In an ideal commercial kitchen, all kitchen staff genuinely understand the value of well-maintained equipment. Sadly, even though culinary classes and training stresses the importance of “clean as you go” when food preparation is concerned, it is not always done in reality.


Some chefs and cooks don’t take the time to clean up spills and food bits, resulting in equipment problems later on.


Here’s why spillovers and crumbs on ranges should be taken seriously:


Prevents carbon monoxide buildup


The air shutters in the burner’s valves draw in air and anything in it, including lint and other materials. Food bits and spills that harden in time can clog up the crumb/grease trays around each burner and even the burner ports. Clogged burner ports affect the air/gas mixture, making the burner work inefficiently. When there is too little air, there is more gas in the mix and then as a result, the burner produces a yellow flame. A red, orange or yellow flame means incomplete combustion of the gas. And when there is incomplete combustion of gas, there is carbon monoxide – a deadly silent killer.

Some gas fireplaces and gas log fires are designed to have a yellow gas flame colour, but you want your burner to produce a flame of white and blue for your kitchen.

The yellow flame is a commonly overlooked issue, but it is something that needs attention.


Prevents fire


Crumb trays or grease trays can catch fire, causing damage that may be beyond repair.

A crumb or grease tray is a thin pan located just below the cooktop meant to catch spillovers. The kitchen staff should empty it regularly to prevent the buildup of anything it catches during the cooking process.

When there is too much residue collected, your unit may emit smoke and even catch fire. Contents of this tray should be appropriately disposed of, with the tray washed after that, avoiding abrasive cleaners. Line them with aluminum foil for easier cleaning and maintenance.


Uneven oven cooking temperature


Grease may run down and get to the oven’s insulation, decreasing the oven’s insulating capacity. Ovens with insufficient insulation are unable to hold proper temperatures, thereby affecting the cooking process. Ovens with grease-laden insulation are not cost-efficient to repair, leading you to get a new unit altogether. This can be frustrating when a habit of immediate cleanup could have saved this unnecessary purchase overall.


Keeps maintenance cost down


Frequent cleaning of burners and crumb trays is a good habit of keeping maintenance costs down. You will not require frequent maintenance for service agents unless necessary.

Though not as pressing as above, another effect of your burner giving of yellow flames is that it gives off more soot. The bottoms of your pans and pots can turn black and will require more effort, time, chemicals to clean.


In Summary:

In reality, crumbs and spills may spend hours on ranges before they’re finally cleaned off, especially when in the middle of meal service.

If your chefs and cooks cannot clean up immediately, ensure that cleaning is done at the soonest time possible. Kitchen stewards can also help keep this equipment clean. And if it’s kitchen stewards that you are looking for, Anytime Chefs can assist you with polite and professional talents to help you run an efficient kitchen.


That’s it for this week.
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