Marinate Meats Safely!

Meat, poultry and fish are sometimes soaked in a mixture of vinegar or wine and oil with various spices and herbs before cooking. The uncooked meat in the marinade is highly perishable.

Here are guidelines to marinate meats safely:
  • Always marinate meat, poultry and fish in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • Do not marinate more than 24 hours.
  • Discard any leftover marinade.

  • Article History
    • Revision Date: 6/22/2010

Food Safety Tip of the Day

Marinating mandate

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Sauce that is used to marinate raw meat, poultry, or seafood should not be used on cooked foods, unless it is boiled before applying. The raw meat, poultry, or seafood may have illness-causing bacteria present on the surface, which could contaminate the marinade. Bringing the marinade to a rolling boil will kill any pathogens that may be present.

Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education

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