Any place that serves food needs sturdy and sanitary places to store their food safely and provide quick and easy access to workers. There are a variety of different food storage shelving systems to choose from depending on the size, location and storage requirements. Some of the things to look for when setting up food storage shelving include:
Rust-free shelving. Rust-free materials protect against corrosion, bacteria growth and cross-contamination.
Strong and durable materials. This ensure toughness and strength. The most common materials include stainless steel and plastic.
Select the right type of storage shelving for the job. Get vented shelves that promote air circulation or solid shelves to catch drips and juices.
ID tags. This allows you to quickly organize and identify storage items while reducing the risk of cross contamination.
Removable and adjustable shelves. Look for adjustable and removable shelving that expands easily to cater to all storage needs and gives easy access to inventory. Removable shelves make it easy to clean up spills.
Clean and Safe Storage Shelving Tips
Once you have your food storage shelving in place follow these simple tips to keep your food storage area clean, sanitary and organized.
- Wipe up spills on and under the storage shelves quickly to reduce the chance of cross-contamination.
- Use rust-free and corrosion resistant shelving for walk-ins and freezers or any wet environment.
- Store products a minimum of 6” off the floor. This helps prevent contamination from pests or dirty floors
- Avoid cross-contamination by keeping separate storage sections for meat, fish, dairy and produce.
- Label items and follow the first in first out principle. This means putting the newest items behind the oldest items on your storage shelves and using the oldest items first.
- Store food items in the right containers. Other food storage items to think about when developing a safe food storage system include food storage boxes, ingredient bins, storage labels, polycarbonate food pans and lids. Check with your restaurant supplier for the different options available.