If you have a commercial fryer in your business, it needs cleaning often to keep it efficient and safe for customers. Leftover grease from other foods can interfere with the taste of fresh food, as well as pass on bacteria. Follow these tips to clean your commercial deep fryer.
Prepare to Clean the Deep Fryers
To clean the fryer baskets, gather:
- plastic gloves
- cloths or paper towels
- nylon scrub sponge or long scrub brush
- baking soda and vinegar or dish soap
Only submerge the fryer basket in water, since water getting into the electrical components in other parts can cause shorts. If the fryer has been used recently, unplug it, and let it cool before you touch the oil, then remove the fryer baskets.
Store fresh oil in food-safe containers in a refrigerator for up to three months, and discard oil that smokes, changes color, or starts smelling. Brush heating coils when you drain oil, and use a coffee pot or specialized machine to filter the oil.
Clean the Fryer Baskets
Use a paper towel or cloth to remove surface particles and grease. Set the basket in a sink or basin, and make a solution from nine parts water and one part vinegar. Alternately, squeeze several drops of liquid dish soap in the water.
The basket should be completely covered in water. Allow the basket to stand for fifteen minutes, then scrub the surface with the sponge or cloth in a back and forth motion. Rinse the baskets, and set them upside down on towels to dry.
If the baskets have caked-on residue, mix baking soda and water in a bowl until it makes a paste. Use a sponge or cloth to s the surface, let it stand several minutes, then scrub. Rinse the baskets, and let them dry completely.
Clean the Surface and Filters
Wipe the burners, or two metal rods, with a sponge or an old toothbrush or spread paper towels over the surface absorb grease. Squeeze four drops of liquid soap onto the fryer base and evenly around the sides. Scrub in a circular movement starting from the bottom of the fryer, taking care to avoid getting electrical components wet.
Add hot water to the fryer pot, and let it stand for thirty minutes. Check for dirty filters while you wait. Clean removable filters in soapy water. and non-removable filters with a damp cloth, then rinse.
Remove half the water from the fryer pot, then scrub the surface with a soft, long-handled brush. Discard the dirty water refill it, and slosh the water with your hands to rinse. Clean caked-on residue with the baking soda solution. Check for grease residue by running your hands over the surface to feel for thick patches, and clean it with the vinegar solution.
If you are interested in having a professional clean your kitchen or place of business, contact a local company about janitorial services.