Pizza Prep Table Maintenance

Posted by Sean Kearney on

Pizza prep tables are high-use and difficult to clean. These tables get messy when it comes to pizza prep.

A pizza prep table is a must tool for any pizzeria, but it can also get pretty disgusting if you’re not careful. A few little kitchen prep habits can go a long way to keeping your prep table clean, and will save you time and make it easier to keep a clean and efficient kitchen.

  • Keep your pizza prep table and sandwich prep table running smoothly with regular coil cleanings
  • Avoid compressor burnout and costly repairs
  • Maintain optimal temperatures for food safety
  • Keep your kitchen looking and running its best

Pizza prep tables and sandwich prep tables are often overlooked and neglected because they're so high use, but also difficult to clean. For example: pizza ingredients like flour get onto these surfaces during the fast paced process of making a pizza pie.

The biggest concern with pizza prep tables is dough and dust from pizza making getting into the compressor. To maintain the unit, it must be cleaned weekly.

It is important to keep up with cleaning and maintenance, as it will help prevent corrosion from pizza sauces. The inside of the unit needs regular attention; remove food debris from around your pizza prep table.

Prep tables are one of the most neglected pieces of equipment in the kitchen because they're high use and difficult to clean.

Pizzeria operators also need to be aware that the condenser coils can become dirty and gummy. The pizza prep table condenser coils are 3-4 inches thick, which means chemicals will have been necessary for thoroughly removing caked on flour or grease from them.

Pizza dough gets stuck in there pretty good after a busy week of making pizzas.

  • Use a coil brush to clean the embedded dough
  • Turn off so no fans are running if your unit coils have deep embedded dough.
  • Spray water, let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Use a flashlight to make sure it's cleaned out.

Prep tables are high-use equipment and can be difficult to move for cleaning. For example, many ingredients that go into pizza prep, such as flour, tomato sauce and a variety of toppings, make these tables messy.

Pizza prep tables can have a variety of toppings stored on the top, like tomatoes and sauce. These items are susceptible to having particles escape into the air which can result in corrosion. This means evaporator problems may arise that could cost you a lot as they require costly replacements. Pizza prep tables come with rails or without any storage at all depending on their style-if it's got rails then turn them off and wipe them down with warm water that drains out of the table onto a bucket or drain below for easy clean up.

Bi-monthly cleaning of prep tables is essential to avoid food debris buildup, grease and oil residue, bacteria growth. Not only will you get your money's worth with bi-monthly cleanings but it ensures optimum efficiency in the long term as well. It can even lower energy costs.

Prep tables are a critical piece of equipment for the foodservice industry. Dirty prep tables can lead to foodborne illness, reduced efficiency, and increased energy costs. Thus it is important to follow strict cleaning procedures that adhere with local regulations such as requiring bi-monthly cleanings at minimum or more frequent if necessary. The benefits of this practice include cleaner production lines which leads to less waste and better quality control measures in place since we know there will be no cross contamination when our workers come back into contact with the kitchen's ingredients again.

Signs a pizza prep table needs service are condensation and a lack of temperature control.

The average lifespan is seven years and most used pizza prep tables have doors do not seal properly, hot kitchen air will enter into the cavity and can cause the coil to over work and possibly freeze. Try using mild cleaners when cleaning gaskets. As a pizza prep table starts to wear out, the condensing unit may start icing up and it may not be able to maintain proper temperatures inside. The gaskets often need replacing due to slamming, along with spring-loaded hinges that wear out over time.

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