- Fish and poultry should be cooked or frozen with two days of purchasing. Same goes for ground meat and uncooked sausages.
- Cook beef, lamb, and pork within three to five days of purchase or freeze.
- When freezing, keep meat in butcher paper since the sticker will have the information about the cut of meat and the date purchased, but do use the added protection of heavy-duty plastic wrap or a freezer-grade plastic bag.
If you're barbecuing this holiday weekend, brush up on your food safety tips for your kitchen prep, grill, and buffet.