BBQ and al-fresco dining – the secrets of success!

Lincat ChargrillIt’s essential to have the right barbeque equipment to deliver a successful al-fresco event, but that doesn’t mean a traditional charcoal burning or lava rock barbeque! That’s because neither gives food its distinctive chargrilled flavour, which is provided instead by the igniting of fat and flaring. Worse still charcoal and lava rock tend to be messy, make equipment difficult to clean and produce inconsistent results.

That’s why we have eliminated the need for lava rock from our Opus 700 and Silverlink 600 chargrills. In its place are specially designed heat transfer radiants. These are more controllable and consistent than lava rock, yet still ignite sufficient fat for optimum flaring to give a distinctive chargrilled taste. And since gas models can operate on propane, they are suitable for outdoor catering.

Lincat introduce new powerful, high efficiency chargrills

We have added a range of powerful, high efficiency gas chargrills to our heavy duty Opus 700 range. There are four new chargrills in all, two of which – the 1200mm wide OG7403N/P and the 1500mm wide OG7404N/P – are Lincat’s largest chargrills to date.

The new chargrills deliver energy savings of 55%, thanks to the innovative design of their infra-red ceramic plaque burners. These produce intense heat output from relatively low kW input, to achieve outstanding cooking performance and energy efficiency.

They also offer the extremely fast heat up required by busy commercial kitchens. Flexibility is provided by multiple heat zones which can be operated separately. These enable users either to create a heat gradient across the cooking area, or to turn sections off during quiet periods to save energy. 01522 875500

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Contact and panini grills – what are the benefits?

Contact and panini grills – what are the benefits?

Lincat Griddle PanContact and panini grills tend to be portable and operate from a standard 13A supply. This means that they can be used anywhere, in a mobile catering wagon or outside catering kitchen for example, as well as in a standard kitchen.

As such they offer an excellent way of adding a range of hot snacks to your menu for a minimum outlay. And because they cook from both the top and the bottom, they can produce food very quickly, without the need for turning.

What should caterers consider before buying new equipment?

Cast iron plates heat up rapidly and smooth plates are ideal therefore for sealing in meat juices and flavour. Ribbed plates produce attractive branding marks, and are ideal for paninis. So consider carefully which is more important for your operation.

That said a model with a smooth bottom plate and a ribbed top might provide the perfect compromise. Alternatively, a twin headed model, with smooth plates on one side and ribbed plates on the other, could provide the best of both worlds.

Also think carefully about capacity and check that the outputs quoted by manufacturers are like for like. For example, are the figures quoted for output of burgers or steaks from chilled or frozen?

Look for models which meet all current EU safety regulations and are easy to clean. An independent dealer will be able to offer impartial advice. Check warranty details carefully.

What one tip would you offer someone who is investing in a new contact grill or panini machine?

Consider whether you need to invest in a separate model for vegetarian or halal food.

Lincat new product news:

We have added two new electric clam griddles to our heavy duty Opus 700 range.

Ideally suited to cooking meat products, the new single and double clam griddles cook food up to three times more quickly than standard griddles by cooking both sides of the food simultaneously. The clam plates automatically adjust to the thickness of the meat to provide even heat distribution, reduce shrinkage and seal in flavour.

Precise thermostatic control and individual digital timers on each clam plate help to produce perfect results, no matter how busy the kitchen. Independently controlled cooking zones provide greater flexibility and economy during quieter periods. The 12mm hard anodised aluminium clam tops are coated with PTFE non-stick sheets for easy cleaning.

“Busy kitchens need to produce first class grilled food quickly. Our new clam griddles meet exactly that requirement, and are perfect for steaks, burgers and chicken breasts”, said Nick McDonald, Marketing Director of Lincat Ltd. “By cooking both sides at the same time, juices and flavour are locked in and shrinkage is reduced.”

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FriFri comes to Lincoln

FriFri Vision 311 fryerWe have been very busy in the last few months coordinating the hand over of FriFri high specification fryers from their old base in Italy to our factory in Lincoln. Since the 1st August we have assumed full responsibility of the design, manufacture, technical support, sales and marketing of all FriFri products .

Though currently not widely known in the UK, FriFri (pronounced ‘free free’) fryers are recognised throughout the rest of the world for their extremely high specification. Delivering maximum output from a minimum of floor space, they also extend the life of cooking oil.

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Panther hotcupboards – can we break them?

When we looked at redesigning our range of Panther hotcupboards one of the main obectives was to make them as robust as possible. We know the kind of environments they are used in, from hospitals and care homes, to schools and large restaurants. This means they need to withstand being moved from the kitchen to the service area fully loaded with food and plates, sometimes being taken outside across car parks and other rough surfaces.

So with this in mind we thought we would have a bit of fun ourselves and put one of our 800 Series hotcupboards to the test in the car park at Head Office. Speed bumps included!

Take a look at the video here.

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Lincat fryers save the day!

It was incredibly exciting to see our products put through their paces by one of the UK’s finest chefs in the final of BBC cooking competition Great British Menu, which aired on Friday 8th June. The finalists were chosen to cook an Olympic Banquet hosted by British rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, for a guest list which included Dame Kelly Holmes, Jonathan Edwards, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Steve Backley.

However, when the floorstanding gas fryers provided were failing to reach and maintain the required oil temperature to deep fry the main components of Daniel Clifford’s dish; he was faced with a serious problem.

After a few frantic phonecalls, Daniel was able to procure three Lincat Silverlink DF66 counter top fryers in the nick of time, which enabled him to cook the food to perfection and deliver a successful main course.

Our products are built to provide enduring reliability and high performance, and it was great to see them rise to the challenge for such a prestigious event.

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