Processing Beef Correctly

Body Health
Beef is one of the best sources of protein and several other important nutrients. But beef can also be a source of fat and bad cholesterol. Beef is a good source of vitamin B and minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, and iron which are important for the body. In addition, 100 grams of beef contains about 15 grams of fat (saturated, monounsaturated, and double chain unsaturated) and 26 grams of protein. Protein from beef is needed for growth, development and body formation. But if it's excessive, it's certainly not good.

Processing Beef Correctly
Processing Beef Correctly

If you often eat beef, not only does the protein level in the body increase but also fat. High levels of fat in the body means the risk of weight gain or obesity also increases. Foods that contain saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can increase LDL bad cholesterol. As a result, the risk of developing heart disease is increasing. In addition, eating red meat such as beef is thought to increase the risk of colon, lung, esophagus, stomach, pancreas and endometrial cancer.

If you like to eat beef, it is advisable to choose a small amount of fat such as hamstrings, quads, outer or waist. You can also remove meat fat before cooking, especially if you want to make soup. Also, avoid processed meats such as smoked meat, hot dogs, or sausages.

If you want to cook beef, it is recommended to bake it or boil it, not fry it. If fried, vegetable oil used will also affect cholesterol levels in the body. But if you really want to fry beef, use heart-healthy oils such as sunflower oil, soybean oil, or olive oil.

Also, make sure to eat fibrous vegetables that can help reduce cholesterol absorption after consuming beef. And don't forget to cook beef in a frying pan, oven or water at least 71 ° Celsius to kill bacteria.
In addition to how to cook, how to store beef must also be considered. Place the beef in the refrigerator at 1 ° Celsius or in the freezer at -18 ° Celsius immediately after buying it. This is to keep meat fresh, maintain nutrition, and extend the shelf life of food.

If stored in the refrigerator, raw beef should only be stored for one or two days while cooked beef can last for three to four days. If stored in the freezer, raw beef can last up to three or four months, while beef is cooked two to six months.

If storing beef for more than two weeks, wrap or add the meat with aluminum foil, freezing paper, or freezer bag. If you want to melt frozen beef, put it in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.

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