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Beef and Pork Buyer’s Guide

Shopping tips for getting the best value when you buy beef and pork.

If you love meat there are plenty of good reasons to keep it in your diet. Just be choosy about the cuts you buy—some are lean while others are loaded with fat. It’s important to watch your portions too. A reasonable portion size of meat is 3 ounces cooked: that’s a piece of steak about as big as deck of cards. Here are some things to look for when you’re buying beef and pork at the supermarket to help you make healthier choices.

Storage Tips for Beef and Pork

Refrigerate or freeze meat as soon as possible after purchase.

If freezing meat for longer than two weeks, wrap in heavy-duty foil, freezer paper or freezer bags to prevent freezer burn.

Frozen meat should be defrosted in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, to prevent bacterial growth.

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