If you’ve been in business a while, you probably know that organisation is the key to efficiency. And that is true for every aspect of business – even your walk in freezer. If you organise your walk in freezer well, you can cut waste, improve productivity, and even lower the cost of training new staff – they’ll spend less time trying to find things in the freezer, and more time working! But, of course, it’s easier said than done. Walk in freezers can be particularly tricky to organise. But we have seen some fantastically well-organised walk in freezers over the years. So to help you out, we have listed a few of our tips on how to organise your walk in freezer.
#1 When you organise your walk in freezer, always keep meat on the bottom shelf!
One of the first rules of food preparation is to keep meat separate. So chances are, you probably have a shelf in your walk in freezer that’s dedicated to meat alone. And that’s a great starting point. But is the shelf above other shelves? If so, you should consider moving it down. It might seem pedantic, but there’s a great reason behind this tip. If you have a meat spill and some meat or juices come into contact with the food below, there is a chance that it can cross-contaminate. That then becomes a health hazard, and it will mean that the food below will go to waste. But if your meat is on the bottom shelf, a spill will be easy to clean and there’ll be no cross-contamination.
#2 Walk in freezers need to have great air circulation, so keep space in between all items if possible
Maintaining an even temperature is the key to making food products last. And the key to maintaining an even temperature is air circulation. Air circulation is vitally important to the effectiveness of your commercial refrigeration system. The way you organise your walk in freezer can have a profound effect on air circulation as well. If you have everything tightly stacked and bundled together, the air in your walk in freezer won’t be able to circulate very well. That will cause inconsistent temperatures and risk spoiling your food. So when you organise your walk in freezer, try and keep a healthy distance between each item, so air can circulate freely.
#3 When you organise your walk in freezer, don’t store heavy items on higher shelves
When you organise your walk in freezer, you should do so in a way that makes everything easy to retrieve. That means heavy items should be at a comfortable lifting height. If you have heavy items above chest height, they become potentially hazardous. Not only can lifting them at an awkward angle cause back injuries, but it also causes overbalance. In an icy walk in freezer, losing your balance is already easy to do. And when you throw a heavy item into the mix, the hazard only increases. So keep that in mind when you organise your walk in freezer.
#4 Avoid the dreaded freezer burn: keep fresh produce away from your walk in freezer’s fans
Storing food in a walk in freezer is great, but if you do it wrong you risk the dreaded freezer burn. And we all know that once food is freezer burnt, there’s no going back! One of the main causes of freezer burn is the way you organise your walk in freezer. Specifically, where you store things in relation to the fans. Freezer fans are powerful and they blow icy air at high speed to keep temperatures cool. If your produce is too close to the fans, chances are it’ll get freezer burn. So try keeping a healthy distance around the fans – especially with fresher food items.
#5 Keep the floor clear when you organise your walk in freezer – it makes cleaning a breeze
Our last tip to organise your walk in freezer is to keep the floor clear. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, storing food items on the freezer floor can be unhygienic and it poses a real cross-contamination risk. Secondly, you’ll need to clear all the items off the floor when you clean out your freezer. That can add a fair bit of time to an already tedious job! So make it easy for yourself and keep everything on a shelf.
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