Ya thats is ultra clean compared to some of the restaurants I've done in Temecula. It always has me wonder why the Health inspectors don't seem to check the ice makers.Yet they have A ratings in the window!! LOL
I love these restaurants.... We clean the machines on a regular basis... Wiping down the outside of the machine and bin is NOT cleaning the machine. I've seen machines so bad I've literally had to hose them down before I could clean them. Working in NYC, even the cleanest, "A" rated restaurants have filthy ice machines. The inspectors will shut you down for your lowboy running at 40 degrees... But they don't bother to open up the ice machine most of the time. Unreal.....
These machines need to be professionally cleaned quarterly.
If they call "as needed" they pay Time & Material.
I agree. When accounts were willing to spend money on maintenance i was on top of many many machines, keeping them clean. That alone basically eliminated service calls other than the occasional hpr system that would fail.
I have been running into this same problem in several places lately, been "following" the health inspector around kind of, had several walk in coolers and food prep tables he wrote up and I have been getting several calls to come fix them so they can use the equipment. Scary thing is several of these calls had food prep tables and walk-ins which were not maintaining temp for 3 weeks or more before they got wrote up from the inspector. I ask all of these places have you had your ice machine serviced/cleaned lately?? They all are like oh I just cleaned it, I ask if they have the proper descaler/sanitizer to use and they look at me like I am nuts. I have looked in these ice machines and gagged, asked did the inspector check this, oh no he just checked temps on the stored food, and the order in which the food was stored in the cooler, raw meat on the bottom, etc. I have no clue how come he does not check ice machines, as it is I get a lot of work from him writing up these resturaunts, which I like, and usually once I am there I am asked to fix other things and get asked to come back when they have other problems, just dont see why ice machines are ignored??