When storing cold and perishable foods in your food service facility, it’s important to remember to keep cold foods cold and frozen foods frozen solid. Having a clean, and maintained, cooler and freezer will keep your foods at their freshest points.
The items stored in your cooler or refrigerator should be produce, dairy products, ready-to-eat foods, meats, condiments, etc.
Keep your cooler at 35 – 38 degrees to keep foods at 41 degrees or below. Be aware to not overstock your cooler, as it may prevent air flow.
Make sure your freezer is working properly; this is very important since food must be thrown away if not kept frozen solid. Remember to never thaw and refreeze foods, as this can lead to foodborne illness.
Keep your freezer between 0 to -10 degrees. Also, defrost your freezers regularly so they operate efficiently.
The Nutrition Resource Center, a team of registered dietitians and certified food-safety professionals at Gordon Food Service, offers many food safety tools and resources for customers. If you are currently a customer, learn more about our food safety service offerings.