Is Your Kitchen Ready?

Now is the Time to Prepare for Increased Operations

Protect Employee, Guest and Food Safety with Smart Care’s Re-open Readiness Program

Whether your commercial kitchen is placed a temporary hold on operations or it’s not operating at full capacity,  we’re here to support you in preparation for increased operations.

When equipment has not been used or has been used less frequently over the course of several weeks, it requires a proper restart for safe, effective operation that will protect employee, guest and food safety. Below are steps you can take as well as ways we can help to ensure a safe re-open of your kitchen in preparation for the inevitable ramp-up in operations.


Steps You can Take to Prepare Your Kitchen

Foodservice Readiness Tips:

  • Begin equipment readiness steps only after disinfecting and sanitizing your kitchen including food contact surfaces and high-touch locations such as door handles, doorknobs, switches, faucets, etc. Be sure to use an EPA registered sanitizer approved for COVID-19.
  • Consider revising your employee policies including expanded glove use, required face masks, increased hand washing, and personal health monitoring requirements such as temperature wellness checks.
  • Create a social distancing plan for kitchen employees as best as possible. Consider if menu adjustments could improve food prep at distances.
  • Consider dedicating one employee to clean, on a frequent basis, all high-touch points in the kitchen including equipment handles, doors, knobs, electronic controls, ice scoops, etc.
  • Be sure to check all equipment gas and water connections for any leaks immediately
    after turning utilities on. Make sure all gas and water valves are open.
  • Check and replace water filters as needed based on their date. If a date if not present on the filter, replace it.
  • Clean and sanitize all food prep equipment and small wares.
  • Confirm that all exhaust fans and air make up units are operable.
  • Check inactive combi-ovens and steamers for scale prior to operating. Descale as needed.
  • Confirm fryers and oil filter systems were properly drained and cleaned.
  • When starting equipment, perform all OEM recommended cleaning cycles prior to operating.
  • Clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment. Confirm operation including calibration
    of proper holding temperatures (refrigeration <40ºF; freezers <10ºF).
  • Check ice machines for any biofilm. Disinfect and sanitize ice machines including all food contact surfaces and components. Sanitize all ice bins, buckets, and scoops. Confirm proper ice production.
  • Confirm operation of all cooking equipment including pilot lights, proper ignition, electrical connections, oven temperature calibration, cooking elements, etc.
  • Check operation of dish washing equipment and confirm dispensing of chemicals and proper wash/rinse temperatures.
  • Consider hiring a service company to perform an equipment readiness checklist or OEM recommended Planned Maintenance to ensure your equipment if ready to operate safely and effectively.

Our Re-Open Readiness Tips

Download Our Tips for Reference as You Prepare for Ramp-up

The Safe, Effective Way to Re-open Your Kitchen

How We Can Help Support You

Our Re-open Readiness program:

  • Safely restart gas and water and ensure no leaks
  • Restart all cooking and refrigeration equipment to ensure safe operation
  • Flush all equipment holding water
  • Check ice machine(s) for biofilm buildup and food safety
  • Recommend any required repair to optimize equipment performance

A detailed listing of all checks included in our Re-open Readiness program is available here.

Equipment Planned Maintenance

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Ice Machine Food Safety has Never been More Important

Our ice machine Planned Maintenance (PM) helps protect the food safety and includes a full cleaning and sanitizing of all components using an EPA registered sanitizer that meets the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of COVID-19).

Additional Benefits
  • Our PM protocols help ensure safe, effective restart
  • Our detailed PM Summary report notes key findings of each PM step
  • Peace of mind knowing your ice machine is ready to serve safe ice

Have Confidence Your Kitchen is Ready for a Safe, Effective Operation!

Schedule you Re-open Readiness Service today!

Checks Included in Our Re-Open Readiness Program

  • Turn on/Confirm gas, water, electric to the kitchen

Hot Side Checks

  • Gas pressure correct with all equipment running
  • Inspected all gas hoses
  • Tested electrical supply and found it at proper levels
  • All burners are lighting correctly on gas equipment (proper combustion)
  • Checked equipment for proper water supply and leaks
  • Equipment reaching proper temp
  • Flushed all equipment holding water
  • Dish machine proper water pressures and temperatures
  • Checked water filters and proper water supply
  • Drained oil from fryers (if left full)
  • Checked fryer pot for corrosion
  • Fryer filter system drained
  • Fryer filter system operating correctly
  • Combi Ovens/Steamers were shut down correctly

Refrigeration Checks

  • All units reaching proper temps
  • Tested electrical supply and found it at proper levels
  • All fan motors running correctly and quietly
  • Checked roof top units for proper operation
  • Checked sight glass to verify proper refrigerant levels
  • All surfaces clean and free of mold (gaskets, fan blades)

Ice Machines – Process for machines NOT used during shut down

  • Machine appears to have been shut down correctly
  • Tested electrical supply and found it at proper levels
  • Checked for ice or standing water in the unit
  • Machine is free of slime or biofilm
  • Evaporator plates are free from scale (white build up on dry evaporator)
  • Sump was drained and cleaned/sanitized to remove stagnant water
  • Check Age of water filter < 6 months and proper water supply.
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