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Bonzer at Imbibe Live 16
Bonzer once again had a great show at Imbibe live, showing off their cocktail equipment and playing #CocktailPong!

#CocktailPong

 
BONZER CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL GUIDE
Christmas is undoubtedly just around the corner and so we thought we’d put together a cocktail guide to fill you full of cheer over the winter. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Christmas Cocktails

 
WHICH KITCHEN APPLIANCES HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME?
We recently became aware of a Bonzer Can Opener that had survived in the Antarctic for over 70 years and so decided to look at some of the kitchen appliances that have truly been made to stand the test of time. Here’s what we came up with:

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Bonzer Can Opener
WHICH CLASSIC KITCHEN GADGET DEFEATED 70 ANTARCTIC WINTERS?!
Everyone knows that the Bonzer brand name is synonymous with quality, efficiency and above all durability, but even we were a little surprised to hear that one of our signature Bonzer Can Opener products had spent the last 70 years in the Antarctic!

The story of this castaway can opener first came to our attention when we received a phone call from a former Antarctic Scientific Research Base worker named Alan Carroll. Mr Carroll had been stationed at a British base on the western side of the Antarctic peninsula from 1954 to 1957. The base had originally been established in 1944 to confirm territorial claims and to watch for German armed raider ships. Scientific work continued from 1945 until 1962 when the base was abandoned and the scientific equipment was moved to a more modern base further south.

In 1994, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust commissioned a survey of derelict British Bases and in 1996, the Port Lockroy conservation team of four experienced British workers and an Architect began restoring the base back to its former condition with a view to it becoming a replica museum and visitor centre. Alan Carroll returned to Port Lockroy in 2006 as Historical Advisor to the UKAHT to work on artefacts.

When the team arrived at the deserted building  in 1996 and began to sift through its cluttered and messy remains, they soon noticed the original Bonzer Can Opener, along with many old canned food supplies. Antarctic wartime bases were usually stocked with plenty of tinned and dried food, due to rationing, infrequent ship visits and lack of access to fresh produce, so having a reliable can opener was a real lifesaver. The team found many old unopened cans, but most had corroded over the decades. The better preserved canned food specimens, along with the Bonzer Can Opener were set aside to be kept for display in the restored ‘living museum’ as a record of the diet and kitchen equipment of the time.

Before it was placed in the museum however, Mr. Carroll thought it would be a good idea to restore the can opener completely back to its original condition and so he decided to contact Bonzer. When we heard his story, we excitedly agreed to welcome back the can opener that first left us in the 1940s and travelled over 9,000 miles from the UK to Antarctica, from Antarctica to the UK and finally back again aboard the cruise ship, ‘Fram’, to arrive at the Port Lockroy base, now in its restored original state, 70 years later.

To honour this courageous can opener that survived eons at the end of the earth and works as well now as it ever did, we have created this infographic which takes a look at other quintessential products which had their heyday decades ago, but are still widely used to this day.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take a virtual tour of the restored Port Lockroy British Base, with 360° videos which make you feel like you are actually there yourself, if a little less cold! Can you spot the Bonzer that made it back to base? The ‘living museum’ received over 18,000 visitors last year.

Perhaps this story of extreme survival has inspired you to clean up your old can opener, or maybe you think your Bonzer can opener is even older or more well-travelled. Why not share your story with us or send us a photo of your vintage can opener in celebration of Bonzer’s 87th year in business!

We still make the Bonzer Can Opener in the UK to this day, so if your family catering business needs a reliable gadget that your grandchildren will be able to use in decades to come, email or call today to find out more about this classic product that time and tide seem happy to wait for.

 
Boo! Happy Halloween.
To celebrate this year's Halloween we have created a spooky Infographic of three of our most chilling cocktails. Try your hand at the Black Devil Martini, Zombie Gut Punch or get your teeth into the Vampire Cocktail.

 

Boo! Happy Halloween

 
Bonzer Cocktail Infographic, Take a look at our latest Infographic
Easy to follow step by step creation of some of the most popular cocktails available. Includes which glassware and barware to use.

Bonzer Cocktail Infographic

 
Nemox Gelato 6K CREA
Kitchen efficiency is Frix'ed nationwide thanks to Mitchell & Cooper
Mitchell & Cooper Product Release - The New Range Of Nemox Ice Cream & Gelato Machines

 

 

Dubbed ‘the ice cream machine of the future’, the Nemox Gelato 6K CREA from Mitchell & Cooper promises to consistently deliver artisan crafted ice cream that even the most discerning of diners will enjoy. Exclusive to the UK from the renowned catering equipment specialists, the innovative Gelato 6K brings technological advancement to any busy kitchen, producing delicious frozen desserts time and time again.

 

Equipped with highly sophisticated software incorporating a multitude of automatic features, the Gelato 6K CREA allows chefs the freedom of focussing on other culinary tasks, making it a piece of highly efficient equipment. Operators are able to choose from four different production programs in order to produce sweet and savoury ice creams, mousses, fondants, creams, sorbets, granitas and frozen yoghurt, as well as four specific storage programs to complement the characteristics of your creation. Taking just 12-15 minutes per batch, ten litres of flavour-packed frozen goodness can be served every hour.

 

For chefs working with a ready-to-use mix, the Gelato 6K can also guarantee a high quality result, and with no pasteurisation required, the whole process is made extremely easy to undertake. The ability to vary the machine’s speed between 55 and 115 RPM – due to an electronic inverter system for regulation of the motor – means that more creative types looking to experiment with texture and flavour can achieve a consistency in line with their own unique specifications. This machine is perfect for any catering team with varying levels of ice cream making experience.

 

Cleaning the Nemox Gelato 6K CREA is just as simple as its operation, due to its handy drain system and easy-to-clean stainless steel AISI 304 blades (with adjustable scrapers). A large opening also means a reduction in preparation mess, whilst its compact footprint of 580 x 530 x 450 mm (W x D x H) ensures making moreish frozen desserts needn’t be a burden on space. Its removable bowls also allow a new mixture to be processed immediately after one has finished; akin to other products in the Nemox range, the Gelato 6K ensures maximum productivity alongside increased efficiency.

 

The Gelato 6K CREA is part of a range comprising of six machines that are sure to enhance any kitchen’s dessert offering. With two freestanding and four counter-top machines, each boasting low energy consumption, chefs everywhere will be able to implement a Nemox ice cream machine with ease, regardless of kitchen size – perfect for creating the ultimate artisan dessert menu that contemporary diners crave.

 

To celebrate the launch of the range, each purchase of a Nemox ice cream machine comes with a starter kit from Mitchell & Cooper, which allows chefs to create up to 14kgs of gelato.

 

The Nemox Gelato Series follows the Nemox Frixair into the Mitchell & Cooper portfolio; another exciting addition to the company’s brand new catalogue bursting with revolutionary equipment, the Frixair is a unique machine that’s designed to process frozen ingredients whilst retaining their original flavour and texture, working to increase the efficiency of contemporary commercial kitchens like no other alternative. Presenting infinite possibilities for chefs – from delicious soups and sauces to divine cocktails – the Frixair is a must-have piece of kit for chefs who pride themselves on combining the utmost quality with speed of service.

 

 

Nemox® products are available to the UK exclusively through Mitchell & Cooper, a company renowned for quality and innovation. For more information on the Nemox® Gelato Series or Frixair, please contact Mitchell & Cooper on 01825 765511 or visit www.bonzer.co.uk  

 

 

The Nemox Gelato Range is our featured product for the month of May 2014 click here for more information.

 
Guy & Kat Cooper Talk Shop
Mitchell & Cooper flies British manufacturing flag
Mitchell & Cooper In Depth - An Interview Witch Catering Insight Magazine

There are plenty of companies in the catering supplies industry with extensive and varied histories, but you’ll be hard pressed to find many whose legacy stretches all the way back to the end of the nineteenth century.

One firm that can claim to have links to that bygone era, however, is Mitchell & Cooper. The company’s founders (one was a silversmith, the other an engraver) started their activities in Farringdon, London in 1879 and quickly went on to forge a successful and growing business, even gaining the contract to make trench periscopes for the First World War effort.

By the 1920s, Mitchell & Cooper had moved into bar and catering equipment, its first steps towards building a portfolio that more closely resembles what it is known for today.

Read the rest of the article here.

 

 

 

 

 
Dehydrators
Stainless Steel Excalibur Dehydrator as featured in Restaurant Magazine - August 2013
The Excalibur Dehydrator has been featured this in Restaurant Magazine - August 2013

For outlets looking to offer something truly unique, Excalibur Dehydrators from Bonzer® are the perfect choice. A simple, yet clever concept that employs variable heat to draw moisture out of foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs, to give a dried alternative packed full of flavour and nutritional goodness that are great as a garnish, decoration or for creating your own brand of healthy snacks and meals!

Each Dehydrator features an adjustable thermostat that fluctuates the temperature between 95°F to 155°F, thereby keeping it low enough to preserve the active enzymes found in fruit and veg, but high enough to remove moisture quickly enough to prevent bacteria. This preserves not only the taste but also the vitamins and goodness which helps create appeal amongst health conscious customers. The 26 hour timer allows operators to set it and forget it, as the machine will turn itself off once the products are fully dried.

The possibilities are endless for using dried ingredients to create a unique selling point. Serve up healthy snacks in the form of apple crisps or banana chips, create your own homemade granola or dried fruit bars for a delicious breakfast offering, or use dried onions and chillies to make a tasty soup. Using a Dehydrator is also more cost efficient than sourcing from a health food shop and more nutritious than mass produced alternatives as they often include chemicals which are added for preservation.

The Excalibur Dehydrators come in 5 and 9 tray variants with each tray measuring in at 15” x 15”. The mesh screens are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

 

Featured in Restaurant Magazine August 2013.

 

 

 

 

 
Light Equipment
Light entertainment: Suppliers talk small kit
Light entertainment: Suppliers talk small kit, Mitchell & Cooper featured in this article from Catering Insight

The physical disparity between a six-burner range and, say, a can opener is pretty obvious. But it is not only the attributes of size and weight that distinguish the light equipment market from its heavy duty counterpart.

Both also exhibit very individual market traits, which goes some way to explaining why a lot of suppliers and resellers focus more on one or the other, than both. For a start, those accustomed to life in the light equipment fast lane will argue until they are blue in the face that the market moves at a much quicker pace and, often, on a more seasonal basis.

Read the rest of the article which features Mitchell & Cooper here.

 

 

 

 

Bonzer once again had a great show at Imbibe live, showing off their cocktail equipment and playing #CocktailPong!
Christmas is undoubtedly just around the corner and so we thought we’d put together a cocktail guide to fill you full of cheer over the winter. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!
We recently became aware of a Bonzer Can Opener that had survived in the Antarctic for over 70 years and so decided to look at some of the kitchen appliances that have truly been made to stand the test of time. Here’s what we came up with:
Everyone knows that the Bonzer brand name is synonymous with quality, efficiency and above all durability, but even we were a little surprised to hear that one of our signature Bonzer Can Opener products had spent the last 70 years in the Antarctic!
Happy Halloween
To celebrate this year's Halloween we have created a spooky Infographic of three of our most chilling cocktails. Try your hand at the Black Devil Martini, Zombie Gut Punch or get your teeth into the Vampire Cocktail.
Bonzer Cocktail
Easy to follow step by step creation of some of the most popular cocktails available. Includes which glassware and barware to use.
Nemox Gelato 6K CREA
Mitchell & Cooper Product Release - The New Range Of Nemox Ice Cream & Gelato Machines
Guy & Kat Cooper Talk Shop
Mitchell & Cooper In Depth - An Interview Witch Catering Insight Magazine
Dehydrators
The Excalibur Dehydrator has been featured this in Restaurant Magazine - August 2013
Light Equipment
Light entertainment: Suppliers talk small kit, Mitchell & Cooper featured in this article from Catering Insight

Mitchell and Cooper Ltd.

136 -140 Framfield Road
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5AU

0845 0177 488

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