Month: March 2017

What to look when buying a commercial dishwasher

Dish washers tend to be front-loading compact machines for small to moderate usage of crockery, often fitting under a counter or on a bench in a preparation area
Location While they are often sited underneath the counter because of space restrictions. Busy cafes and restaurants may need to move to a pull-down hood machine which enables rapid washing of a large volume of dishes
Always check size of basket Usually from 400 mm, 450mm, 500 mm (most common) baskets
Wash Cycle The wash cycle time helps you determin how many washes the dishwasher is able to process per hour.
Electrical Supply Check electrical supply: 13 amp (plug) hard wired single phase or three phase.
Water Connection Check water connection: 3/4 inch BSP will work on both hot and cold fill.
Drainage Do you need a drain pump? If you have an existing machine that when you pull the drain plug out the water drains away on its own then it doesnt need a drain pump. If you press a switch to drain water your existing machine has a drain pump fitted.
Drain Pump Required when the drainage is higher than the dishwasher drain outlet. Only required to pump water up hill to connect to your existing drainage. In some cases it may be more practical or less expensive to use a stand or lower the existing drainage pipe.
Break Tank otherwise known as Type A air gap. Required to conform to the water regulations so that in the unlikely event of the machine becoming blocked the dirty water will not siphon back into the mains water system. You may need a booster pump to assist – generally used on dishwashers.
Booster Pump Required to boost water pressure therefore ideal where the water pressure is low (below 2 bar). Hot fill machine should consider a booster pump.
Stands Where possible always put the dishwasher on a stand. By sitting on a stand you will not need a drain pump and a stand is much cheaper
Softeners Check if you have hard water if so you will need a water softener. Manual water softeners need to be regenerated manually where the automatic softeners regenerate automatically with no staff assistance. Approx 8 Ltrs for 400mm basket machines and 12 Ltrs for 500mm machines. Water softeners reduce your existing water pressure by around half a bar.
Regenerate Manual softeners must be regenerated at least once a week. Regenerating is where you drain the existing water out of the softener, add salt (amount depends on size of softener), flow water through the softener (takes approx 40 mins) until the water is no longer salty. Some internal manual softeners may require regenerating daily (depending on size).
Renovator A detergent used for maintenance cleaning the machine. Liquid renovator can also be used for cleaning tanning.
Cold Water For cold water conversion the element and power loading is increased to allow the machine to run on cold water.

 

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Happy St Patricks Day 17th March

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How much do you really know about this famous Irish holiday?

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.

Up until the mid-19th century, most Irish immigrants in America were members of the Protestant middle class. When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in 1845, close to 1 million poor and uneducated Irish Catholics began pouring into America to escape starvation. Despised for their alien religious beliefs and unfamiliar accents by the American Protestant majority, the immigrants had trouble finding even menial jobs. When Irish Americans in the country’s cities took to the streets on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate their heritage, newspapers portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys.

The American Irish soon began to realize, however, that their large and growing numbers endowed them with a political power that had yet to be exploited. They started to organize, and their voting block, known as the “green machine,” became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick’s Day parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans, as well as a must-attend event for a slew of political candidates. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended New York City ‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade, a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World.

As Irish immigrants spread out over the United States, other cities developed their own traditions. One of these is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River green. The practice started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river–enough to keep it green for a week! Today, in order to minimize environmental damage, only 40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for only several hours.

Although Chicago historians claim their city’s idea for a river of green was original, some natives of Savannah, Georgia (whose St. Patrick’s Day parade, the oldest in the nation, dates back to 1813) believe the idea originated in their town. They point out that, in 1961, a hotel restaurant manager named Tom Woolley convinced city officials to dye Savannah’s river green. The experiment didn’t exactly work as planned, and the water only took on a slight greenish hue. Savannah never attempted to dye its river again, but Woolley maintains (though others refute the claim) that he personally suggested the idea to Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick’s Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world. Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.

The Shamrock

A popular legend about St. Patrick is that he used the shamrock, a native Irish three-leaved clover, to explain the Holy Trinity. The shamrock, along with the iconic Irish landscape, is believed to be the origin of the tradition of wearing the colour green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Potatoes

Potatoes became an important food source for the Irish people when they were introduced to the country in the 16th century. And while the potato famine of the 1840s decimated much of the crop, potatoes are still a popular staple in the Irish diet today

Corned Beef and Cabbage

You may be surprised to learn that the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage is not an authentic Irish dish—it’s actually Irish-American. Pork was actually the preferred meat in Ireland, especially in the form of Irish bacon, but when Irish immigrants came to the United States, they adopted a tasty alternative from Jewish delis: corned beef. When cooked together with cabbage, it became a simple, hearty, and inexpensive favored dish.