Post # 1
on sunday night, i cooked a packet of chicken because it expired that day. i am very picky and paranoid about raw meat already but i thought it sort of had a weird smell. FI convinced me that i was being paranoid and claimed he couldn’t smell anything. i reasoned that it’s ‘sell by date’ was on sunday so it was safe to eat.
we were fine when we ate it on sunday night but we reheat leftovers to eat for dinner last night and now FI and i are feeling ill. FI is even at home sick with stomach cramps and nausea! i knewwwwwwww i shouldn’t have cooked with it even though it was probably still in it’s safe zone!! UGH.
i have a packet of beef that expires today and it looks a little gray to me. i’m just going throw it out. i knew i was paranoid for good reason!
how about you guys? do you cook the packets before the ‘sell by date’?
Post # 3
I never use anything past the date on it, and even on the date I’m unsure about it. If meat looks a little off colour, or has any kind of weird smell to it I throw it out.
I hope you’re both feeling better soon!
Post # 4
I don’t really cook with much meat but I wouldn’t cook it much longer after the date. If it’s a sell-by date that means it should still be good to use for the day after the sell-by date. After that you would either need to freeze it or throw it out. An expiration date would be different I think. Of course anything that smells bad I wouldn’t use.
I think the sell by date is when the store needs to sell it by to give the consumer a chance to cook it (within the 1-2 day window) or freeze.
Post # 5
If something in the fridge is past its best by date, we usually throw it out. We got a vacuum food sealer for Christmas, and we’ll make exceptions for meats still sealed in vacuum bags (but only if they still look and smell ok).
Post # 6
I freeze meat the day I buy it if I’m not going to cook it within 24 hours. Saves a lot of space in the fridge in addition to avoiding that spoiled meat and wasted money.
Post # 7
Greying of meat is natural as it gets more exposed to air. Some companies treat their beef with some kind of dye or something to keep it super red and others don’t, so that’s why some will grey easier/faster. If you ever are questioning it, THROW IT OUT! That’s me and my SO’s rule of thumb. $5 worth of meat is never worth a week’s worth of pain!
I’ve both used meat after the dates if it smelled fine (but also made sure to thoroughly cook it) and I’ve thrown out yet-to-expire meat that smelled funky. It’s best to go by the sniff test.
Post # 8
Definitely when in doubt, throw it out! It’s not worth the possible sickness to try and save a small piece of meat. We have an 18month old son, and I would never feed him anything I had any reservation about.
Post # 9
Regardless of the date on the package, I try to cook or freeze ASAP. Chicken breasts and any ground meat go bad the fastest, so I’d use those within 24 hours of purchase. Steaks and vacuum-sealed meats last a little longer, like 2-3 days, in the fridge. Some people will hold on to meats for longer before cooking, but I am really particular about icky smells and tastes… Sometimes, even “fresh” meat can be gross when you take it out of the package, so use your good judgement.
You can also buy your own vacuum sealer if you tend to do all your food shopping at once, it will reduce the meat’s surface exposure and will keep it fresh a little longer.
Post # 10
Generally speaking, I purchase enough groceries for 1-2 days worth of meals at a time. No meats sit in my fridge for more than 48 hours, if I’m not going to use it immediately, I freeze it. The sell by date assumes optimal conditions from the time the product was packaged to the time it’s used, and that just doesn’t happen. There are always temperature fluctuations between transport, stocking and just sitting in the grocery store. Yes, it means more grocery trips for me. But it means fresher produce and an excuse to be out in the gorgeous Spring weather!
Post # 11
I am super paranoid about the dates on meats. I know a person that works as a butcher at a grocery store and he has told me some horror stories that I just can’t escape. If it hits the date I usually pitch it.
Post # 12
@MariContrary: SO true. that chicken just smelled off but FI convinced me i was being paranoid. i now know to trust my gut. i’m definitely throwing away the beef. UGH. this makes me grossed out…poor FI…he’s like so sick, lol (it’s not really funny but you know).
Post # 13
@adoc86: i am SO paranoid too!!!
Post # 14
@missebelle: no, i never eat meat past it’s due date. as for your beef, smell it. if it smells “stinky”, don’t eat it. i would still probably cook the meat well done if the date is close.
i did have food poisoning once from eating in a seafood restaurant. they must have served tainted shellfish. i couldn’t tell b/c it was covered in sauce and it was spicy. the worst experience of my life. it was terrible. i was in bed for 2 solid weeks.
Post # 15
We buy our meat in bulk, so when it gets home from the store we seperate it in to portions, keep only 1 portion out for immediate use and freeze the rest for later use. We’ve never run in to issues this way because we only thaw out the frozen portions the day we need them.
I agree though, when there’s doubt about meat it’s better to play it safe. No one likes food poisoning!
Post # 16
@mypinkshoes: oh my god. awful, awful, awful. i haven’t ever had bad food poisoning yet…knock on wood. but i know it feels like death. FI got food poisoning from a sonic BLT and was literally throwing up every 2 minutes and i actually got scared.
@MrsSawyer: that is actually a GREAT idea that i hadn’t thought of. that might work for us too!