Commercial Griddle Cleaning: How Often Do You Need To Do It
July 20, 2021
Most commercial kitchens use griddles since they are a great way to cook a variety of foods at the same time. However, they require proper care and cleaning not only to function properly but also to stay hygienic.
Ignoring the grease buildup will not only affect the way a griddle operates but can also provide the perfect environment for bacteria and germs. Improper cleaning over extended periods can result in sick customers and employees. This can also have grave implications on your business from a legal standpoint.
In addition to this, consistent cleaning also improves the taste of food, since it reduces the likelihood that flavors will transfer from one menu item to another.
Some of the ways in which you can keep your griddle clean, maintained, and disinfected are:
Accumulated grease and grime can form a sticky layer that can slowly carbonize over time. Hence, after a few weeks or months, it can form a thick layer that is extremely difficult to remove. Hence, it is best to keep cleaning your griddle regularly.
Some of the equipment that you need to properly clean your griddle is:
Every griddle comes with a “clean” function that heats up the system to a safe temperature. It is warm to touch but will not burn you. Heating the griddle is important to melt the accumulated grease and grime.
Once the system is sufficiently heated, use a heat-resistant rubber scraper or spatula to remove any food buildup. Make sure you reach all the parts, corners, and sides and remove anything that is sticking to the griddle.
Following the instructions on the cleaning solutions’ packing, apply it to the griddle. This will break any stubborn food and grease particles. Use a heavy-duty cleaner that will remain on the surface and loosen any baked-on, carbonized soils. After this, scrub the griddle surface with a griddle brush, pad, or stone. It is better if you do it in concentric circles until the cooked on food and carbon is loosened.
After all the debris is loosened, use a clean microfiber cloth to clean the sides and front of the griddle as well as around the burner and burner air shutter. Make sure you remove all the cleaning solution residue.
Now, soak a towel in cooking oil and rub it on the griddle to polish and season the steel as well as prevent rust./
Your griddle should be cleaned every day. It is imperative that you properly clean the griddle at the end of the day. However, for deep cleaning clean your griddle according to the method mentioned above, you can dedicate one day of the week for this.
In addition to this, you should check and recalibrate the thermostat every few weeks, look for stress cracks in the metal every few months and get a detailed professional inspection of the griddle twice a year.
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