Commercial Pan Washers: What to Look For

A commercial pan washer is invaluable to a restaurant or bakery kitchen. It keeps your operations running smoothly, and it gives you confidence your pans and dishware are really clean.

If you can’t say your current dishwasher is an asset, it might be time to look for a replacement. What should you look for when you’re ready to move on from your aging, temperamental, commercial pan washer?


It Has to Fit Your Space

Does your dishwasher fit easily into your kitchen? Maybe you have more space, and you also have more demand, but your dishwasher is small. Or maybe you have the opposite problem.

Consider the design of your kitchen when you’re ready to make the switch to a new machine, and make sure it’s sized and positioned for maximum efficiency.

It Has to Keep Up with Demand

Do you wish your dishwasher could run through cycles faster? Do you wish you could fit more dishes in a load? Think about what you need right now, but also think a little ahead. Purchase a machine that will meet your restaurant’s needs today and a few years down the road.

It Should Be Intuitive

Don’t waste money on a machine you will have to spend hours teaching your employees how to use. Find a commercial pan washer that’s intuitive, that can save your settings and that you can trust to get the job done right every time.

It Should Be Energy-Efficient

Speaking of wasting money, you’ll spend less on utilities when you invest in an energy-efficient machine! When it takes less energy to heat and less water to complete a cycle, you save significantly.

It Shouldn’t Be Too Loud

A noisy commercial pan washer will annoy your kitchen staff and your customers. Make sure the model you choose is designed for smooth, quiet operation.

It Has to Stand the Test of Time

Ultimately, you want to get the most for your money. While most commercial dishwashers are designed to last about five years, an inferior product will break down much sooner than that. A broken dishwasher means a backed-up kitchen, and that means unhappy diners. You lose money on repairs, additional labor and diners who choose to go elsewhere because of slow service. Think about the potential long-term effects on your reputation.

No, you don’t want a wishy-washy dishwasher. You need a sturdy, dependable, commercial pan washer, like the models we sell at Stratton Sales. Get in touch with us today to learn more and explore pricing options!

Baking with Gingerbread

Baking with Gingerbread: 7 Recipes for Success

Gingerbread is one of those holiday staples you just have to have at the Thanksgiving dessert table, and in your Christmas spread too. It’s a treat that most people love, especially because it’s the main ingredient in a fun activity! Decorating gingerbread houses usually makes you want to eat this sweet holiday dessert, and we’ve curated seven recipes you can try this merry baking season.

Baking with Gingerbread

Take a look at our list of top recipe options to try, both at home and at your bakery!

1. Gingersnaps

It’s the classic cookie that you can’t not bake this holiday season. With molasses, cinnamon, sugar, and of course, ground ginger, you can’t go wrong. This recipe only takes 30 minutes to bake and then your cookies are ready for quick consumption.

2. Gingerbread Cake

Bake this moist, scrumptious gingerbread cake and don’t feel bad eating it for breakfast. With a dollop of whipped cream and a glass of milk (or mug of coffee), it goes down easily and it’s worth the effort.

3. Cream Cheese Frosting Cupcakes

Gingerbread and cream cheese? Yes, please. Fluffy cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (that’s flavored with cinnamon) will make you want to live in the holiday season forever.

4. Pumpkin Bars

What a great way to blend Thanksgiving and Christmas — use pumpkin with gingerbread for the ultimate fall/winter holiday treat! Twenty-five minutes of prep time and one hour and 20 minutes of baking time yields 48 bars, perfect for supplying a holiday party.

5. Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Make a gingerbread pudding cake in your slow cooker for a hands-off, easy dessert that is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

6. Gingerbread Cheesecake

No holiday dessert list is complete without cheesecake. Nutmeg, cloves and molasses flavor this treat, and your taste buds will never be the same.

7. Gingersnap Bark

Are you a white chocolate fan? Here’s where you can combine this love with your passion for gingerbread. Gingersnap bark offers a crunch but still melts in your mouth.

8. Why Is Gingerbread Associated with the Holidays?

Did you know the first recipes for gingerbread originated from Greece in 2400 B.C.? It wasn’t until the 16th century when gingerbread houses became popular in Germany that the dessert began to be associated with Christmas. It is thought that the Brothers Grimm fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel and the witch’s house made of treats may have popularized the idea of the gingerbread house.

Today, your customers and your family members alike will appreciate your contribution to the holiday dessert table, especially if it’s gingerbread. If you need to replace any baking equipment to ensure you create the best product possible, depend on Stratton Sales this holiday season.