In the restaurant business, customers are your number one priority. Your customers are what keep your business running, and you making money. Ensuring your customers are happy should be your top priority. Therefore, customer safety should be top on your list. One of the most important things about customer safety is to ensure you serve them safe, quality food that is properly stored.
Proper food storage is important for many reasons. It keeps the food tasting better, it ensures your customers are happy and healthy, and it saves you money by eliminating additional food waste due to improper temperature maintenance and spoilage.
The task might take some work, but it is something every employee should be aware of and therefore, every employee can help complete the task.
As stated by the food standards put in place by the Australian government, food must remain stored at the proper temperature, or frozen, if required.
So, what does this mean for you? It is imperative your refrigerator and freezer temperatures and procedures remain in check. Food not properly stored at the appropriate temperature is susceptible to outside contamination. This will negatively effect both your business and your customers.
It is a great idea to look over a list of tips on commercial food storage and safety. Share these tips with your employees to ensure everyone is aware of proper procedures. Hang them where everyone can see them, so they will remember to use them.
One of the biggest mistakes you could make is to forget to properly maintain your equipment. If your equipment is not working properly, then no matter how you sort the food or monitor it, it will not stay fresh, and could even be unsafe for people to consume.
Do a regular check of your equipment and if you spot something that might be wrong, it is best to call a professional. If you notice you are continuously finding problems with your equipment, or the issue will cost quite a bit, then it is time to consider investing in newer equipment.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain your equipment:
Proper food storage and proper refrigerator and freezer maintenance go hand in hand. It is important to your restaurant's success and to your customers health that you maintain your equipment and properly store your food. If you are unsure about something, consult a professional for help. When it comes to food safety, there is no room for guesswork.
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