Maintenance Guidelines for Commercial Cookware

Maintenance Guidelines for Commercial Cookware

Efficiently cleaning commercial cookware properly is one of the non-negotiable, necessary tasks in your professional kitchen. Whether you’re adding different cookware material types or you’re getting ready to train new staff members on proper cleaning protocols, this guide can offer a refresher on what not to do, as well as the most effective cleaning techniques for aluminum and stainless steel.Maintenance Guidelines for Commercial Cookware

Aluminum Pots and Pans

Aluminum is a popular choice for commercial cookware because it has high heat conductivity. Your pans get hotter, faster. At the same time, it’s not as durable as high-quality steel or cast iron. Still, when you take care of your pans the right way, they’ll last longer and provide a higher return on investment.

When dealing with aluminum, the first thing to know is you should never rinse this cookware with cold water until it’s cooled down. Filling a hot aluminum pan with cold water can cause it to warp.

Since aluminum is reactive, it has a tendency to stain once combined with other reactive elements. Instead of scrubbing with an abrasive pad or sponge, try soaking the pan in a solution designed to withdraw the stain. Aluminum is also susceptible to scratching, so always take a gentle approach to cleaning.

Make sure you remove acidic substances from the pan as soon as possible after cooking in order to avoid corrosion. Aluminum is soft, so small pits may show up if acids are allowed to coat the surface for an extended period.

Dealing with Steel

Stainless steel is extremely versatile — you can cook a myriad of foods, both on the range and in the stove. If you mainly use steel pots and pans, you know its durability is admirable, but it can be extremely difficult to clean.

One way to avoid the problem of food sticking to the pan is to heat the pan first, add oil and then the food. If it’s still hard to remove the stuck-on food, fill the pan with soapy water and bring it to a boil. This can help remove the stubborn leftover bits.

To get rid of steel discoloration, use vinegar or a cleaner specifically formulated for stainless steel. Dry the pans right away to avoid water spots.

When Your Equipment Isn’t Measuring Up

Your commercial cookware is an integral part of your daily operations, but so is your commercial baking equipment. We understand how much you depend on these machines, and we’re here to offer affordable solutions when your equipment needs to be replaced, or if it’s simply time for an upgrade. Stratton Sales offers equipment financing that can help your commercial kitchen operate at its most efficient level.

Baking Trends

Baking Trends for 2018 You Should Know About


Analyzing baking trends can help bakers and chefs improve their menus in the new year and stay ahead of what diners will want to explore as 2018 unfolds. If you’re ready to think about how to incorporate fresh ideas into your restaurant or bakery’s menu, start with the seven selections below. Baking Trends

  1. “Slow” Dough

 With a growing focus on gut health, fermented products are taking front and center, and this includes dough. Slow dough is dough that has been fermented and is rich in probiotics. It results in a crispy product when cooked that is commonly used for pizza crust. It reportedly doesn’t cause as much bloating as regular pizza crust.

  1. Middle Eastern Foods

 Middle Eastern cuisine is growing in popularity, from staples like baba ganoush and hummus to naan bread and tikki masala. World dishes in both modern and traditional forms are becoming more widespread around the country.

  1. Plant-Based Foods

 Veganism is more than a diet — it’s a lifestyle. A plant-based menu will attract many vegan diners. From vegan cupcakes to five-course dinners, incorporate plant-only menu selections to delight local vegans.

  1. Upcycled Foods

Restaurant food waste is a hot topic. Structuring your menu in an effort to reduce the amount of food your company throws away is better for lowering operating costs and also a great way to show your customer base that you are committed to sustainability. Upcycled foods have a large potential consumer market.

  1. Goth Foods

 While rainbow foods used to be on-trend, baking trends for 2018 include goth colors. From activated charcoal to straight-up black food dye, think about ways to include darker colors in unexpected ways, preferably items with health benefits.

  1. Sugar Reduction

 Bakeries and restaurants everywhere are reducing the amount of sugar they use in their baking. If you can maintain the flavors your customers love but take away some of the calories, you’ll be a go-to place to visit when they’re looking for a satisfying snack or marvelous meal.

  1. Floral Flavors

Flavors are going floral! That’s what experts say, so think about how you can incorporate flower flavors to stay on top of baking trends next year. Think violet, orange blossom, lavender and more.

 Edible flowers are becoming a popular snack, but the essence of the flowers is what will provide the creative profile needed to inspire new snacks, meals, drinks and desserts for your menu.

Stratton Sales is an equipment provider dedicated to helping restaurants and bakeries succeed. This new year, make sure you’re prepared with updated equipment to help you grow and provide the quality products your customers expect.