When it comes to handling and preparing raw meat, some people start to worry about the potential threat of food poisoning. However, heeding a few key rules will minimize the chance for food-related illness or cross contamination. Cleanliness, correct temperature, and proper technique are essential to keeping your family safe when serving them beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or any other type of meat. Here are some tips for you:
- Never defrost any meat on the kitchen counter or at room temperature. You must always keep the meat cold while defrosting it. There are three ways to defrost most types of meat: In the refrigerator, in a plastic bag or leak-proof container filled with cold water (you have to change the water every 30 minutes to make sure the water remains cold), or in the microwave.