Tilt skillets are great for cooking large quantities of liquid-based foods, from soups to sauces to pasta to scrambled eggs. For this reason, they're particularly popular with institutional foodservice operations such as schools and hospitals. Here are few tips to keep tilt skillets operating at their peak.
- Tilt skillets can leak or have steam escape from their cooking chambers. This is often due to a faulty gasket; having one replaced is a relatively simple, inexpensive fix.
- Like all cooking equipment, tilt skillets may not be heating properly. This can be caused by bad burners, a faulty pilot light or frayed power cord (for electric units). Operators should monitor the basics like cords to stop small problems before they take a whole unit out of service.
- Sometimes, tilt skillets won't tilt. This is a mechanical problem that is best left to a service agent, who can check the hinges and gears for proper operation.
- Regularly clean tilt skillets with the proper detergents. Since the interior is shaped like a large pot, operators should take special care to thoroughly rinse out the unit after each cleaning. Many units can be purchase with a spray hose or faucet attachment to make cleaning and rinsing easier.
- Depending on the unit, the lid lift and the pan lift mechanisms may need regular lubrication. Operators should consult their owners manual for instructions.
- Regularly have an authorized service agent check and adjust the tilting mechanism.