How To Clean Your Commercial Popcorn MachinePrint
|Popcorn machines are everywhere now, and not just as a money maker for concession stands. Corporate America has started using them as a relationship builder, as well as to help appeal and attract the best employees; many offices have added commercial popcorn machines and keep the popcorn hot, popped, and free as an employee “perk” all day long. Service businesses have incorporated popcorn machines into their lobbies and waiting rooms, providing free popcorn in an effort to build a better relationship with their customers.
A bank chain in central Virginia took this to the next level: not only do they have popcorn machines in their lobbies to provide free popcorn to their walk-in customers, they also loan out their machines to clubs, charities, and nonprofit civic organizations as a way to give back to their community.
These additions have been effective for one simple reason: everybody loves popcorn. According to the Popcorn Board, Americans consume 14 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually, which translates to 43 quarts per man, woman and child. It is one of the most wholesome and economical foods available.
Now, regardless of whether your commercial popcorn machine is for profit or for building relationships, you will want to clean and maintain your machine daily. Daily cleaning is necessary to both maximize the lifespan of your machine and also to guarantee you are serving the best tasting popcorn.
Rapids suggests cold kettle cleaning using Carbon Off, which has two benefits. 1) Getting burned is much less likely as you will not be heating cleaning chemicals inside the kettle and 2) it also keeps the exterior surface of the kettle clean and shiny, which is visually appealing to your consumer.
Steps to Cold Clean Your Commercial Popcorn Machine
To get you started, Rapids sells everything you need in a Popcorn Kettle Cleaning Kit that includes Carbon Off, rubber gloves, steel wool, a sponge, and a spatula scraper.