Most of the non-veg lovers opt to cook meat in the weekend as non-veg cook ups never fail to tickle the taste buds. Added to that, meat is a rich source of proteins and vitamins which helps to maintain the nutrition balance in our body. It is important, however, to pick the right kind of meat to get the perfect taste.
We EeYuva have come up with 6 tips which help you in filling your carts with the right meat!
1. Colour Is The Index Of Freshness
The colour of the meat says a lot about its freshness. Poultry meat must be white or light pink. Check that the meat does not have a green tinge, especially under the wings. There should not be any bruises or blood clots on the surface. In the case of red meat, it must be bright red in appearance. If the meat is vacuum packed, it may appear slightly brown. This is also good quality meat and will last longer in the refrigerator.
2. Odour Is A Matter
Poultry meat is generally odour-free but may have a slightly meaty odour on rare occasions. The smell of red meat is very specific to the type of meat and there should not be any variance from the typical smell of a goat or lamb. One should make sure there is no foul or pungent odour to any kind of fresh meat being purchased.
3. Check Out The Texture
For poultry, the texture should be firm and the muscle fibres must be clearly visible. The meat must not be slimy and if you touch it, the fingers should be dry rather than sticky. The meat should not appear translucent and watery when it is cut. In the case of red meat, it should not fall off easily when it is being cut. The fat should not be yellow in colour, as it indicates that the meat is not fresh.
4. Go For Skinless
The skin of the meat has saturated fatty acids, which are high in calories and can potentially increase the risk of cardiac ailments. Hence, it is always recommended that meat is consumed after removing the skin.
5. Ensure Food Safety Standards
It is absolutely essential that every packaged meat product has a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) certified label on it to ensure that all food safety standards are met. This is also the primary reason why you should avoid buying meat from a butcher shop as there is no guarantee of food safety.
6. The Traceability Factor
The traceability of meat and understanding how it was sourced and bred is important to determine the quality of meat. The history and ancestry of the animal are also significant indicators of quality. It is always advisable to check farm to fork details on the package while buying meat, whenever the information is available.
Remember, meat is a great source of nutrition if consumed in the right manner!
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