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Are you thinking about buying a new commercial griddle for your kitchen? There are so many different types of griddles on the market right now, and deciding which one to buy can be a difficult decision. Here are a few tips to help you buy the right commercial griddle for your kitchen. 

What will you be using the griddle for? 

This may seem like an obvious question, but the answers may vary. You need to determine what you will be using your commercial griddle for, and what kind of food you will be cooking on it. There are different griddles designed for a variety of different kinds of food, so knowing what you need this griddle for will help you to determine which one you should buy. Do you intend on cooking just breakfast food on this griddle, or will you also be cooking lunch and dinner items as well? Will you be strictly cooking meat on the griddle, or will you stick to veggies? Knowing the answers to those simple questions will be helpful when shopping for a griddle. 

Where do you plan to put your new griddle? 

Do you have a designated place for your new griddle? And if so, how big is the space? This will also help you determine what kind of griddle to purchase. 

There are two basic types of griddles that you can purchase, depending on how much space you have. A countertop griddle is basically a large rectangle shape, and you can put it wherever you want. For this griddle, all you need is a decent amount of space and a flat countertop, and there must be an outlet nearby so you can plug in the griddle. 

A griddle/broiler is a whole different story. This is also called a "salamander" and it is a large piece of equipment that is commonly used for mass production cooking. Some salamanders also have ovens beneath the griddle/broiler part, which makes it even more useful. This type of griddle will only work if you have a large space in your kitchen where it will fit, so plan accordingly. 

What is the heat source in your restaurant? 

High output griddles, which are always used in restaurants for mass production cooking, run on gas. These griddles have a higher BTU rating, so your gas bill will definitely go up. While some people may see this as an inconvenience, the pros outweigh the cons. The only way you're going to succeed in a fast-paced restaurant is to have the heavy duty equipment you need/ This griddle will help you run a fast-paced kitchen and a successful business.  

Electric griddles are also an option. They typically have a standard output. Some restaurant owners use electric griddles to balance out there gas and electric bills. Electric griddles are very similar to gas ones and require the same safety precautions. 

Overall safety 

Safety is of utmost importance at any restaurant. When purchasing your new griddle, make sure you follow typical safety precautions. You will need to ensure that your griddle is placed in a safe area in your kitchen where it will not be hazardous to anyone. Griddles produce lots of grease, and those grease particles can travel in the air. This is why a commercial hood system is required for any type of commercial griddle. Gas-powered griddles have safety shutoffs and secure lines to ensure that they remain off after being used. Griddle manufacturers make "gas connection kits" which are meant to keep gas griddles very secure. If you do end up purchasing a gas griddle, you should check out that accessory, as it will help you with the overall safety of your griddle. 

Good luck finding the right griddle!

If you follow these tips, you will find the perfect griddle for your kitchen. Purchasing the right griddle is essential because it will help your kitchen staff do their best and it will also increase overall productivity. With the right griddle, your restaurant will thrive and no one will be waiting for food to be ready.

If you're a restaurant owner, then you understand the importance of maintaining your cooking equipment. Keeping your equipment in tip top shape will save you time and money, and will ultimately keep your business thriving. 

Here are a few tips for how you can maintain the cooking equipment in your restaurant. 

Clean your equipment regularly 

Cleaning your cooking equipment can be time consuming, but this task should never be overlooked. Leaving equipment dirty for weeks on end can age it prematurely and can even cause it to break. Leaving elements like grease and old food on surfaces can cause serious damage.

Make cleaning your cooking equipment a habit. Fit it into your schedule so that way it does not get neglected. Most cooking equipment should be cleaned once a day after it has been used. This rule applies to things like stovetops, griddles, and ovens. If you miss a day here and there, don't stress about it, but make sure to clean as soon as possible. 

Pay attention to grease 

As mentioned above, grease can do serious damage to the surfaces in your kitchen. It is absolutely essential to have multiple grease filters in your kitchen, and to clean them daily. Cleaning the filters doesn't have to be hard. In fact, you can put them in the dishwasher to clean them, so you won't have to touch the grease at all. It may take a few cycles to get the filters clean if they are especially dirty. 

As time goes on, grease filters will have to be replaced. Pay attention to them and check them frequently to make sure they are still in working condition. 

Floor maintenance 

Most restaurant owners don't think of the floor as part of the kitchen equipment, but the floor is used constantly by everyone, every single day. A lapse in floor care can lead to a slip and fall, which would bring your kitchen's productivity to a halt and would also cost you some serious cash. To avoid this from happening, take care of your floor just as you would any other equipment. Make sure it is cleaned as least once a day, and make sure to fix any damage that occurs over time. Rubber mats and non-slip shoes will also help prevent accidents from happening. 

Remember to schedule inspections 

Cooking equipment needs to get inspected once a year. It is vital to make sure that this expensive equipment is running smoothly and that there are no internal problems. Make an annual appointment with a local qualified commercial cooking appliance contractor so that way you can be sure that your equipment is in good shape. 

As your equipment gets older, it is even more important to schedule these annual appointments. All equipment needs a five year inspection, a ten year inspection, and so forth. Your equipment is essential to your business and should be treated as such. Think of your equipment like it is your car or your house - it needs to be inspected in order to work properly. 

Review your owner's manual

Every piece of cooking equipment comes with an owner's manual, and you should take some time to become familiar with this information. Knowing how to use your cooking equipment is an essential part of its maintenance. Improper use of kitchen equipment can lead to serious damage. 

Reading an owner's manual front to back might be excessive, but certainly make sure you glance over information like FAQs and suggested maintenance. You will be glad you paid attention to your owner's manual because if something breaks or if there is an accident, you will have know how to handle the situation. 

Conclusion 

Use these simple tips to maintain your cooking equipment and your restaurant will thrive. Always remember that the time and effort you put into your cooking equipment will be reflected in your restaurant and overall business. Keep your cooking equipment in good shape and the rest will follow!

As a restaurant owner, you may need to sell your used equipment if you are closing your restaurant or if you are purchasing brand new equipment. Whatever the reason is, selling commercial restaurant equipment can be difficult. Even if your equipment is older, if it is in good condition, you will still want to sell it for a fair price. You will also need to find potential buyers. It can be a tricky process, but if performed the right way, you can still make a great profit on your used equipment

Here are some tips for selling your used commercial restaurant equipment. 

Go online 

Nowadays, your potential buyers will mostly likely be on the Internet, already looking for used equipment. If you post your equipment on sites like eBay and Craigslist, you will save yourself and your buyer some time. You can create a simple post with the name of your equipment, how old it is, and your contact information. It is also a good idea to include a few pictures along with your post, so potential buyers can see if your equipment is in good condition. This is the most popular way that restaurant owners find buyers for their equipment because it is very straightforward. 

Use social media 

If you have social media platforms for your restaurant, you should post about your equipment that is up for sale. Your followers will see the posts and will be able to share them so others can see them as well. Word spreads quickly through social media, so finding a buyer can be a pretty quick process with this method. 

Facebook also has a Marketplace section, where you can buy and sell used items just like you would on eBay and Craigslist. This Facebook feature has become very popular and many people are opting to use that over other sites. 

Contact regional restaurant associations 

Find out where your regional restaurant associations are and contact them. If there are offices close by, going in person is never a bad idea. If it's too far, a phone call will do. These associations are in contact with thousands of restaurants in your area and will know who is looking for used equipment. They will be able to give you some names and phone numbers of restaurant owners to call who will be interested in what you are selling. 

Post local ads 

Local newspaper and magazines are still valuable resources when it comes to buying and selling anything. Whether you choose to put an ad up in a print format or online, readers will see it. Posting ads is the "old fashioned" way of buying and selling used items, and while the Internet is taking over, some people prefer to go the old fashioned route. Make sure you utilize this method, as it could lead to a potential buyer. 

Reach out to local restaurants 

Reaching out to local restaurants is easy, convenient, and smart. Choose a few restaurants in your area and stop by each one. Speaking to another restaurant owner in-person will leave a good impression and will create a lasting connection. While the Internet is modern and fast, nothing will ever take the place of an in-person conversation. Meeting someone in person and having a casual conversation is never a bad idea. 

Bring a few of your business cards with you when visiting your local restaurants, so you can easily give someone your contact information if he is interested in what you are selling. Although this method might be a little slower, it is still very successful. Local restaurants are the right places to visit if you are used commercial equipment to sell. 

Good luck!

While selling used commercial restaurant equipment can be difficult, you are bound to find a buyer with these few tips. Good luck with your sales!

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