Thermometers are required in commercial foodservice operations to track temperatures over a period of time in accordance with HACCP guidelines. The main goal is to cook, hold and serve food at safe and proper temperatures.
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Kitchen ventilation systems are used in commercial cooking applications to remove cooking heat and effluent. Professionally sized and installed, components include stainless-steel exhaust hoods, exhaust fans, makeup air units, grease removal apparatuses, fire-suppression systems and controls.
Generally speaking, thermometers require little to no service.
Maintenance for ventilation systems depends upon the type and volume of cooking as well as local codes. The menu, volume and type of unit also will impact how often ventilation systems should be cleaned and how frequent maintenance will be necessary.
Foodservice operators can choose from a variety of options for temperature control and monitoring in commercial kitchens. These include thermometers, wireless monitoring systems and handheld devices. The application will dictate the best monitoring method.
Ventilation system design depends on how the foodservice operation utilizes the kitchen space and arranges the equipment. When looking at location, consider the balance of air and the placement of vents, and ensure that not too much air will blow on prepared food.