02 / Jul / 24

Ensuring Optimal Food Storage in Commercial Freezers: A Guide by SSI Services

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A few degrees can mean the difference between food waste and profitable food. Storing food at improper temperatures can lead to spoilage or freezer burn, both of which result in costly food waste. Proper storage conditions in commercial freezers can help eliminate this waste. But are you saving money by maintaining the quality of the food in your walk-in freezer?

The Importance of Proper Freezer Temperatures

Freezing food does not automatically guarantee its safety. For proper storage, commercial freezers should be kept at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This frigid temperature prevents bacterial growth, ensuring food safety.

Managing Temperature Fluctuations

In a busy commercial kitchen, frequent openings of the freezer door can cause temperature fluctuations, leading to inaccurate readings and frost buildup. This can affect the quality of stored food, making it essential to monitor and maintain consistent temperatures.

Avoiding Freezer Burn

Even at ideal temperatures, food quality can diminish over time due to freezer burn. Exposure to air affects flavor, aroma, color, and tenderness. Proper packaging and adhering to recommended freezing times can help maintain food quality. The FDA recommends the following freezing durations:

  • Bacon and Sausage: 1 to 2 months
  • Uncooked Steaks or Chops: 4 to 12 months
  • Uncooked Ground Meat: 3 to 4 months
  • Cooked Meat: 2 to 3 months
  • Uncooked Poultry: 12 months
  • Soups and Stews: 2 to 3 months

Properly frozen food ensures your foodservice operation serves safe, high-quality food, reducing waste and increasing cost savings, especially when combined with energy-efficient refrigeration systems.

By following these guidelines, your business can ensure optimal food storage, reducing waste and enhancing food safety. At SSI Services, we are committed to providing advanced refrigeration solutions that help you achieve these goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your commercial refrigeration needs.

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