Auto-clean rotisserie vows to save labour and maintenance costs for kitchens

Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado UK Limited, has launched a fully integrated auto-clean rotisserie.

The auto-clean facility is available on the company’s TDR 8 model, which has eight spits (40 bird capacity) or seven baskets.

Fri-Jado plans to roll out the auto-clean feature for its TDR 5 model, which has five spits (20 bird capacity) or five baskets, during the first half of this year.

The development of the auto-clean system has been driven by operational efficiency, food quality, reduced labour cost, sustainability and lower cost of ownership through limited maintenance requirements.

The fully automatic programme enables thorough cleaning of the cavity and rotor to ensure equipment hygiene, saving at least one man hour per day compared with manual cleaning regimes.

The fact that the auto-clean function may be run outside of trading hours means that operators are free to focus on customer service, rather than equipment cleaning, ensuring that product may be served right up to the store closing time.

Equipment cleanliness is a pre-requisite for front-of-house cooking, which creates kitchen theatre and promotes impulse purchases.

The auto-clean system uses less than 25 litres of water per cycle. During the cooking process, fat is collected in a tray, avoiding clogged drains during the auto-clean process.  Specially developed cleaning tablets and deep cleaning agents deliver a “spotless” finish, according to the firm.

TDR 8 auto-clean models are based on an open cavity design, which allows fresh air to enter the cooking chamber for crispy and succulent chicken.

This feature, combined with a double-loop air flow system, ensures efficient and consistent heating throughout the whole chamber, cooking a full batch of chickens in 60 minutes, some 30% quicker than many conventional rotisseries, according to the firm.

The open cavity design also means that no door seals are used, eliminating the need for the costly and inconvenient replacement of seals, which is typical of many oven automatic cleaning systems.

The TDR 8 auto-clean features Fri-Jado’s new touch screen smart controls. The interactive graphical user interface on the 7 inch touch screen is based on smartphone technology.

It has the capacity for 250 programmes, each with up to nine cook stages. The software includes intelligent energy saving cook correction technology, which compensates for half loads or overloads and adjusts cook time depending upon food type. This facility guarantees optimum and repeatable product quality, whilst and ensuring food safety.

For outlets wishing to provide a broader menu option, Fri-Jado provides a variety of meat forks, ‘V’ spits, racks and baskets for cooking chicken portions, wings, ribs, pies, pasties and other hot food.

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