The main objective of this session is to make sure you know how to store all kinds of food safely. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand why proper food storage is important, know how to store food safely, and identify safe storage times for refrigerated, frozen, canned, and packaged dry food.
Why “Food Service Storage” Matters:
Food storage affects both quality and safety. Food stored improperly will lose its quality, spoil more rapidly, and can cause a foodborne illness when harmful bacteria are allowed to grow. Sometimes, two different kinds of food stored together can result in cross-contamination, with one food contaminating others in storage. Improperly stored food can also come in contact with other harmful substances such as toxic chemicals—for example, cleaning supplies and pesticides.
- Proper food storage helps prevent foodborne illness.
- Follow state regulations governing food storage.
- Label and date food when it is put into storage.
- Keep food storage areas clean.
- Make sure refrigerators and freezers are maintained at the proper temperature.
- Discard food that has been stored too long.