Post-Holiday Season: Refreshing Your Commercial Kitchen Equipment After the Holiday Rush

There’s a reason people look forward to holiday dishes every year—they’re slathered in butter, coated in oil, served up in flavorful sauces and slow cooked to perfection. However, cooking these items at high volumes during the holiday season can affect the safety, functionality, and quality of your commercial kitchen.

Now that the holiday crowds are gone and the chaos of the new year has dwindled down, it’s time to clean up the kitchen and prepare your restaurant for the rest of the year ahead. The cleaning professionals at HOODZ have outlined how holiday rushes can impact some of your commercial kitchen equipment and identified some key maintenance to help your commercial kitchen continue pushing out delicious dishes all year long.

Grease Containment Crisis: Make Sure Grease is Managed

Whether you’re frying tons of calamari, chicken, fries or latkes, chances are your fryers stayed busy during the holiday season. However, when grease builds up in your ventilation system, it can create fire hazards, cause expensive damage, and violate the EPA’s codes and standards. Avoid a grease containment crisis by ensuring your restaurant’s grease containment methods are effectively managing the amount of grease produced by your kitchen. To keep your commercial kitchen operating safely, efficiently, and legally, make it a priority to have a professional come in and assess your grease containment system.

Conveyor Oven Overdrive: Cleanup for Quality

From pizzas and breadsticks to calzones and pastries, conveyor ovens are a crucial component for many restaurant owners during the holiday hustle and bustle. The increased demand from customers burnt out on cooking their own holiday meals can take a toll. To ensure your conveyor oven is energy-efficient, properly functioning, and cooking your food consistently for the year ahead, be sure to get it cleaned by professionals. Because a thorough cleaning involves substantial disassembly and reassembly, use a service provider who is qualified to perform the service.

Exhaust Fan Exhaustion: Time for a Tune-Up

Sauteing vegetables in oil, roasting potatoes in butter, frying bacon on the stove and slow cooking meats in the oven all emit grease and smoke into the air. Exhaust fans play a key role in keeping your kitchen properly ventilated while cooking these foods, which means they can get quite a workout during the holiday rush. As part of your post-holiday season maintenance, and to prevent an emergency breakdown, have your exhaust fan belt professionally inspected. Exhaust fans are required by fire code, so it’s important to ensure they are installed and maintained properly.

Cooking is a Full-Time Job—Cleaning Kitchen Equipment Shouldn’t Be

After a long and busy season of cooking and baking holiday cuisines, all of your kitchen equipment could use a good cleaning. One thing you may want to consider for saving time and energy on those hard-to-clean items is a soak tank system. Soak tanks are a convenient way to make cleaning all of those heavily soiled kitchen items faster and more efficient. From utensils to oven racks, to pots and pans, to grates and hood filters, a custom soak tank and soak tank service program can simplify your day-to-day and seasonal commercial kitchen cleaning.

Whatever your specialty may be in the kitchen, the experts at HOODZ will make sure your commercial kitchen is clean, safe, well-maintained and code compliant! From exhaust hood cleaning to commercial power washing, vent hood filter exchange services to dumpster pad cleaning, the professionals at HOODZ will take care of all your commercial kitchen needs.Contact us today!

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