If you're about to open a diner, and you're going to install milkshake machines, you'll need to train your crew on proper operating procedures. It might be surprising to know that milkshake machines can cause the spread of food-borne illnesses, especially if they're not handled properly. Here are four simple steps you and your crew can take to avoid food-borne illnesses when running the new milkshake machine.
Enforce the Hand Washing Rules
When it comes to the milkshake machine, it's crucial that you enforce the hand washing rule. You might think that since food isn't being handled, there shouldn't be a hazard concerning dirty hands; after all, no one is going to be sticking their fingers in the milkshake. However, your crew will be touching the machine levers, the cups, and the lids that will be going on the cups. Each touch will provide an opportunity to spread bacteria to your unwitting customers. Make sure those milkshakes are safe by enforcing strict hand washing rules. Another way to prevent bacteria transfer is to insist that disposable gloves are worn whenever the milkshake machine is used.
Clean Your Milkshake Machine Daily
If you're going to be running a busy diner, chances are good that your milkshake machine will be busy just about all day long. By the end of the day, your machine is going to be quite dirty. If you allow milkshake residue to sit on your machine throughout the night, you're going to be serving bacteria-filled milkshakes the next day. To reduce the threat of food-borne illnesses, make sure that your milkshake machines are thoroughly cleaned each night. The machine should be wiped down in the morning while it's being put together for use.
Check the Drip Pan for Signs of Mold
You might think that it's enough to clean the mixing blades, and the milkshake compartments. However, you can't forget about the drip pan. The drip pan should be thoroughly cleaned and checked for mold growth on a regular basis. For maximum protection, include the drip pan in your daily cleaning. Daily cleanings will ensure that mold never gets the opportunity to grow inside the drip pans.
Follow Proper Sanitation Guidelines
When you purchase your milkshake machine, you'll be given instructions for proper sanitation guidelines. Your milkshake machine should be properly sanitized according to the manufacturers guidelines. If you're not sure how to sanitize your machine, be sure to ask your sales representative for those guidelines.