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Storing meat in the refrigerator: You should avoid this pitfall

2020-09-19T09:19:58.417Z

Meat belongs in the refrigerator, of course. Especially when it's fresh. However, many make a mistake that can quickly make you sick. Proper meat storage is namely crucial. 



Meat belongs in the refrigerator, of course.

Especially when it's fresh.

However, many make a mistake that can quickly make you sick.

Proper meat storage is namely crucial. 

  • Meat spoils quickly if stored incorrectly in the

    refrigerator

    .

  • Refrigerators

    are bacteria hotspots, so special care is required.

  • Rotten

    meat

    leads to food poisoning, which can quickly become dangerous.

Offenbach - 600 million people around the world develop

food poisoning

every year

.

According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (

BfR

), around 100,000 diseases are reported annually

in Germany, the number of

unreported cases is probably much higher.

Bacteria in

particular

cause

food poisoning

.

Even if most illnesses show only mild symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and nausea, the danger posed by

bacteria

should not be underestimated.

Food poisoning

can be

fatal,

especially for people with previous illnesses

.

+

If you don't store meat properly in the refrigerator, you can get really sick.

© Christin Klose / dpa

Salmonella infections are the most common.

The microorganisms especially feel good on raw

foods

.

Of course, a clean

refrigerator

is essential to

avoiding bacterial growth.

This of course also includes defrosting the refrigerator regularly.

Often our food comes into our kitchens already contaminated.

Correct storage is particularly important to prevent

bacteria

from

multiplying

on our

meat

.

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The main thing is to stay cool.

Cold is also important in the fight against food infections.

Maintain the cold chain for the products and store food ideally at 2-5 ° C in the refrigerator.

Meat and fish are best kept in the coldest compartment.

Usually this is above the vegetable compartment.

When grilling, picnicking or at garden parties, the following also applies: keep easily perishable food in a cool place, otherwise the party will be unplanned for you. Just keep cool.

Lower temperatures are also important to avoid food infections.

Best case scenario: Maintain the cooling chain for the products and store food, preferably at 2-5 ° C in the refrigerator.

Meat and fish are best kept in the coldest compartment.

This is usually located above the vegetable compartment.

During barbecues, picnics or garden parties, be cautious to cool perishable food, otherwise the party will cause you to get an upset stomach.

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Bacteria multiply everywhere - even in the refrigerator

It

goes without saying

that

meat

should be kept cool.

However, it is not always the same cold in our refrigerators.

If the

refrigerator

is set correctly, the temperature should be between +2 ° C and a maximum of +5 ° C according to the BfR.

The following rule of thumb applies: the deeper the compartment in the

refrigerator

, the cooler it is.

Raw and animal

foods

such as

meat

, poultry, fish or eggs are particularly at risk of spoilage.

To prevent this, they should be kept as low as possible.

But be careful: you should really only keep fruit and vegetables in the vegetable compartment in the refrigerator, never

meat

.

Even if that is usually the deepest compartment of a

refrigerator

.

The reason:

bacteria

like the moisture that can form in this compartment and multiply even faster.

  • The most important tips for storing meat at a glance:

  • 1. Pay attention to basic kitchen hygiene, especially in the

    refrigerator

    .

  • 2.

    Store

    perishable

    foods

    such as

    meat

    as cool as possible so that

    bacteria can

    multiply slowly.

  • 3. Closed containers prevent cross-contamination of the

    food

    .

  • 4.

    Meat

    is best kept on the glass plate above the vegetable compartment.

But there is another danger lurking in our

refrigerators

: the transmission of

bacteria

to

food

among each other.

This can lead to what is known as cross-contamination.

For example, if

bacteria get

from raw

meat

on other

foods

that are consumed unprocessed, the risk of infection increases immensely.

This risk can be reduced

by keeping containers closed in the

refrigerator

.

Never put meat in the refrigerator in the vegetable drawer: the risk of food poisoning increases

The safest place to store

meat

is usually the glass plate directly above the vegetable compartment.

It is cold enough here

to slow down

the reproduction of

bacteria

as

much

as possible.

In addition, meat juice cannot

drip

onto other

foods

and contaminate them.

Some modern refrigerators also have a special

“meat

compartment

or “0 ° C compartment”, which is ideal for storing

meat

.

(By Sebastian Richter)

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