Catering equipment supplier, Euro Catering, has launched the US-manufactured ‘American Range’ into the UK market.
American Range specialises in heavy-duty, horizontal gas appliances that are said to be suitable for the casual dining and independent caterer, due to price-point and claimed durability.
Distributors wishing to work with Euro Catering now have access to American Range fryers, ranges, gas boiling tops, gas griddle with grill, stock pot and steak house grill.
The high-output stainless steel gas fryers in this range are suitable for fast-food operations and other caterers wanting to access what are said to be quick recovery times that come from the stainless steel tanked fryers’ cast-iron tube burners and deflector. This should ensure a more efficient heat transfer into the oil, by absorbing and diffusing heat to the tube walls, and provide the end user with high BTUs.
A single-tank AF 35/50, 22-litre capacity, three-burner fryer delivers 120,000BTUs, whilst a four-burner, 32 litre single-tank fryer (AF75) offer 160,000BTUs.
When it comes to twin tanks, there is a traditional style two x 10-litre tank model with four burners (160,000 BTUs), but also an unusual arrangement for a second twin-tank fryer – the 5025. This is a 10-litre tank, plus 22-litre tank that should be suitable for eateries wishing to create menu items such as triple-cooked fries, or wanting to segregate the frying of food for vegetarians, from that of other diners. The smaller tank provides 80,000BTUs and the larger, 120,000BTUs.
Oil life in all fryers is said to be extended through the incorporation of a large sloped cool zone, which should prevent trapped food particles from carbonising and make emptying easier. A large drain-off valve is designed to help prevent blockages and millivolt controls require no electrical feed. There is also a 100% safety shut-off.
The stainless-steel construction is said to make the fryers suitable for outside and mobile caterers, as the units should not rust.
The heavy duty ranges from the brand come in choices of four, five, six or 10-burner variants.
In each range, the 9kW open burners are double-crown, with inner and outer burner flames generating 32,000BTUs within what is said to be a heavy-gauge, welded and durable construction. The burners have a variable flame setting and the customer can adjust the height of the low-simmer flame to suit their requirements. There is also a full-width durable drip-tray for ease of cleaning.
The four-burner range is a slimline model suiting those with restricted space, or a smaller menu.
The six-burner range can also come with an optional stainless-steel convection oven, lined with black porcelain and with piezo ignition, thermostatic control and a deflector plate that should distribute heat around the oven and not just to its floor.
Additionally, there are ranges with in-built raised griddle plates, in different size options from 18in up, with broiler underneath and either a single or double oven. This combination of burners, oven and griddle is said to suit a compact kitchen with a tight footprint.
Restaurants with a high demand for griddled food can also select a 10-burner range with 60in raised griddle and double oven.
Heavy-duty stand-alone gas griddles with grill are another option for steak houses and restaurants operating extensive grill-based menus and there is also a heavy-duty steak house grill, for those specialising in this type of cuisine. The American Range also includes gas boiling tops and a stock pot.
Euro Catering’s sales director, Justin Towns, said: “We are delighted to welcome American Range to the UK and to have such a high-performing range at our disposal. Distributors are already showing a keen appetite to sell this range of fryers, ranges and griddles, and we feel the range will be very well received by those wanting to serve grills with fries and some healthier eating options besides.”