Noncarbonated beverage dispensers are usually
located in the dining area to dispense fruit juices,
lemonade, iced tea, and other popular beverages. These
dispensers have a self-contained refrigeration unit and
a circulating pump to keep the beverages thoroughly
mixed and to promote uniform cooling. The beverages
are dispensed from a clear plastic tank.
Fill the tank well in advance of the meal to assure a
properly chilled beverage. To facilitate chilling,
beverages should be prepared in advance and prechilled.
Ice should not be used to chill the beverage at the time
of preparation. As a beverage is being dispensed, make
sure to empty and clean the drip pans as necessary and
wipe up any spillage immediately.
Turn off the
refrigeration unit and circulating pump when the
machine is not in use or the tank is empty.
The dispenser should be disassembled and
thoroughly cleaned after each meal or when used. Use
the following procedures:
1. Turn off the electric power supply to the
2. Drain the beverage from the dispenser.
3. Disassemble the dispenser. Clean the exterior of
the exposed dispenser using the two-pan method. Make
sure the base of the dispenser (legs) and the dispensing
valve openings are also cleaned.
4. Wash the removed items in warm detergent and
water, rinse with clear hot water to remove all traces of
detergent, place in a sanitizing solution, and allow to air
dry. Do not use any abrasive cleaners and do not place
in the dishwashing machine. Reassemble the dispenser
after it has air dried.
An extensive weekly cleaning at the base of the
dispenser should be done that includes vacuuming
inside the unit and wiping the exposed areas of the
dispenser. Make sure the power is off and exercise
extreme caution when doing this procedure.
BULK ICE-MAKING MACHINE
This machine requires little maintenance by
foodservice personnel, but should be closely monitored.
Ice is easily contaminated; therefore, the following strict
measures should be taken:
. Only authorized personnel should have access to
the machine. The ice bin should be locked.
. The ice scoop should be stored dry outside the
ice bin or inside the bin at a height above
maximum ice level.
A monthly cleaning is required. Thoroughly clean
the interior of the bin with a mild detergent and water
solution using a nylon-bristled brush, then flush with
clean water until all traces of detergent have been
Adequate rinsing with water containing
2-ppm chlorine should be used to eliminate bad odors
and the accumulation of film deposits from detergents.
These machines are highly appreciated by the
dining patrons, particulary during the hot months of the
year. It is recommended that the machine be secured
except during meals to make sure a sufficient supply of
ice is available. If the machine becomes empty during
service, it should be immediately disconnected or turned
off to prevent damage to the dispensing assembly.
To clean the machine without disassembling the
unit, you must shut off water, then pour 1 quart of mild
detergent solution slowly into water reservoir and let ice
form from cleaning solution. Discard ice and shut off
the machine. Flush the ice-making system by adding 1
quart of clean water to the reservoir. Discard the ice.
Wash down the storage bin with a mild detergent
solution and rinse thoroughly with clean water
containing 2-ppm chlorine. Areas in and around motor,
insulation panels, and condenser coils should be
vacuumed to free them of lint and dust. Periodic weekly
checks for cockroach infestation should be made.
BENCH-TYPE CAN OPENER
Can openers are often neglected in foodservice.
They are used so much that when neglected they could
be a ready source of food contamination. Therefore,
keeping them in good operating condition and in a high
degree of cleanliness is a must.
You must clean the shaft daily and after every use.
Simply, lift the vertical shaft out of the base and then
soak in hot detergent solution of 1 ounce to 1 gallon of
water. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush. Rinse under hot
running water. Let it air-dry. The equipment is now
ready for reuse or storing in clean drawer.