Storing and rotating food properly ensures that you are always serving food in the freshest and safest way. After you inspect your food delivery, be sure to store frozen foods in the freezer first, then refrigerated foods, and dry storage items last.
Keep these temperatures in mind when storing food:
An easy way to remember this is to check the temperature of stored food and storage areas at the beginning of each shift.
After you’ve stored the items, rotate your existing stock using the First-In First-Out (or FIFO) method. This ensures that you are serving items stocked first before items stocked more recently. The FIFO method applies to frozen, refrigerated, and dry storage items. Here are some steps to follow the FIFO method:
Throwing away food that is past the expiration date is also important in preventing foodborne illness. In addition, storage areas need to be kept clean and dry. These areas of the kitchen where food can be stored or served should be kept clean on a regular basis:
Gordon Food Service has Refrigerator/Freezer Temperature Logs as well as Sanitation Checklists to help you store and rotate food safely throughout your kitchen.