induction zones, providing 270mm diameter induction cooking areas. Automatic pan detection function cuts power when no pan is present, preventing harm to users, while saving energy, and 6mm thick high impact resistant glass ceramic surface will withstand hard knocks and is easy to clean.

Opus 800 hob tops are available in gas or electric, and can be supplied as standalone boiling tops. With single heavy-duty cast iron pan supports, the gas models are equipped with powerful 7.5kW open burners with dual concentric rings, to provide focused heat distribution from a low simmer to a high heat, whatever the pan size. Electric models feature fully pressed and sealed hob tops to facilitate cleaning, and heavy-duty, square or round cast iron 2.6kW hotplates to deliver fast responsive heat.

The new Opus 800 oven ranges are equipped with large, powerful ovens, ranging from 6kW to 9.5kW, with the capacity to hold up to 6 x GN1/1. All are fan assisted, giving uniform heat and consistent cooking results, and each has a removable oven base for easy cleaning. Double insulated doors, side and back panels also allow for safe operation, efficiency and economy.

Although deeper (at 800mm) than the Opus 700 range it replaces, minimal extra space is required for Opus 800 equipment, as it sits flush to the wall with a recess for connection to gas and electricity supply. Products are also quick and easy to service, as there is no need to pull out of the line for maintenance, meaning disruption is kept to a minimum. Individual items of equipment provide service access through the front or top wherever possible. Castors are fitted as standard, so pulling units out for deeper cleaning is effortless.


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Welcome to our Blog

Catering Equipment

Welcome to our new Blog Spot. We are excited about the launch of our new revised website displaying competitively priced catering equipment and commercial refrigeration.

Our first edition website was launched back in 1999 and changed several times since, with the latest technical advances the latest edition will fetch data much quicker with brighter, sharper product images.  New advances allow us to provide online quotes whilst the interactive online chat can provide instant help and advice without you having to pick up the phone.

New customer login provides instant messaging, order tracking, viewable historic data and much more.

Rest assured, we may have optimised our front end but we still offer our hugely important experienced technical service and traditional values. Offering you the best of both worlds.

We are planning to use our blog spot area to keep you up to date with the latest industry info and helpful product info.  We hope you will come back soon and read out latest blog news.

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