A commercial salamander is a kitchen equipment that is typically used for broiling. Other uses of the salamander include- browning, melting, toasting, caramelising etc. It differs from a traditional kitchen broiler due to its ability to produce more heat. The heat produced by a commercial salamander can also be regulated. It does the job of both a cooker and a melter. The broiling undergone by a salamander is of quick-flash type. It allows you to cook faster and saves a lot of time. 

A contemporary commercial kitchen is like the contemporary world- fast-paced and eventful. Thus, it needs to be equipped with tools that fulfil its requirements in a short span of time. A commercial salamander can be a lifesaver in such conditions. It is ideal to finish your favourite desserts. A typical ‘creme brulee’ with a burnt top requires broiling and a commercial salamander achieves that with the utmost perfection. A salamander also does the job of food warmer when maintained at low heat.

Types of Commercial Salamander

A commercial salamander is of three types depending on the heat source. These are-

  • Infrared Salamander- The heat is produced through infrared and is extremely quick. The steady heat makes it the most efficient of the lot. 
  • Gas Salamander- It is operated by gas and goes well for environments that use other appliances run by gas. Gas lines need to be fitted for using such salamanders.
  • Electric Salamander- These use electrical energy to run and is usually the slowest among the three. They might need extra time to warm up and use quartz or metal burners.

Depending on placement, a commercial salamander is of the following types-

  • Salamander Broilers
  • Standalone Salamanders
  • Wall Mount Salamanders
  • Range and Riser Mounted Salamanders

Things to keep in mind while using a Commercial Salamander

  • Take a good note of the hazards that come along with a commercial salamander. It is absolutely necessary to train the staff in a commercial kitchen to handle a salamander. A proper warning is required to be put forward to staff as well as customers making them aware of hot plates that come out straight from the salamander.
  • Consider investing in a commercial salamander that comes with a griddle on top. This comes extremely handy in a commercial kitchen.
  • Using proper crockery is crucial while using a commercial salamander. To avoid hazards like a kitchen fire or broken plates, use glassware made for salamanders. Ideal crockery for salamander is- broiler-safe glassware, metal plates or bowls, skillets or other cast iron plates.
  • Ensure that the kitchen has proper ventilation. The air in a kitchen using the salamander is usually filled with grease particles that need proper ventilation to leave. Investing in a kitchen hood is the best way to avoid any kitchen hazards.
  • Maintain proper safety measures for gas while using a gas sourced kitchen salamander. Also, ensure that your equipment matches the type of gas used. 
  • While using an electric commercial salamander use a power source that is specially designed to use high voltage equipment. Make sure that the outlets are properly synchronised and the circuit is only dedicated to the salamander and not other devices. 

The market has a variety of commercial salamanders that you can choose from depending on your preference. With proper handling and care, you can achieve maximum efficiency and make cooking easier in your commercial kitchen.