With so much space to use, a commercial fridge can easily become a disaster zone if you don't set up some guiding organizational principles as soon as you get your fridge. Having organizational rules will help you minimize mess in your fridge and ensure that you can always find what you need in your fridge.
#1 Keep Meats Down Low
Meats are one of the most sensitive foods you can store in your fridge. Raw meats can easily contaminate your other foods if juices or marinades from the meat get on other items in your fridge, such as fresh produce.
All meat should be stored on the lower shelves of your fridge. That way if juices drip out of any meat you are storing, they don't contaminate the other food in your fridge. This also makes it easier to clean up any potential spills that may occur as well.
#2 Keep Delicate Food Away From Fans
Delicate foods that can become damaged by excessive airflow, such as fresh greens and berries, should not be kept near the fans in your commercial fridge. Fans in commercial fridges can be really strong and powerful. All of that airflow can damage foods that are really sensitive and hard to preserve anyways, like fresh greens and berries.
Try to store hardier foods, dishes that are already made, like potato salad, or condiments near the fans. Foods that are already cooked and just need to be kept chilled or are already in containers are less likely to be negatively impacted by the force of the fans in your commercial fridge.
#3 Keep Foods Off The Floor
In a commercial fridge, the floor is one potential place you can store excess food. However, it is not a good idea to store foods on the floor of your commercial fridge. To start with, people walk in and out of your commercial fridge, tracking contaminants on the bottom of their feet. These contaminants can easily get onto any food you leave on the bottom of your fridge. The bottom or floor of your commercial fridge is not a sanitary place to store food you intend to cook and serve in your establishment.
Store your meats on the bottom shelves of your commercial fridge. Keep delicate foods away from the fans and store already prepared foods near the fans. Finally, be sure to keep food of the floor of your commercial fridge – it is as unsanitary as storing food on the floor of your kitchen. For more tips, reach out to companies like Hy-Point Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Inc.