Food Safety - How to Buy, Handle & Store Your Beef

Who doesn’t love a good steak? A delicious steak or burger on the barbecue hits the spot on a warm summer day. To make the most of quality beef, Tariq Halal champions superior food safety for all its customers. The importance of properly buying, handling, and storing beef should become a part of your daily routine.

Many types of bacteria can grow on animal products, so it’s important to safely handle and store all types of meat, including beef, to avoid getting ill.

A healthy kitchen depends on your knowledge of safe handling, cooking, and storage practices.

Buying Beef

  • Never buy meat that’s past the expiration or sell-by date. Also, purchase beef after you’ve found all your other items to decrease the time the meat is out of refrigeration.
  • Avoid any beef that’s dark brown or discolored, has a strong odor, has excess liquid, or feels tough or slimy.
  • Avoid any meat that has damaged packaging which may expose it to air and harmful bacteria.

Handling Beef

  • Wash your hands with soap before and after handling beef. Bacteria can quickly spread between your hands and meat, whether it’s raw or cooked.
  • Because bacteria can spread easily, prepare the meat on a surface that’s separate from all other cooking materials, ingredients, and utensils.
  • Clean all cooking utensils after they touch raw meat and use different utensils to serve food after you’ve prepared it.

Storing Beef

  • Refrigerate your newly purchased beef if you plan to cook it in a day or two. If it is longer, then always freeze your beef right away.
  • Thaw your frozen beef on the day it will get cooked.
  • To store beef safely, put it in the bottom of the refrigerator because beef tends to leak juices from its packaging and could drip onto other food.
  • Beef can be kept inside its original packaging for roughly two weeks before it should be transferred into an airtight package.
  • Label your beef with the date you froze it, as you store it in the freezer. This will ensure you and your family don’t consume freezer-burned meat.
  • Uncooked steak is good for 3-4 days and 4-12 months in the freezer, whereas ground meat only lasts 1-2 days in the refrigerator and 3-4 months in the freezer.

The food safety culture at Tariq Halal in London is its main priority in terms of sourcing, handling, storing, and cooking their quality halal meats, poultry, fish, and side dishes. Visit us online to place your order for halal beef in London now.