Recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced many business and food chains to close their doors, and with the necessity of staying at home, people have started to stockpile up on food more than often. 

Storing food correctly is really important for your consumption and for keeping the value of your food.

According to the CDC, each year 48 million people fall sick from food poisoning, whether in a restaurant or in their own home.

We care about you and your family, due to this reason we wanted to give you some tips on how you can properly store your food.

How to preserve meat

Buying meat is one of your more precious animal proteins, so when you do your groceries you do have to make sure it doesn’t spoil.

Luckly, preserving meat is not hard at all, and there’s a couple of ways on how to do it. 

Many people like to preserve their meat by curing it with salt or dry aging it, but the easiest and simplest way is freezing or refrigerating. 

Refrigerating the meat is necessary at any time before cooking your meat, your refrigerator should be kept below 40°F (4.5°C), but 37°F (3°C) is ideal for slowing down microbial activity without freezing the contents.

Meat in the fridge at this temperature can last from three to five days without being packed. If the meat is vacuum packed, it can last longer while also doing what is called “wet aging process”. Please refer to the “Freeze by” “Or keep fresh until” date to move it to the freezer.

When freezing raw meat, it’s shelf-life can be extended by six to twelve month. Keep your meat well packaged either in vacuum packaging, food storage boxes or sealed well in freezer bags.

To stop microbes like bacteria, yeasts, and mold, the CDC advise freezing these foods to 0°F (-18°C)

Thawing meat

Rapid freezing and gentle thawing are the best way to keep the quality of your meat. Planning ahead is the best strategy.

Once you’re ready to defrost the meat, put in the fridge on a plate or bowl. One-inch thick packages defrost through the night, but bigger packages may take up to two days.

This step is extremely important to preserve meat structure and flavour.

At Gaucho Ranch, we want to make sure that you stay safe and healthy, but also with a full belly.

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