The food industry is required to abide by very strict guidelines regarding food storage. To ensure you’re following regulations, and minimizing food waste, be sure to follow these best practices for walk-in refrigerator food storage.
Keep Meats Separate
Meats, including poultry and fish, are susceptible to bacteria growth. This is why they should be kept separate from other perishables. Meats should also be placed on the lowest shelves. When meat is thawing, some of the juice from the meat may thaw and melt. Placement on an upper shelf can cause the liquid to drip down onto the food below, thus causing cross contamination.
Allow Ample Floor Space
All shelving inside a refrigeration unit should at least be six inches off the floor. This protects the items on the lowest shelves from dirt and pests.
First In, First Out
Many restaurants follow the “first in, first out” rule. Make a habit to place older items closer to the entrance. This allows employees to quickly retrieve items that are closer to their expiration date.
Keep Produce Separate
It’s intuitive to keep produce together. However, some fruits, such as bananas and melons, emit gas in the form of ethylene. Exposure can speed up the spoiling process.
Minimize Temperature Fluctuations
Refrigeration units require service and maintenance every three months. Wear and tear in the internal components can cause temperature fluctuations. All food items need a stable temperature environment. Regular upkeep also prolongs the life of an appliance that is practically operating 24/7.
Does your business sell or serve food in any capacity? Call All Points Heating; we specialize in various aspects of store development for various industries across Mukilteo. Store food in a walk-in refrigerator the smart way to prolong freshness and stave off bacteria.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers from Arlington to Renton and Bellevue to Shoreline, including Seattle, Redmond, Bothell, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Woodinville, Kirkland, Mercer Island and the surrounding area.