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Meat Handling Basics

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Some people lack important information about handling meats and meat products. The result is usually unhealthy kitchen habits, and a meal that contains more active bacteria or infection that sometimes spread to the whole family.

Considering the fact that all meats develop bacterial activity, and even dangerous types in some cases, we realize that we should be very careful while handling and preparing meats.

First of all, you should understand that the direct contact between your hands and the raw meat/poultry might cause infections. The best way to avoid infections is wearing simple plastic gloves each time you wash or touch the meat.
Some may prefer the special kitchen gloves, which are usually made of rubber with beading inside; then they wash them with soap or sanitizing solution.
In fact, it is wrong to use kitchen gloves, even with sanitizing, because not all bacteria types can be killed that way and that type of gloves is designed and made from materials that suit cleaning and housework but not cooking.

For washing and cutting meats before cooking, it is recommended that you wear simple plastic gloves, or a special type of medical gloves that are made for a single time usage. That way you guarantee full protection against bacterial infection.

Keep any meat out of reach, on the last shelf in the fridge or inside a pan or something that keeps the meat and its juices away from other foods and away from kids. After you put them on the stove, you should immediately rinse the container/plate or pan with soap and sanitizer if possible.

Remember to not touch your face, eyes, hair, clothes or any other foods that will be eaten raw “like salad”.

Never eat with your hands before washing them with soap and sanitizing solution.

Make sure to keep kids and pets out of the kitchen until you fully cook the meat.

Clean the space where the meat plate was placed and everything that could have touched the raw meat or its juices.

If you are used to defrost the meat in the fridge over night, make sure to put it in a wide dish or large container with a lid or plastic wrapping, so that the juices can’t reach other foods/fruits in the fridge.

Never leave the meat for long after melting as this will surely aid bacterial activity, and after all is not healthy as the meat can stay fresh for only 2 hours out of the fridge.

And at last, it is recommended that you freeze any meat/poultry directly after buying them, if they are not going to be cooked on the same day. Make sure to buy meats that are well preserved in very low temperature and well wrapped because the less exposure to air and low temperature usually limit the bacterial activity.