What is the Ideal Temperature for Commercial Freezers?
Posted by Ancaster Food Equipment | 01-11-2018
If your business uses commercial freezers, you know how crucial it is to keep food stored at the correct temperature. Just a few degrees too high or too low can destroy many items, including meats, fish and vegetables. If the temperature is too warm, food can spoil very quickly. Store food in frigid conditions for too long and you run the risk of freezer burn. A high-quality commercial freezer can keep temperatures consistent, ensuring maximum food quality. So you may be wondering -- what is the ideal temperature? The temperatures for commercial freezers are usually much colder than those of commercial refrigerators. Many business owners believe their food must be safe because everything is frozen. But the truth is, food can still go bad. For proper storage, the ideal temperature for commercial freezers should remain at -18 ℃ (0 ℉). Research has shown that anything higher will cause the vitamin content to deteriorate significantly faster. It’s important to note that the larger the appliance, the more time it will require to reach a stable temperature.
Improper Food Storage: What are the Risks?If your commercial freezers are not storing food at ideal temperatures, your business may be losing money. When food is not maintained properly, you’re forced to replenish stock earlier than anticipated. Keep your goods fresher longer, and save your profits for more valuable expenses. Improper food storage can also hurt business by making your customers sick. Food-related illnesses affect millions of Canadians each year. Here’s what the numbers show when it comes to contamination:
- 1 in 8 people (4 million Canadians) get sick each year
- Over 11,500 hospitalizations occur each year
- 240 cases result in death
Tips for Proper Food StorageOnce your freezer has been set to the ideal temperature, it’s crucial that you know how to freeze foods wisely. When storing food, you’ll want to accomplish the following:
- Prevent moisture loss
- Prevent freezer burn
- Prevent the transfer of smells between foods
- Prevent food poisoning as the food cools
- Wrap meats and baked goods tightly in foil before putting them into freezer bags
- Remove as much air as possible from freezer bags before sealing them
- If using freezer-safe containers, make sure they closely fit the amount of food being frozen