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How to Organise a Walk-in Refrigerator

Heavy Weight shelving

6 tips for better freshness.

Though very common in workshops and warehouses, industrial shelving has a variety of uses.  Boltless heavy weight shelving, for example, is often used for walk-in refrigeration units.  The fact that it is customisable means that it is perfect for storing a diverse range of foods and goods, and its high strength means that it can hold industrial-sized portions of various foodstuffs.


If you have a walk-in refrigerator and aren’t sure exactly how to utilise its storage possibilities, here are some organisational tips:


Get the right shelving

Boltless steel shelving is the perfect type of shelving for your walk-in refrigerator.  Its epoxy coating is ideal for regular cleaning and withstands damp, cool environments perfectly.


In addition, bacteria can build up in bolts, which is unwanted in food storage areas.  Boltless steel shelving is thus perfect, as the lack of bolts decrease the risk of bacteria.


Finally, while some foods are very light, you may have some industrial sized vats of cooking products that are extremely heavy.  For this reason you want shelving that can withstand this kind of pressure.  Boltless heavy weight shelving is made from high quality steel, and can therefore withstand heavy loads.


Keep lower shelves a fair distance from the ground

The shelves at the very bottom of the rack should still be kept a minimum of 15 centimetres from the ground.  This is for two important reasons:


  1. It makes thorough cleaning far easier.


  1. In the unfortunate event of certain pests or rodents finding a way into the refrigerator, the food will be high enough to be out of reach.


Boltless steel shelving is perfect for this because its design makes the placement of shelves easy.


Keep meat on the bottom shelves

This is important because the floor of the refrigerator is always coldest, ensuring the freshness of the meat.  Also, if the fluid from the meat does leak from its packaging, there is no risk of it contaminating food underneath it.


Leave space between items

This simply helps air to circulate around the items and keep them fresher for longer.  Keep 6 or 7 centimetres between items to allow them to cool equally.


Pay attention to delicate items

Refrigeration fans are necessary, but these can damage delicate items.  Keep items like leafy vegetables away from the breeze created by ventilation fans to best ensure their freshness.


Cycle stock

Employ a FIFO (first in, first out) order for the stock as this will provide optimum rotation.  Older stock needs to be used to prevent expiry, while this is not as important with newer stock.


Sanitation, expiration dates, and fragile items make the stocking process of a walk-in refrigerator very delicate.  However, these organisational tips should help you maintain a fresh, clean catalogue of products.



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