Buying, Handling and Storing Fresh Veal
Buy your meat last and separate raw meat from ready-to-eat foods in your shopping cart. Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before and after handling raw meat. Sanitize kitchen countertops that come into contact with raw meat. Wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils with soap and hot water after contact with raw meat. Refrigerate or freeze your veal as soon as possible after purchasing. Prevent raw veal juices from dripping onto other foods by placing raw foods in sealed containers or sealable plastic bags. Refrigerate fresh, raw veal in its original wrap in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Use ground veal or stew meat within 1-2 days. Cook chops and roasts within 3-5 days. Freeze veal in the original packaging wrapped with airtight freezer wrap or in an airtight freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. For best quality, frozen chops and roasts should be used within 4-6 months and ground or stew meat within 3-4 months.