The key here is DO NOT CROSS-CONTAMINATE. Cross-contamination is the transfer of bacteria from one food to another by way of cutting boards, knives or improper handling. So it is advisable to keep foods apart.
- Prevent the meat juices to drip into other foods.
- Do not also cross-contaminate food with your own bacteria. Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food and using the bathroom.
- Wipe up kitchen surfaces using hot soapy water and clean towels.
- Wash cutting boards and knives after preparing each food item.
- If possible, use separate cutting boards for vegetables or fresh produce and for meat.
- Marinate food IN the refrigerator.
- Thaw preferably in the refrigerator not outside it. Do not let the juices drip into other food.
- Or else thaw in a leak-proof plastic bag submerged in cold water changing the water every 30 minutes.
- Cook immediately after thawing.
Just remember, CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, CHILL.