Product Maintenance

Commercial Dishwasher Maintenance

It’s a Saturday night and your restaurant is full to capacity. Dishes of your perfectly executed creations are being delivered to eagerly awaiting customers. Wine glasses and mixed drinks are being enjoyed by all. Yep, it’s every restaurateurs dream until, UH-OH your Commercial Dishwasher decides to just stop working. That dream is now your worst nightmare come true.

So what can you do to prevent a Commercial Dishwasher breakdown? Like all of your commercial equipment, proper maintenance will improve its performance and extends the machines life expectancy. Keep in mind, a well-maintained Dishwasher will last up to 20 years. Below are several maintenance steps that you can take to care for your Commercial Dishwasher.

Read Your Owner’s Manual… Before you clean, maintain or service any equipment, always read the provided Owner’s Manual or look it up online.

Prescrapping Procedures… Even the best Commercial Dishwasher is not a food disposal. Make sure that your employees are thoroughly removing food debris before placing them in the Dishwasher. Failing to do so will clog the filter.

Clean the Filter… Check the filter regularly. If you see food particles and gunk on the filter, the flow of water will be blocked causing dishes to be poorly cleaned. A clogged filter will also prevent water from draining. To avoid these issues:

  1. Clean the filter every 20 cycles or more often if you are using the Dishwasher for heavy cleaning.
  2. Never beat the filter against anything to dislodge particles. Instead, remove the filters and clean them with a brush under running water or use a toothpick to clear out stuck food.
  3. After cleaning, make sure to re-install the filter (believe us- people forget to re-install more often than you think).

Thoroughly Clean Inside… This needs to be done daily.

  1. Turn off On-Off push button and the main water valve.
  2. Remove the overflow tube from the wash tank to empty the water. To do so, turn off the On-Off push button, and press Drain Pump push button until all the water has been completely emptied.
  3. Remove the spray arms loosening the fixing screws, and thoroughly clean the nozzles and cleaning and rinsing arms under running water.
  4. Reassemble all parts and refit the spray arms in their seats, fixing them with the relative screws.
  5. Clean the tank thoroughly. Do not use bleach or chlorine based detergents, or use metal brushes or corrosive products, which can damage the machine

Rinse-Aid… Just like with your dishwasher at home, Commercial Dishwashers require rinse-aid to prevent streaks and spots on your flatware and glasses. Insufficient rinse aid will also cause dishes and glasses to not dry completely. Check rinse-aid levels every morning. You can increase or decrease the amount of rinse-aid being released during each cycle by adjusting the screw on the dispenser.

Tank Water… To avoid poorly cleaned dishes, replace the tank water by refilling the tank at least every 20 wash cycles, or twice a day. Tank water left in the machine from the day before may also cause the machine to stop and draw water.

End of the Day Routine… At the end of the day, leave the dishwasher door open to allow the machine to air out.

Annual Routine… Have a qualified technician inspect the machine to clean the solenoid valve filter, remove scale from the heating elements, check the tightness of the seals,  check condition and/or wear of the components, and check operation of the dispensers.

Vitamix Blender Care Tips

Ensure your Vitamix Blender continues to perform for years to come by regularly checking on the functionality of the main components of your machine. Like with any blender, three parts of the Vitamix are most susceptible to going bad if not properly cared for.

  • Blade Agitator… Slowly rotate the blade assembly by hand to ensure it turns smoothly with some resistance. Replace the blade assembly if the following occur:
  1. Washer failure or oil leaking.
  2. Seal failure/visibile seal indents due to worn socket.
  3. Seal gone / visible ball bearings.
  4. Rounded teeth due to removing container while running.
  • Centering Pad… Check every 5 months to make sure that your pad is laying flat on the base. Replace the centering pad if the following occurs:
  1. Tearing at container posts due to banging on counter or improper cleaning of centering pad (caused by placing pad in dishwasher or using improper cleaning or sanitizing products).
  • Drive Socket… Check the condition of your drive socket every 3-4 months to ensure that the “teeth” are sharp. Replace drive socket if the following occurs: 
  1. Worn teeth due to removing container while running.
  2. Worn grooves due to placing container on motor base without centering pad or touching container while machine is running.
  3. Cracking at setscrew due to overtightened screw or a foreign object in the container.
  4. Drive socket or blade assembly needs to be replaced.

Just checking these three components on a regular bases and making sure to properly use your Vitamix Blender will extend its performance. If you need to replace any of these parts, please contact our Sales Consultants for assistance. 1-800-828-8564.

5 Tips for Properly Using a Vitamix Blender

When you spend good money for a reliable blender like a Vitamix Blender, taking special care of it will ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

  1. NEVER BANG THE CONTAINER… Do not bang the container against a surface as this will cause the sharp cracks in the bottom of the container to rip the container posts.
  2. TURN OFF THE MACHINE BEFORE REMOVING CONTAINER… Do not remove or place the container on the base while the machine is running. This will wear down the blade assembly and damage the drive socket.
  3. DO NOT SHAKE OR RATTLE MACHINE WHILE IN USE… We’ve all done it- shake the blender machine to make the contents blend smoother and faster. However, doing this is a big NO-NO! Doing so will damage the blade assembly and the ‘teeth’ on the drive socket.
  4. DO NOT PLACE FOREIGN ITEMS IN THE CONTAINER WHILE BLENDING… This can cause the blade to chip and lead to personal injury.
  5. NEVER OVERFILL THE CONTAINER… Overfilling sets the off the Thermal Protector and your machine will shut off. Turn the power OFF, take the container off of the base and wait for the motor to cool down. Your mixture may be too thick or you may process the ingredients too long at a LOW speed setting. If you detect a burning odor, add more liquid to your mixture or lessen the load. You should also check the condition of your container bearing assembly.

How to Properly Grease a Cake Pan

Picture this.. You’ve spent hours beating, mixing, and stirring all the ingredeints to make the most delectable cake your customers will ever eat. After much hard work and love, you pour your batter into a Cake Pan and gently place it in a 350 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes. You sit back and wait until your timer dings. After allowing the cake to cool you flip it over to remove it from the pan and……. NOTHING HAPPENS! Your delicious cake is stuck in the Cake Pan and no matter how much you try to wiggle it out it’s not going anywhere unless you pry it out. You followed all the steps perfectly except one thing- you didn’t properly grease the pan to allow the cake to be easily removed.

Don’t let this happen again. Before you make the batter, grease the pan. Here are 3 steps to ensuring that any cake will easily slide out of its pan.

  1. Melt butter/shortening in the Microwave in 10-15 second increments until it completely melts.
  2. Using a Pastry Brush, evenly spread butter all over the inside of the pan (make sure to get the corners very well)
  3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour* at a time into the greased cake pan. Shake the pan to spread the flour side to side, then turn the pan in circles to coat the sides, adding more flour if needed.

*If you’re baking chocolate cake use cocoa instead of flour to avoid white spots on the bottom and side of the cake.

Follow these easy steps and your cake won’t stick!

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What To Do Before A Installing Keg Cooler

True TDD-4-S Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 4 Keg Capacity

Always read the Operations Manual of your Keg Cooler before installing the unit. Small errors can lead to not only a ruined unit, but also a voided warranty. Below are a list of tips from True, Turbo Air, and Beverage-Air that should be reviewed before plugging in your Keg Cooler.

Before Installing… Use a volmeter to make sure your establishments electrical voltage will support the Keg Cooler. If anything less than 100% of the rated voltage for operation is noted, correct prior to hooking up the unit. Compressor warranties are void if compressor burns out due to low voltage.

Before Loading…. We recommend you run your unit empty for two to three days to ensure electrical wiring and installation are correct and no shipping damage has occurred. Most manufacturer warranties will not cover product loss.

Before Tapping… Ensure that all beer faucet in the serving location are in the off position. Completely remove the dust cover/ identification cap from the keg.

Electrical Precautions… If you’ve unplugged your Keg Cooler, wait 5 minutes before restarting the unit. Never plug a Keg Cooler into a breaker with other units or use an extension cord.

Helpful Hints On Maintaining The Correct Pressure:

  • Know which pressurizing agent to use on which product and why.
  • Monitor your regulators to ensure applied pressure remains constant
  • Keep equipment in good repair

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Yikes! There’s Mold in the Drain Pan of my Keg Cooler!

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Turbo Air TBD-3SB Black Vinyl Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 3 Keg Capacity

We cannot stress the importance of keeping all of your kitchen supplies and equipments clean! The health inspector, your customers, and of course you do not want to see mold or yeast growth in the drain pan of your Keg Cooler. A Kansas restaurant was recently cited when the health inspector found, “about 200 fruit fly larve and some adults in a drain below a keg cooler, a layer of mold in a drain.” The drain pan is the grated section below the beer tap that accumulates beer spillage. Mold likes cold and since a Keg Cooler is a refrigerated unit, mold growth is a serious risk.

To keep the drain pan clean, use hot, soapy water and a toothbrush and scrub away any beer residue, drippings, or leaks. This should be done daily. Never use an abrasive cleaner or a steel wool pad as this will leave corrosive iron particles on the stainless steel finish.

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Keg Cooler Maintenance

Beverage-Air BM23-B Black Vinyl Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 1 Keg Capacity

Don’t wait until your Keg Cooler breaks down to realize that you are not properly maintaining this expensive equipment. Like everything in your commercial kitchen, well-maintained equipment will outlast those that have been neglected, saving you money in the long and short run.

Cleaning Bar System… Clean draught dispensers every 2 weeks using cleaners provided by your beer provider and follow their cleaning instructions. A poorly cleaned bar system can lead to a less satisfying draft taste and look.

Cleaning Condenser Coil… Since condensers accumulate dirt, they need to be cleaned every 30 days or your warranty will become void. Use a soft brush or vcume the condenser with a Shop-Vac or pressurized air to remove dirt, grease, and lint. To avoid injury eye protection is recommended.

Prevent Rust on Stainless Steel Units… Never use abrasive pads, hydrochloric acid or chlorinated cleaners to clean stainless steel components. Many manufacturers recommend that you use soap, ammonia, or any good commercial detergent to remove grease, oil, and routine cleaning.  Clean along polish lines using a plastic scouring pad or soft cloth. Always rinse and allow to air dry so that oxygen to maintain the passivity film.

Clean Door Gaskets… Ensure a proper sealing when you close the Keg Coolers door to prevent spoiling. Wipe door gaskets daily and remove any debris or spills.

Clean Faucet…. This should be done weekly. Remove the faucet from the shank and clean with hot water and detergent. Rinse and reinstall.

Purge Tap Lines…  To prevent beer from backing up into hose and regulator, purge the CO2 line before tapping a new barrel. To do this, quickly open and close the regulator outlet valve to allow a surge of gas to travel through the line and tap.

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A Tip When Washing and Drying Your Immersion Blender

Here’s a great tip for properly cleaning your Immersion Blender from our incredible Chef Jeff Hussar:

Water and electrical cooking equipment do not mix! Never tip your Immersion Blender upside down when washing and drying. Doing so will allow water to run down the shaft and destroy your motor.

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Immersion Blender Maintenance Tips

It is vital that you properly clean and maintain each piece of equipment and supply in your restaurants kitchen on a regular basis and Immersion Blenders are no different. A dirty Immersion Blender can prevent the blade from properly blending as well as contaminate your food. Here are a few simple steps to care for your Immersion Blender to ensure its performance.

Clean It…. After each use thoroughly clean the motor body and blending shaft with a mild detergent. Wash with hot water and rinse with warm water for optimal cleaning. Thoroughly clean interior and exterior stainless steel components to dislodge as much food residue as possible.

  • On Waring Blenders, clean and sanitize the plastic motor housing before initial use and after each use. Furthermore, many Waring Immersion Blenders has a completely sealed stainless steel shaft making that component dishwasher safe. (Please check the Instruction Manual)

Unplug It….To eliminate the risk of electrical shock, unplug the appliance beofre you clean it. When you are done using your Immersion Blender make sure to unplug it and store it

Waring Immersion Blender Wall Hanger

somewhere safe and clean. An Immersion Blender Hanger is a great way to store it.

Do Not… Do not immerse the motor body of the  Immersion Blender in water.

 

 

 

 

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How to Maintain Your Knives

A good Knife Set is expensive, but proper maintenance will help extend their life. Follow these simple steps.

Cleaning… Wash and immediately dry Knives after each use to avoid lime scale and water spots using only  soap (other cleaners can ruin your knives) and a cotton cloth is best for drying. Stainless Steel Knives are not dishwasher safe and Wooden Handled Knives should not be soaked in water.

Avoid Rusting…. Rust is unsightly and can deteriorate the performance of your cutlery. To banish rust, clean with a steel wool scouring pad. To protect against rust, coat the blade and handle with oil, soak for a couple of minutes, then dry with a clean paper towel until it feels smooth, but not oily. An extra tip: Do not drip dry- wipe dry with a cotton cloth immediately after washing.

14" Sharpening Steel

Sharpening…. Dull blades can be a hazard so periodically sharpen your blade for best use. There are several different ways to sharpen your knives depending on the material and your preference. Using a Sharpening Stone, Electric Knife Sharpener, Razor Strop, Sharpening Steel, or a Wired Wheel are just a few ways.

Storing… Improperly stored knives can not only ruin you knife, but it can also be dangerous to you and your staff. Never loosely store knives in a

Thunder Group Stainless Steel Knife Rack

Forschner 4 Prong Clamshell Cutlery Display

drawer. There are several options to safely store them when not in use. Use a magnetic wall rack, Knife Block (countertop, wall-mounted, or under-cabinet), or in a separate Drawer Tray.

Use It Properly…. Knives are made for cutting and slicing. While tempting to do so, never use a knife as a chisel, hammer, pry bar or screwdriver to avoid damaging the blade and injuring yourself.

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