Read These Tips to Safely Prepare Meat at Orion at the Cascades I & II

Preparing and cooking meat can be tricky. You want to make sure it's cooked enough, but not too much. In an effort to prepare and store your meat at Orion at the Cascades I & II properly and avoid illness, check out these tips:

  1. Splurge for the high-quality meats. Before purchasing chicken, fish, steak, or other meat, make sure the package has the Safe Food Handling label. Also, inspect the meat to be sure it looks okay and check out the packaging.
  2. Cleanliness is key. You should wash your hands before and after handling any type of food, but this is especially true for meat. Also, to prevent cross-contamination, use a cutting board and utensils specifically for the meat.
  3. Cook the meat carefully. Never let raw meat sit out on the countertop to defrost. You should let it defrost in the microwave or refrigerator. To make sure your meat is cooked properly, use a food thermometer. Pork and beef should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit while ground meats should be cooked to at least 160 degrees.
  4. Store meat properly. Meat should be kept cold until you are ready to cook it so put it in the refrigerator's meat bin. Meats such as ground beef and sausage should be used within two days while fresh meats should be used within three to four days.

Food Safety: How to Handle Raw Meat [Beef Retail]
Keeping Your Meat Safe [Home Food Safety]
Meat [FoodSafety.gov]
Safe Food Handling: What You Need to Know [FDA]

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