Food & Cooking Tips

Handling Ground Meat

* Choose ground meat packages that are cold and tightly wrapped. * The meat surface exposed to air will be red; the interior of fresh meat will be dark. * Put refrigerated and frozen foods in your grocery cart last and make the grocery store your last stop before home. * Pack perishables in an ice chest if it will take you more than an hour to get home. * Place ground meat and ground poultry in the refrigerator or freezer immediately. * Defrost frozen ground meats in the refrigerator -- never at room temperature. If microwave defrosting, cook immediately. Source: FMI