How to Safely Handle Your Steaks This Spring


How to Safely Handle Your Steaks This Spring

Food safety is a priority for every cook. At Y.O, Steakhouse, it’s something that we put even above the presentation and taste of our meals. 

So, if you plan on cooking out this spring and summer, make sure that you are practicing steakhouse-level safety standards.

Remember, the end result of your homemade steak should be a dream come true, not a nightmare. Here’s a look at how you can practice top-level safety standards with your steak prep from shopping to right before the grilling; because let’s face it if you’re grilling right, you won’ need to safely store leftovers.

Shop Wisely

When you are out shopping for a steak, you want to be picky about the state of your steak before you take it home. 

Follow these safety tips to improve the quality of your steak on your shopping trips:

  • Buy your steak at the end of your visit so that it stays cooler, longer
  • Buy before the “sell by” date unless you plan on freezing your steak right away
  • Buy a steak with a fair amount of marbling on its surface. More marbling equals more of that beefy flavor any steak-lover craves.
  • Never take home a steak that has holes in its packaging. This is an open invitation for unwanted bacteria.

Store Your Steaks Safely

If you can get home right away, do so! You should never store a fresh steak in a car for long. 

Upon arrival, make sure that you follow these essential safety precautions:

  • Immediately freeze or refrigerate your meat
  • Ensure that your steak is stored below 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Store your raw meats away from any cooked foods in order to avoid cross-contamination

Never Thaw at Room Temperature

When it comes to properly thawing your steak there are three trusted methods:

  • Natural thawing in the refrigerator
  • Thawing in cold water while wrapped in an airtight plastic bag
  • In the microwave, so long as you plan on cooking the steak right after thawing

Raw meat left at room temperature leaves itself open for bacteria. Avoid a bout of food poisoning, and make sure that you never make this massive thawing mistake. 

Handle With Cleanliness in Mind

When handling raw steak, keep this mantra in mind: Always wash your hands before handling anything else in your kitchen. In fact, you should always wash your hands and surfaces before you start working with your meat. 

Keeping your hands and surfaces clean both preserves the integrity of your steak and prevents bacteria from spreading to your produce and pre-cooked foods. 

Enjoy Peace of Mind with Your Meal’s Safety at Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

Although it’s a fun accomplishment to cook your own steaks at home, sometimes you just want a taste of professional cooking from a downtown steakhouse. At Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse we guarantee a sanitary and delicious Dallas steakhouse experience. From quality steaks to mouth-watering appetizers, our steakhouse has everything a diner wants out of a night on the town.

Enjoy a night at one of Downtown Dallas’ best steakhouses and find out why so many people choose Y.O. over cooking at home. Make your reservations at our table today!