How long can I keep fresh meat in my fridge?


Typically when you buy fresh meat from your local retailer you  expect that the product will keep past  the date on your package.  There are many factors that can affect this date. Usually beef and  veal will keep past the suggested sell by dates, if they are handled properly. You should not purchase fresh meat unless you plan to cook it within 2-3 days or plan to freeze it for later use.(Especially with poultry, pork, or ground meats) freeze it promptly. Freezing meat will not adversely affect the texture or tenderness of the meat, unless you are freezing it for a period of longer than 3 to 4 weeks. The USDA does not have any federal regulations regarding shelf life to specific cuts of meat. Therefore manufacturers and independent stores are able to set sell by dates at their own discretion. There is no exact science to it. When grocery shopping make fresh meat and seafood your last stop. Get it home and refrigerate immediately for the best shelf life.

How to Grill Swordfish Steaks

Perfectly Grilled Swordfish Steaks

  Swordfish steaks can be great whether or not they are fresh or previously frozen. My advice: don't buy fresh fish at fresh prices if it doesn't meet your standards, it can be overpriced and the quality questionable(unless you live on the coast). Often times frozen fish that is flash frozen has a much more consistent quality and the prices are more reasonable.

  To season your swordfish I would reccomend either a cajun, or blackened seasoning dry rub,or try marinating in your favorite Italian dressing for 8-24 hours before grilling.  For steaks approximately 1 1/4 inches thick grill for 3-4 for minutes over medium high heat, give a quarter turn without flipping and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Flip and repeat process to achieve the criss cross grill marks. Remove from heat and let steaks rest for a few minutes before serving. Do Not Overcook:Steaks will become dry and more fishy tasting. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.

How to make Grilled Pizza

Easy Grilled Pizza Instrustions

   If you want to save time you can buy prebaked pizza shells such as Boboli pizza crusts. If you choose to use fresh dough you will need to roll the dough to your desired thickness, and then either grill first on a baking sheet or bake in the oven until the dough consistency is durable enough to handle direct heat on the grill(about 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees). 
   Prepare all of your toppings prior to grilling. I like to have all of the vegetables sliced thinly so they don't require much time to become tender. Slice any meat toppings thinly also unless they are fully cooked. Try using fresh mozzarella as it is much lower in sodium than your average bagged shredded mozzarella. 
    Before you begin grilling your crust,be sure to brush dough with plenty of olive oil before placing directly on to grill (to prevent sticking).  Grill for 4-5 minutes on one side over medium heat (350 to 425 degrees F.) Flip crust over and top with your favorite sauce (white or red) and add toppings. Close cover and cook until cheese is melted and topping are cooked until desired doneness.

Top left: Tomato sauce,fresh Mozzarella, red onion,red pepper, thin sliced ham, pineapple, and black olives(Hawaiin pizza)
Top right: White(or red) sauce, fresh red pepper,broccoli,sliced mushrooms,squash,and fresh mozzarella.
Bottom right: Tomato sauce,carmelized onions, prosciutto,black olives,and fresh mozzarella.

Pizza can be grilled over propane or charcoal, I prefer propane(it has a much cleaner taste) but charcoal can provide much more flavor.