Standout tools for c-stores take the stage

Aimee Harvey, Managing Editor, Technomic

kitchen tools

Amid the flurry of flavor and preparation trends on display at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show, cutting-edge kitchen equipment also stood out. On the show floor, we made note of the growing number of compact, smaller-footprint tools designed to fit convenience store configurations.

1. A small-but-mighty vector oven

inside oven

An oven that won a 2017 Kitchen Innovations award has up to four oven chambers, all individually controlled. It has a 21-inch footprint and can be used without a vent.

2. From pressure cooking to pressure smoking

pressure cooker

A machine that was on display uses real wood chips, and can cook and smoke 40 pounds of ribs in one hour. The pressure cooking helps the smoke flavor penetrate the meat.

3. Nitro coffee, sans keg

nitro coffee

One cold-brew and nitro system uses a bag-in-box product, eliminating the need for a keg. All that’s needed is a 120-volt outlet, filtered water line and a nitrogen source. One can of nitrogen yields 1,200 cups of coffee, its company says.

4. Hot and (instantly) ready

hot and ready sign

One warmer on the show floor keeps food at ideal serving temperatures without the need for doors, allowing for immediate access to the product.

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