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The Meat-Storing Red Flag To Look Out For At The Supermarket
If you spy a package of meat at the grocery store that is sealed with a lot of fluid, it probably isn't in prime condition for bringing home and is best to steer clear of.
Excessive pink and red juices can indicate improper storage. As beef sits in the package, it leaks out water, which combines with the natural protein myoglobin.
The proteins work as fluid retainers, and as meat ages or is handled, the proteins break down and lose their ability to hold water, resulting in lower quality and fluid buildup.
This liquid, called "purge," can hold the same harmful bacteria as raw meat. Handle purge with caution and prevent it from contaminating other items in your shopping cart.