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How to store meat

By Pamela Clarke
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Question: What is the best way to store raw meat?

Raw meat should be kept separate from cooked food, and stored on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to avoid juices dripping down and contaminating other food.

Always store raw meat in the coldest part of the refrigerator (usually the bottom shelf). Wrapped raw meat can be kept safely for up to three days, and unwrapped meat for up to five days at 0° to 3°.

Uncooked minced meat, liver and kidneys need careful storage because they carry large numbers of bacteria. Always store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator, as close as possible to 0° for no more than three days.

Cured meat has a longer storage life than fresh meat. Unwrapped cured meat may last up to three weeks at 0° to 3°.

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