Eating less meat so store it well

March 31st 2016
By: Melanie

More and more of us are trying to eat less meat so if you do buy some meat but won’t be eating it for a couple of days it’s really important to know how to store it safely.  It is recommended that any raw meat or raw poultry should be stored in clean sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge, so the meat can't touch or drip onto other food.

If you cook meat that you're not going to eat straight away, it is recommended that you cool it as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge or freezer. Remember to keep cooked meat separate from raw meat in the fridge.

It's generally considered safe to freeze raw meat providing that you have frozen it before the 'use by' date and you then follow any freezing or thawing instructions on the label. If you want to defrost meat and cook it later, it can be best to thaw it in a fridge so that it doesn't get too warm. Remember to use any defrosted meat within two days as it can go off in the same way as fresh meat. If you defrost raw meat and then cook it thoroughly, you can freeze it again. But never reheat meat or any other food more than once as this could lead to food poisoning.

You can find more information about how to freeze foods safely here Food safety.

Source : Department of Health