Understanding Temperature Standards for Climate-Controlled Storage Warehouses in Albert Lea, MN

The advanced technology we use to store foods today allows communities across the country to have year-round access to seasonal items, exotic foods, location-specific foods, and long-term storage of meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, breads, and more. Because of the wide range of capabilities large-scale storage warehouses provide, even remote areas in the U.S. have access to frozen, refrigerated, and dry food goods. Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company (MFWC) provides comprehensive, high quality food storage with our two state-of-the-art climate-controlled storage warehouses in Albert Lea, MN so households across the country and in our local communities can have a range of nutrition and flavors all year long.


Storing the wide range of foods we keep in our climate-controlled storage warehouses takes an equally-wide range of temperature and humidity types. For example, frozen foods and dry goods can’t be stored in the same climate. MFWC is dedicated to providing the best storage for all foods that come through our facilities to protect your product from farm to shelf. Our storage climates range from 0 ºF to 50 ºF with various levels in between.


Storing Foods at 0 ºF


Frozen food items are commonly stored at 0° F (-18° C) in storage facilities and in small scale freezers. We store all frozen vegetables, fruits, meat and fish, breads, prepared dinners, dessert products, spices, and all other frozen food types in this climate. All products are closely inspected at arrival for damaged packaging and then kept tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn and moisture damage.


Storing Foods at 32 ºF


While 32 ºF (0 ºC) is the temperature at which water freezes, it’s not a freezing temperature applicable to all food products. Primarily, this temperature is considered the best to store refrigerated meats. Because it’s an extreme refrigeration range, this temperature zone will ensure quality meats and protect meat products from potential spoiling or microorganism growth.


Storing Foods 41 ºF


This temperature zone is an industry standard refrigeration zone used for almost all refrigerated goods. It is also used as a slow-cooling and slow-thawing zone to defrost frozen products or to prime products for a true freeze. 41 ºF (5 ºC) is useful in this transition process for preventing a fast freeze that may damage foods that are frozen for long periods and effective in slowly unfreezing foods without exposing them to warm temperatures that may promote microorganism growth.


Storing Foods 50 ºF


This zone is not typically used in industrial facilities, but it is the common temperature of consumer refrigerator crisper drawers. We sometimes store specialty produce and other goods at this temperature when needed.


To learn more about storage temperatures in your home refrigerator, check out this informative FDA article. To get started with MFWC or to learn more about our comprehensive climate-controlled storage warehouses in Albert Lea, MN, contact us at (844) 373-1477 today.



Albert Lea
820 E. 13th Street
PO Box 86
Albert Lea, MN 56007-0086

PHONE: 507-373-1477
TOLL FREE: 844-373-1477
FAX: 507-373-2174
EMAIL: info@mfwc-cold.com

1907 14th Street N.E.
P.O. Box 475
Austin, Minnesota 55912-0475

PHONE: 507-437-1982
FAX: 507-437-1892
EMAIL: info@mfwc-cold.com