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Setting Up a Three-Compartment Sink – New Mexico

Apr 23, 2024 | Food Handler

Setting Up a Three-Compartment Sink in Your Restaurant: A Practical Guide

A three-compartment sink is a critical component in any restaurant kitchen, ensuring proper dishwashing and sanitation. When used correctly, it helps restaurants maintain health code standards. In this blog post, we’ll walk through the steps to set up a three-compartment sink, along with the importance of obtaining your New Mexico Food Handlers Card through Ace Food Handler.

Understanding the Three-Compartment Sink

Before we dive into the setup process, let’s briefly review the purpose of each compartment:

  1. Wash Sink (Compartment 1):
    • Here, you’ll scrub and remove surface debris from dirty items.
    • Use warm water and dish soap.
    • Proper water temperature is essential for effective cleaning.
  2. Rinse Sink (Compartment 2):
    • Rinse the items thoroughly to remove soap residue.
    • Use clean, warm water.
    • Ensure proper drainage to prevent recontamination.
  3. Sanitize Sink (Compartment 3):
    • Immerse the items in a sanitizing solution or hot water.
    • Sanitizing agents may include chlorine bleach or other approved chemicals.
    • Follow recommended concentration levels and contact time.

Setting Up Your Three-Compartment Sink

Follow these steps to set up your three-compartment sink effectively:

  1. Choose the Right Location:
    • Place the sink near the dishwashing area for easy access.
    • Ensure adequate space for staff to move around.
  2. Install the Sink:
    • Connect the sink to the water supply and drainage system.
    • Proper drainage prevents water pooling.
  3. Label the Compartments:
    • Clearly label each sink:
      • Sink 1: Wash
      • Sink 2: Rinse
      • Sink 3: Sanitize
  4. Water Temperature:
    • Maintain correct water temperatures:
      • Wash: 110°F to 120°F (43°C to 49°C)
      • Rinse: Warm water
      • Sanitize: 170°F (77°C) or approved chemical solution
  5. Sanitizing Solution:
    • Prepare a sanitizing solution according to guidelines.
    • Regularly test the concentration.
  6. Utensil Storage:
    • Provide racks or shelves for air-drying sanitized items.
    • Avoid stacking wet items.

Obtaining Your New Mexico Food Handlers Card

Now, let’s discuss the importance of food safety certification. As a food handler in New Mexico, obtaining your New Mexico Food Handlers Card is crucial:

  • Legal Requirement: According to the New Mexico Food Code, all food employees must complete an accredited training, pass an assessment, and obtain a food handler card.
  • Exemptions and Training: While some exemptions exist, most food employees require a food handler card. Occasional food handlers and those handling non-TCS (Time/Temperature Control for Safety) foods may be exempt under specific conditions.

Why Choose Ace Food Handler?

  • Quality Training: Ace Food Handler’s curriculum aligns with industry standards, ensuring you’re well-prepared.
  • Affordability: Budget-friendly pricing makes it accessible for everyone.
  • Nationwide Recognition: Ace Food Handler’s certification is recognized across the country.

How to Get Started

  1. Visit the Ace Food Handler website and explore their food handling courses.
  2. Sign up for the New Mexico Food Handler Card course. It’s quick, easy, and budget-friendly.

Remember, when it comes to food safety, knowledge is your best ingredient! Obtain your New Mexico Food Handlers Card through Ace Food Handler and contribute to safe food handling practices in your restaurant! 🍽️🔍

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