It is not unusual for customers to call Icecool Trailers looking for a freezer trailer to accommodate long-term storage during an expansion project. Renting trailers makes it possible to keep frozen foods outside while construction work is going on inside. However, we know that customers can be unsure of freezer trailer hire. They worry about how long they can store food in a freezer trailer.
From a mechanical and operational standpoint, you can store food in one of our trailers indefinitely. Our freezers are similar to permanent freezers except that they are built on trailer frames for portability. They are also weatherproof as well. You could use a freezer trailer to keep food products just as long as you would using a permanent freezer.
From the standpoint of the food itself, it depends on what you store and how you store it. Experienced restaurant owners and food distributors should already be familiar with standard guidelines. For those who are not, some of the basics are explained below.
Most cuts of meats will last quite a while if properly stored. Meat should be separated from the bone and, where possible, sliced prior to storage. This preserves freshness and slows down spoilage. Meat should never be stored in a freezer while still with the bone. Properly stored meats can last up to three months.
Prawns and similar seafood items will also last up to three months in the freezer as well. Prawns should be peeled, and it's best to pack them in rice paper before saving them in plastic bags or containers. Fish can be stored in one of two ways: whole or already cleaned and filleted. If you choose the latter option, make sure you prepare the fish just as if you were going to cook it.
If you are willing to set your freezer at 18°C or cooler, many seafood items can be stored for 9 to 12 months. The only exception is fatty fish products. You are only going to get 3 to 4 months out of them even at colder temperatures.
Cakes and pastries hold up very well in the freezer as long as they are packed tightly in airtight containers. It is also a good idea to use plastic wrap. Cakes and pastries with icing can be frozen for up to three months while those without icing can go for as long as six months. The key is to make sure cakes and pastries are sealed in plastic wrap as tightly as possible. Otherwise, they are prone to drying out in the cold temperatures.
Though we don't have space for more suggestions, you can freeze most cheeses, eggs (out of the shell), and certain kinds of fruits and vegetables. As long as you know the proper way to store your food items, you can keep just about anything in a freezer trailer for as long as you would in a permanent freezer.