Industry Tid-Bits

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Industry Tid-Bits

Muzz Buzz Expands to Japan

The Australia based drive through coffee shop has expanded to Japan, and recently announced an additional expansion to China. All of their Australian locations are currently using MXP ovens, as mentioned in an Ali World Magazine article last year. Click here for more information about this international development.

NRN Selects Recipients for 2014 Hot Concepts Awards

The Nation’s Restaurant News selected the winners for the 2014 Hot Concepts awards, which recognize leading participants in the foodservice industry based on growth and menu development. Click here to learn more.

FoodServiceWarehouse.com Plans to Open Kansas City Distribution Center

FoodServiceWarehouse.com, an online foodservice equipment and supplies distributor, announced this month that they are planning to open a new distribution center in Kansas City, Missouri, which will be the company’s first location outside its home in Colorado.

GMCW Partners with The Yes Group

The Yes Group, ACP, Inc. distributor for Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, is now representing GMCW (Grindmaster-Cecilware) as well. Click here for more details.

Taco Bell Helps Teens Finish School

The Taco Bell Foundation has started funding an online tool used to help students earn their GED. The Mexican restaurant has agreed to pay the estimated $1300 fee required to take the GED test as well. Click here for more information about how Taco Bell is reaching out to teens and their education.

Jetwave™ – The New Wave in Cooking

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Jetwave™ – The New Wave in Cooking

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The newly redesigned Jetwave™ is the new wave in cooking for today’s foodservice industry. While this high speed combination oven is efficient in uniformly baking and browning, time will not be an issue. It bakes four times faster than a conventional oven, so you can be sure that any dish will be served fresh and fast.

Besides its profitable methods of cooking, this versatile oven allows for preparing a variety of possible food items. Unlike the MCE14 and DS1400E (internationally), which will be discontinued in January 2015, the Jetwave™ has a “Microwave Only” mode. This option allows the oven to be used as either a standard commercial microwave or a high speed combination oven, depending on the food item.

Programming has been simplified with a USB menu management system, which allows the distribution of information between a computer and the oven, and vice versa. Now, actually using and maintaining the oven is has also improved, thanks to the grease tray placed under the oven to catch any excess grease, which helps extend the life of the oven by protecting interior components.

Click here for more information about the Jetwave™!

 

Indian Cuisine on the Rise in the U.S.

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Indian Cuisine on the Rise in the U.S.

Today’s restaurant-goers in America aren’t just craving the same old cheeseburger and fries anymore. Instead, more consumers are seeking authentic Indian flavors, according to The Nation’s Restaurant News. Its blend of savory sauces and spices that pack a punch have helped launch this cuisine into mainstream prominence.

American based operations have attempted to serve dishes with such a flair for at least a decade, but have had little success in remaining true to India’s established flavor profiles. With an increasing demand of authenticity, and as Indian chefs earn recognition in the United States, entrepreneurs are competing to create the most successful fast casual Indian restaurant.

While some may not be ready to indulge in a plate of spicy tandoori chicken every Tuesday night, others say that there are alternatives to experiencing Indian cuisine. According to The Huffington Post, fundamental flavors that are popular in Indian dishes such as cumin, cardamom and mustard seed, are also beginning to complement some American entrees, like burgers, burritos or pizza.

One of the most popular avenues used to connect Americans with traditional Indian cuisine is naan bread, an oven-baked flat bread that is very common in the typical Indian household or restaurant. Most South Asian breads are very different than those baked in the western hemisphere due to an absence of yeast, which causes a bread to be very flat and thin. However, naan bread is an exception and has a greater thickness similar to pita bread.

Naan bread in the United States is commonly found in flat bread pizzas, and while some don’t embrace the hot ‘n spicy aspect, naan bread provides an ethnic flair and can accompany just about any desired topping. The MXP can help any kitchen keep up with this growing ethnic trend, through its proficiency in browning and crisping. Here are recipes for flat bread vegetarian pizza and homemade naan bread in the MXP:

Flat bread pizza

Easy Homemade Naan Bread

This simple, five ingredient bread is authentic, fluffy, soft and chewy. Add spices and toppings as preferred before baking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus a few Tbsp. for workspace

Procedure:

Preheat pizza stone in MXP oven at 450°F (232°C) for at least 10 minutes.

  1. Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add salt and flour.  Mix thoroughly.  Knead dough on a floured surface for about 20 times and form into a tight, soft ball.
  3. Place dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel to rise for 45 minutes.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.  Divide it into 8 pieces.
  5. Roll out each piece with rolling pin to about 1/8” thick, into an oval or oblong shape.  The pieces do not have to be uniform size.
  6. Place bread pieces on a floured pizza paddle and place on hot pizza stone in MXP.

Stage 1:

Time: 35 seconds          

Microwave Power: 60%             

Fan Speed: 80%              

Radiant Power: 100%

Stage 2:      

Time: 35 seconds         

Microwave Power: 30%            

Fan Speed: 20%             

Radiant Heat: 100%

This NAAN bread is best served immediately while it is hot.

 

Flat Bread Vegetarian Pizza

Accessory: Pizza stone

Oven Temperature: 520°F (270°C)

Total Cooking Time: 1:30

Quantity: 5 oz. (142 g)

Starting Food Temperature: Refrigerated 35-40°F(4°C)

Recipe Ingredients: 

  • 5 oz. (142 g) Naan loaf
  • 3 oz. (85 g) Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. infused herb oil
  • 1.5 oz. (43 g) mixed greens
  • 0.5 oz. (14 g) sliced mushrooms
  • 0.5 oz. (14 g) sliced red onion
  • 0.5 oz. (14 g) sliced red pepper
  • 0.5 oz. (14 g) sliced tomato

Procedure:

1. Brush naan bread with oil.

2. Top with mixed greens, vegetables and cheese.

3. Place pizza on pizza stone and cook at below settings.

Stage: 1

Time: 1:10

Microwave Power: 20%

Fan Speed: 20%

Radiant Power: 100%

Stage 2:

Time: 0:20

Microwave Power: 20%

Fan Speed: 40%

Radiant Power: 100%

 

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