A Closer Look at… Citrus Recipes & Resources Are you looking for creative ways to incorporate more vitamin C into breakfast and lunch menus? The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) offers its Taking Citrus in New Directions recipe book to foodservice operations and other interested consumers free of charge. It showcases American culinary trends from specific regions of the country. Recipes range from a taste of Maine (New England Lobster Boil With Florida Orange Butter Sauce) to Southwestern influences (Chicken Chile Relleno With Florida Orange Salsa Verde) to flavors from FDOC’s own Sunshine State (Florida Orange Red Velvet Whoopie Pie). The FDOC also offers a variety of online school resources and kidfriendly recipes. Elementary educators visiting the website can find activities and lesson plans in the “Teacher Galaxy,” featuring Captain Citrus, and cafeteria operators can try creating quick and simple recipes like Grapefruit Chicken Salad Wraps and Light and Fluffy Orange Oatmeal Pancakes. To learn more about the recipe book or to receive a copy, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (863) 537-3970. To learn more about Captain Citrus, teacher lesson plans and kid-friendly recipes, visit www.floridajuice.com. Utility Agility Vollrath offers its 6-in. utility tongs in Scalloped Grip or VersaGrip options. Scalloped Grip tongs have concave ends and gently scalloped teeth, while VersaGrip tongs have flattened ends and gripper teeth. The handles feature Kool-Touch color coding to provide easy identification and reduce the risk of cross contamination. Available colors are black, blue, red, yellow, tan and green. The handles are heat-resistant up to 180°F/82°C and are coated with Agion® antimicrobial solution. For more information, visit www.vollrathco.com or call 624-2051. Cookie-ing Up Treats Sweet Discovery® gourmet cookie dough from Otis Spunkmeyer comes in six package sizes and more than 20 flavors, including Butter Toffee Crunch, Cranberry Oatmeal and Sugar-Free Lemon. The company’s Supreme Indulgence® premium cookie dough comes in three sizes with 11 flavors, such as Buttery Pecan Decadence, Chocolate Peanut Butter Flutter and Oatmeal Cinnaraisin’ Cravin’. The cookie dough is preportioned and flash frozen for freshness. Otis Spunkmeyer also offers its Bake- Up Brownies: pre-portioned in Arriba Chocolate or Chocolate Walnut flavors. To find out more, visit www.spunkmeyer.com or call (888) 275-6847. It’s a Blast New to Traulsen’s equipment line is the Blast Chiller with Epicon™ Visual Interface. The touch-screen control panel helps reduce operator confusion, as it requires minimal steps to create and manage custom food chilling programs. Equipped with both auto and manual modes, the Blast Chiller offers four chilling methods for efficiency and flexibility: standard, speed, delicate and energy. Find out more about the Blast Chiller at www.traulsen.com or call (888) 446-2278. Open Season McCormick for Chefs, the spice company’s Food Away From Home division, has expanded its Lawry’s brand by promoting its full line of Lawry’s Classic Entrée Seasoning Mixes. The line features both original formulations and revised products, each containing 500 mg of sodium or less per package recipe serving, meeting sodium targets for 2014-15 and 2022-23. Among the varieties are Chili Seasoning Mix, Mexican Rice Seasoning Mix and Taco Seasoning Mix. For more information, visit www.mccormickforchefs.com/lawrys or call (800) 322-7742. Gluten Solutions Both enriched white rice and wholegrain brown rice are naturally gluten-free and can be incorporated into gluten-ideas available from the USA Rice Federation. Recipe options include Berry Banana Breakfast Rice and Toasted Rice Salad With Poached Pears and Blue Cheese. To access these and other recipes, visit www.menurice.com. Fresh and Fruity Dole’s convenient, single-serve Fruit Bowls® can provide your school nutrition operation with a healthy, grab ‘n’ go option for students. Six varieties are available—Fresh Diced Peaches, Mixed Fruit, Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple Tidbits, Diced Pears and Tropical Fruit—and none contain saturated or trans fats, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. The Fruit Bowls come packaged in a portion-controlled 1⁄2-cup serving size. To learn more about Dole’s products, visit www.dolefoodservice.com or call (800) 723-9868. Cool Treat Cool Daze® from Blue Bunny offers school nutrition operators ice cream novelties that are lower in fat and enriched with nutrients. Flavors include Reduced Fat Mini Ice Cream Cone, Low Fat Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Pop, Strawberry Sundae Crunch Bar, Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar and Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwich. To find out more about Blue Bunny products, visit www.foodservice.bluebunny.com or call (800) 807-8221. Cheese, Please Grab ‘n’ go options from Land O’ Lakes include natural cheese cubes in both Pepper Jack and reduced-fat mild cheddar. These cheese cube products are individually wrapped in a 1-oz. serving size, providing a portion control option for field trip meal kits, snacks or salad bars. This product is available for commodity processing. For more information about specific Land O’ Lakes products, visit www.k12.landol akesfoodservice.com or call (800) 898-8113. Stay Alert Temperature@lert Cellular Edition monitors the ambient temperature in a school nutrition operation’s refrigerator or freezer and alerts operators via e-mail, telephone and text message if the temperature rises or falls outside the specified acceptable range. The product simply connects to an electrical outlet; if the electricity goes out, the Health Check feature can alert operators to a power loss and continue to function on its own internal back-up power supply. To learn more, visit www.temperaturealert.com or call (866) 524-3540. Hot Spot Adding to its extensive line, Electrolux introduces the Air-o-Convect TOUCHLINE boilerless combi oven. This unit combines the efficiency and practicality of a boilerless combi while incorporating a touch display pad that offers 30 languages, 1,000 recipe programs and six different cooking modes, as well as 11 automatic humidity settings. For more details, visit www.electroluxusa.com/professional or call (866) 449-4200.
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