Friday, December 30, 2016

Kitchen Safety: Basic Tips For Using Fryers

fryer basket
Keep your back of house employees protected and prevent kitchen fires by following these basic safety tips for using fryers.

·         Start by setting up the area where the fryer is kept. Mats must be placed by the fryer. These should be slip and grease resistant to prevent falling or moving machinery. Employees must wear proper shoes that cover feet and are slip resistant.

·         Identify where the fire extinguisher is and ensure that it is marked as Class K. A grease fire is different than other fires, meaning it can’t be put out with the same methods. Keep a lid or cover for the fryer close by in case it catches fire. Make sure employees are aware than water should never be used to put out grease fryers.

·         Provide workers with hand protection for lifting fryer baskets. This can be in the form of oven mitts, pot holders and steam resistant gloves. Train employees on fryer safety and use. Having a first-aid trained staff member on duty also can help prevent accidents from turning into disasters.

·         Use the right kind of oil and make sure it is heated to the proper temperature.  Do not turn the fryer on until after oil has been added.

·         Do no leave food in the fryer unattended or for too long. Overcooked food can burn and become a fire hazard.

·         When cooking, do not overfill the fryer basket. Making sure the basket is never more than two thirds full is a good baseline. Purchase larger baskets if you need to serve larger quantities of food.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Kitchen Maintenance: Cleaning Your Holman Toaster

Holman toaster
Whether you have a daily supply of bagels or toast running through it, a Holman toaster is sure to get extensive use in your kitchen. Make sure you commercial conveyor toaster stays shining and functional by following these basic steps for cleaning.

Be aware that cleaning this toaster does NOT involve letting the machine soak. Do NOT immerse the toaster or leave it sitting in water. Do NOT use a hose to rinse it.

Here is a step-by-step breakdown for cleaning your Holman toaster.
  1. Turn off the heat controls.
  2. At the end of the day, clean conveyor belt with a damp cloth on the fastest setting. At the end of the week, use an abrasive pad to clean.
  3. For deep cleaning, make sure the toaster is off. Unplug power cords from the wall. Allow time for it to cool from use. While the side panels remain cool while in use, you may feel some heat coming from the inside of the toaster. Wait until this heat subsides.
  4. Remove crumb tray and clean this outside of the toaster. Make sure to return before using again.
  5. Wipe down the outside surface of the toaster.
  6. Every week, after unplugging the unit, clean the air intake with a vacuum or damp cloth

 If debris accumulates by the vents, the unit may experience technical problems. Perform basic cleaning procedures on a daily basis and deep cleans each week, depending on use. Make sure you commercial conveyor toaster stays shining and functional by following these basic steps for cleaning.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

3 Reasons an Infrared Grill Is a Smart Investment for Your Restaurant

grilled food
Most career restaurateurs agree that infrared grills represent the way of the future. In addition to being easier to maintain than traditional grills, infrared models are very easy to use and highly cost-effective. Although a high-end infrared grill may leave you with a mild case of sticker shock, it won’t be long before your investment pays off. Restaurant owners who are debating whether or not to add an infrared grill to their kitchen are urged to consider the following perks. 

1. Hassle-Free Maintenance
No restaurant worker relishes having to clean grills. It’s irksome, it’s time-consuming and it has to be done multiple times throughout the workday. Furthermore, scrubbing and brushing grills that accumulate substantial amounts of food particles and caked-on gristle can prove physically strenuous. Conversely, cleaning an infrared grill couldn’t be easier. Since most infrared models are self-cleaning, workers can use this time to focus on more pressing matters, thus increasing productivity in the kitchen.  

2. Reduced Preparation Times
Since infrared grills are able to cook meat much faster than their grate-based counterparts, your kitchen staff will be able to get orders out more quickly. Even low-end infrared burners are capable of reaching temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees in under a minute’s time. As an added bonus, most of these grills can be preheated in less than three minutes, much to the delight of perpetually busy food preppers. 

3. Better Tasting Entrees
Meat that’s cooked on infrared grills tends to be more flavorful than meat prepared on traditional grills. This is largely due to the fact that infrared burners provide even distribution of heat, whereas older grills have an unfortunate tendency to overcook certain areas and undercook others.  

There are many good reasons for restaurateurs to put their money behind infrared grills. If you find hassle-free maintenance, short prep times, and evenly-cooked meat appealing, a dependable infrared grill is a worthwhile investment.   

Tips for Getting Your Grill Grates Sparkly Clean

The grates are the dirtiest components of most grills. Since they attract more than their fair share of gristle and food particles, grill grates need to be cleaned on a fairly consistent basis. However, getting your grates to sparkle like new can prove rather tricky, particularly if your grill receives a fair amount of use. Restaurateurs and backyard grill masters in search of effective grate cleaning tips can benefit from the following pointers.

Heat Is Your Friend
When setting out to clean your grill grates, heat can be your best friend. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of caked-on filth your grates have accumulated, place them in a self-cleaning oven and subject them to the cleaning process. Doing this on a regular basis has been known to lead to discoloration, but if you don’t care what color your grates are, you have absolutely nothing to lose. 

Baking Soda Is Very Handy
Baking soda is an immensely popular cleaning tool whose effectiveness extends to dirty grill grates. Before attempting to utilize this tip, confirm that your grates haven’t been used for at least one hour. Next, fill a bucket with hot water; add a quarter-cup of dish soap, then pour in a quarter-cup of baking soda. After stirring this mixture until it forms a lather allow your grates to soak in the bucket for an hour. This should make short work of any food particles and gristle that are clinging to the grates. 

Regularly Brush Your Grates
One of the most effective ways to prevent excessive gristle buildup is to brush your grates on a regular basis. At-home grill masters are urged to brush their grates after every barbecue, while restaurateurs whose grills are constantly in use will need to brush their grates several times a day. 

Purging grill grates of filth is no small undertaking. In light of their propensity for attracting and retaining food particles, most grates are essentially dirt magnets. However, while it can certainly be tricky, effective grate cleaning is far from impossible. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Benefits of Investing in an Infrared Grill

kabobs on a grill
No matter what type of food your restaurant specializes in, you stand to benefit from investing in an infrared grill. In addition to being highly cost-effective, these increasingly commonplace grills have a number of advantages over their more traditional counterparts. Restaurateurs who are entertaining the idea of adding an infrared grill to their kitchen should consider the following benefits. 

Lightning-Fast Heating Times
Infrared burners are capable of much faster heating times than traditional grills. Most infrared grills can reach temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees in under a minute. What’s more, these grills can be sufficiently preheated in around three minutes. This can prove tremendously convenient for restaurants that are always busy.

Even Distribution of Heat
Meat cooked on infrared grills tends to taste better than meat prepared on traditional grills. The reason for this is heat distribution. With traditional grills, it’s hardly uncommon for heat to be unevenly distributed throughout a piece of meat. Alternatively, infrared grills provide a far more even distribution of heat, thus ensuring more flavorful entrĂ©es.  

Easy to Clean
Grill cleaning is among the most cumbersome chores restaurant workers have to tackle. Not only does it need to be performed multiple times a day, it frequently hampers outgoing orders. Fortunately, purging infrared grills of gristle and food particles doesn’t require copious amounts of scrubbing and scraping. Simply turn the temperature up to “high,” watch the residual particles burn away and resume cooking. 

A reliable infrared grill is guaranteed to make a welcome addition to any restaurant kitchen. Since grills are vitally important tools at any given eatery, it’s only natural for restaurateurs to want the highest-quality grills currently available. If fast heating times, even distribution of heat, and easy cleaning are what you’re after, a cutting-edge infrared grill should be right up your alley.   

3 Tips for Keeping Your Restaurant’s Grill Clean

You’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant kitchen in which the grill isn’t used extensively. Since a wide variety of entrees and sides are prepared on grills, it’s no surprise they’re such popular culinary tools. However, in light of how often they’re used, they tend to get dirty rather quickly.

In fact, depending on how often your grill is used, it may need to be cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Failure to properly clean grills can result in a number of safety hazards and land you in hot water with local health inspectors. To ensure that your kitchen’s grill remains squeaky clean and consistently sanitary, heed the following cleaning tips. 

1. Carefully Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Not all grills are created equal. Case in point: some grills should be cleaned with grill bricks, while others are best cleaned with grill brushes. Conversely, certain grills should be cleaned with neither, as both tools are too abrasive for their surfaces. These grills generally need to be cleaned with specialized cleansers and scraping tools. Before proceeding to clean a new grill, take care to consult the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website.

2. Replace the Grates on a Semi-Regular Basis
Grill grates are typically the dirtiest components you’ll find on a grill. Given their propensity for attracting food particles and gristle buildup, grates should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a day and replaced as needed. Continuing to use grates that are well past their prime will result in improperly cooked meals and unhappy diners.   

3. Be Thorough When Scraping
To purge your grill of all caked-on food particles, instruct your employees to be extra-thorough when scraping the surface. By extension, invest in a reliable scraper that’s capable of removing food particles without leaving the grill awash with scratches.  

A clean grill is one of the cornerstones of a sanitary kitchen. Improper or infrequent cleaning can result in health hazards and prematurely worn-out equipment — both of which stand to cost your restaurant big bucks. Fortunately, putting the previously pointers to good use will keep your grill looking its best for years to come.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Food Storage Units

clean professional kitchen
In many respects your refrigerator and freezer are your restaurant’s most important assets. Without fully-functional food storage units, keeping your various meats and produce fresh is all but impossible. That being the case, it’s every restaurateur’s responsibility to keep these devices in prime condition. Doing so ensures fresh ingredients, high-quality meals, and happy diners. When working to preserve your restaurant’s food storage units, heed the following tips. 

1. Empty and Clean Once a Week
In the interest of keeping your fridge and freezer sanitary, your staff will need to empty them out and thoroughly scrub them at least once a week. While this may sound like an arduous task, it shouldn’t prove terribly difficult, provided multiple people are working on it. In fact, once your staff becomes accustomed to carrying out this chore, they should be able to pull it off in under an hour.

2. Promptly Replace Defective Components
Any time one of your food storage units finds itself saddled with a faulty component, take care to replace it posthaste. The longer you allow a fridge or freezer to operate with a defective part, the more problems you’ll ultimately have to deal with. Fortunately, affordable refrigerator freezer parts can always be found at O-Reps’ online store. 

3. Have Them Regularly Inspected
Having your refrigerator and freezer regularly inspected can help nip prospective problems in the bud. For best results, adhere to the inspection schedule recommended by the devices’ respective manufacturers. This varies by brand and model, but most large-scale food storage need to be inspected once or twice a year. A licensed inspector will give each device a thorough once-over and make you aware of any potential problems she encounters.

No restaurant can function without working food storage units. As such, it behooves you to properly maintain your refrigerators and freezers. Weekly cleanings, expedient component swap-outs, and regular inspections can go a long way in keeping your storage devices up and running.