Back to Blog
Mike Burke

Braising Pan Cleaning and Maintenance for K-12 Schools

Keeping a new generation of kids healthy and happy is the goal of K-12 foodservice. The smiles, the laughs, the surprised delight when a food they’re eating tastes even better than they expected. It’s what keeps your foodservice running. But if you’re not cleaning your braising pan correctly, your fabulous food may be suffering. Here are some simple steps for cleaning your pan.

Be aware of the enemies of stainless steel

There are three basic things that can break down stainless steel and allow destructive corrosion to occur. When working with commercial kitchen equipment, be sure to steer clear of these hazards to help extend the life of your braising pan:

  • Mechanical abrasion – avoid using cleaning pads or brushes that will scratch the steel surface.
  • Deposits and water – water hardness will vary depending on geographic location. When left on stainless steel, hard water will leave spots and begin to rust equipment. Be sure to fully dry your braising pan after each use to minimize any water deposit buildup.
  • Chlorides – use alkaline-based or non-chloride cleaners to avoid pitting and rusting.

Go with the grain

Some stainless steel comes with visible polishing lines or “grain.” When visible lines are present, always scrub in a motion parallel to the lines. When the grain cannot be seen, it’s best to play it safe and use a soft cloth or plastic scouring pad.

Clean as you go

The best defense is a good offense, so they say. The same principle applies to your braising pan. After each use, clean the pan surface with a brush or flexible spatula and rinse the strainer thoroughly. This will rid the pan of any buildup which is not only destructive but also unsanitary!

Get in the habit of a daily grind

At least once a day, preferably after the lunch rush, clean the back, sides and front of the pan as well as the inside and outside surfaces of the lid. This will help your braising pan serve your students for years to come.

Rinse, rinse, then rinse again

The sooner and more thoroughly you wipe off standing water that contains cleaning agents, the better.

A clean finish

Once a week, give your braising pan a deep clean. A detergent may be used on the pan surface to help clean it, but be sure the detergent is thoroughly removed. When cleaning the braising pan, it is helpful to fill the pan with approximately 10 gallons (38 L) of warm water and add detergent. After cleaning, raise the braising pan to drain all water (place a bucket or container under the pouring lip). Then repeat the procedures for rinsing with clean water. Also note, if the braising pan usage is very high, consider going through the weekly cleaning procedures more often than once a week.

Now that you have a clean, well-running braising pan, you can get back to doing what you do best—supporting hundreds of children with well-rounded, delicious meals, so they can do their best every day.

Related Posts

New Filter Cartridge, Better Results: How Filtered Water Elevates Your Steam Cooking

Read More

Cooking Water Treatment: Maximize the Life and Performance of Commercial Steamers and Combi Ovens

...because the steamers in your kitchen use steam to cook food, untreated water can become a menace. While it is unsightly, it can also cause real damage to your equipment.
Read More

Minimize Service Calls with Regular Braising Pan Maintenance

A braising pan breakdown can cause your service to come to a grinding halt. The good news? Preventative maintenance can help keep your braising pan in optimal working condition -- thereby sparing you from costly and time-consuming service calls.
Read More

The Dos and Don'ts of Range Cleaning

Read More

Six Best Practices for Restaurant Range Cleaning

Topping the list when it comes to safeguarding your commercial restaurant range investment? Routine cleaning.
Read More

Factors in Choosing an Oil for Frying

Read More

The Benefits of Choosing Local Service Techs

Read More

Charbroiler Cleaning Demonstration – Maintaining a Clean Restaurant Kitchen

Charbroilers are known for giving appealing markings and unmatchable flavor profiles to a variety of menu items. To maintain consistent brand marks and keep food tasting rich with smoky flavors, it is essential to stay on a charbroiler cleaning schedule.
Read More

Commercial Restaurant Chabroiler Cooking Tips – Reduce Operation Costs

The ability to achieve smoky flavors and beautiful brand marks on food is possible in every kitchen when cooking with a charbroiler. They bring the distinct flavor and appearance of an outside grill to life in an indoor kitchen.
Read More

The Versatile Chef Station: Clean in Only Three Minutes

Read More

Maintaining Your Griddle: Tips and Techniques

Griddles are one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen. But are you doing your part to keep your restaurant griddle functioning at its best?
Read More

Commercial Range Cleaning and Maintenance: Five Quick Tips

Read More

Cleaning Your Commercial/Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

Read More

When Is it Time to Replace Your Commercial Cooking Equipment?

Read More

Oven Cleaning Tips – How to Clean A Commercial Restaurant Oven

Commercial ovens are the workhorses of any restaurant kitchen. But the fact that they’re so vigorously used also means that they’re prone to accumulating food particles, grease and other debris.
Read More