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Ever get home and wonder why the chicken tastes funny? Choosing the freshest poultry is easy if you use these tips!
Check the sell-by date on the label. This shows the last day the chicken should be sold. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat it. But you should try to eat it within 2 days of this date.
Look for chicken that has very little or no liquid on the bottom of the tray.
Make sure the package isn’t leaking. In fact, always place the chicken in a plastic bag at the store to make sure the juices don’t contaminate your other food like produce or foods that won’t be cooked.
Check for fresh odor. If you smell something through the plastic, the product is not fresh. Kinda like rotten eggs!
The meat should look plump and meaty with smooth, moist skin. (Felt like I was describing myself!)
How to store it? Store in the back of your refrigerator where it is the coldest or freeze cut-up chicken for up to nine months. Just make sure it’s wrapped in heavy-duty freezer bags or aluminum foil to prevent ice crystals from forming. And mark the package with a date (and your name too if you roommates forget where there food is!)