Fried Chicken – South American Style

Last month we had a visit from a famous South American fried chicken chain that wanted to take a closer look at our Collectramatic Pressure Fryers. He had heard about Collectramatic but had never tested one until his purchasing manager pointed out our price point compared to their current brand.

The goal was to match their current process, texture and to save on maintenance costs. Their current fryer is costing them a lot of time and money on maintenance.

Maintenance was a simple answer but we had even more to offer against their current brand…

  • Collectramatic only has a few moving parts that relate to pressure.
  • Collectramatic gaskets are simple to remove and clean.
  • Collectramatic fryer pot is round and does not have corners that are hard to clean and crack.
  • Collectramatic fryers have the heating elements in the oil resulting in faster recovery time.
  • Collectramatic fryers can fryer up to 20 batches of 6 heads of chicken (120 heads) without filtering compared to needing to filter after only 4 to 5 batches with their current fryer brand.

barry-fryerWe cooked a few rounds at our “normal” setting. And although the final color matched their website photo, the customer wanted it darker, much darker.

Now the big question. Was our Collectramatic pressure fryer ready to match the chicken they were looking for? I had confidence, but they have a unique process that I had not tried before.

After breading the chicken they place the breaded chicken in a refrigerator for a minimum of one hour prior to frying. In our test, we breaded the chicken and placed them in our quarter rack basket assembly before placing in the refrigerator. Currently, they bread the chicken, place it directly on a sheet pan, refrigerate and hand drop each piece of chicken into the pressure fryer.

Now the big test! Having never had the opportunity to try their chicken beforehand, we had never tasted their breading or their chicken (secret stuff). We were ready! So our Chef Barry Yates set the Collectramatic to their current setting of 350F for 12 minutes and 30 seconds.

We pulled a full rack of breaded chicken from the refrigerator after one hour. Needless to say, the breading was fully set as opposed to when you bread and place it directly into the fryer. In went the chicken, the lid was closed & locked and we pressed the start button.

As the time ticked away we waited patiently waited as the Collectramatic pressure fryer went to work, not knowing how this breaded/refrigerated chicken would turn out.

sa-chickenThe alarm sounds. We pull the chicken. I look at Barry and he looks at me. The chicken appears much darker than we are used to and we look at the customer to gauge his reaction. Nothing.

We then un-racked the chicken from our quarter rack basket assembly keeping the chicken on the quarter rack trays, placed the trays easily on a sheet pan (4 per sheet pan) and let the customer dive in.

He begins pulling pieces apart, looks very closely at the breading and studies the interior like a true fried chicken professional. He then takes a knife and cuts through the bone to examine the marrow.  He grabs a thigh and takes a huge bite.

sa-single-chickenWait for it… “Perfect, now that’s what I’m talking about!”

Barry and I were still a bit skeptical about the dark color until we grabbed our first piece and took a bite. The exterior was dark, firm, crunchy with that old school black iron skillet fried chicken look. It did not have a burned or overcooked taste. The interior was very juicy and very tender.

It was absolutely amazing!

It is clear why this South American fried chicken chain has such a huge following.

So, the next time you are making fried chicken in our Collectramatic pressure fryer, give this breading option a try. You will not be disappointed!

CVap Staging in Ukraine

On a trip to Ukraine, we were able to see some beautiful architecture, absorb a bit of the country’s amazing history, and experience the humbling real-life changes that are in full swing in Kiev (and the rest of the country).

Spencer Cole, a Winston Global Accounts Manager, had the opportunity to train several local chains and chefs on CVap® theory, he also provided  live cooking demonstrations, and had the chance to catch up with our loyal customer, Star Burger. Star Burger CVap® Stages their burgers, with great success. According to TripAdvisor, their customers agree!

“Best burger and ambiance in Kiev” 
-November 2018

Had a double cheese burger with onion and chips, also had a large Heineken with corn Parmesan. All was very good and clean. 

Star Burger – Burgers on the left bank

There are two things that make Star Burger different. First, Star Burger was introduced to the concept of CVap burgers from the Winston YouTube Channel, specifically the video of John T. at The Commissary:

Star Burger 2

Second, Star Burger uses charcoal grills to finish their burgers, so they can really capture that “fresh off the grill” backyard taste. Star Burger uses a CVap Holding Cabinet (HA4507) stacked with a CVap Cook & Hold (CAC507) so that they can adjust with to the flow of business. They cook all the burgers in the CAC oven and then move them to the holding cabinet until they are ordered. This configuration allows them to start “CVap® Staging” new burgers when the business flows dictates, which allows the maximum flexibility.

Star Burger has loved the CVap® Staging platform so much, they are considering CVap® Staging other menu items, such as chicken and salmon!

For more information about the complete line of CVap products, please visit our website.

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