Monthly Archives: June 2010

How To Size Grease Traps for Your Restaurant or Business

Have you ever gone by a food service establishment and detected the most vile odor? Makes you not want to eat at that location, right? Well chances are that it is a simple matter of cleaning out the grease trap. Even though I never have had the honor of doing this task, it is not that difficult if the grease trap is readily accessible. If you find that you need to clean it too often then maybe you need to look into whether you have the right size grease trap or night. To properly size one you need to use the following formula:

Length of the sink bowl x width of the sink bowl x depth of the sink bowl x the number of bowls. Take this number and divide by 231 x .75. The final figure will give you the size of the grease trap.

Grease trap sizes are based on two factors, pound storage capacity and flow rate per minute. What you need to keep in mind is not so much how much grease you may generate but the size of the bowl on your sink. Imagine you trying to pour water into a funnel and you pour faster than the hole at the bottom of the funnel will let the water out. Same principle as the grease trap. If you have too small of a trap and you open three drains of water and the grease trap can not keep up with the rate of water flow the trap will not do the job. If you need help sizing one up, feel free to give me a call!

Jerry Kraushaar is a leading chef and sales consultant for Burkett Restaurant Equipment.

Commercial Summer Bar Blending

Summer is on its way. Now is the time for all the outdoor patios to reopen and the summer time
Beverages are in demand. If you are looking for cost savings and still want to make a frozen drink or a smoothie I suggest using the Waring MX1000XT w/ 64 ounce container with hi and low speed plus pulse switch. If you just want to whip up a quick pitcher of margaritas then use the Waring MMB142 Margarita Madness Blender. For those outdoor events that need a little more control consider Vita Mix
Model 5066
. This has a 32 ounce container, six blender programs and pulse control. This item is great for smoothies, whole fruit and vegetable drinks, daiquiris, or whatever will quench your thirst. Even better blenders can be used for some food processing operations, do your research first to make sure you get the right machine for the right job. As always socialize responsibly and respect your neighbors. Happy blending!

Jerry Kraushaar is a leading chef and sales consultant for Burkett Restaurant Equipment.

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