Take control: How to refrigerate different food types effectively.
A little bit of tender loving care can go a long way in a professional or domestic kitchen, particularly in an enterprise that has food delivered in bulk and stores it for days in a fridge or fridge trailer. It can be a domestic or commercial fridge or a mobile fridge hire unit and there is an art to where the items should be placed for optimum results.
The door is the warmest part of the mobile fridge and as you open any refrigeration unit the cool air will escape. The coolest section of the fridge is the middle shelving. Here, items will remain fresher for longer. It’s recommended that dairy and eggs live in the middle areas whilst berries and ready to eat foods are situated on higher shelves.
While it may sound odd to suggest that fruit and vegetables need to be choreographed in to their perfect place it does work and it saves on waste, financial outlay and can only prove beneficial to the person preparing the food and the grateful eater. The best way to preserve fruit and vegetables is to keep them in a cool space.
Who truly wants their freshly picked peas and mange tout to look like three day old green wrinkly spheres and lacklustre pods?
Now for the intriguing science bit that saves money. . . .
Whether it’s for in situ fridges, mobile fridge hire or fridge trailers there’s a secret that can help food life enormously.
Some fruits and vegetables give off a gas that makes ripening quicken. These are best kept in a low humidity area of the fridge or drawer.
The gas is called ethylene and it is a natural hormone. In flowers it tells the flower when to bloom or start leafing.
In food storage if you mix particular fruits and vegetables then this gas ripens all of them. Even keeping one set at the front and one at the back or left and right split in a fridge trailer or mobile fridge hire unit at an event should help to lengthen the life span of the non-ethylene producers which saves on overheads, time and the potential for restocking. It offers control to the caterer or vendor.
Ethylene producers include:
Apples, grapes, lemons, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, peaches, oranges and tomatoes.
These should be kept away from the non-ethylene producers which include:
Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, kiwis, lettuce, peppers, spinach and squash.
Raw meats and seafood should be stored at the bottom of the fridge so that juices are not able to cross contaminate any other foods. This is mandatory health and safety, as you probably already know, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t benefit from a reminder every so often.
Mobile fridge hire companies like Ice Cool Trailers who’ve been in the refrigeration business for over twenty years have seen many changes and product evolutions but organising your fridge remains a key tool for success.