Usually, the kitchen is out of bounds for customers. However, imagine if you were to peek into the cooking area of one of your favorite restaurants and discovered that the hygienic standards are not as high as you thought. Would you still be a regular customer no matter how sweet the food is, or would you begin to have doubts about the quality of all the meals you have ever eaten? For any restaurant owner, cleanliness is paramount not only to ensure you meet the standards but also to keep your customers. Here are a few tips on how to clean restaurant grills as well as its importance.
- Cleaning chromium grill surface grills are made from different materials, and each demands a different cleaning technique. They are either non-chromium or chromium, and one thing to remember is that this material requires a little more tender care. After use, get rid of food particles and other debris such as grease using a scraper, but never use a sharp object.
You can then mix mild soap and water and a clean washcloth to clean the surface thoroughly. Always remember never to use steel wool or pumice stone to scrub the surface. Once cleaned, use another clean wet cloth to wipe it again. You can then empty the waste compartment and polish the front.
- Cleaning non-chromium/stainless steel grill surfacesRemove excess food and grease by scraping it using a scraper. However, if it proves stubborn, then a griddle stone will work but ensure the surface is warm and wear heat resistant gloves. Also, scrub along the grain and not against to prevent ruining the surface. Once done, collect the debris into the waste drawer and empty it.
Use a clean cloth dipped in a mild griddle cleaner solution to clean the surface. With another wet cloth, wipe to rinse the surface of all the detergent.
- How often do you need to clean the grill? No one wants to spend an entire day cleaning the equipment. Therefore, here is a tip to reduce the time spent. When food spills on the surfaces, wipe it immediately to prevent it from becoming a stubborn mess later. Still, no matter how careful you are, clean your grill at least once a day to avoid the accumulation of dirt, and empty the waste as regularly as possible.
- Importance of cleaning. The strong flavor you fail to remove debris from the previous day’s cooking, then chances of the flavor transferring to the food you are coking toady are high. Consequently, the food will have an odd taste to it instead of its strong natural flavor.
- Proper cookingAccumulated food particles on the grill surface can prevent heat from properly searing through the food to cook it. As a result, you end up with undercooked food.
iii. Prevent contamination diet is the ideal place for harboring bacteria which contaminates the food leading to food poisoning.
- Wil excessive cleaning damage the grill? Sometimes, you can put off cleaning your grill for fear that that the more you scrub, the more you are reducing its lifespan. While to some extent it is true, you need to prevent rust from corroding your equipment by seasoning it regularly. Seasoning not only extends the grill’s lifespan by limiting rust and its effects. It also helps to create a naturally non-stick surface, thereby facilitating maintenance.
To season your grill, heat the surface to at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit and pour your preferred vegetable oil. You can use canola, grapeseed oil or whichever high heat vegetable cooking oil to cover the surface. Heat it for 5-10 minutes, turn off the grill and allow it to cool before wiping the oil off using a clean cloth.