Commercial food shelving and storage that is properly organized helps business owners run a more productive, efficient and safer operation. Any business that handles, prepares or serves food should know the basics of commercial kitchen storage. Food storage shelves and racks come in a variety of sizes and materials. Not every set of shelves is appropriate for use as commercial food shelving.
Commercial kitchen storage needs include dry goods and fresh produce. Food storage racks need to be made of durable material that is easy to keep clean.
Well organized commercial kitchen storage can do the following:
- Reduce food waste, by keeping everything in sight.
- Increase productivity by keeping food organized and easy to find.
- Keep food safe from cross contamination and hazardous chemicals with proper use of commercial food shelving and storage.
Choose the right type of food storage racksCommercial food shelving comes in both plastic and metal. You can use wood racks, but they must be covered with a sealant, such as paint, which can be cleaned on a regular basis. Although metal racks are more expensive than plastic, they are highly durable, easy to assemble and generally require less maintenance.
Think food safety first in restaurant shelvingHealth and safety codes vary by state, but most require that restaurants keep food at least 4 inches off the floor. All food should be separate from any inedible items, such as cleaners and other chemicals.
Keep dry food well organized with food storage shelvesFood storage racks can help you keep your dry storage area organized. Clearly labeling commercial kitchen shelving will help guide employees to put stock away in the correct area. Organizing your dry storage will also help you keep better track of inventory.
Outfit your walk-in cooler with food storage racksLook for wider shelves for your walk-in cooler, which can hold bulky boxes of fresh produce. Make sure that your walk-in food storage shelves are cleaned regularly to keep food and debris from building up. You should also use proper food storage containers to reduce walk-in messes.
- Never store chemicals near your food storage racks. Even if there is no obvious physical cross-contamination that occurs, the fumes from the chemicals can actually permeate foods, especially fresh produce, making them toxic.