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What clothes lint is to dryers, breadcrumbs are to conveyor toasters. These accumulate in nooks and crannies and can create problems if not taken care of properly.
Joshua Labrecque, assistant project manager for Colburn & Guyette, Rockland, Mass., discusses the consideration foodservice operators should weigh when purchasing a conveyor toaster.
Conveyor toasters offer a greater capacity than the pop-up style for high-volume toasting of breads, rolls, buns, English muffins, bagels, frozen waffles and other bread products. Some models also can accommodate larger-size breads, such as sub rolls, croissants and other specialty bread items. Convection conveyor toasters are more versatile, and operators can use them for sandwiches, pretzels and pizza.
Combination steamer-convection ovens, referred to as combi ovens, are chef-driven pieces of equipment. These units provide multiple functions in one piece of equipment, with the ability to smoke, roast, fry, steam and bake items.
FE&S: Describe combi ovens’ daily maintenance requirements.
AA: Combis are pretty easy to maintain, but cleaning the oven on a daily basis is important. We see a lot of lime scale buildup on interior cavities. Every day, the operator should clean and wipe out the oven’s interior with a damp cloth and mild soap solution. Racks can be pulled out and washed in the sink. The outside of the oven can be wiped down as needed. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in terms of solutions and cleaning methods.
When purchasing a combi oven, it’s important to distinguish between the type that uses hot air or convection and/or steam for cooking and the type that uses convection and microwave capabilities. The latter falls into a different equipment category.
Properly maintained fryers can serve foodservice operators well for extended periods of time. Here are five maintenance tips foodservice operators should implement to keep their fryers in action.
While it may vary by region, there’s no denying smoked food has become universally popular. There has been a surge in popularity in utilizing smoking as a flavor enhancer and menu expander.