Commercial griddles are versatile and invaluable to many restaurants and as such, go through a lot every day. Whether you’re serving up buckets of burgers daily or flipping a few perfect pancakes for the Sunday brunch crowd, if your restaurant uses a griddle – you need to know how to clean it properly.
Keeping cooking equipment clean is key to ensuring a sanitary, efficient kitchen and restaurant – and the griddle is no exception. As a griddle is used, grease, char, fats and food debris accumulate on the surface and, if left too long, can create a hard, unmanageable layer that’s difficult to clean. This extra layer can cause more food to stick and affect heat transfer, giving you inconsistent or undercooked meals. Not only that, but this dirty layer can flake off into food or pass unwanted flavors from one dish to the next, creating an unappetizing diner experience. In addition to being frustrating to work with, a dirty griddle could actually be dangerous. Grease buildup can overflow onto floors, staff or even electrical or gas components, limiting the lifetime of the griddle and creating the potential for fires.
Commercial griddles are made from a handful of different materials, including steel, cast iron, ceramic glass and chromium, each with their own benefits and quirks – including how they should be cleaned. Knowing which material you’re working with will help avoid accidental damage that could hinder productivity.
While there are many ways to get your flat top griddle gleaming, not all of them are created equal. Certain methods, such as griddle bricks or pumice stones, can be time and labor intensive and won’t necessarily get surfaces completely clean. Others can be effective but not food safe, or even dangerous, and lead to burns or metal debris. That’s why it’s important to review your cleaning methods and tools to ensure you’ve selected the best for your commercial griddle.
For example, the Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Griddle Cleaning System is food safe, Green Seal™ Certified and designed to make the griddle cleaning process easier, safer and more efficient. In just three simple steps, you can clean a griddle 30% faster than with a griddle brick – while the griddle is still hot.
Every piece of the system is designed to improve safety and efficiency. The optimized Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Griddle Liquid 700-40 loosens and lifts mess, while the Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Heavy Duty Griddle Pad 746 and Scotch-Brite™ Multi-Purpose Pad Holder 405-R make scouring fast and easy. Finish off with the Scotch-Brite™ Squeegee 410, which safely removes residue for a gleaming griddle in 3-5 minutes.
Pour Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Griddle Liquid 700 or 701* onto hot griddle (300-350°F). This powerful liquid loosens and lifts carbonized grease and food soil on contact – without chemical odors or caustic soda.
Using the Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Heavy Duty Griddle Pad 746 and Scotch-Brite™ Multi-Purpose Pad Holder 405-R, apply light pressure and gently scour the griddle.
By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule and choosing the right tools and methods for the job, you can not only ensure your griddle lasts but also improve your restaurant quality, consistency and efficiency.
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