Post # 1
So I went grocery shopping Sat and bough a package of chicken drumsticks. I asked FI to put them in the freezer (he divides the food into freezer bags, I do groceries, he does this…its our system).
I just found out he forgot to put that in the fridge. It is Thursday. So that is Sat bought, Sun-Thursday in the fridge.
The best before dates says its good til the 23rd…but the chickens been in the fridge for 5 days for when we cook it…
The chicken was in the normal cold foods section…NOT the freezer section.
Would you eat it if the best before date days its food til the 23rd?
Post # 3
This site says no so I would probably go by this even though the best by date says the 23. I’m super weird about food though.
ETA: everything else I’ve read also says 1-2 days in the refrigerator for raw chicken so I definitely would not eat it.
Post # 4
The 23rd of September? Absolutely. 23rd of August? Not so much.
FI and I often buy the meat that’s been reduced in price because it’s right on it’s “sell by” date. As long as we freeze or eat it by the marked date we don’t worry.
Post # 5
honestly, no, but im ridiculously paranoid about food being “off”
Post # 6
If the best before date is the 23rd, and it’s been in the fridge for the whole time, then it should be absolutely fine. Chicken smells disgusting when it’s bad anyway.
Post # 7
If you freeze the chicken for at least 3 weeks all traces of could be trichynosis will be gone!
Post # 8
I’d eat it. I have a guts of steel though. DH and I don’t refridgerate our eggs either, I guess we’re more lax about that stuff.
Post # 9
Does it smell okay? If it smells fine, I’d eat it.
Post # 10
@nikbee: That’s what I was thinking.
I would stick it in the freezer just to make sure nothing’s up.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t think twice about it. I normally just go by the marked date.
Post # 12
@fiver: do you buy your eggs unrefrigerated? I had heard that if they’ve been previously refrigerated, they can’t be left out after unless you’re going to eat them that day – and that annoys me cause I could really use the space in the fridge!
OP – the nose knows! Even then I’ve cooked up some off-smelling meat, especially if a quick rinse rids the meat of most of the smell.
Post # 13
@nikbee: only some species of it…
Post # 14
@turnanewleaf: The only eggs that can generally be left unrefrigerated without quickly spoiling are ones that are not washed before being sold. This strips their protective coating, leaving it more porous, so it has to be refrigerated. Usually there is a synthetic coating that is put on them after the fact, but it doesn’t do as well to keep the eggs fresh without refrigeration.
Post # 15
I work in a fungal lab and I can tell a ‘clean’, single isolate culture from a contaminated one by smell, even if I haven’t worked with the fungus before. It’s hard to describe verbally, but anyone I’ve taught in person picked it up quickly. I trust my nose when it comes to telling if food is off. I used to work in a grocery store and once I stopped a customer from buying spoiled chicken because I could smell the bacteria when I scanned it. I have no idea how she missed it because the smell was strong, but she was grateful.
Post # 16
I buy them refrigerated and leave them out- I’ve been doing it for at least the last 4 years and have never ever had a problem- also probably because we eat A LOT of eggs so they really aren’t left out that long.