Storing Meat and Seafood in Your Refrigerator - Helpful Tips
A kitchen can not be complete without the refrigerator. It is very valuable for it keeps our food cold at a temperature where the growth of bacteria is minimized thus preserves our food longer. Here are some helpful tips in storing meat and seafood to preserve them properly and much more enjoyable to eat.
- Storing raw meat
- Seafoods for storing should be cleaned
- Meat is better kept in the freezer raw than seasoned
- Do not stack raw stuffed chicken inside the freezer
Storing raw meat
Raw meat can be stored without spoiling in the refrigerator and last for about 3 days. Storing it in the freezer can make it last for 6 to 12 months. The raw meat should be washed first, dried with a paper or dish towel and wrapped loosely in wax paper or plastic bag before keeping it in the freezer or refrigerator. Write the date of purchase on the wrapper. You can do the same with poultry.
Seafoods for storing should be cleaned
Various seafoods require different cleaning style. Fish must be cleaned and rinsed very well, pat dry and put in a plastic bag; shrimps, lobsters and crabs should be cooked without salt before freezing, and clams and oysters should be taken out of their shells after cooking and placed in a container with their broth. Cover the container tightly and label it before storing in the freezer or refrigerator.
Meat is better kept in the freezer raw than seasoned
Most preservatives and seasonings when added to the meat can speed up rancidity. If seasoning before storing cannot be avoided, keep it in the refrigerator uncooked but not for more than a week, or if kept in the freezer, not for more than a month.
Do not stack raw stuffed chicken inside the freezer
Thawing frozen raw stuffed chicken from the freezer will be very difficult. The best thing to do is to put the stuffings in a separate bag.