the right way to dethaw meat

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Treat Your Meat Well

Always store packages of raw meat and seafood on the bottom shelves of the refrigerator, so that if they drip they won’t contaminate other food. Fresh meat will keep for a couple of days in the fridge and, depending on the cut, up to a year in the freezer—just in time for next year’s big cleanout.

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