HELP Needed, Deep Fryer Cleaning!
I suppose I could have/ should have put this in the equipment section but I figure I may have more luck with those in the know seeing it here.
I have take on the cooking and maintenance duties in a 'social' clubs kitchen.
Long story short (meaning I'm omitting a vicious rant about lazy people), these fryers have not been cleaned in a very, VERY long time.
The baskets and tank lids have been washed regularly, but none of the upper shrouds have been removed in I'm guessing years.
There is a thick coating of oxidized Vegetable (?) oil just about everywhere. Under the shrouds is thick and brown, some of it gummy, most of it hard, very little is soft enough to be scrapped away with a knife.
Some of the fittings about the heating coils have carbon.
The thing that is most disturbing is the amount of crud about the thermocouple leads. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that in places the crud forms a crust 1/4 inch in diameter.
Any hints on cleaning this? Yes, I'm going to do a Google search and see what I can find, I thought I would ask here.
I w2ould like to say I'm completely blameless in this situation, can't. Truth is I have been a volunteer in this kitchen for 3 or 4 years, I have assisted in the creation of this mess. BUT NOW I"M AN EMPLOYEE. I have a little authority. And Responsibility.
To give an idea of the social dynamic, the thing I have had to tolerate till now, I can't seem to convince 'them' that thawing fish on an open rack in a warm room for 4 hours before the fish fry is a very bad idea.
So, PLEASE! I'M BEGGING FOR HINTS ON CLEANING THESE DARN THINGS!!!
I'm starting to clean these tonight (draining oil, pulling them apart) and have all day Tuesday. They will not be used until Wednesday evening so if water is involved I have a day to let them dry.
PS: Everything needs to be food safe. I thought of Eazy-Off and carburetor cleaner but I'm not sure those could be completely removed.