Handling Meat

All home cooks want to serve meals and snacks that are good and good for their families. We also want to make sure the food we serve is safe -- particularly meat. When handled or cooked improperly, meat can be unhealthy to eat. We have all the information you need on how to handle meat safely. Our handy cooking charts are downloadable, so you can keep them where you cook and always have them at the ready to check cooking times and temperatures for meat, poultry, and vegetables. Buying fresh, safe meat is critical, but it's also important to store your meat safely once you get it home. We guide you through meat storage information, plus advice on how to freeze meat. We also show you how to test meats and fish for doneness. The only no-fail way to cook meat to correct temperatures is by using a meat thermometer. Use our tips on how to get the most out of your meat thermometer. When you're cooking poultry, turn to our charts on how to ensure tasty, good-for-you results, as well as a primer on how to cut a whole chicken.

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Handy Cooking Charts

Get cooking times and temps for meat and poultry.

Roasting Meat Step-by-Step

Get winning results every time with this simple-to-use guide.

How to Brown Ground Beef

Follow four simple steps to master this basic cooking skill.

Chicken Recipes and Tips You Should Know
Hand-Selected Chicken Breast Recipes

Blah chicken, be gone! Browse our 20+ fresh takes, including sandwiches, salads, and family-style dinners.

Oven-Bake Chicken Legs and Chicken Quarters

Baked chicken legs are the ultimate in effortless, budget-friendly cooking; here's how to do it.

How to Boil Chicken Breasts

Make versatile boiled chicken breasts your go-to main dish. The dish will quickly become a staple at your house.

Everything in Cooking with Meat and Poultry
Cutting Tips
  • Cutting Meat, Poultry Or Fish

    Cut bite-size pieces of meat, poultry, or fish for your favorite stir-fry recipes using our simple techniques.

  • Cutting Up a Whole Chicken

    Don't be intimidated by the thought of cutting up a whole chicken. We'll show you how in five easy steps.

  • Meat-Cutting Techniques

    Master the art of cutting, cubing, and shredding meats so you can add them to your recipes with ease.

  • Skinning and Boning Chicken

    Poultry dishes will be a snap when you learn the proper techniques for skinning and boning chicken.

Meat Cooking Methods and Techniques
  • How to Roast Beef

    Learn how to make a delicious oven-roasted beef entree that's versatile enough for weeknights or holiday dinners.

  • How to Roast Beef Tenderloin

    Follow our step-by-step directions for searing, roasting, and serving a fuss-free roast beef tenderloin dinner.

  • How to Prepare Prime Rib Roast

    Prime rib roast is the ideal choice for holidays and special occasions. Our step-by-step directions make it simple.

  • How to Roast Pork Ribs

    Whether you prefer to roast, grill, or slow cook pork ribs, we guarantee tasty results with our easy directions.

  • Meat Charts

    We make it simple for you to broil, roast, and skillet-cook your favorite meats with our handy charts.

  • How to Bake Ham

    For easy entertaining or a delicious family meal, choose ham. Follow our advice to prepare this tasty entree.

  • How to Brine a Turkey

    If you've never brined a turkey, you're in for a treat. We'll take you step-by-step for a moist, tasty bird.

  • How to Cook Bacon

    We take the guesswork out of cooking bacon. We'll walk you through frying, baking, and microwaving tasty strips.

  • How to Cook Beef Tenderloin

    Beef tenderloin is a popular choice for special occasions. Here's how to roast, grill, and saute this tender cut.

  • How to Grill Steak

    Plan your next cookout with a flavorful steak on the menu. We'll show you our secrets for grilling perfection.

  • Pounding Meat

    Here's the trick to pounding meat to an even, uniform thickness whether you use a mallet, rolling pin, or pan.

  • How to Rest Meat

    We'll show you why resting meat and poultry ensures a juicy, moist entree every time you cook.

Poultry Cooking Methods and Techniques
  • Poultry Cooking Charts

    Learn how to safely roast, broil, and microwave chicken, turkey, and other poultry with our cooking charts.

  • How to Bake Chicken

    Add chicken to your dinner menu with our hints for roasting a whole bird or baking breasts and other pieces.

  • How to Boil Chicken Breasts

    Boil chicken to use as a key ingredient in your main dishes. Get started with our easy how-to and inviting recipes.

  • How to Broil Chicken

    We have the secret to broiling chicken to use as a quick and delicious dinner entree. Just follow these four steps.

  • How to Grill Chicken

    Add chicken to your next backyard barbecue. We'll show you how to grill breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and more.

  • How Long to Cook Chicken

    Prepare a tempting chicken dinner with successful results when you use our foolproof guide to cooking times.

  • How Long to Grill Chicken

    Whether you're using a charcoal or gas grill, our handy guide will help you make the most of your chicken.

  • How to Roast Chicken

    We'll unlock the secrets for making a succulent roast chicken with our simple steps and seasoning options.

Meat Storage and Safety


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