When to Replace offers care and maintenance tips for foodservice equipment as well as guidelines for disposing and replacing units.
When properly maintained, food processors can last seven to 10 years. However, there are issues that indicate replacement may be necessary.
Unlike other types of foodservice equipment, food processors have sealed motors and require minimal maintenance. Yet, there are steps operators should take to maximize the unit's service life.
Because there are varying types of food processors, operators need to become familiar with the different capabilities and uses. There are many considerations when specifying these units.
Ice machines are part of most foodservice operations, helping staff keep food at safe temperatures, and cooling drinks. And recently ice has renewed its appeal as operators are using it as an ingredient to expand their beverage programs to include smoothies, iced coffee drinks and more.
Because of their versatile nature, food processors are often considered a cornerstone of any commercial kitchen's preparation activities. Not only does this equipment allow operators to efficiently and consistently prepare vegetables, fruit and a wide range of menu items, but food processors are key to saving prep time and labor.
Dual technology ovens use multiple energies that include impingement heating, high-speed vectored air or a combination of impingement, microwave and radiant heating. This process provides added speed, flexibility and consistency.
When properly maintained, dual technology ovens typically have a service life of between five and seven years. Although there is no steadfast rule for replacement, there are a few signs that may signify an oven has reached the end of its service life.
Dual technology ovens are generally pre-programmed, which makes it easier to achieve desired food temperatures when cooking consistent items. Here are some of the most common uses for this equipment.
Dual technology oven maintenance is not complicated. Still, regular cleaning and planned maintenance can increase the service life of these units.