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Reducing Food Waste in Your Walk-In Cooler

Throwing out expired products doesn’t just waste food, it wastes your money and negatively impacts your bottom line. All Temp, your Orlando commercial refrigeration professionals, can help you reduce food waste in your commercial kitchen.

Organize, Organize, Organize
Organization is the key to your success when it comes to reducing food waste. First, make sure to not overstuff your refrigerator. When your walk-in cooler is filled to the brim, the air is unable to circulate which causes your food to spoil faster. There should be at least three inches of space between containers so that all sides have airflow. Leave extra room near the ceiling and floor to ensure adequate air circulation. Bottom shelves should be at least six inches off of the floor, and be careful to not stack items all the way to the ceiling.

Store temperature-sensitive foods, such as raw meat and fish, in the coldest area of your walk-in cooler; this is generally the lower bottom shelves near the back of the unit. Keep temperature stable items in warmer areas, such as near the door or on top shelves.

Follow FIFO
FIFO, or first in, first out, is crucial to make sure you’re using all of your inventory. Label every item that goes into the unit with the date and contents. Not only will help if you ever have a health inspection, but organizing your walk-in cooler by date will also ensure that you’re using products before they expire.

Proper Temperature
Items require different temperatures to stay fresh. Find out the best storage temperatures for your inventory, and make sure your walk-in cooler is set accordingly. A second thermometer is recommended to ensure accurate temperatures. Check these thermometers daily; if there’s a problem, you’ll be able to spot it early.

By reducing food waste, you can cut costs and improve your bottom line. All Temp, the professionals in Orlando commercial refrigeration, can help make sure your walk-in cooler is organized as efficiently as possible. Give us a call at (813) 630-9400 or contact us online. For more information on making food safety a priority, walk-in cooler safety tips, and how to store fresh foods, check out our blog.    

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