Post # 1
Hey! I need some advice…I bought two steaks Thursday night, and threw them in the fridge, I pull them out to cook them tonight, and they have like a greyish hue to them….are they still ok to eat??? I’ve never seen them do that before…atleast not that I can remember….help???
Post # 3
The brown color ONLY indicates that they were cut off from oxygen. Nothing else. If they smell OK, they are OK.
Think if you have ever bough the large packs of meat either ground or steaks and the inside of the ground or the overlapping pieces of the steaks were brown. This means they had no oxygen. They are OK.
Post # 4
I don’t eat meat but I found this on the USDA site:
“Change in color alone does not mean the product is spoiled. Color changes are normal for fresh product. With spoilage there can be a change in color—often a fading or darkening. In addition to the color change, the meat or poultry will have an off odor, be sticky or tacky to the touch, or it may be slimy. If meat has developed these characteristics, it should not be used. “
Post # 5
Are they shiny/slimy? –Do they have that “oil-slick” look on the top? (It doesn’t seem that they do on the picture, but sometimes you gotta get them in the right light)
Do they smell off? Steak should just smell fresh and a little iron-y.
If they smell fine and they’re not slimy I’d go on and cook it. Steaks are a lot safer than, say, ground beef. Is there no expiry date on the packaging?
Post # 6
Thank you so much for the replies! It says sell sell by the 23rd but theres not an “eat by” date on them….They don’t feel oily or have a bad smell, but its too late to call my mom or mommy in law, & I trust you guys way more then google….THANK YOU!
Post # 7
beef sometimes gets that way after being frozen and then thawed. i’ve seen it with a couple steaks we’ve bought and then frozen and then thawed again. if they don’t have a funky smell or look slimy, you’re good to go.
Post # 8
That’s totally normal; like another PP said, it’s due to lack of oxygen. The first time I ever bought beef and left it in the fridge a few days I had a similar reaction but it’s definitely fine as long as they smell normal and don’t feel slimy.
Post # 9
I called my mom to ask her the same thing a few years ago when I was learning to really cook. She said what PPs said about oxygen. No problem as long as they smell ok! Enjoy your steak!
Post # 10
Thank you SO SO SO much for all the replies…I’ve only been really cooking like an adult for about 2-3 years with my fiance, and we make steak prolly once a week, and I’ve never seen it turn this shade…Thank you so much every one!!! The steaks are going on the grill right now!!! Thanks again!
Post # 11
Meat does this naturally. Nothing to worry about unless it smells funny!