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Top 20 Essential Kitchen Supplies for Any Home Chef

With the ever-encroaching holiday season, many people will begin to cook meals at home. The desire to prepare meals and feel like it was done by a Michelin star chef is highly sought after. The issue then becomes, how do those professional chefs cook and produce such delicious foods? What’s more, how can you become a professional chef at home?

The simple answer would be to take classes and learn those high-end culinary techniques. However, more than anything, chefs are only as good as the tools they use. To make a comparison, painters can be trained and have those skills, but without a paintbrush, their skills will be extremely diminished.

We here at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies aim to show you the kitchen tools professional chefs use and how you can set up your kitchen like a professional. These are the top 20 items any home chef should have to cook like a professional at home.

Kitchen Hand Protection

20.   Ovens Mitts/ Potholders

The greatest concern in one’s kitchen should always be safety and protection. Safety is essential, whether it comes from how you handle your equipment, tools, or how you prepare your meals.

It’s simple to keep your hands safe from hot pans, pots, and other objects. Any experienced cook should always have a set of oven mitts and potholders on hand. Bringing the same concept home helps you avoid any unfortunate mishaps.


Pizza Supplies

Wood fire pizza ovens and stone pizza ovens are becoming increasingly popular in homes. People are enthralled by the prospect of creating their style of pizza to serve at events, parties, and family gatherings. Consider the following things if you’re a home cook looking to replicate those great pizza outcomes you’ve seen elsewhere: 

19.  Pizza Dough Dockers-

A dough docker or a pizza dough roller is a kitchen utensil that looks like a spiked rolling pin. The main function of this tool is to roll over flattened dough to prick the surface of the dough evenly to prevent over rising or large air pocket formation which tends to burn easier.


18.  Pizza Cutters-

Slicing your pizzas in correct portion size can be challenge without these kitchen tools. Typically formed as curve cutters or wheel cutters, these tools are usually made of stainless steel for durability. The design of the cutters is intended to prevent damage to the pizza’s top layers or toppings.


17.  Pizza Screens-

Pizza screens are excellent for baking any handmade pizza. The screen enables the dough to breathe, preventing soggy crusts and allowing for more uniform cooking. These screens are typically made of aluminum or anodized aluminum and range in size from 8″ to 40″ in diameter. With the use of the pizza screens, you can get the conventional, fluffier crust textures you’d find in any normal pizza joint.

Metal-Pizza Screens

 Measuring and Storage

16.  Food Storage Containers-

Food storage is always important in any kitchen to keep products fresh. Maintaining quality is always a chef’s responsibility, whether it’s straight out of the package or newly cooked after a meal. In addition to keeping your refrigerator or freezer clean, using the right containers in your kitchen will help you stay organized.


15.  Measuring Cups & Spoons-

Baker’s or chefs understand that precisely measuring ingredients is critical to achieving a delicate taste balance in any meal. Measuring accurately and ensuring that the recipe is followed is made simple by using measuring cups and spoons. While most experienced chefs can accomplish this by taste, these measurement instruments ensure that your meals are always on target at home.

Measuring-Cup-Measuring Spoons

14.   Kitchen Thermometers-

Why do I need a thermometer if I know what temperature I’m cooking at and how long I’ll be cooking for? To put it another way, a thermometer enables any operator to precisely prepare food items to the correct temperature. When preparing meat, poultry, or fish, this is very crucial. Achieving those perfect temperature levels allows any home chef to create high-quality dishes that you would find at a high-end restaurant.

Yellow Food Thermometer


13.  Baking Pans-

A sheet pan, also known as a baking pan, may be used in a multitude of ways, making it excellent for cooks and bakers alike. This pan can handle bacon, veggies, messy cake batter, and a variety of other foods. Usually constructed from aluminum or steel for durability, these pans can also come in various sizes to fit the needs of any chef. Typically, quarter size or half size sheet pans are best for home use.


12.  Sauce Pots-

The sauce pot is a larger piece of cookware designed for use on the cook top which is beneficial for any chef. Sauce pots are used for simmering or boiling large quantities of ingredients together because they have vertical sides that are the same height as their diameter and two short sturdy handles.


11.  Frying Pans-

The versatility of frying pans is what makes them so useful for any home chef. This kitchen tool is a flat-bottomed pan which is great for frying, searing, or browning various food items. Usually constructed from copper, cast iron, and aluminum makes these pans durable for any kitchen.

 In addition, some pans are coated with non-stick material for easy cleanup. This pan comes in a variety of sizes, making it suitable for a wide range of foods. Investment in a good set of pans can last any home chef for years to come.

Metal Frying Pans


10. Graters/Microplane-

To take a dish to the next level, most experienced chefs utilize a grater or a microplane to add that next level of flavor. From zesting a lemon or grating your high-quality cheese, these kitchen tools are a key part of any chef’s arsenal. With these items, adding that 5-star dish will be a cinch.


9. Mandolin Slicers

Any at-home chef knows that time isn’t always on their side. Hand slicing a pound of potatoes, or any vegetables is no small task for one lone cook. This is where a mandolin slicer helps and provides the ability for the chef to prep those items quickly and efficiently.

A mandolin slicer provides the ability to achieve those smooth, consistent even cuts that make cooking those food items simple. A great tool for home chefs who have feed lots of people with not a lot of time to prepare.

Mandoline Slicer

8.  Mixing Bowls-

A vital part of any operation whether it be at home or in a professional kitchen, the mixing bowl is an essential element. Whether it is combing wet or dry ingredients, making doughs or batters, or even making salads or sauces, this tool has multi-functionality.

Mixing bowls are constructed from a variety of materials such as stainless steel, plastic, ceramic, glass, and copper which can also vary in sizes from 1-1/2 to 12-quart bowls. Usually easy to clean and maintain, a quality bowl set can allow any home chef the ability to succeed.

Mixing Bowls


7.     Whisks or “French Whips”-

A whisk is an essential tool for any baker or chef, whether at home or in the restaurant. A whisk’s main function is to mix both wet and dry products, making them a key part of the food prep process. In addition, the action of this tool allows for air to enter the process, thus increasing the volume of the product.

Typically whisks are constructed from stainless steel or a hardened plastic for durability, while measuring anywhere between 6 to 24 inches in length. Similar to whisks, whips are larger versions constructed from similar materials, but tend to measure between 24 to 60 inches in length.


6.    Rubber Spatulas-

The rubber spatula is one of the most underappreciated kitchen tools. With its multi-functionality, this utensil can do everything from scraping the last bit of brownie batter out of the bowl to sautéing food items in the frying pan.

These tools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and are constructed from a variety of materials. It’s a good idea to look for ones constructed of silicone or a high-heat material rather than conventional rubber spatulas, which will melt if exposed to high heat.

High Heat Red Rubber Spatulas

5.   Tongs-

A utensil that many chefs use in everyday life while working is tongs. Kitchen tongs should be considered as an extension of your fingers. Whether it’s picking up hot food items from the pans or oven to turning them over to ensure even cooking, this utensil is a vital part of any operation. Adding them to your home provides the same capabilities as it would in any professional kitchen setting.  

Variety of Colored Metal Tongs


4. Knife Sharpener-

It’s critical to keep your knives sharp and of good quality. In the kitchen, a dull knife blade can cause injury, especially when cooking a variety of foods. A knife sharpener is important for any chef who wants to guarantee that their kitchen tools are always of the greatest quality. Just like your car needs an oil change after a certain number of miles, sharpening a knife after frequent usage is necessary to ensure proper handling skills.

Kitchen Sharpening-2

3.  Kitchen Shears-
Kitchen shears should be part of each chef’s cutlery collection, whether you need to snip herbs, open food packing, or break down poultry items. You might wonder why you’d want to buy kitchen shears when you already have scissors. The reason is simple: the pivot point of the blade is farther away from the handle on these scissors than on traditional scissors, allowing for stronger force when cutting through tough foods.

Kitchen Shears

2.  Cutting Boards-

Cutting boards, whether solid wood or hard plastic, are an essential part of any cook’s culinary prepping process. A cutting board is a sturdy, dependable surface that allows any chef to securely slice, dice, mince, or prepare a range of culinary products. Its smart for any home chef to consider having a set of cutting boards, as they can prevent injuries especially when using their knives to cut food items.

Wood Cutting Board

1.   Knives or Knives Set-

Just like a painter uses a brush to create their artwork, a chef uses their knives to create their masterpiece. Every chef around the world starts any dish by using their set of knives. Every chef should have at least these three knives:

A chef’s knife is the most important tool in every chef’s arsenal. This knife is typically 8-10 inches long and is mostly used to chop and dice fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Furthermore, this knife can help prepare a wide range of meats and other culinary items.

Chefs Knife

A paring knife is another item in a chef’s inventory. This knife’s main purpose is to do more detailed chores including peeling fruits and vegetables, scoring meats, and mincing garlic. Its blade is normally between 2-1/2 and 4 inches long.

Paring Knife

A serrated knife is another quality knife needed for any chef. Compared to a saw, this knife can cut through tough food items with hardy exteriors such a crusty bread.  

Serrated Knife

Any cook should consider the comfortability and balance of the knife when selecting a set of knives for their house. Remember that the knife is an extension of your hand, thus being able to operate with it comfortably is the goal.

Overall, having the essential kitchen tools and making a consistent effort to try new dishes and methods is what it takes to become a home chef. You won’t always get everything just right, but neither do expert cooks in the kitchen. The key to any kitchen’s success is having the right tools to do the job!

What to Buy Before Opening a Restaurant

Fast casual food dining area with chairs and wooden tablesFor restaurant owners just starting out, the search for the right equipment and supplies can be daunting. Figuring out exactly what you need is a difficult task. For any restaurant, there will be a long list of equipment and supplies that need to be procured before even opening, and that list is different for each person and each restaurant.

Determining What Equipment You Need

The equipment you need will largely depend on your menu and your restaurant concept. However, here are a few general guidelines to follow when you first make up the list of equipment you want to purchase:

Limit yourself. When deciding how much equipment you need, the key is to limit your equipment. Evaluate your menu to determine the fewest pieces of equipment that are needed to produce all of the dishes. For example, if you own a sandwich shop, your absolutely essential equipment needs might be limited to a commercial refrigeratorsrefrigerated prep tablesice machines and meat slicers.

Add strategic extras. The list of essential equipment should be your basis for purchasing. However, if you have extra room in the kitchen and enough extra capital, you can purchase extra pieces: for example, a commercial food processor or cheesemelter. While this equipment may not be a necessity, it can reduce the kitchen labor required to produce your menu, enhance the final taste or appearance of the food or make your kitchen more flexible in case you need to change your menu in the future.

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Determining What Supplies You Need

Most commercial kitchens need basic kitchen utensils on hand, such as scoops, spoons and spatulas. Often, fledgling restaurant owners overlook purchasing these necessities until the last minute, so before opening, be sure to consider even the smallest things you will need.

Speed up your kitchen. Purchase handy food prep supplies, like vegetable cutters and slicers for high volume produce. Commercial kitchen tools like these can help increase your workers’ productivity.

Stock up for storage. The last thing you want to do is overlook your storage requirements. Every restaurant will need food storage and shelving to hold its supplies. Many full-service restaurants will also require food service carts to help move supplies from one area of the kitchen to another.

Do not overlook the tabletop. Every restaurant will need smallwares. Quick-service establishments will need disposable restaurant supplies, while full-service restaurants will need reusable dinnerware and drinkware. Most restaurants will also need other supplies for their tabletop, like condiment containers, condiment holders and food baskets.

Remember food safety supplies. Glovespot holdershairnets and thermometers are easy to overlook, but they include essential items that any commercial kitchen needs to meet strict health codes and keep workers and customers safe.

Finding the Right Equipment and Supplies

Every restaurant is different and therefore has different equipment requirements. Using a buying guide or speaking directly with an expert will empower you to make the best possible decisions when purchasing equipment.

Think about going green. Purchasing eco-friendly restaurant equipment and supplies is a good way to help the environment and attract customers at the same time. It will also help you save a significant amount of money on your utility bills.

Consider used or discounted equipment. On a tight budget? You may want to look into buying used equipment or equipment that is cosmetically damaged. Although there is some risk involved, for some restaurant operations, this is a viable option. Check out this blog post on the pros and cons of used restaurant equipment.

Finding a Good Dealer

You can often get a better deal if you choose one restaurant supply dealer and stick with it. Since you order all of your supplies from one business, you are likely to receive a discount. To find a dealer that is right for you, you must first consider your priorities. Usually, your priorities will include one or more of the following:

  • Price. While a local dealer may offer excellent pricing, usually the least expensive products can be found online. However, the cheapest online dealers usually offer low prices but lack the customer care services and expertise that can be found with higher-priced online or brick-and-mortar dealers.
  • Expertise. Speak directly with salespeople to determine their level of expertise. If the salespeople seem to be experts at making a sales pitch, rather than having knowledge about the actual products they are selling, it may be time to find another dealer.
  • Customer Service. When buying expensive equipment, any restaurant owner should make sure that their dealer offers superior customer service. Without good customer care, if you receive damaged equipment or your equipment does not live up to your expectations for any reason, you may be stuck with it.
  • Installation. One of the major advantages of buying from a local restaurant equipment dealer is that they will often provide you with equipment installation, for a fee. If you buy your equipment online or at an auction, you are less likely to find installation included in the package. However, some online dealers, such as, will help you find someone to install the equipment.

When looking for a good dealer, it is also important to look into the following:

  • Shipping costs
  • Return policies
  • Parts availability

Finding the right equipment and supplies at a good price from a reasonable dealer is a major aspect of opening a restaurant. If you do not have the right supplies from the right dealer, it will end up hurting your bottom line in the long run. Be sure to carefully consider your equipment and supply needs, as well as your choice of dealer, before you begin to purchase.

Portable Draft Beer Keg Coolers: Perfect for the Outdoors!


How do you plan to store and cool beer kegs during a concert or outdoor party? Keg coolers can be portable and provide great performance for parties, receptions, and more. Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries a variety of portable draft beer keg coolers, all of which are the perfect accessory for your outdoor events and catering! Two coolers that we suggest are from True Manufacturing, a leader in the refrigeration industry. 

keg cooler 1 keg black vinyl

The True TDD-1 Keg Cooler allows you to keep a keg of your customers’ favorite draft right in front of the bar. This beer dispenser is designed with enduring value and quality. It is made with the highest quality materials, and assures colder product temperatures and years of trouble-free service. This oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). With a stainless steel counter top and black vinyl exterior, this cooler not only looks great, but hides scratches and dents well.


The True TDD-1-S Keg Cooler lets you provide your customers with chilled-to-perfection brews. It also keeps your drafts fresh for long periods of time, all without reducing quality or taste. It is also an oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system that holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). Its interior features a stainless steel floor with 1/2″ (13 mm) reinforced lip, and heavy gauge galvanized steel walls. It is NSF-7 certified for bottled and packaged product. The cooler comes with an anodized aluminum glass rail on top that provides convenient storage for glasses.

Keg coolers are available in different materials and sizes, and finding the right one for you is easy with Burkett. Visit our restaurant equipment online store for current selections. Your guests deserve the coldest draft beer and fast service, so give them both with a True kegerator.

Steam Kettles vs. Tilting Skillets

blog-steam-tilted-skillet-postStainless steel tilting skillet

Are you considering a new steam kettle or tilting skillet for your restaurant but don’t know which is best for your business? Both options have a lot of pros. Take a look at the highlights below and contact one of Burkett Restaurant Equipment’s knowledgeable account representatives today!

Steam kettles are unique because they cook more quickly than standard stock pots. They are a good spot to heat soups, sauces, and pasta quickly. Cooking is achieved through the steam jacket- a welded space between the cooking surface and the steam source that holds steam and creates a larger cooking surface area. Therefore, steam heats evenly and every serving is the same as the next. Steam kettles come in two varieties- self-contained, in which the steam kettle has its own built-in steam source, and direct steam, where a separate boiler provides steam to the unit. We offer a large variety in steam kettles to suit any need, in varying sizes depending on how much food you are preparing.

Tilting skillets are a great space saving unit for smaller restaurants as well as a versatile piece of equipment for larger ones. Tilting skillets allow you to cook soup in one space, scramble eggs, brown meat for chili, and then cook the chili. The tilting skillet is one of the most variable items we sell. Available in countertop or floor models, there is a model to fit your space requirements. They also come in hand-tilt models for the personalized feel or a steadier pour for soups, or power-tilt models for the larger batches of thicker items that are too heavy to pour by hand. A tilting skillet is one of the best things a restaurant can buy because of their versatility and convenience.

If you need help making the right choice for your business, give our friendly sales team a call at 844-788-4684.

Nine Big Benefits of Light Duty Deck Ovens


light duty deck oven with food

Light Duty Deck Ovens are great for commercial or even residential use, heating a simple pizza to serve a customer or to feed a family. Light duty models are much less intrusive on your space and energy costs, keeping floor space open in any size kitchen for other equipment.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers various pizza oven styles to fit your restaurant countertop requirements. We offer commercial countertop pizza ovens, small industrial conveyor ovens, and wire rack oven types. Pizza oven door styles include pull down doors, and drawer-style openings that allow for easy rack sliding and product loading and unloading. Our models range from 4,000 watts up to over 10,000 watts, with BTU options ranging from 40,000 BTU up to 150,000 BTU. Electric and gas models are available to meet your commercial kitchen’s specific electrical specifications.

Are you curious about some of the features and benefits of light duty deck ovens? See below for more information.

  • – High quality brushed stainless steel exterior
  • – Durable heating elements provide even heating performance throughout the oven
  • – Wider oven opening provides more versatility than standard pizza ovens
  • – Adjustable temperature control
  • – Easy set timer
  • – Heavy duty chrome plated baking rack
  • – Removable, stamped aluminized steel crumb tray for easy clean-up
  • – Ergonomically designed and convenient space saving flip-up handle
  • – Skid-resistant feet

Supplies You Need to Cater a Buffet

Grey Catering Cart with wheelsSummer is filled with celebrations, from weddings and graduation parties to holiday get-togethers. Whether you’re a small, start-up catering business, a mom preparing to celebrate her recent grad or a large banquet hall gearing up for wedding season, Burkett Restaurant Equipment has all of the serving line equipment and supplies you need – from set up to tear down – at the right price.


Catering & Buffet Supplies

Concessions Appliances: Burkett offers a wide range of concession equipment ideal for catering and buffet services. Burkett carries new equipment for every concession need, whether you’re serving hot beverages from your new cappuccino machine, fresh soft pretzels from a heated merchandiser, or hot and juicy franks off the hot dog grill. Don’t forget to pick up condiment dispensers so your customers can doctor up their snacks, and a popcorn machine to entice patrons with the smell of fresh popcorn wafting through the air. Shop our entire collection of concession equipment and supplies today for quality and variety.

Serving and Display Ware: One of the most important parts of a successful catering experience is the manner in which food and drink is served. For businesses, this means it is vital they have the proper equipment and supplies to present and serve food in an appealing and efficient manner. Burkett provides a selection of catering supplies including a wide variety of serving and display ware.

Hot & Cold Buffet Stations:  When the temperature of the food you serve is a priority, having the right equipment is vital. Cold buffet stations make it easy to keep your cold food chilled and ready to serve. Hot buffet stations are great for cafeterias, presentations, traveling restaurants, and catering companies because they are mobile. Utility buffet stations make it easy to keep your cold food chilled and ready to serve. You can choose from refrigerated cold food serving stations and non-refrigerated cold food serving stations to meet your business needs depending on what you are serving and where you are serving it at.

Heated Banquet Cabinets: From Sunday brunch to memorable events and tabletop displays, banquet carts are valuable pieces of catering equipment when it comes to promoting your culinary excellence. Banquet carts are designed to be mobile, keeping hot goods fresh for foodservice operations. Banquet cabinets are especially great for catering services because of their mobility. We sell a variety of hot food transport carts with capacities ranging from 14 to 36 pans to keep it at just the right size for your uses.

Chafers Dishes & Accessories: Find all your chafing dishes, pans, and accessories at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies. Our high quality chafers, including stainless steel chafers, chafing pans, and accessories will keep your buffet elegant and efficient. We offer chafing dishes and more from the leading manufacturers and brands at the low prices you love.

How To Size Restaurant Grease Traps

Commercial grease trapFats, oils, and greases have no place in drains. A commercial grease trap is the ideal solution to keep them out. Grease traps slow the flow of water allowing the oils and grease to cool and then collect them to be cleaned out. Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a variety of grease traps. To properly size one you need to use the following formula:

Commercial grease traps are sized according to the rate of incoming flow, in gallons per minute (GPM). Associated with this incoming flow rate is the trap’s capacity. This rated capacity, in pounds, is listed at twice the flow rate. For example, a 10 GPM trap has a rated capacity of 20 pounds.

Keep in mind to consider not only how much grease you may generate, but also the size of the bowl on your sink. Similarly to overflowing a funnel, if your grease trap is too small it won’t be able to keep up with the rate of water flow.

It is important to size a grease trap larger than calculated (round up to next available size only). A grease interceptor that is extremely oversized will have longer periods between pump-outs. The rotting grease will adversely affect the structure of the grease interceptor.

Tips for Buying Restaurant Equipment for your Home

buy-equipment-for-your-homeA trend in home kitchens is the use of commercial equipment like the pros use; emulating celebrity chefs can be fun and a great way to practice restaurant techniques at home. Many of these consumers know that commercial equipment can be versatile and durable compared to conventional home appliances. With special considerations, some commercial pieces can have a home within a residence. Burkett Restaurant Equipment is a leading dealer for commercial foodservice equipment and supplies that welcomes residential customers, and wants to provide a few important pieces of information you need to be aware of before you start shopping.

Purchasing Commercial Restaurant Equipment

The equipment Burkett sells is designed for commercial use in restaurants, schools, hospitals, cafeterias, and food trucks or trailers. If you are considering purchasing restaurant equipment for your home kitchen, please keep in mind the following:

  1. Commercial equipment is much louder than residential grade equipment, and often utilizes considerably more energy.
  2. Commercial equipment requires special clearance, insulation and power sources.
  3. Many times your home owners insurance will be voided if commercial grade equipment is installed in your home. Check with your insurance agent or homeowners policy before installing in your home.
  4. Manufacturers do not honor warranties when commercial equipment is used in a non-commercial setting.

With that being said, Burkett offers our home chefs a multitude of non-equipment items for your kitchen. Many of our smallwares and tabletop items are available for purchase including:

  1. Bakery Supplies
  2. Bar Supplies
  3. Cookware
  4. Commercial Cutlery
  5. Pizza Supplies
  6. Kitchen Utensils
  7. Flatware
  8. Glassware & Plastic Tumblers
  9. Dinnerware & Serving Platters
  10. Food Storage Containers

Many of these items can make a home chef comfortable creating restaurant-inspired recipes, and give confidence in their abilities to grow their culinary skills! By simply adding a Vitamix blender or specialty knives, a home chef can take their kitchen to a whole new level.

Benefits of Buying Melamine Dinnerware

Melamine PlateMelamine dinnerware is an economical solution for busy homes and restaurants where traditional chinaware isn’t ideal. Melamine is available in a variety of colors and sizes to match any décor and, better yet, it’s nearly indestructible. If you’re looking for more reasons to give melamine a try, keep reading!

Melamine truly is a long-term investment. While it also tends to be more inexpensive than traditional china and other dinnerware, melamine is durable and lasts long – even after continual, everyday use. No more worrying about shattering or chipping your plates and mugs.

Melamine dinnerware is a great option if you’re looking to add a little color and fun to your table. Melamine tableware is designed for many occasions and applications; and is offered in a variety of colors and patterns. In addition, many of the brands offer higher end selections that appear like china and ceramic dinnerware, if you’re trying to keep it classy.

Nearly Indestructible
Thanks to its design, melamine is shatterproof. Melamine can withstand a number of scenarios. Whether you accidentally drop a plate or bowl there’s a good chance your melamine dinnerware will be perfectly fine. An added bonus, melamine is also relatively scratch resistant meaning no more marks from your silverware.

Melamine is ideal for cold food displays because of its great insulation. Melamine is ideal for any cold application – salad bars, buffets, deli displays. Melamine also stays cool to the touch, so it’s perfect for nights when you’re serving hot entrees.

BPA Free
Melamine is safe for use. It won’t transfer or leach into food product as long it is not heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. While it’s not suggested for ovens or microwaves, it is dishwasher safe and meets NSF approval for food safety.

How to Maintain Your Commercial Garbage Disposal


Garbage DisposerCommercial garbage disposal equipment provides a convenient way to deal with food waste, while improving sanitation in your kitchen. In the name of spring cleaning, here’s a closer look at how to maintain your garbage disposer, thanks to our friends at FES Magazine.

Commercial garbage disposals haven’t changed much since their initial design. Most basic commercial disposals are scaled up versions of residential types and range from 1/2 to 10 HP. While disposals require minimal maintenance, proper use will lengthen the system’s service life. Disposals are simple to maintain, and feature and easy-to-clean corrosion resistant finish.

Some things to keep in mind when utilizing your disposal:

  1. Do not use these systems to dispose fat, oil and grease.
  2. Flushing the drain after use will help prevent clogs. Some controls do this automatically.
  3. Periodically check your grind plates to help prevent clogs.
  4. After feeding waste through the disposer, run cold water for 10 to 20 seconds to push all of the particles to the main sewer line.
  5. While some systems just need to be wiped clean, others may include automatic cleaning flush systems that need to be activated on a daily basis.
  6. Use cold water to flush waste, since hot water can melt fat and allow it to solidify and block the drain line.

So how do you know when it’s time to replace your disposal? Depending on running time, the type of waste being processed, and drain plumbing conditions, a typical disposal can last an average of five years or as long as 20 years.

Here are five signs a disposal has reached the end of its service life.

Excessive Noise: Unusual or excessive noise, along with water leakage represent a pair of obvious signs a disposal is failing and needs replacement.

Drain Backups: This may indicate the blade teeth are worn and the mechanism needs replacing or may signify the disposal is on its way out.

Increased Grind Time: Blades wear out over time and when processing an excessive amount of hard material at high volumes. Signs such as increased grinding time or frequent clogging may signify a new disposal is needed.

Cracks: Over time, the disposal may develop cracks due to excessive use, chemicals and vibrations. Replace the unit when its construction is compromised.

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