Whether you’re running a restaurant, grocery store, or other commercial food service business, a well-organized refrigerator or freezer is the key to making sure everything stays fresh and ready to serve. Here are some tips on how to organize your commercial refrigeration system so that you can find what you need when you need it.
Start With Stocking Your Freezer
The freezer should be the last thing you reach for when you’re stocking your refrigerator. That’s because it’s colder at the back of your freezer, which means that food in that area will stay frozen longer and be less likely to thaw out as quickly. In other words, if you have a bag of frozen peas or carrots and put it in front of an open door where there’s plenty of air circulating them, they’ll defrost more quickly than if they were stored behind closed doors where only cold air could circulate through them.
You can also use this trick for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer by storing them upright instead of flat on their sides (which allows some air circulation). This will keep them fresher longer than if they were just laid out flat as so many produce items tend toward doing anyway.
Write an Inventory List to Keep Track
Writing down what you have, as well as what you need and want to buy is a great way to keep track of your refrigerator or freezer. If you don’t know what’s in it already, writing down everything will help prevent any confusion when shopping for new supplies.
You can use a spreadsheet or notebook for this purpose, or even just write all the items on a whiteboard (this will make it easier for those who need to see everything).
Label Your Products
When you buy a new item, put it in the back of the freezer and then label it with an expiration date. Then when you’re ready to use it again, take out all unused items from their original containers and place them in their correct locations. Don’t forget about older products that were purchased at various times, they’ll be waiting for you to use them up before they get thrown away and this is exactly what we want.
Frozen Food can be Quickly Found
Make sure frozen food can be quickly found in an emergency. Frozen food should be stored in clear containers with labels so you know what it is and where to find it. Storing your frozen food on the bottom shelf of your freezer will keep it easily accessible when you need it most, especially if your refrigerator doesn’t allow for this type of organization.
This also helps prevent freezer burn, which could release odors into your home by keeping the cold air circulating all over your shelves; this problem is even less likely to happen than usual! You can use a freezer thermometer to check both temps at least once every month (or more often if needed).
Regularly Check Your Refrigerator Seals
A refrigerator or freezer will not operate correctly if the seals are not airtight. To ensure that your refrigerator and freezer doors are properly sealed, use a vacuum cleaner to clean out any dust that may have accumulated on the door gaskets. If this doesn’t help, you should consider replacing them with new ones.
Use Glass Storage Containers
If you’re using plastic containers, consider using glass ones. Glass is more durable than plastic and doesn’t absorb odors as the latter does. It’s also easier to clean and will not stain or melt when left in a freezer for too long.
Organizing Items in Refrigerator
Keeping your freezer organized will make finding what you need easier and will prevent older items from spoiling before they can be used.
- First, take stock of your items by writing down the name of each item on a piece of paper. Then sort them into categories such as meats and poultry, vegetables, dairy products, bread, cereals, grains, /dips/sauces/etc.
- Next, Keep meats on the bottom shelves. Meat should be grouped by type (chicken, beef) but also by size (smaller cuts vs large pieces).
- Vegetables should be stored according to their maturity level while fruits are sorted by color so they don’t get mixed up with one another during storage time.
- Dairy products should be separated into sour cream & yogurt containers since these tend not only to spoil faster than regular milk but also require different temperatures for proper preservation techniques when refrigerated properly.
- Products should be separated from one another. Mold may form between products if cool air cannot freely circulate between them.
- Keeping fruits and fresh products too close to the freezer’s powerful fans can cause damage to them. If you must keep something close to the fans, make sure you’re paying special attention to labeling. Utilize these goods right away to avoid freezer burn.
As you can see, organizing your freezer is not as difficult as it seems. Just make sure to clean it regularly and check the seals on both doors. These steps will help you keep your freezer organized so that all of your food stays fresh until it’s time to cook.