Proper storage of meat helps extend its shelf life and allows you to take advantage of sales and bulk buying. When you store meat correctly, it also translates to better flavor because you're keeping it fresh.
The following ___ steps will help you to properly package and store meat for optimum freshness.
Things You'll Need
- Clear plastic wrap
- Zip lock bags
- Butcher wrap paper
- Vacuum packaging machine (optional)
Store Meat the Right Way
Buy meat as fresh as possible. The fresher the meat, the better it will taste and the longer its shelf life. If you're buying pre-packaged meat, such as hamburger, check the expiration dates and choose the one that has the date farthest away.
Do not store or defrost meat on the counter at room temperature. This increases the risk of bacteri