We get lots of questions asking us how to cook meat and how long it can be left in the refrigerator. I will admit that because we work with meat, we’re vigilant about germs and safety.
Buzzfeed has a great info-graphic with all different kinds of foods. Check it out!
Pork and poultry have to be cooked until they reach a temperature of 165 degrees. Invest in a meat thermometer. You won’t be sorry. Chicken is cooked when the juices run clear (they’re pink and cloudy when the chicken is raw). Beef should be cooked until it reaches 160 degrees. E-coli is killed at a temperature of 155 degrees which is why the FDA recommends 160-165 for meat.
Raw pork, poultry, and beef should not be kept in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
I think the easiest way to thaw meat is to pull it out of the freezer the day or night before you would like to cook it, and thaw it on a plate in your refrigerator. You can also submerge your meat in cold water. Not hot, not lukewarm. Cold. Anything warm could potentially cook the meat, and that is gross.
Any other questions? Leave ’em in the comments!