Spice Up Your Day (Or Night) With Candy Apples


Candy Apples


It’s a cool Autumn evening, the perfect time to make some candy apples.  At ABestKitchen, besides all the big equipment and awesome kitchen supplies, we have some fun products, including candy apple dip and sticks.

I would suggest starting with the two dip varieties, then adding toppings and possibly a double-dip into some other gooey treat.  And why stop with nuts?  I am thinking of multiple options for dips and toppings at my candy apple party:

Crushed Oreos

Melted chocolate sprinkled with sea salt

The Caramel Apple Dip with Cocoa Pebbles

Melted chocolate sprinkled with crushed potato chips

The caramel dip rolled in M&Ms

Some version sprinkled with cinnamon, not sure yet

Caramel & popcorn

Any other ideas?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Also, one tidbit I picked up is to not use the coated apples from the store.  Try to get uncoated ones or buy directly from the farm – the candy sticks better without the coating.



Versatile Applications of Commercial Shelving & Stainless Steel Tables


Nexel Wire Shelving

The shelving is fully adjustable, and is available with sturdy wire, solid steel, or plastic shelves. Mix and match if needed.

Being in the restaurant equipment business, we typically think of our various lines of stainless steel tables & commercial restaurant shelving being used in commercial kitchens & restaurants.  These products are durable, sanitary, attractive, sturdy, affordable & flexible, with configurations available in seemingly infinite specifications and sizes.  Beyond restaurant use, these products are practical for use just about anywhere.

Stainless Steel Table

Stainless Steel Tables are available in a variety of sizes with lots of configuration options, including optional side splahes, back-splashes, under shelves, and more.

When it comes to storage and organization, these shelves and work tables can be configured to meet any need.  In garages, sheds, basements, storage areas, warehouses, or anywhere storage or workspace is needed, these tables and shelves are the perfect solution – measure, select the sizes you need, and rest assured you are getting a product that will last a lifetime.

Stainless steel tables are a no-brainer for food prep, but a heavy-duty stainless table works perfectly in the laundry room, in the garage as a work table, or anywhere an easy-to-clean work surface is needed.  They can be configured with options including under shelves and back splashes.  Browse our selection of sizes & options or build your own stainless table.

Most models of tables, shelving, and racks are available in stainless steel or rust-proof finishes such as galvanized and chrome-plated, so in addition to standard indoor use, these products can be used outdoors or in damp places.  So, why not use an easy-to-clean, rust-proof stainless steel prep table as an outdoor food prep area by your barbecue?  If you are cooking outside, it’s a valuable addition to your workspace.  I even know a fisherman who has a stainless steel table outside in the yard where he cleans his fish to keep the fishy smell out of his house.

Security Shelving

Security Shelving – Lock Up Valuables

Nexel offers a variety of different racks, accessories and configurations.  Have something you want to lock up or secure at night?  Nexel’s security shelving is perfect for party centers & bars that want to lock up their liquor, garages, warehouses, or offices where it is worth taking precaution.  Browse the full line of Nexel’s Shelving, Storage, and Transport Equipment for other configurations.

Corner Shelf

Have an unused corner space? These adjustable shelves are also available in corner units.

Add-on units and other configurations and accessories are available.

Think about it – where do you need a durable, easy-to-clean work surface or storage area?  Leave a comment and let us know.







Hot Apple Cider, Perked And Simple

CiderWith cool weather around the corner, consider spicing up your fall menu with fresh apple cider.  And with the help of a simple percolator, the preparation couldn’t be simpler.  Read more for an easy Hot Apple Cider recipe that will warm the hearts of your guests.

Perked Hot Apple Cider

1 gallon apple cider

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon all spice

1 teaspoon cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

Using a large automatic percolator like the Regal 10-30 cup Percolator , fill the filter with the brown sugar, all spice, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Pour the apple cider in the percolator and perk for 10 minutes. Serve in a glass mug such as the Libby Irish Coffee Mug , and garnish with the cinnamon sticks from the filter (optional). Yields 16-20 servings.

Concession Selections – Equipment for Food Trucks

It’s mid-summer and food trucks and concession businesses are in full swing.  We’ve seen some great food truck ideas – a mobile wood fired pizza oven, a cupcake truck, a crepe truck, and a mobile soup truck to name a few. If you are looking for portable profits, we stock lots of Concession Equipment & Catering Equipment that can help.


Induction ranges for food trucks and concession.

Induction Ranges

If you are going to cook on your food truck, consider using induction countertop ranges. Induction ranges cook faster than gas, with less heat, and using less energy.  They are also easy to clean, and compact, which makes them perfect for operations like food trucks and portable concessions. Many professional chefs are acknowledging that induction cooking is superior to even gas due to its speed & efficiency. Within a small, hot space such as a food truck where energy use is often limited, induction makes sense.


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FDA Compliant Thermometers That Meet New Food Code Requirements

Comark PDT300 Kitchen Thermomter

Comark PDT300 Thermometer – Hot!

New FDA Food Code requirements mandate that a thermometer with a 1.5mm tip be used to measure foods that are ½ inch thick or less. Dial thermometers are no longer acceptable. Bimetal, bayonet style thermometers should not be used to measure the temperature of thin foods like hamburger patties because of the large diameter of the probe, which can’t accurately sense the temperature. So be sure to update your thermometer today to avoid health department violations.  Comark’s model PDT300 slim, pocket digital thermometer meets all new FDA food code requirements, and is the most popular solution in the food service industry. Plus, it’s waterproof, field calibratable, withstands constant use in wet or humid conditions, and features BioCote antimicrobial protection! Model PDQ400 is dishwasher safe.


Stylish Outdoor Restaurant Seating & Dining Furniture

There’s a lot of nice outdoor / indoor restaurant seating these days, with many new models of Outdoor Bar Stools, Chairs, Umbrellas, Patio Tables, Sofa Units, Loungers and more.  It’s the time of year to get those patios ready – here are a few nice additions for your outdoor lounge & dining areas.

Florida Seating BAL-5602BB

Faux teak / brushed aluminum bar stool by Florida Seating


Florida Seating

This indoor / outdoor bar stool by Florida Seating will make a nice addition to a light indoor atmosphere or a sunny patio bar.

Florida Seating metal stool with the look of bamboo.

Florida Seating makes an impressive line of stools designed for indoor or outdoor use – including stools like this one, that mimic a bamboo finish for your tiki bar.  There are also similar faux bamboo and safari backless stools.

Safari / Java Backless Outdoor Bar Stool

Grosfillex Havana Outdoor Table


Another great company making outdoor chairs, tables, bar stools, pool loungers and more is Grosfillex.  They use synthetic materials to mimic textures and the look of tables that would not survive outdoor use.  This Havana table features fashionable 3D wicker decor without the maintenance – nor the cost.


Emu’s Sole Stacking Side Chair

Emu’s square bistro table with an aluminum finish and tubular base.

EmuEmu Furniture has a great line of metal / aluminum tubular tables and stacking chairs and stools that are lightweight and weather resistant.  They have a lot of nice items that can fit in with a classic, classy, or modern patio.


Indoor / Outdoor Chairs & Sofas – Florida Seating manufactures these Outdoor Sofas and Sofa Chairs along with matching ottomans and accessories. The sofa chairs can link up to create a sofa, corner sofas, and other layouts to fit your space.

Outdoor Sofa / Lounge Chairs

These lounge chairs link together to create an outdoor sofa with a flexible layout to fit most any space.

Grosfillex poolside lounger with the look of teak wood.

See you on the beach – perhaps on this Grosfillex stackable poolside lounger, once again using durable, low-maintenance materials that replicate the appearance of wood.

The Right Glassware

Pompilio's Italian Restaurant - Where a scene from the movie Rainman was filmed. They serve their table wine in plain little wine glasses, which is perfect.

Being in the restaurant business, the restaurant equipment business, and being an avid food lover and cook teaches a person to appreciate glassware.  Sometimes, that means glassware with character.  A tiny, old fashioned wine glass feels right in a place like Pompilio’s Italian Restaurant In Newport, KY – an historic place with a casual ambiance where table wine flows like, well…wine.  In other circumstances, when ordering a glass of wine, I find myself asking for the good glassware.  It’s not unusual for me to ask for a larger wine glass at my favorite local restaurants.  That said, both at home and in business, the good wine glasses tend to be more expensive and delicate.  So, it’s a good idea to have both the fine wine glasses and the durable stuff for house wine.  Rather than over-dwell on the subject, I want to point out two of my favorite glass selections.

The Best Wine Glass

22 Ounce Handblown Wine Glass

The Best Wine Glass

A good wine glass should have a thin lip to deliver the wine directly to your palette, the right shape, and enough room to swirl and observe the character of the wine.  This 22 Ounce glass goes beyond – it is a work of art, it’s the perfect size, and it’s classy.  The glass is lead-free crystal, handblown in one piece.  That means the entire glass is blown & formed at once.  Lesser quality glasses are machine-made and/or will have seams at the base and stem. This handblown glass is the product of a dying art that produces a lightweight, beautiful glass worthy of your finest wines.  It’s a bit costly at $22.95, but when compared to similar glasses that can sell for over $100, it’s a fair deal.  I’ve compared this glass to more expensive glassware by Riedel and other brands, and I prefer this one.

Note: These glasses are delicate, and should not be placed in a dishwasher.
We also have some other nice quality, but lesser priced Wine Tasting Glasses.

Another Nice Glass

I see the same tea/water/beer glasses everywhere.  But there is one glass that is a bit more unique that I prefer in my home and I have chosen for my business in the past. For water, beer, and other cocktails, this glass compares to the standard glassware you find everywhere, but it steps it up a class by adding 4 dimples, or impressions that give the glass a nicer look and a comfortable feel in your hand.  It is available in 10.5 Ounce Beverage Size, an 8 Ounce Cocktail Version, and a 12 Ounce.  They are priced reasonably, under $4.00/glass – around $40/dozen.


When it comes to beer glasses, I prefer the Stein or the Pint, but I wouldn’t pay much attention to me here. I should disclose – I like PBR in a can.


Savings are Sweet – Yams, Butternut Squash, and Pumpkin Pie!

The Savings are Sweet right now!  Seasonal selections in stores, support some of our favoite holiday recipes.  Sugar pie pumpkins and sweet potatoes are abundant and affordable.  I’m thinking Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter and Sweet Potato Pie.  Happy Shopping!

Things you’ll need:

Homade Ravioli made simple – use a ravioli stamp:

Pasta Machines help too.

Tip:  For crispy pie crust, dark metal pans work great, and deep dish pizza pans are great for pies too.

Bakalon Dark Bake Pan

Allied Pie PanNesting Pie Pans Pie PanDeep Dish Pie Pan