Similar to your home’s refrigerator, your commercial refrigerator also has shelves where certain foods and beverages should be placed. You may be an expert at stocking your low-maintenance home fridge, but it's important to know how to properly stock your commercial fridge. If your business relies on the food kept in your commercial fridge, it’s vital that the food is kept organized and your refrigerator is kept clean.
If your commercial refrigerator is due for a reorganization or you’re simply in a spring cleaning mood, keep on reading to find out how to properly organize your commercial refrigerator.
Store Meat and Poultry on the Lower Shelves
Food products like raw meat and poultry should never be stored on the top shelves. Naturally, as meats thaw, juices and bacteria can drip from them, which could potentially contaminate any food that is placed below them. If your meat and poultry products are stored on the bottom shelves, anything that drips from them will land on the floor, which can be easily mopped or cleaned up.
If you’ve ever heard of the first-in, first-out method, or FIFO, you know that this method is used by many food businesses to ensure that you’re using the food in the order it was placed in the fridge and making sure nothing stays in the fridge for too long. When you’re restocking your commercial fridge, place all of the new products behind the current products on your shelves. Any products that are opened should be used up before you open the newer products. Always make sure you are marking the items with expiration dates to ensure everything you’re using is still fresh.
Labeling your shelves will not only keep your refrigerator organized because every item will have its own place, but it will also help you and your employees be able to easily identify each product instead of searching the entire refrigerator for it. Labeling your shelves will be a huge convenience and make your job a lot easier.
Cool It! understands the importance of your commercial refrigerator, which is why you should always keep your fridge organized and clean at all times. If you’ve recently dealt with a broken down commercial refrigerator and need to rent one in the meantime, we can help! Give us a call at (877) 960-1377 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our team members today.