For wings, follow the same rules as any other type of poultry. Ensure that chicken remains in its original packaging (which should be vacuum-sealed or tightly-wrapped) to prevent its juices from leaking. Raw chicken can last for up to three days in the refrigerator.
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Next: How to Freeze Wings
Thanks to being predominantly bone, frozen chicken wings have a particularly long shelf life. If stored properly, most can last up to nine months in the freezer. Fill a freezer bag halfway with chicken wings and rest the bag sideways to avoid the wings from touching. Once the wings are frozen, you can then turn the bag upright for optimal freezer storage space.
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Next: How to Store Chicken
Raw or cooked chicken can be stored in a refrigerator for a few days, though it’s important to prevent raw chicken juices from leaking and contaminating other foods. Ensure that chicken remains in its original packaging (which should be vacuum-sealed or tightly-wrapped) until it is ready to be cooked.
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Next: How to Freeze Chicken
While freezing will make your chicken less tender and juicy, it is the perfect way to store the family-sized pack you bought at Costco last weekend. Remove the chicken from its original packaging and rewrap it tightly using aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper. Double wrap if you are planning to store the chicken for more than two months. Ground chicken can last up to three months in the freezer, while chicken pieces can last up to nine.
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Next: How to Thaw Chicken
You should never thaw chicken at room temperature, as it is highly susceptible to bacteria growth. Frozen chicken should either be thawed in the microwave, in the refrigerator, or in cold water (which should be changed every 30 minutes).
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Pork fares best in the freezer if packaged with freezer-friendly materials like waxed paper, aluminum foil, or heavy-duty plastic bags.
Wrap any meat tightly so that air does not escape and freeze at 0°F. Generally, fresh cuts of pork can last up to six months, while ground pork can last up to three.
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Pork is easiest to thaw when placed in the refrigerator in its original wrapping. Small roasts will take three to five hours per pound, while larger roasts can take up to seven hours per pound. Thawing ground pork depends entirely on the thickness of its packaging.
It is safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork, but its cooking time may take 50 percent longer. Frozen pork should not be cooked in a slow cooker.
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Sealed pork products can typically last in the fridge for two to four days, with ground pork having a slightly shorter shelf life at one to three. Ham or other smoked pork products like bacon can be stored for up to a week, though this only applies to products that aren’t vacuum sealed or prepared with preservatives. The latter can obviously last a lot longer.
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David Chang is known for his love of pork fat, and this recipe shows why: It adds tastiness to anything it touches. At his restaurant Momofuku, the wings are cold-smoked before being finished off on the grill or griddle. We’ve adapted the recipe to make it slightly easier for the home cook, while still preserving the essence of the original. Try serving these at your next cocktail party.
What to buy: Pickled red chiles add underlying spice to this recipe and can be found at most Asian markets.
Game plan: Tare is a generic Japanese term for a basting sauce. This version is essentially a chicken-infused soy sauce that adds lots of flavor to the finished dish.
The wings can be made through step 5 up to a day in advance. Bring the chicken to room temperature before finishing.
This recipe was featured as part of both our Spicy Holiday Cocktail Party menu and our Chile Pepper Recipes.