Food Storage Checklist

Use this Food Storage Checklist to organize dry goods, frozen food, dairy products, etc. to ensure correct & safe inventory storage for each type of good.

Food Storage Checklist



Dry Goods

1. Is the temperature of the dry goods storage area set up at 50°F to 59°F (10°C to 15°C) to prevent spoilage and swelling of canned goods?


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2. Is the temperature checked daily?


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3. Does the dry goods storage area have adequate air circulation to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold?


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4. Is the dry goods storage area free from pests such as flies, cockroaches, and rats?


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5. Is the dry goods storage area locked from unauthorized employees to prevent theft?


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6. Are dry goods stored away from direct heat and sunlight to maximize storage time?


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7. Are dry goods stored six inches from the floor to allow room to clean around?


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8. Are dry goods stored 18 inches away from walls to minimize the chances of condensation caused by temperature differences between the container and the wall's surface?


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9. Are dry goods separated from chemicals and cleaning products to prevent residue from being absorbed in case of accidental damage?


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Refrigerated Products

1. Is the refrigerator working properly?


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2. Is the refrigerator temperature set at 37°F (4°C)?


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3. Does the refrigerator close firmly to maintain the proper temperature?


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4. Is a refrigerator thermometer utilized to monitor the temperature?


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5. Are refrigerated foods sealed in airtight containers and storage bags to prevent cross-contamination and spills?


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6. Is the refrigerator regularly cleaned from spills?


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7. Are expiration dates labeled on storage bags and containers?


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8. Is the refrigerator checked once a week for expired food?


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9. Are expired or nearly expired foods cleared from the refrigerator to prevent food poisoning?


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10. Is refrigerated food checked for potential mold, and if found, wrapped up and thrown in the trash to prevent mold spores from spreading?


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11. Does the refrigerator have enough open, slotted shelving to allow air circulation around refrigerator walls and shelves?


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12. Is overloading the refrigerator avoided to maintain efficiency, as cold air requires enough space to circulate?


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Frozen Food

1. Is the freezer maintained at 0°F (-17.78°C) or below?


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2. Is a thermometer utilized to monitor the freezer's temperature?


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3. Are frozen foods stored in freezer bags and freezer-safe containers, less likely to tear or puncture?


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4. Are frozen foods stored in portion-sized chunks for easy defrosting?


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5. Are frozen baked goods and meat tightly wrapped with foil before placing them in freezer bags to protect them from freezer burn or the process of losing moisture?


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6. Is hot food cooled down before freezing it to prevent bacterial growth?


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7. Are the dates of frozen food written on freezer bags or containers to keep track of shelf life?


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Dairy Products

1. Are dairy products stored as soon as you purchase them to promote longer shelf life?


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2. Are dairy products stored at 36°F to 39°F?


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3. Are dairy products stored at the back or lower shelves of the refrigerator (the coldest part) to last longer?


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4. Are dairy products stored in airtight containers to prevent them from absorbing strong odors from other refrigerated food?


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5. Is milk stored in its original container to protect its flavor and nutritional value?


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Produce

1. Can cold-season crops such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts be stored at 32°F, tightly wrapped in plastic to keep them crisp?


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2. Are warm-season crops like corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes stored at 40°F so they last up to a week?


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3. Are soft fruits such as berries stored at 36° to 40°F so they last up to five days?


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4. Are produce items such as potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, and onions stored in a dry, dark, and cool place with air circulation, and kept out of the fridge?


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Meat

1. Is fresh meat stored in the refrigerator at 34° to 40°F?


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2. Is fresh meat stored on the lowest shelf to prevent cross-contamination?


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3. Are glass or stainless-steel containers used to store fresh meat to prevent absorption of strong odors?


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4. Are meat containers labeled with the storage date?


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5. Is fresh meat stored within two days of use, and if not used within two days, is it frozen to extend shelf life?


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6. Are containers properly sealed to prevent freezer burn and keep the meat fresh?


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7. Is meat wrapped in plastic to prevent leaking?


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8. Is absorbent paper placed under the meat for easy cleanup?


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9. Can beef, pork, and lamb be stored for up to five days in the fridge?


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Poultry

1. Is fresh poultry protected with cling wrap?


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2. Is fresh poultry stored at 38° to 40°F?


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3. Is raw poultry stored in a bowl or on a platter at the bottom of the refrigerator to prevent cross-contamination?


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4. Can fresh poultry be stored for up to two days in the fridge?


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Seafood

1. Is fresh seafood stored at 30°F to 34°F?


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2. Is fresh seafood protected with cling wrap?


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3. Is fresh seafood stored in a shallow sealed glass or stainless-steel container to prevent odor?


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4. Is fresh seafood stored at the bottom of the refrigerator, under ready-to-eat and cooked foods?


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5. Is fresh seafood stored for up to two days in the fridge?


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