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Duncan New Zealand venison

Safe handling instructions

Safe storage of foods

• Cook or freeze fresh venison within three to five days.

• Keep meat in its package until just before using.

• Meat defrosted in the refrigerator may be refrozen before or after cooking. If thawed by other methods, cook before refreezing.

Thaw food safely

• A refrigerator allows slow, safe thawing. Make sure thawing juices do not drip on other foods.

• For faster thawing, place food into a leak-proof plastic bag and submerge in cold tap water.

• If using a microwave to defrost, cook meat or poultry immediately after thawing.

Safe food preparation

• Use separate cutting boards. You should also clean all cooking utensils after they come into contact with raw meat. Different utensils should be used to serve food than prepare it.

• Sanitize cutting boards often in a solution of one teaspoon chlorine bleach to four cups of water. Wash kitchen towels and cloths often in hot water in washing machine.

• Don’t cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food. After cutting raw meat, wash hands, cutting board, knife, and counter tops with hot soapy water.

• Marinate meat in a covered dish in the refrigerator.

• Prepare the meat on a separate surface from other ingredients & utensils. Germs spread easily. It’s particularly important to keep vegetables and other ingredients away from meat, especially if you are not cooking them together in the same dish.