When you own a commercial fridge, you have a lot of storage space that you can use to keep the products you require daily chilled and stored for use at a later date. But sometimes, one does not actually require storing everything that one gets. To use the storage capacity in your commercial fridge to its maximum, you need to understand and differentiate between food products that actually need to be chilled and the food products that can be stored without a fridge for long.
Before you refrigerate the food items
Remember to use the kitchen thermometer and read the temperature on the different shelves of the commercial fridge properly. The fragile food items should always be stored on the shelves that have a slightly warmer temperature, and the more hardy items can be stored in the colder areas. Store the products by date so that you use the ones that expire faster first. If there is no date of purchase or expiration written on the package, put it there with a permanent marker. Make sure all food items are properly packaged and there is no chance of cross contamination between the food products.
It is important to store food safely so as to reduce the chances of contamination, and hence you should read the food safety guidelines before you store food in your commercial fridge properly.
Food items that should have a place in your fridge
Meats – Meats can be put on the colder shelves in the fridge and should be wrapped completely before you place them inside. Use the meat before the date of expiry, and once the package is opened make sure to finish its contents within 2-3 days. When you take out meat from the fridge to prepare a dish, thaw only that much amount that is to be used, and keep the rest of it packaged safely inside.
Milk – Milk should always be stored in the refrigerator post pasteurization. Always aim to use the milk before it goes bad and keep the container n which it is stored closed tight.
Eggs – Many people store eggs in the space provided by the door of the refrigerator. But it is actually proven that the temperature there is normally not cold enough to cool the eggs down. So, you can place the eggs in one of the colder shelves of the fridge and keep a check on the use-by date.
Cheeses – Cheeses can be put by the door or in one of the warmer shelves of the fridge, and should be tightly wrapped as dairy products are almost susceptible to contamination.
Canned meats – Ham, bacon, and sausages come in shelf stable packages which do not need to be stored in the fridge unless they are
opened. Make sure to put the package inside the fridge as soon as the package is opened and secure the container.
Fruits and vegetables – Most fruits and vegetables except tomatoes and bananas can be stored in the fridge wrapped carefully.