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About a year ago, I started thinking carefully about how I wanted the rest of my life to go. I realized that I was significantly overweight and that I wasn't able to do the types of things that I wanted to do. Instead of of living the rest of my life unhappy and overweight, I decided to start working on eating healthier by choosing better foods. I decided to invest some time into cooking and reading about ingredients, and it really paid off. This blog is all about making better dishes from home, and knowing how to avoid weight gain through healthy eating.

How To Keep Your New Restaurant Equipment In Optimal Condition

Running a restaurant can be a lucrative endeavor that catapults you and your food to community stardom. If your food is good, the prices are right, and your restaurant's atmosphere is inviting, you can expect to become a prominent figure among diners in and around your area. But along with the benefits of owning a restaurant, there are some challenges to consider – such as keeping your restaurant equipment in great shape so you don't have to repair or replace it as time goes on. Here are a few things you can do to keep your restaurant's equipment in optimal condition for many years to come:

Make a Daily Cleaning Checklist

It's a good idea to make a daily cleaning checklist for your staff to use so nothing important is overlooked that could affect the performance of your restaurant equipment. In addition to basic equipment cleaning that gets done as your crew works, make a to-do list for them to go over at the end of the day that includes instructions such as:

  • Wipe the hood vents down.

  • Scrub the grease traps.

  • Sweep and mop the floors.

  • Clean out the fridges and walk-ins.

  • Scrub the insides of the ovens.

  • Remove and clean burners.

These tasks will help ensure that each piece of equipment performs properly and produces top notch food for your customers to enjoy.

Create a Monthly Maintenance Schedule

Creating a monthly maintenance schedule is another important thing you can do to keep your restaurant equipment in good working order. Whether you'll use the schedule yourself or delegate the task to someone else, taking the time to maintain your equipment will help extend its life and improve its functionality. Once a month, the following tasks should be completed:

  • Check all the fittings and hose lines to ensure proper connection.

  • Calibrate the ovens using a thermometer to make sure that they heat to the right temperatures.

  • Inspect all fire extinguishers so they'll be ready for use on your equipment in case of a kitchen fire.

  • Replace any burners or equipment accessories, like temperature knobs, that show signs of wear and tear.

These monthly tasks should help keep your restaurant equipment in like-new condition and make it easy to handle any problems, such as fires, should they arise.

Commit to Regular Inspections

It is also important to schedule regular inspections with a professional at least once a year to ensure that there aren't any small problems with your equipment that you aren't aware of. If small issues are spotted early, you'll be able to have them fixed before they become too serious or costly to repair. During the inspection your service provider should:

  • Check and tighten hoses that connect outside propane tanks to kitchen equipment.

  • Inspect oven hood vents for proper installation and cleanliness to minimize the chance of fires.

  • Verify that all temperature gauges on the fridges, walk-in freezers, and ovens are properly working.

  • Check all pilot lights for proper functioning.

In addition to ensuring optimal condition and proper function, yearly inspections will provide you with some insight into daily maintenance tasks you can do to improve the condition of your equipment between inspections.

Designate Tools to Each Piece of Equipment

By designating specific tools to each piece of equipment in your kitchen, you will minimize the chance of damage occurring due to a wrong tool being used for a specific task. For instance, if the wrong types of spatulas are used on your grill, the grill could get scratched as time goes on. Using improper pots on the stove or pans in the oven can result in unevenly cooked food and unneeded wear and tear on your equipment. Start by making a list of each piece of equipment in your kitchen and then deciding what types of accessories and tools you want to use with each piece.

Then you can keep things organized by color-coding your equipment and accessories. For example you can designate the color red to the ovens and label all tools that should be used with the ovens with red, or designate the color blue to the sinks and label accessories that should be used with the sinks in blue. You can use permanent markers or colored masking tape to color-code your equipment and accessories.

These tips and tricks should keep your new restaurant equipment in great shape throughout the years so you don't have to make expensive replacements and you can focus on making profits.  For more information and tips on keeping your restaurant equipment supplies in good condition, contact a local retailer or manufacturer.