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How to Clean a Commercial Deep Fryer

Nearly all restaurants have a deep fryer. Any place that serves french fries, onion rings, fried shrimp or fish, fried oreos, chicken fingers, crab cakes, chicken wings, egg rolls, or a variety of other dishes needs a deep fryer to do so correctly. Deep fryers require regular “boil-out” cleanings for optimal performance. This means that you will remove the old oil, add water and a special commercial deep fryer cleaning solution, and boil it inside the fryer to remove grime and stuck-on food. Is it time you do this? If so, keep reading! It’s not as difficult as you may fear!

The 9 supplies you’ll need:
#1 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): heat-proof gloves, protective eyeglasses, protective apron
#2 Deep fat fryer cleaner
#3 Oven and grill cleaner
#4 Synthetic scrub pad
#5 Long-handled brush suitable for high temperatures
#6 A bucket or hose for rinsing
#7 Paper towels/clean cloths
#8 Fryer clean out rod
#9 Oil pan drum

You probably have most of these lying around your restaurant anyway. Now it’s time to get started!
#1 Turn off your commercial deep fryer.
#2 Let your deep fryer unit, including the oil, cool down completely.
#3 Place an oil pan drum under the drain and then remove any large debris from inside including anything blocking the drain valve.
#4 Close the drain valve and wipe the interior of the unit with clean paper towels or washcloths.
#5 Fill your deep fryer tank with cool water.
#6 Add liquid cleaner. Be sure to use the amount stated on the bottle and follow directions precisely.
#7 Turn on the heater and slowly boil the water with the cleaning solution for about 20 to 30 minutes.
#8 Now, turn off the fryer and let the water cool completely.
#9 Place a large pan underneath the drain valve and slowly drain water into it.
#10 Scrub the interior walls with a long-handled brush while water is draining to remove any remaining gunk.
#11 Flush the fryer thoroughly with water to remove the cleaning solution. Then, wipe the interior dry and allow all parts to dry completely.
#12 Close the drain valve.
#13 The inside is completely clean, but you aren’t quite finished yet until you wipe down the outside!
#14 Fill your fryer with oil again. You’re all done!

This should be done about once a month, depending on how often your unit is used. If your deep fryer is in constant use, you may need to do it even once a week. If this doesn’t do the trick, it is time to consider that your deep fryer may need a little more than a serious clean. You may need a deep fryer repair in order for it to work the way you need it to. That is where Coffey Refrigeration can be brought in to help! We offer deep fryer repair services to restaurants in the Kennewick, WA area and have been doing so for years. We are the experts! To book a service call, please call us at (509) 586-1519 or send us an email using the easy contact form on our website.

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