Commercial kitchens produce large quantities of food every day, meaning they produce a large volume of grease as well. Although grease is part of cooking, it’s important to manage the amount of grease your kitchen produces to avoid any issues with your grease trap. Your grease trap is responsible for collecting fats, oils, and grease, but it can become clogged, which can cause damage to your plumbing as well as potential health hazards in your kitchen. For tips on managing the grease produced in your commercial kitchen, check out the tips below.
Cut Down on Greasy Foods
One of the most obvious ways to cut down on the amount of grease your kitchen produces is to cut back on the greasy foods you’re cooking. Consider switching to less greasy alternatives to reduce the amount of grease your kitchen produces. Of course, for many kitchens, these alternatives are not an option because your menu is centered around greasier foods. In these cases, use the following tips.
Reuse Clean Oil
If the oil you cook with does not have to be thrown away directly from the skillet. If the oil is clear, free of extra sediments, and odorless, you can reuse it to cook new dishes. Reusing oil will cut down on the grease waste produced in your kitchen. Cutting down on this waste will reduce the risk of grease-related issues in your commercial kitchen.
Bake Instead of Frying
One great way to manage the amount of grease waste that your kitchen produces is to opt for baking dishes instead of frying them. Baking food will produce significantly less oil than frying food. Baked food is also healthier, more energy efficient, and more cost effective. Whenever you can substitute frying for baking, it's a good idea to minimize the production of grease.
Clean Your Grease Trap Regularly
This tip won’t help you cut down on the grease your kitchen produces, but it will help you manage it. Your grease trap will collect fats, grease, and oils. Over time, this build up can overflow and cause a slipping hazard or back up into your pipes and cause clogs and damage. In order to avoid these issues, it’s important to regularly empty your grease trap. Typically, restaurant grease traps should be emptied roughly once per week. Be sure to start a contract with a grease trap pumping company that will schedule regular maintenance to make sure your grease trap never overflows.
Before dumping waste down the drain, consider pre-cleaning your fishes. Use a rubber scraper to get rid of excess waste. Consider using a paper towel or food grade paper to remove excess grease and throw it in the trash. Minimizing the amount of grease and waste that you dump down the drain will help manage the issues that grease can cause to your kitchen.
Use Sink Strainers
Sink strainers are a great way to catch excess food and waste before they go down the drain. Once the strainer catches the waste, you can remove it manually and dump it into the trash. Sink strainers can help catch excess fats, oils, and grease to minimize the damage that they can cause to your pipes and your restaurant.
ADB Septic | CT Grease Trap Services
It's likely that you don't often think about your grease traps, which is more than understandable considering the other priorities involved with running a successful restaurant. That's why our team at ADB Septic is more than happy to take care of your grease trap cleaning for you. We offer a wide variety of services including regular pumping and service contracts, accurate record keeping and reporting, hi-pressure jetting, and 24-hour emergency service. Whatever your grease trap needs are, we can help!