Proper cold storage of potentially hazardous food is critical. Holding food too long at room temperatures is responsible for more than forty percent of food borne illnesses in the U.S. according to the food and safety rules, food must be cooled to forty-one degrees or below within six hours after cooking or heating. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Properly cool food that is hot before refrigerating. Food that is too hot when placed in the refrigerator can elevate the temperature of surrounding items. Use small shallow containers, ice baths, quick chill, stirring liquid food, etc.
  • Store cold food items at a refrigerator temperature of forty degrees or lower to stay below the forty-five degrees temperature danger zone.
  • Store raw meat (beef) above pork and pork above poultry. Proper storage prevents cross contamination. Store ready-to-serve foods in separate units or above the raw foods.
  • Carefully wrap all food in moisture-proof materials or containers. Covering minimizes cross contamination, odor absorption, flavor loss, discoloration, and food dehydration.
  • Do not store food on the floor of a walk-in refrigerator or freezer. Store all food at least six inches above the floor on a rack or shelf. Clean and sanitize all interior parts of the unit regularly.
  • Do not overload refrigerator or freezer. Provide proper air circulation with our state of the art air sanitation units for proper temperature and elimination of contaminants without harsh chemicals. Avoid constant opening of the doors to the refrigerator/freezer units. Warmer air affects the internal temperature while the humidity that enters the unit increases the need for defrosting.
  • Clean mold and grime from the gaskets to ensure a tight seal. Replace gaskets and seals as they show wear.
  • Inspect and service electric motors. Lubricate hinges and latches. Inspect the compressor belts and the condenser. Be sure condensate from coils is not dripping on food.

Following these tips, and having one of our air sanitation units installed is the only way to ensure your food stays fresh and safe. Call our expert technicians today and learn about all the benefits of our systems.