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How To Keep Chicken Fresh

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Storing ChickenChicken is a perishable commodity and hence knowing how to keep chicken fresh is vital if planning to use and cook it. Ideally chicken keeps fresh in coldest part of refrigerator where temperature is 40 degrees F or less. Even when kept fresh in refrigerator, chicken should be consumed within 2 to 3 days of purchase. Freezing chicken might become necessary if it is to be used after 3 days.



Keep Chicken Fresh in Refrigerator


  1. Unload store bought chicken first from the car.

  2. Usually, chicken bought from store would be tightly wrapped.

  3. Place in coldest part of refrigerator or the meat drawer.

  4. Adjust refrigerator temperature to 40 degrees F and freezer temperature to 0 degrees F.

  5. Consume within 2 or 3 days.


Keep Chicken Fresh in Freezer


Chicken can be kept fresh for as much as 2 months and longer when stored in freezer.


  1. Place chicken with original wrap in freezer if planning to store only for 2 months.

  2. If chicken needs to be kept fresh for longer, overwrap store bought chicken with plastic wrap or freezer paper or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Else place in plastic freezer bag.

  3. Keep in freezer.

  4. Thaw before using.


Alternately, for keeping chicken fresh, whole chicken can be washed and dried using ktichen towels. The giblets and excess fat is removed and chicken wrapped tightly in plastic wraps, foil or paper. Wrapped chicken can be kept fresh in freezer. Instead of storing chicken as a whole, it can be cut and boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts can be stored in refrigerator. This also keeps chicken fresh tasting and tender.


Tips for Keeping Chicken Fresh


  • Check expiry date on chicken packaging prior to buying.

  • Follow carefully the handling recommendations as given on product.

  • Keep chicken in its original package until used.


Improperly stored chicken can be a haven for bacteria and other infection causing germs, hence it is very important that chicken is kept fresh using proper methods. This article sheds some light on how to keep chicken fresh to help you enjoy cooking fresh chicken.





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How To Keep Chicken Fresh