As per the guidelines laid down by the Food & Drug Administration [FDA], uncooked poultry specifically raw chicken, is safe for consumption for up to just 2 days if stored in the main section of a well-functioning refrigerator. But uncooked meat lasts much longer for close to 9 months from the date of packing if stored in the freezer. One of the points to be noted here would be the fact that though frozen meat can stay longer with or without preservatives, the flavour of the meat would be compromised upon, over time. As bacteria grows steadily at temperatures between 40° F and 140° F, discard the meat if it stays at room temperature for over 2 hours. Remember to retain the store-bought packaging under refrigeration till it’s ready to be cooked and consumed, for a longer shelf life. The major concern for raw meat is also blocking the contamination of salmonella that can be done only by cooking the meat at the optimal temperature.
Read on to check the important points to consider while cooking meat.
Different types of meat cook at varied temperatures.
While chicken pieces take 10-15 minutes to cook, chicken whole takes 20-25. Lamb & goat pieces take a 10-15 minute cook time while leg takes 35-45 minutes.
Also, the type of your dish needs to be considered. While slow roasting takes longer and fries are faster, a curry would be an average of the 2.
How exactly can you tell if your meat has been cooked? Yes, you guessed it! Take the finger test to check the doneness of meat. Take a piece from your dish or curry. It would need to be firm, yet springy.
Once done, how must you store leftovers? To be fit for consumption for a later time or day, refrigerate your dish as it spoils in room temperature.
Avoid opening the storage compartment of your cooked meat – regardless of whether it’s the freezer or the mains. By and large, this avoids spoilage of the food.
How can you tell if your cooked dish is stale or rancid? While the texture would point towards the same, food gone bad smells bad. Period. If it doesn’t please your olfactory senses, there’s no reason for it appeal to your taste buds either! As simple as that.
Use these fine tips and tricks when you order from Fipola for your next meat purchase. Trust Fipola for the freshest, most succulent meat and seafood products. Pick from chicken, lamb and fish to an entire array of exotic products. And if time’s not on your hands, there’s even a variety of ready-to-fry items and pickles and dips to tantalise your taste buds.