(Closed) Filet steaks not the right color….are they good to eat???? ***PICTURE***

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: Should I cook these steaks or toss them???
    COOK!!!! Nom nom nom : (19 votes)
    83 %
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  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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 # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
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    Bee Keeper

    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 # 11
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    Sugar bee

    Meat does this naturally. Nothing to worry about unless it smells funny! 

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