Jul 26

Cleaning fryers in the professional kitchen

This blog post is going to cover best practice for cleaning fryers.


Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Make sure the fryer is turned off and unplugged and completely cool.

Check that you have a container that is large enough to contain all of the oil. Put the container underneath the drain spout and open the drain spout in order to drain the oil. Close the spout when all of the oil has drained.

Discard the oil safely, for example put the oil into a secure, sealed container and arrange for it to be picked up by a registered waste carrier, a list of which can be found on the environment agency website. Please note discarding of used oil with the general waste is not allowed for commercial premises. Never pour old oil down the sink or toilet.

If there is any food debris in the fryer then remove it with a paper wiper and discard. If necessary carefully scrape away any debris with a rubber spatula.

Make sure that the spout is closed and fill the fryer with fresh water to the level that you would fill with oil.

Add anĀ appropriate degreasing cleaning product, applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure that the degreaser is properly mixed in with the water.

If directed by the product’s cleaning instructions, plug the fryer in and turn it on and allow the the water to boil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will help to loosen and remove any oil that is stuck to the inside the fryer.

Turn off the fryer and allow to cool. Put a bucket underneath the drain spout and drain the fryer, taking care with the hot water.

Fill a bowl with hot water and detergent. Wipe out the inside with a sponge cloth or paper towel.

Rinse with hot clean water.

Spray a degreasing solvent onto the exterior of the fryer and leave according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wipe and dry with a disposable cloth or paper wiper.

Gopher Tip

If a thin sticky film of oil remains after following the above procedure, this can often be removed with baking soda. Mix the baking soda into a paste by adding a small quantity of water. Rub the paste into areas where the oil film exists. use a sponge or cloth to remove the film residue. Rinse again with clean water.


Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.