Safely Using Deep Fryers Within A Food Truck
When you think of essential kitchen equipment for any commercial kitchen space certain items will come to mind. Refrigerators, stove tops, ovens, and often times a deep fryer. Deep fryers have a wide range of uses and are used in all different styles of cuisine. For this reason they are an ever popular piece of equipment in most successful kitchen spaces, and a food truck is no different. Deep fryers come with an inherit amount of risk when operating, and that risk is only amplified when being used in tight quarters like a food truck. Because of these increased risks it is super important to do everything in your power to run a fryer safely and prevent accidents from occurring.
For starters, when there is a deep fryer on a food truck it goes without saying that situational awareness is probably the most important factor when it comes to safety. Be aware of your surroundings. If there is a spill or any other type of accident be sure to immediately let everyone else working in the truck know and stop what you are doing to clean up. By increasing cleanliness in your food truck you also decrease the risk of accidents.
Deep fryers, just like any other piece of kitchen equipment, require daily and regular cleaning. Clean the fryer often and regularly change out the oil. By keeping your deep fryer clean you can help prevent accidents and also prolong the lifespan of the deep fryer itself.
Just like if you were operating a deep fryer in a regular commercial kitchen space, running it in a food truck is no different when it comes to the standard operating procedure. Follow the standards regarding the amount of food you put into your fryer - generally speaking it is a 1:10 ratio, meaning 1 part food for every 10 parts oil. This 1:10 ratio allows for consistent and predictable frying times, and prevents a rapid decrease in temperature when frying.
You should always make sure to have a Class K Fire Extinguisher within arms reach when operating a deep fryer, especially in a food truck kitchen space. If for some reason there were to be an oil or grease fire you will not be able to put it out with just water. Class K Fire Extinguishers are designed specifically to put out fires caused by cooking grease, oils, and fats. Be sure that everyone working in your mobile kitchen knows where the fire extinguisher is and how to properly use it.
Even though a food truck kitchen is much more of a confined space than a regular commercial kitchen space it is still possible to put out equal if not better food products within your tight quarters. And just like a commercial kitchen space you should take the safety and well being of your staff and customers as seriously as possible. By being aware of your surroundings, adhering to safe cooking procedures, and keeping a clean food truck kitchen space you should be able to successfully run your food truck to the best of its ability. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of exhaust hood systems - from Compensating (Short Cycle) to Perforated Supply Plenum PSP - as well as all exhaust hood accessories such as no weld Grease Duct, hood filters, canopy hood lights, and curbs. If you have questions regarding the purchase of your hood system please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.855.411.6386 or by contacting us through our live chat system.