Things to keep in mind while buying fresh meat

Things to keep in mind while buying fresh meat

Meat is a rich source of proteins. Apart from proteins, it also contains an abundant amount of Vitamin B-complex (Vitamin B1 to B12), Vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorous and Omega 3 fatty acids that are required to maintain the nutrition balance in our body.

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Here are tips to help you buy the right stuff:

Check the colour:

  • The colour of the meat says a lot about its freshness.
  • Poultry meat must be white or light pink.
  • Check that the meat does not have a green tinge, especially under the wings.
  • There should not be any bruises or blood clots on the surface.
  • In the case of red meat, it must be bright red in appearance.
  • If the meat is vacuum packed, it may appear slightly brown.
  • This is also good quality meat and will last longer in the refrigerator.
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Check the odour:

  • Poultry meat is generally odour-free but may have a slightly meaty odour on rare occasions.
  • The smell of red meat is very specific to the type of meat and there should not be any variance from the typical smell of a goat or lamb.
  • One should make sure there is no foul or pungent odour to any kind of fresh meat being purchased.

Check the texture:

  • For poultry, the texture should be firm and the muscle fibres must be clearly visible.
  • Furthermore, the meat must not be slimy and if you touch it, the fingers should be dry rather than sticky.
  • The meat should not appear translucent and watery when it is cut.
  • In addition,in the case of red meat, it should not fall off easily when it is being cut.
  • The fat should not be yellow in colour, as it indicates that the meat is not fresh.

Prefer skinless:

  • The skin of the meat has saturated fatty acids, which are high on calories and can potentially increase the risk of cardiac ailments.
  • Hence, it is always recommended that meat is consumed after removing the skin.

Ensure food safety standards:

  • It is absolutely essential that every packaged meat product has a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) certified label on it to ensure that all food safety standards are met.
  • This is also the primary reason why you should avoid buying meat from a butcher shop, since there is no guarantee of food safety.

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