If you are in the food industry or just do a whole lot of cooking yourself, chances are that you need a big freezer. The good news is that you can often find big used three-door stainless steel freezers for sale. A used freezer is much more affordable than buying a new one, and they usually work just as well. Working with such a big freezer can make organization seem daunting. Here are four tips to help you get started.
1. Chose the Right Location
The first step to having an easily accessible and efficient freezer is choosing the right place for it. Placing it in the main part if the kitchen means that ingredients are always handy when you need them. On the other hand, many people choose to place their big three-door freezers in a back room in order to avoid clutter. Where you decide to put the freezer really depends on the set up of the kitchen. If you have enough room, along the wall in the kitchen is ideal; if your kitchen is small, then putting it farther away will still work and makes more sense than cramming it into a small space.
2. Separate Meat and Veggies
Separating the meat and vegetables is always a good sanitary practice when you are working with food in order to avoid cross contamination. Luckily with a three-door freezer, you have plenty of space to work with. One easy way to organize is to place veggies in one door, cooked meat in another, and raw meat in the third. This will help you keep your food straight and promote food safety.
3. Look at Dates
You should always write the date on your food when you place it in the freezer so that you can use it before it gets freezer burned. Some food can last a long time in the freezer while preserving its taste, but other food won't keep its taste as long. Cooked meat can last for 2 or 3 months in the freezer and come out tasting good. Raw meat can last as long as a year when frozen and still cook up well. Make sure to organize your freezer with the oldest dates in front so you use them first.
4. Use Organization Containers
Containers are a great way to keep freezer shelves from becoming messy. You can easily label containers and keep food together. Some people organize by type of food, and others order by dishes. For example: you can keep all the chicken together or you can keep it in handy-sized packets stored with the chicken broth for chicken soup; whatever works best for you.
For more information on used stainless steel three-door commercial freezers, contact a local supplier.