Warewashing

  1. A Bar Glass Washer Does More than Wash Glasses

    A few days ago, I spent some time visiting a friend who was tending bar at a small, downtown pub. While it was nice to catch up, I was still keen to observe the place, noting what type of restaurant equipment was being used (a couple of back bar coolers, one from True, one from Beverage Air, a Hoshizaki ice machine and ice storage bin, and an ice well were all noted if you were interested.) While all of these fine products are available at Ice Machines Plus, I was more concerned with whatwas missing from the bar – a quality undercounter glass washer.

    Dry Cracked FingersWhen the bartender began washing glasses by hand in the three bay sink, she put on disposable latex gloves – something I found to be a bit odd. When I inquired, she noted that the hot water and chemicals in the water wreck her hands, causing them to crack, drying them out, and causing them to itch incessantly – all things no bartender wants to deal with throughout a shift. While washing glasses without a glass washer is not difficult work, and does not take a great deal of time, it can become a thorn in the side of your employees and your customers for a variety of reasons, while a quality glass washer behind the bar alleviates many of these issues.

    Not having an undercounter glass washer for your bar means that your bartender must take time to wash glasses many times Glass washing by handthroughout the night. The task cannot be ignored or put off as glasses are required at all times to provide proper service. This means that your employees spend more time ignoring customers and their needs for 2 to 3 minutes every 15 minutes to half hour. This time may seem inconsequential, but it can take up to 20% of your bartender’s time, and in a busy bar, it does not take a long time to get backed up or “weeded” with dirty glasses. When your bartender is occupied washing glasses, customers are not being served, server tickets are not being tended to, and money is not coming across the bar. Requiring your bartender to hand wash glasses may save a little money, but it is nothing compared to what you lose without a steady flow of income.

    Undercounter Glass Washer from FagorUndercounter bar glass washers are not as expensive as large commercial dishwashers. They do not require the same amount of space to operate either. Most bar glass washers were designed to fit under the standard bar counter, so they are easier to accommodate. This also means you will have more room behind your bar since the three bay sink can be eliminated and removed if desired. Most bar glass washers wash at a rate around 20 racks per hour. At this rate, you can keep the glasses clean, and get them back into the hands of your customers faster. A quality glass washer like Fagor’s AD-21W also comes equipped with a manual “cool water rinse” feature, so glasses are ready for use as soon as they come out of the glass washer. (Trust us, your bar patrons hate drinking from those warm, wet glasses fresh from the sink water).

    Having a bar glass washer makes your bartenders’ job much easier. It will free up time that can be devoted to more pressing tasks, like serving and interacting with customers, or cleaning areas or items that cannot be cleaned or washed automatically. Undercounter bar glass washers take a tedious task and make it simple. Most glass washers are operated by simply loading them, pressing a button, and unloading them. They’re not meant to be glamorous, but the job they do is incredibly important. Save your bartenders’ hands, their time, and make your bar more money by not requiring your bartenders to wash glasses by hand any longer. Check out our line of undercounter glass washers and dishwashers to find the best one for your establishment. They will undoubtedly improve productivity and free up time to generate more revenue as your bartenders are allowed to serve more customers.

    Who knew your bar sink was causing so many problems?

  2. High Temperature Dishwashers: The Basics and Benefits

    Washing Restaurant Dishes by HandIf you’re stuck in the Stone Age of dishwashing – i.e. still scrubbing with a sponge and washing dishes by hand – it may be time to consider your alternatives. Commercial dishwashers provide great benefits to any kitchen that serves food in large quantities on a daily basis. Not only does a high temperature dishwasher clean your plates and glasses, but it does so in a fraction of the time that a person could be expected to perform the same task. High temperature dishwashers also do not require dishwashing chemicals to be added to the water, so there is no chance for soap or chemical residue to be left on newly cleaned dishes and glasses.

    What is a High Temperature Dishwasher?

    A high temperature dishwasher is exactly what the name suggests -  a dishwasher that uses water that is heated to an extremely high temperature to clean and sanitize dishes and glassware. In doing so, there is no need for chemicals or dish detergent to be added during the dishwashing process. By not using chemicals, there is no need to purchase additional chemicals during the life of the dishwasher. This will save a bit of money over time, and you will never have to worry about running out of dish cleaning products.

    How Hot is a High Temperature Dishwasher's Water?

    Champion UH-200B High Temp Undercounter DishwasherHigh temperature dishwashers must meet NSF standards and heat water to an approved temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. In some cases, high temperature dishwashers require the addition of a booster heater to aid in this process. The booster heater is a device that ensures that your water is heated to the appropriate temperature between 180 and 195 degrees. While some high temperature dishwashers include a booster heater with the dishwasher, others do not, and they must be purchased separately. The booster heater elevates water temperatures by 40 to 70 degrees in the final rinse state to provide proper sanitization of dishware and glassware.

    What Benefits Does a High Temp Dishwasher Provide?

    There are a few benefits to owning a high temperature dishwasher. These dishwashers make dishwashing simpler for every party involved. They wash dishes at a faster rate than any person ever could. Since they wash glasses and dishes at such high temperatures, the dishes dry faster as well, so they are ready for use almost immediately after exiting the dishwasher. Using a commercial high temperature dishwasher is also more sanitary than washing dishes by hand, as the human error element is removed from the equation.

    Do High Temperature Dishwashers Have any Drawbacks?

    Champion 44-WS Conveyor DishwasherAs with any appliance, there are a few drawbacks that come with a high temperature dishwasher. First of all, since the water is so hot, there is an increased risk for scalds and burns to the users when operating the dishwasher, especially if it is a conveyor dishwasher. The hot water also makes soft and delicate plastics more likely to warp or permanently disfigure, as it can soften them and change their form. They also use slightly more energy than a standard chemical dishwasher, because chemical dishwashers are not required to heat the water to such great temperatures.

    Overall, the commercial, high temperature dishwasher is a great asset in any kitchen or establishment that requires large scale dishwashing on a regular basis. High temperate dishwashers cut down on dish washing times, clean and sanitize dishes effectively, and allow food to be served on your dishware almost immediately after being washed. We have recently added a variety of commercial dishwashers – including door type dishwashers, undercounter dishwashers, and the extra-convenient pass through conveyor dishwashers - to our website. Check out our selection of commercial dishwashers at Ice Machines Plus for your foodservice establishment, and get out of the dishwashing Stone Age.

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