Preventing Rust in Food Storage Areas

High humidity causes more than its share of challenges. Reduced shelf life, mold growth, general discomfort, bad hair days, and rust are just a few. We can’t help with the hair situation, but all kidding aside, we do know some great tricks to keep your food storage areas (walk-in cooler, freezer, and dry storage) rust-free.

Not only does rust and corrosion look ugly, but it also presents a safety hazard to food. 

Most health department inspectors will, at minimum, cite a noncritical violation for rusted shelving because it increases the possibility of metallic flakes dropping or blowing into nearby foods and contaminating them. 

Here’s how to avoid unsightly and unsanitary rust in your food storage areas for good.


With a lifetime warranty against rust and corrosion, all series of Camshelving by Cambro were designed to be shelving for life. Made for use in walk-in coolers, freezers, dry storage, warewashing areas, loading docks, or front-of-house, Camshelving withstands storage temperatures anywhere from -36˚ to 190˚F, and is impervious to moisture, chemicals, salt, food acids, and humidity.

How? Camshelving Premium Series posts and traverses have a steel core and smooth polypropylene exterior for superior strength, rust-free durability, and cleanability. Camshelving Elements and Basics Plus Series are built with extremely strong composite posts and traverses. On all series, antimicrobial shelf plates are removable and can be either washed in a commercial dishwasher or wiped down by hand, making it easy to keep your storage areas clean and hygienic, even under the bottom shelf.

#10 Can Racks

The Ultimate #10 Can Rack by Cambro is made from the same durable and rust-free plastic materials as Elements Series Camshelving. 

This front-loading, gravity-fed system simplifies inventory and ensures First In, First Out (FIFO) is followed. The smooth, easy to clean surfaces can be completely disassembled and run through a commercial dishwasher.

Use the Single and Add-on Racks to build exactly the can storage you need, from a single shelf to a full-size unit. An excellent use of bottom shelf space on existing Camshelving, it fits all 24" deep Premium Series and Elements Series Camshelving.

Food Pan Trolleys

The Cambro GN Food Pan Trolley is constructed with state-of-the-art composite material. Stronger than steel, but without vulnerable weld points, rust, and corrosion, this composite trolley performs consistently in the most demanding kitchens. Modular component-based construction eases the cost of maintenance, with all parts being replaceable.

Made specifically to hold standard (gastronorm) food pans, the trolley’s wide 3" rail spacing offers versatility and ease of use, with 0.12" pan stops at each end of the rails to provide stability. All components are NSF-listed, so it’s easy to keep clean. The Cambro Food Pan Trolley is available in four different sizes that hold between 9 and 36 full-sized GN food pans each.

Sheet Pan Racks

A reliable, long-lasting solution for sheet pan transport, holding, and storage, the Cambro Ultimate Sheet Pan Rack is designed from the same durable, rust proof material as Elements Series Camshelving and has a lifetime warranty against rust and corrosion. 

Its heat-resistant rails can accept a sheet pan straight from a 350°F oven. 

Available in three heights, two caster types, and two rail spacing options for a custom fit. Each rack holds full-size or half-size sheet pans or trays.

Durable and lightweight, the Ultimate Sheet Pan Rack for Single Shelf is the first ever plastic sheet pan rack designed for single shelf installation. It holds up to six full-size or twelve half-size sheet pans and supports up to 40 pounds per rail set, or up to 200 pounds per unit. 

Use to free up use of mobile speed racks in the kitchen and maximize storage in walk-in coolers, freezers, and/or work prep stations. Secure the racks to the shelving posts or together, fitting perfectly on a 24" deep Camshelving shelf.

If you’re ready to break free from rust, cleaning challenges, and too-frequent replacement of food storage equipment, contact us.


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