When you host an event, from a one-off fete to a succession of weddings, the food served must be compliant with legislation and at its optimum quality. In a proverbial nutshell, refrigerated foodstuffs should always be housed in event refrigeration units for peace of mind and adherence to the law.
Most fridge trailer hire clients appreciate the vital need to have professionally maintained, hygienic and easy to operate facilities, even when they are placed in the middle of a showground or playing field, in an outbuilding or adjacent to a marquee. However, some clients are not conversant with how to fill a fridge correctly, especially those people outside of the catering industry like school committees or exhibition venues.
It’s often a matter of common sense, and with mobile refrigeration units the shelves can be repositioned to suit the client’s needs. Fridges should be maintained at a temperature between 0-5 degrees Celsius to slow food spoilage rates.
- Any item of food that has passed its use by date should not be eaten. Harmful bacteria has ample time to multiply and make food hazardous to health.
- Foods past their best before dates can be used and eaten. This is a measure of quality, not safety for consumption.
- Some fruits and vegetables emit a ripening hydrocarbon gas hormone called ethylene which affects the other produce around it, thereby ripening every piece from apple to potato to cauliflower in a fridge trailer hire unit rapidly. A few seconds thought can save a lot of wastage. Keep ethylene producing fruit and vegetables away from non-ethylene producers to maximise lifespans of stock.
- For fruit, vegetables and salad items that have been washed pre-storage, wrap them in paper or plastic with air holes to minimise contamination. Salads and herbs remain fresher when wrapped in a damp towel; they don’t dry out whilst in mobile refrigeration storage.
- Raw meat, poultry and fish must be placed on the lowest shelf so that juices cannot drip on to other foodstuffs and potentially cause a food hygiene incident. Ensure that each item is wrapped or in a sealed container so that it doesn’t cross contaminate other foods.
- The top and middle shelves should house ready to eat foods, including packaged foods, cooked meats, prepared salads and dairy so that raw food cannot contaminate items. The foods should all be covered or kept in sealed containers.
- Open tins should never be stored in the event refrigeration because this can result in chemical contamination, especially with acidic foods. Instead, place the food into a container that is suitable for chilling.
- Stock should be rotated. Older stock to the front, new stock placed at the rear of the shelf to ensure all items are used in date order and to maintain quality levels when serving the public.
Event refrigeration is competitively priced, so ask yourself what fee you place on ensuring a positive experience for consumers and safeguarding your reputation. Contact a specialist fridge trailer hire firm like Icecool Trailers today to learn more.