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Thursday 21 September 2017
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Christmas Fridge Capacity

Around Christmas and the New Year your fridge space will be at a premium. It may be tempting to try to cram as much in to the unit as possible but don’t forget that the Food Standards Agency and local authority auditors could descend at any time and in the realm of food, rules were not made to be broken.

It is cost effective, beneficial and practical to investigate mobile fridge hire from respected companies like Icecool Trailers.

Whether you need walk in chiller or cold room hire facilities there are competitive rates, flexibility with capacities, sizes and hire periods.

Don’t poison your clients for the sake of a few pounds.

Cold room hire is used primarily indoors. The unit is delivered, constructed on the premises and later dismantled and removed with minimum disturbance.

The walk in chiller can be located inside or outside. If it needs to be by a marquee, in a garage, by the kitchen or in a couple of places over the hire period its wheels make life simpler.

Adherence to legislation is vital for any business that handles, prepares, sells or manufactures food and although you may think that a Christmas audit would be unlikely that doesn’t mean you should allow standards to drop. This includes refrigeration.

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The simple act of placing raw meat on the top shelf in a fridge could, if left unchecked, have serious consequences.

Imagine that the raw meat is positioned above some nice fresh fruits. The blood drips on to red grapes and although the grapes are washed before serving they still have traces on them.

The consumer, at your pub, hotel or restaurant, tucks in to their grapes unaware that within a short space of time they’ll be “enjoying” a little seasonal food poisoning.

They’ll sue you in the New Year. Merry Christmas? This is an instance of 100% preventable cross contamination.

Reminder

Fruit and vegetables are placed in their designated trays at the floor of the fridge.

Raw meats and seafood should be stored on the bottom of the fridge so that juices cannot cross contaminate other foods.

Ready to eat meats should be on the next shelf up with cream cakes, butter, leftovers. All food must be in sealed packaging.

The top shelf should house dairy, so yoghurts and cream. The door of the fridge is its warmest position.

You may have a massive amount of stock but you should also be aware that how you arrange fruit and vegetables impacts on their lifespan.

Some fruits and vegetables give off a gas called ethylene. It a natural hormone that makes items ripen more rapidly.

If you mix gassy produce with non-ethylene emitting ones the gas ripens every item.

Separating them will diminish overheads and the need to restock which could claim time that you won’t have to spare.

Non ethylene producers include:

Asparagus

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Peppers

Spinach

Squash

Ethylene producers include:

Apples

Grapes

Lemons

Melons

Mushrooms

Oranges

Tomatoes

Don’t take risks, have a merry Christmas.




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