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Advice on Cooking Meat Safely

Not cooking meat safely could make you very sick. No one likes sitting on the toilet with a bucket to throw up in. Not all harmful bacteria is removed with cooking so make sure to pay attention to food storage also. We have put together a few simple pieces of advice to help you cook your meat to perfection and keep yourself safe.

Cook your meat evenly

cooking meatIt is good advice to cook your meat evenly; this is good not only from a safety standpoint but also for taste too! No one likes to eat meat that is burned around the edge and a little uncooked in the middle. If your meat is frozen then thaw the meat out a bit in the microwave on defrost or let it stand for a while.

Don’t cook your food too hot

If you cook the meat on too hot of a temperature the outside will cook more than the inside. This will result in the outside of the meat being burned or well-cooked but the inside could still be raw and cold.

A digital meat thermometer

digital meat thermometerIf undercooked meat is a concern of yours or if your business involves cooking; then it could be a worthwhile investment getting a digital meat thermometer. With a digital thermometer you can probe into the middle of the meat to find out the exact temperature. This will ensure that meat is always cooked and that any harmful bacteria present in the meat has been killed.

Store your meat safely

Though this may sound like an innuendo it is also good practice. Frozen meat should remain frozen until you come to use it. Meat stored in the fridge should be kept until its use before date and also kept in air tight packaging. Also the temperature of your fridge should be kept at the correct temperature (below 5°c) and your freezer (below -18°C).

If you’re unsure then cook it more!

If you don’t know if the meat is cooked then cook it a bit longer. There is no harm in giving it a few more minutes to cook. Some meats actually taste better when cooked for a long time, for example: Chicken. Chicken drumsticks are is delicious when well cooked; the skin on the outside is lots better when crispy. You can check out our how to cook chicken drumsticks in the oven article for more information.

Cut the meat and look at the colour

cooked meatsYou can take a knife and cut into the middle of the meat to see if it’s cooked. The colour of the meat should have changed from its original colour. There should be no blood in the middle of the meat and also the middle of the meat should not be pink (unless its steak).

Check the packaging

Generally most meats you purchase from a shop will have cooking instructions on them. This is an easy way to know if your meat is cooked correctly as if you follow the instructions exactly you will not have much problems. It is still wise to follow some of the other instructions in this article to make sure it is defiantly cooked.

Generally nowadays foods are processed, stored and produced to such high standards that food poisoning is relatively hard to get. You could probably eat the majority of meats you got from the shop raw and not get sick. It is generally restaurants that provide the main sources of food poisoning because of uncleanliness and bad storage techniques. This is not to say that we should not be careful as just because something is unlikely doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. You never know if a food contains harmful bacteria so treat it all as if it does however don’t worry too much, it is important to enjoy your food too.


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