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Nashville HEAT is a Menu Game Changer

Nashville hot chicken might be a recent concept or just starting to trend in your region, but make no mistake, the idea is anything but new.

This fiery, cayenne-spiced fried chicken dates back to the 1930s when the wife of Thornton Prince tried to get even with her husband for his philandering ways. While making his breakfast one morning she decided to teach him a lesson by cranking up the heat on his fried chicken. As it turned out, he loved it; his brothers loved it; and the customers of their newly inspired restaurant, Prince’s Hot Chicken, loved it.

While the meal has been in a mainstay in the Nashville area ever since, it has gained traction coast-to-coast ― positioning it as one of the trendiest fried food items in country. In response to the demand, we rolled out our own seasoning earlier this year, Nashville HEAT.

The addition of Nashville HEAT opens up new menu possibilities for just about any restaurant. Paired perfectly with our red or green label breading, there couldn’t be a simpler opportunity for a business to expand their product offerings. With the seasoning applied following the frying process, no changes to preparation processes are required. By simply adding an additional shaker to your equipment inventory and determining the level of heat you’d like to include in your new items, any business can get in on the hot chicken trend.

Shaking the seasoning directly onto fried food fresh out of the fryer allows the microscopic palm oil crystals to melt into the breading, which is the main difference between typical “spicy chicken” products that incorporate spices into the breading. The heat in hot chicken isn’t dependent on interior heat, but rather is completely dependent on amount of spice you include in the paste ― giving restaurants an easy way to differentiate their product from other businesses. Nashville HEAT can be added seamlessly to your current ingredients, frying temperature, frying length, preferred cut or any of the other variables that set your standard fried chicken apart from your competitors. The only recommendation for the products is to allow your chicken to sit warming in a holding cabinet for 10 to 15 minutes after Nashville HEAT has been applied.

For those looking to spice up some other menu items, Nashville HEAT isn’t chicken-specific. It can be used on anything from pork cutlets to fries. It’s a complimentary seasoning for just about any item on your menu.

Interested in expanding your offerings and jumping on the Nashville hot trend? Contact your nearest Henny Penny distributor, which you can find here.

Frying 101; Open vs. Pressure

Opening a restaurant is hard.  There are very few guarantees except,  you will be called to make difficult decisions with long term consequences in order to bring you closer to the future for your restaurant you envision.

Some of the earliest questions that will need answers include, ‘What type of restaurant are you opening?’ ‘What’s on the menu?’ ‘How are we preparing the food?’ And probably most important — ‘What equipment do we need to be using to produce consistent, quality product that will make our restaurant first choice when our customers go out?’

Investing in equipment for your new kitchen can be overwhelming.  It can be GREAT (so many choices!) and HARD (so many choices!).  You will need equipment to help you provide variety in your menu and ‘future-proof’ your kitchen as your menu flexes or expands.  Yes, there is a lot to consider.  A critical piece of equipment where this debate can often happen is with the fryer, which begs the ensuing question:

Open fryer or pressure fryer?

A Henny Penny Velocity Series Pressure Fryer holds all the answers when it comes to delicious, efficient frying.

First off, frying revolves around water.  The typical frying process, without pressure, can only cook at the boiling point of water, 212 degrees. The water we’re referring to here is the moisture inside of the hypothetical piece of chicken we are cooking. Pressure frying enables that moisture to boil at an even higher temperature, nearer to 240 degrees. The high temperatures in turn speed up cook times, and because the boiling point of the chicken’s moisture, or juices, has risen, less of that moisture is lost in the cooking process. This process leaves you with a piece of protein that is cooked more quickly and has lost less moisture or flavor, leaving you with a juicier and tastier yield.

While we may come off as partial to the pressure fryer, it should be noted that the open fryer is every bit as useful, even more so for cooking non proteins. You’ll find open fryers in any kitchen that are used to cook fries, mozzarella sticks or onion rings — and for good reason. They’re efficient, versatile and turn out a tasty product. But when it comes to frying proteins, be it bone-in chicken breasts, filet mignon, or even salmon, there’s no substitute to the pressure fryer.

Not only does the pressure fryer turn out a superior product in terms of flavor, tenderness and moisture, but it will yield a healthier product as well. In sealing in those natural flavors and juices, you’ve also sealed out and absorbed less oil.

While both the open and pressure fryers are comparable in operating costs, the pressure fryer will result in better oil life.  Shorter cook times at lower temperatures as well as the lack of protein moisture mixing into the cooking oil means your oil will stay cleaner longer. Both products are also about equal in maintenance costs and labor time. Like any piece of machinery, if you want it to last, it should be taken care off. Aside from wanting to update equipment to keep up with current technology, there’s no reason one machine can’t last 10 or 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Diligently maintaining the gasket on the lid and cleaning your deadweight daily in your pressure fryer will add tremendous life to your equipment.

To learn more about Henny Penny’s fryer options visit https://www.hennypenny.com/products/frying .