Choosing a Commercial Griddle

Whether you are cooking for your family or you are a gourmet chef in a busy restaurant you need a commercial griddle. There are many styles and types of griddles on the market today but if you want a heavy-duty griddle that will provide you with years of cooking enjoyment consider the benefits a commercial griddle has to offer.

A commercial griddle is one that can be utilized in either a restaurant or diner. Either in front of customers griddles or behind the scenes in the kitchen a commercial griddle has the ability to cook food with evenly distributed temperature and provide dishes ready to serve.

Commercial electric griddles usually come equipped with adjustable temperature controls, a non-stick covering and dishwasher safe drip cups allowing the operator to remove cooking oil as food is being prepared. Most come equipped with splashguards for a cleaner cooking area.

Commercial gas griddles come in tabletop styles or with legs for adjustable cooking height. Many are equipped with manual control and of course, non-stick cooking surface. Most gas models can use either propane or natural gas.

Either of these two types works well in restaurants where the chef actually prepares the food while the customer watches. Utilizing a high quality griddle allows the cook to show off his skills while preparing meals on an easy to use cooking surface; both types feature easy clean up capabilities for the busy chef.

Here are a few things to consider prior to deciding whether to purchase a commercial griddle:

Decide on the volume of cooking that will be preformed on your griddle (at home or restaurant). Always choose heavy-duty for high volume cooking.
Will you want a griddle that is practically maintenance-free (money saver if used in a restaurant)?
Check with the health inspector and the code’s department in your city to see what restrictions apply to commercial equipment.
Be sure your electricity will accommodate your new equipment’s specifications.
Consider the space you have available for the griddle.
Check the product warranty – the longer warranty usually indicates a better quality product.
Remember cheaper is not always better-you getting what you pay for in most cases. Purchase the best product your business budget allows.

Let the chef have input when selecting the unit for your restaurant. After all he or she will be working with the equipment on a regular basis. It needs to be user-friendly.

If you follow the basic tips outlined above you should have no problem in selecting the perfect griddle for your specific requirements. Remember this purchase is a long-term investment so don’t skimp when making your final selection. Good quality equipment performs better and makes a much more professional impression on your customers.


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