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mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
3:56 PM

Post #3958455

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.
allysgram
Sedalia, MO

September 10, 2007
4:18 PM

Post #3958546

Are they sticky? If they smell at all I would pitch them, It is hard to tell with pork
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
4:25 PM

Post #3958572

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.
plutodrive
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

September 10, 2007
4:41 PM

Post #3958639

If you have any doubt, toss it. Not worth the risk.
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
5:02 PM

Post #3958723

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."
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3958793

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)
plutodrive
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

September 10, 2007
6:01 PM

Post #3958898

I understand your debate. I sometimes feel that way about eggs. My SO says eat it and I say no.
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
6:15 PM

Post #3958937

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.
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2007
6:49 PM

Post #3959029

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.

darius

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

September 25, 2007
6:23 AM

Post #4014540

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.
mgh
Willamette Valley, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 25, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #4016691

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

darius

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

September 25, 2007
10:06 PM

Post #4016694

LOL!!
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

September 25, 2007
10:11 PM

Post #4016708

Ha! That is great!!
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2007
10:19 PM

Post #4076449

*snort----you are to funny mgh!
Dirt_Man
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #4083386

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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