Preserving Meat Tips on
Storing, Freezing and Thawing Meat
Preserving meat, and how
you handle your meat is just as important as how you prepare it and
cook it. Read our tips on how to properly store, freeze and
* Remove meat from its plastic as soon as possible and store it in the
* Meat should be transfered to a non-plastic dish and covered loosely
with foil to allow airflow.
* Always store raw and cooked meat separately.
* Fresh meat will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days, while cooked meat
will keep for 5-7 days.
* Before using it, wipe with a clean cloth that has been wrung out with
cold water. Wipe the meat thoroughly and dry off with another
* Trim off all the hard edges and excess fat.
* Bring to room temperature before cooking.
Freezing Meat and Re-Freezing Meat
How to Preserve Meat
* Freezing meats is one
of the most commonly used ways of preserving food as it is fast and is
a simple way of stopping microbial growth. When the meat is frozen the
nutritional value remains the same although if meat is kept in a
too long texture and quality of the meat will be affected, and if the
meat becomes exposed to the frozen air because the packaging becomes
torn, then freezer burn will occur.
* Meat can be stored at
above its freezing point (–1.5° C) for about
six weeks without spoilage, during which time it undergoes an aging
process that increases its tenderness and flavor.
* Larger cuts of meat,
like steaks and roasts, can be stored for up to 6 months in a freezer.
Preserving meat of smaller cuts should not be frozen for more than 4
months, while minced
meat should not be frozen for more than 3 months.
* Never refreeze meat which has been thawed and held at room
* In the refrigerator
plan ahead as this is the slowest technique. Small, frozen items may
thaw overnight in the fridge, while larger items will take
* In a microwave on the
defrost setting - cook the food immediately after it has thawed because
some areas of the food may have begun cooking during the defrost cycle.
* Meat that has been thawed in the fridge will keep for a few days.
Meat thawed more quickly should be used immediately.
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