After purchasing fresh meat or seafood, separate into your preferred cooking portions, then wrap with foil or paper, or place in a sealed glass container. Label with the date of purchase, and set in the freezer. When ready to thaw, transfer from freezer to the lowermost shelf of the refrigerator, to prevent juices or liquids from leaking onto other foods. Avoid defrosting on the countertop as the outermost parts of meat can reach temperatures high enough for microbial growth.
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