Meat gone bad?

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

How can you tell when meat goes bad? I have some pork top loin chops that have been in the fridge since I bought them.......I forgot to freeze them. The use/sell by date is Sept. 4th. I took them out and they don't smell bad.....I have to get my nose right up to them before I notice a smell. Do you think they are safe to use? Thanks for any help you can give.

Sedalia, MO

Are they sticky? If they smell at all I would pitch them, It is hard to tell with pork

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

They aren't any stickier than they would normally be. They are still bright pink. I'm having a hard time with the smell part though. To me, all meat has a smell.

Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

If you have any doubt, toss it. Not worth the risk.

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

That's kinda what I was thinking....but my DH thinks we should use them.....that's the only reason I question it. My mom always said, "When in doubt, throw it out."

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

Ok, we decided to throw it away. I would not be able to get over the questioning of them while I was eating them. And I would feel terrible if anyone got sick. Yep, "when in doubt, throw it out."

Thank you for your advice, allysgram and plutodrive. :o)

Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

I understand your debate. I sometimes feel that way about eggs. My SO says eat it and I say no.

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

Well, I know that eggs keep for a long time...but I don't know how long. We've never gotten sick from them though.

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

I just talked to my sister who is starting to raise chickens for the eggs. She has a book about chickens and it says that eggs will last for 5 weeks.....2 weeks if they are hard boiled. The only problem is that you don't know how old they are when you buy them at the store.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Since I have a poor sense of smell, anything questionable goes by my cat first, esp. leftovers. If it's the slightest bit 'off' she won't touch it.

Willamette Valley, OR(Zone 8a)

Would that be called a "cat scan?" ;o)

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)


Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

Ha! That is great!!

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

*snort----you are to funny mgh!

Gainesville, FL(Zone 8b)

Eggs fresh or old. Eggs build up gas as they age. Fresh eggs will not float. The higher they float the older they are. Try it it works.

Also the cat scan works with pork, or feed it to a disliked in-law to see what happens.

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