In a restaurant kitchen, charbroilers are an excellent way to sear beautiful brand marks and impart a light smoky flavor onto proteins, fish, and vegetables.
However, to achieve consistent brand marks and the best release of product off of the cooking grid, routine cleaning, and “dressing” of the top surface of the cooking grid with a light coat of oil (typically with vegetable oil but any variety of oil will do) are recommended. Charbroilers typically have cast iron or stainless steel grates.
To dress the cooking grate, make a “jelly roll” out of a kitchen towel by folding it in thirds, rolling tightly, then tying with butcher’s twine. The final roll should be about 4-5 in. long and about 2½-3 in. diameter.
Keep this roll in a 1/9th size pan next to the boiler filled with a small amount of vegetable oil. Wipe the cooking grates to remove any debris, then, using tongs, grab the roll and sweep the grates, coating lightly with oil. Repeat as necessary or after each product drop.
At close of service when it is time to clean the unit, allow charbroiler to run on max for ten minutes and then turn off all sections. Wipe the cooking grids and allow the unit to cool completely before attempting to clean. Once the unit is cool, remove the cooking grids and set aside. Clean places where fat, grease, or food may have accumulated. Deflector trays and crumb trays should be emptied and cleaned regularly.
If cooking grids are heavily soiled or show a large amount of carbonization, they can be soaked in a commercial degreasing solution as necessary. If de-greasing is required, carefully remove top grates and submerge in cleaning solution. Rinse completely with clear water and dry before returning to the unit. Do not drop cooking grids, as it may cause damage and may require replacement.
About Vulcan Restaurant Equipment
Vulcan, a division of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, is a leading manufacturer of cooking equipment in the U.S. with a broad line of products including ranges, convection and combi ovens, fryers, griddles, charbroilers, steamers, braising pans, kettles and heated holding cabinets. Vulcan sells both to the foodservice and food retail end-user segments, including chain and independent restaurants, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hotels, casinos, recreation, corrections, and grocery stores.
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