The safe storage of food in a commercial kitchen
Improper food storage produces an increased risk of food-borne illnesses for patrons, not to mention an increased cost of operations within the commercial kitchen. Implementing a systematic approach to storing all ingredients and meals is the essential first step for chefs to avoid harmful and costly food safety mishaps. Fildes Food Safety offers an extensive range of commercial kitchen supplies, including food storage solutions, to implement a successful system.
Four key strategies can support the safe storage of food.
Store Food in Airtight Containers
Along with the location of stored food, the container used for storage is also an essential factor in achieving food safety practices. Airtight containers assist in reducing the spread of harmful bacteria; however, an airtight container is only as suitable as its seal. When washing, ensure seals are tested for damage and discard those with any cracks or extreme wear signs. Worn containers present the risk of bacteria growth which may spread to contents, placing patrons at risk of illness and the business in danger of fines and compensation payouts.
Separate Different Foods
It is crucial to consider the storage of different ingredients depending on their life stage in the kitchen. Raw ingredients such as meat, eggs and flour should always be stored separately to cooked food in the fridge, freezer, and shelves. A common practice for commercial kitchens is to keep prepared foods above raw foods to avoid cross-contamination. Likewise, different food groups should avoid contact to avoid contamination. For example, raw chicken should be stored separately from raw vegetables within the refrigerator, as they would also be prepared individually. Failure to separate these foods can increase food safety risks.
Use food labels
Placing food labels on containers aids in the safe storage of both ingredients and cooked meals. These food safety stickers may include information relating to preparation times, use-by dates, contents, and allergens. When purchasing food labels, remember to consider the adhesive type concerning the intended application. A wide range of removable, permanent, or dissolvable food safety labels are available from Fildes Food Safety.
Refrigeration and Freezing
Refrigerators and freezers are machines that require regular monitoring and maintenance. Commercial kitchens should implement a procedure for regularly inspecting that they are functioning correctly. An easy way to implement this process is by using calibrated thermometers and recording temperatures in logbooks for accountability.
All kitchens should be dedicated to upholding food safety standards, starting with the safe storage of food. The above strategies can help avoid the costs and risks associated with improper storage, including fines, compensation, and increased ingredient costs. They can also assist in maintaining your restaurant or businesses reputation.
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