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The Best Ways to Keep Poultry Fresh

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

There are limits on how long one can keep poultry fresh. Here are some of the basics of keeping your poultry fresher, longer: When returning home from the grocery store, immediately place fresh raw poultry in a refrigerator that maintains 40 °F or below or freeze poultry immediately at 0 °F or below. Once frozen poultry should be safe almost indefinitely but for the best quality raw whole poultry should be cooked and consumed within 1 year. If you plan on freezing poultry for longer than 2 months, you should wrap the store plastic packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, freezer plastic wrap or freezer bags. Use airtight freezer containers to repackage larger quantities into smaller units. Wrapping properly helps to prevents “freezer burn”, which is drying of the surface of the poultry, resulting in grayish brown leather-like spots. It is the result of air reaching the food surface, freezer-burned portions can be cut away either before or after cooking the poultry.

Remember that after cooking a meat thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the meat, breast should be between 170 degrees F to 175 degrees F and thighs should be 180 degrees F to 185 degrees F.

When purchasing fresh poultry it should feel cold to the touch, and it is interesting to note that it is not necessary to wash raw poultry since any bacteria which might be present are destroyed in the cooking process. Unlike most poultry, fresh whole turkey may be stored longer, the USDA has not decided on an exact storage time fresh turkey will keep unopened up to one week but no longer than 2 days past the sell-by date. It must be stored unopened in the coldest part of the refrigerator at all times.

In order to keep poultry fresh for longer try a product called eggstrafresh™. It will help provide increased freshness of all of your foods by reducing oxidation and retaining moisture. Oxidation and moisture loss are the 2 leading factors that foster mold, bacteria, nasty odors and rapid food spoilage. Additionally, eggstrafresh™ will improve the taste, flavor, texture and natural color of all of your foods in both the refrigerator and pantry.