Storage and preparation

Storage and preparation

1. Ensure that hands, equipment and surfaces are clean before and after handling food and between handling raw and cooked foods, especially when using the barbecue.

2. Check your fridge is operating at the correct temperature: between 0 and 4 degrees centigrade.

3. Keep a separate hard, durable chopping board for preparing raw meats.

4. Defrost frozen foods thoroughly (unless otherwise stated) and do not re-freeze once thawed.

5. Cover and store raw and cooked foods separately. Store uncooked foods lower in the refrigerator than cooked ones. Make sure foods are thoroughly and evenly defrosted,and when re-heating ensure piping hot throughout.

6. When marinating meat, cover and store in a refrigerator.

7. Ensure burgers and sausages are thoroughly cooked and piping hot before serving.

8. When roasting a stuffed joint remember to weigh the joint after stuffing, then calculate the cooking time.

9. Food thermometers can be used to ensure internal food temperatures are sufficiently hot.

10. It is vital for safety and quality that food is stored at the correct temperature. Raw meat should always be stored on the bottom shelf of the fridge and cooked food separately above.

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Butchers Block
The Irish owned and family run chain of butcher shops, The Butcher’s Block, renowned for superior quality produce, freshness and value for money.

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