Eid al-Adha celebration is coming. On Eid al-Adha, after the prayer, it is usually filled with the slaughter of sacrificial animals. When it comes to storing meat in the refrigerator for an extended period, it’s important to follow proper food safety practices to ensure its freshness and prevent spoilage.
4 tips to store meat for long-lasting preservation:
- Separate the Meat
Before storing the meat, make sure to separate the meat into several parts, according to needs and wrap the meat to prevent cross-contamination. Store the meat in airtight containers or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps to maintain its freshness and prevents it from absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerator.
- Don’t Wash the Meat
If there is dirt such as dirt, grass or blood left, just clean it with a tissue. Don’t wash meat before putting it in the refrigerator to prevent the growth of bacteria. Washing raw meat can invite bacteria into it. It is better to cook raw meat in hot temperatures so that all harmful pathogens are killed.
- Store it in the Freezer
Store the meat in the refrigerator freezer so that the taste and nutrition will last. The shelf life of stored meat can be up to days or even months. However, make sure to secure other food ingredients in the freezer before placing the meat package. Some foodstuffs such as ice cream and ice cubes for drinking may not be suitable to be placed side by side with meat.
- Label and date
While refrigeration helps extend the shelf life of meat, it still has a limited storage time. Consume the meat within 2-3 days to ensure its freshness and quality. If you’re unable to consume it within this time, consider freezing it instead.
It’s essential to label the packages or containers with the date of storage. In this way, you can keep track of the meat’s freshness and consume it within a reasonable time frame.
Those are 4 Tips to store sacrificial meat. Remember, sacrificial meat is usually consumed as soon as possible after the ritual, so prioritize using it within the recommended timeframes for freshness and safety.