It's every operator's priority to keep the food they're serving safe for consumption.
Temperatures are rising which means refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners will be working overtime to keep foods and guests cool. Older un-maintained equipment specially air conditioners often pull too much power and at times can cause power outages. As a restaurant manager and owner, can you just imagine what you will need to do to all the food in your fridge and freezers when power goes out?
Does your Kitchen Team know what to do and how long each food that normally is refrigerated can stay outside of 40°F? Here's a quick guide just in case. Food Safety during a Power Outage Guide.
Identifying which foods must be thrown vs. kept can be risky, when you don't know the two important things - time and temperature of the foods during a power outage. Unless you were constantly checking temperature by opening and closing your fridge/freezer doors to check, which means, you are not only burning labor hours but also increasing to the rising temperature.
Staying informed and keeping food safe
Taking the guesswork out of what to keep and what to toss is as simple as using a Temperature Monitoring Solution that will allow you to monitor your refrigerated equipment even when the power is out. These Monitoring solutions consist of wireless sensors that are installed inside your refrigerators and freezers and keeps track of the temperature, sensor gateway that collects and transmits the sensor information to the cloud and software that allows users to access their data from any web-enabled device. These sensors have the ability to log data when connectivity is not available giving you the visibility you need to make informed decisions.
Using Example A, you can see what time the power went out by looking at then the sensor signal was lost and what time it was restored along with the temperature of the equipment during the outage. If you are using a standard sensor, these temperatures are stored and will be transmitted when power is restored. You can then use the information to determine how long certain foods were out of temperature range.
Using example B, sensors will continue to operate during the power outage using the back up battery and cellular connectivity and deliver alert notifications just as business as usual.
It's every operator's priority to keep the food they're serving safe for consumption. The information in this article are provided as tips and guidelines will ensure your managers and staff have the knowledge to keep food out of the danger zone, take corrective action, and keep customers safe from harmful foods as well decrease inventory loss.