Did you know that the outside of meat packages can carry harmful bacteria?

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Taking a few simple precautions in your kitchen can help keep you and your family safe.

  • Keep it separate!  Whether you’re carrying groceries home or storing meat in your fridge, keep it separate from other foods, especially foods that you won’t cook before eating.  If you store raw meat with other foods, they can become contaminated.
  • Thaw it safely!  The best way to thaw meat is in the refrigerator, overnight.  Put the meat in a dish that can catch juices so they don’t drip on anything else.  If you thaw meat in water, change the water every 30 minutes.  Never thaw meat on the counter at room temperature.
  • Wash your hands!  Whenever you are handling raw meat, wash your hands often.  Don’t touch anything else between when you handle the meat and when you wash your hands.  If you get your faucet handles dirty with meat juices, clean them off so that you don’t accidentally spread the bacteria from your faucet handles to other parts of your house.

Do you have food safety questions?  Email them to nutrition@pittsburghfoodbank.org.