Alternatively, it can be stored in the fridge for up to three days maximum, or in the freezer for up to six months; airtight packaging will prevent freezer burn. Defrost meat in the refrigerator overnight -- never at room temperature -- and be sure to examine your fridge for meat juices dripping onto other foods. It's highly recommended that you store meat at the bottom of the fridge. An important thing to note is that eggs are porous and if meat juices drip onto a carton of eggs, you should immediately wash them and re-refrigerate or discard the eggs in order to prevent contamination.
When preparing meat, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling. Use two different cutting boards: one for raw meat and the other for vegetables and other foods in order to prevent cross-contamination. Refrigerate any leftovers within two hours. Lastly, invest in a meat thermometer, they're easy to use and can reassure you that meat has been safely and adequately cooked.