How To Properly Use Salamander Broilers

How To Properly Use Salamander Broilers

Broilers are known to perform at very high temperatures using an overhead infrared heating component. Typically found in professional kitchens, the salamander broiler is usually above the main oven, for easy access to the chef. Due to the intense heat, a broiler can produce, it is necessary to have heat-resistant plates and utensils when using the broiler.

Depending on the model, this broiler is either powered by gas or electricity, and is used for grilling and toasting, melting cheese, and browning of grain dishes. Popular models or broilers include the Admiral Craft CHM-2400WRadiance TACM-48Eurodib TR02510, and Equipex SEM-60Q.

How to Use Your Salamander Broiler

Newer broilers are very simple to use despite incorporating top-of-the-line technology. With our extensive selection of broilers, there are a few differences between some of the products. Consequently, there are a few minor steps that may not be universal for all the broilers. However, listed below are the basic steps that are applicable for most broilers.

  1. Properly turn on the broiler. This step may seem like a simple task, but the salamander broiler may take some time to heat up fully. So you must allow time for the broiler to heat up before you can start to use it properly.
  2. Utilize the dual heater.  Most salamanders have dual heaters. So you can cook different pieces of food at various temperatures.
  3. When cooking food with the broiler, be sure to use a heat-resistant pan or dish. This will help to prevent the food from sticking to the pan and burning.
  4. If you are cooking meat or poultry, be sure to cook it until it is cooked through. This will help to prevent foodborne illness.

With basic switches and flexible risers, the salamander is relatively easy to operate. Generally, to adjust the heat level on a salamander broiler, use the control knob. The higher the setting, the hotter the heat will be.

How to Clean Your Salamander Broiler

A common problem that most kitchens have is the difficulty of properly maintaining their salamander broiler. The main consequence of not properly taking care of your salamander is sanitation and health risks. If you are not adequately cleaning and maintaining your broiler, you could be breaking health code violations. Not only could this put your restaurant at risk, but you are also risking the safety of your loyal customers. Listed are step-by-step instructions on how you should clean and maintain your salamander.

  1. After using the broiler, be sure to clean it immediately. This will help to prevent the build-up of grease and food particles, which can make the broiler less effective and more difficult to clean.
  2. Properly dispose of the content in the pan. Leftover food buildup can cause strong unwanted smells throughout your kitchen and/or restaurant. It may also create a bad flavor to your food, which will create unhappy customers.
  3. Grease and food particles from a salamander broiler should be disposed of in a grease trap or other approved container. Do not pour grease or food particles down the drain, as this can clog pipes and cause other problems.
  4. To clean the broiler itself, you can use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior. If there are any grease or food particles that are difficult to remove, you can use a mild abrasive cleaner.
  5. Do not use steel wool to clean stainless steel surfaces. Using steel wool can permanently damage your broiler.
  6. Be sure to dry the broiler thoroughly after cleaning. This will help to prevent the build-up of rust.

The frequency of cleaning your salamander will mainly depend on how often you use the broiler. But typically, you should go through the cleaning process once a week, if not more often, to avoid any sanitation and health risks.

Also, you will want to review your owner's manual to ensure you are cleaning your equipment properly and to the manufacturer's specifications. Most salamander broilers and cheese melters are fairly basic and easy to clean however you don't want to take a chance and void your manufacturer's warranty by not following their recommendations/requirements. 

Some Safety Tips

  • Always wear oven mitts or potholders when handling hot pans or dishes. Not wearing oven mitts or using a potholder when removing food from your broiler can cause high-degree burns that require immediate medical attention. This is bad for the person who is burnt as well as it can cause your food establishment delays since you'll be short help.
  • Never leave the broiler unattended while it is in use. Broilers get food hot fast. Being distracted or not paying close attention may lead to burnt food or may even cause a kitchen fire.
  • Be careful not to touch the heating element, as it can be very hot. The heating elements may be closer to the plate than you realize. This is why it's also so important to use hand protection when operating your salamander broiler.

Mastering the Salamander Broiler

Now that you fully understand how to use and clean the salamander broiler properly, all you need to do is adequately and frequently follow through with all of these simple steps. It can be easy to just skip over a few steps, but each of these steps is designed to make sure your salamander runs correctly and consistently.

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