Servicing Your Small Equipment
While the large units in your kitchen are typically focal points that get a lot of TLC, it’s the smaller pieces of commercial equipment that can sometimes get left on the back-burner when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. Do a quick walk-through of your restaurant kitchen to identify your smaller commercial equipment and create a checklist. You’ll likely find that many of these areas only get a brief wipe-down, but most are in dire need of some serious service. <<Tweet This!>>
Smaller pieces of commercial equipment are what fill in the blanks that your larger units simply can’t do. From hotdog grills to blenders to rice cookers and scales, there are a multitude of units that consume a small kitchen footprint but still need the same attention that your larger units require for regular maintenance. Here are some tips for servicing your smaller units.
Hotdog Grill : Think about it: Raw meats go on the grill and get left for upwards of a few hours to rotate and deposit grease. It’s a continually-moving grill that accumulates tons of dirt, grime, and even dust (as it’s exposed to the open air), and we typically just do a quick wipe-down at the end of the night. On a regular basis at the end of a shift, use a combination of baking soda and vinegar as an abrasive cleanser, and then make sure to use a gentle scouring pad to clean the grill of all buildup.
Can Opener : Your can opener is likely used on a daily basis, and yet we typically only wipe away visible buildup when we see it. But when you consider all types of food that comes in a can that may have gotten stuck in the working parts, then you’ll realize the germs and bacteria that may be festering in your can opener. Use white or apple-cider vinegar and a toothbrush to scrub away the rust, then rinse off the vinegar thoroughly. Dry the opener with a hair-dryer (be careful, though — the metal may get hot), making sure to get into all of the crevices. When it is dry, lubricate moving parts with a little mineral oil. Remember that replacement blades can be purchased when your can opener starts to struggle with its primary function.