5/15/10

Helpful Hints in the Kitchen: Brown isn't 'bad' on Ground Beef

The internet can be helpful for everything from finding an insurance quote to finding out obscure but fun facts. This little fact is something that seems natural to me but many people may not know it, so I thought it might be fun to add it to the 'helpful hint' portion of my site; Brown doesn't mean 'bad' when it comes to raw beef.

Beef that’s fresh from the grocery store or the butcher might be bright red, but if parts of it are brown when you take it out of the package, it doesn’t mean your meat is spoiled. Beef can turn red when it’s exposed to oxygen in the same way your own blood does. If it’s brown or grayish brown in the middle, that may just be because it hasn’t come in direct contact with oxygen. On the other hand, if your meat has turned completely gray or brown, it could be starting to go bad, according to the USDA.
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