Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Here’s the beef on burgers

June 4, 2003


Here are some ground-beef tips and reminders from the National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. for making hamburgers:

  • The lean and fat ratios of ground beef vary, but if the package is labeled ground beef, it must be no more than 30 percent fat.
  • Purchase ground beef on or before the "sell by" date and store in the coldest part of the refrigerator to use or freeze within two days.
  • Ground beef can be frozen in its original packaging for up to two weeks. To freeze for up to four months, rewrap tightly in food-safe freezer bags.
  • Defrost frozen ground beef in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.
  • One pound of ground beef makes four three-ounce servings after it's cooked.
  • Cook all ground beef, even that which has been irradiated, to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

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