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#1 of 17 Old 08-05-2008, 09:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just put in the oven a whole chicken that was a bit smelly. That sort of sour smell. I can't stand to waste animal food and thought it might be okay after cooking? The sell by date was the 3rd, but I though the use by date should be a few days after that right? or no? It's roasting now, but the more I think about it the more I'm scared of it. I hate to throw away a whole bird though, that is the sadest thing ever. I've had to do that before (well, just pieces, not a whole) and immediately decided to go veg again to avoid such horribly sad wastes.... What would you do? If it smells okay out of the oven is it okay?
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Sometimes my chicken smells a little off when I take it right out of the packaging. Could that be it?

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I'm very sad, but I had to toss the whole thing. The smell was horrible and didn't go away with cooking enough to seem okay. I feel like the date must have been off. I've never had chicken smell like that before and I had just bought it 2 days ago. It was $17.50 too, which sucks, but really I'm just feeling really mournful over the loss of life. I'm barely okay with eating meat as it is. I do it because I get so weak without it that I'm barely functional and I have tons of health trouble as it is. I like to think that the life energy of the animal lives on by nourishing the living. When it gets thrown out though I just feel really sick about it.
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So sorry mama . Don't beat yourself up too bad, it's not your fault.

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I've never had a problem with 2 day old chicken. I've had problems with meat that got "lost" in the back of the fridge, but never after only 2 days.

I think you should see about getting a refund or another chicken from wherever you purchased it, unless you forgot to refridgerate it right away or something like that.

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I think you should see about getting a refund or another chicken from wherever you purchased it, unless you forgot to refridgerate it right away or something like that.
I had forgotten, but that reminds me that DH did say all the meat he had bought stayed in the car for a hour by the time he got home. It still felt cold, so I felt fine about it, but had forgotten until I read your comment. That same day he had bought a pound of ground pork that I had used to make sausage patties with. I'm just experimenting with this, trying to find something that DD will like (not spicy), and it tasted really awful. At the time I had thought that maybe that's why sausage is always so spiced- to cover that flavor, but maybe the meat was off. I don't remember it smelling bad when mixing, but I also didn't stick my nose in it to check.
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I asked a butcher at the grocery store a while back, and the sell-by date is also the use-by date for meat. So it probably was bad.
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I asked a butcher at the grocery store a while back, and the sell-by date is also the use-by date for meat. So it probably was bad.
ITA, I genearlly consider any date on meat to be a "use or freeze by" date rather than a sell by date.
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you could always bury it to let it decompose and return to the earth if that might make you feel somewhat better
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you could always bury it to let it decompose and return to the earth if that might make you feel somewhat better
It's too late now, but I wish I had done that. That would have been better.

Thanks everyone for the info. on sell by/ use by dates. I'll know better next time.
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Thanks everyone for the info. on sell by/ use by dates. I'll know better next time.
Guess I should 'fess up that the reason I asked was that I learned the hard way too.
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Sorry it didn't work out for you, but my rule of thumb is "trust your nose". If it smells off, it probably is! Nothing like a wonderful case of food poisoning to learn that lesson (she speaks from experience )

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Next time take it back and get a refund!!!!!!



And yes, chicken should NEVER smell weird!

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This is why I never buy meat in the grocery store anymore. I call myself a grocery-store-meat vegetarian, In the past, I have bought the "natural" health food chicken and it smelled bad after two days, just like you. And you know when chicken smells bad, you just know. I did get my money back once, but it has happened more than once.

I have been told that if it is "just starting" to smell a little off, that you can remove the skin and soak it in some kind of mixture that has vinegar in it (but I don't remember the proportions, but maybe you could google it for next time), and that will help kill off anything that was starting to grow and fester. But personally, I don't take chances with meat, especially meat from the grocery store.

Now, I only buy meat straight from the farm!
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Sorry it didn't work out for you, but my rule of thumb is "trust your nose". If it smells off, it probably is! Nothing like a wonderful case of food poisoning to learn that lesson (she speaks from experience )
This just reminded me, A few years ago we had family staying. We bought some capicolo at the italian food store for lunch.
I remember everyone saying " This tastes a little funny here try it." ou tof 5 of us 4 got aweful food poisoning. The next day the lunch meat in the fridge was green

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This just reminded me, A few years ago we had family staying. We bought some capicolo at the italian food store for lunch.
I remember everyone saying " This tastes a little funny here try it." ou tof 5 of us 4 got aweful food poisoning. The next day the lunch meat in the fridge was green

When I was in 5th grade I started at a new school and my mom sent me with homemade sandwiches. I kept coming home with a stomach ache the first days of school and my mom would say I'm just upset and anxious about being in a new school. The next day there was rampant mold all over the bread! :
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I have been told that if it is "just starting" to smell a little off, that you can remove the skin and soak it in some kind of mixture that has vinegar in it (but I don't remember the proportions, but maybe you could google it for next time), and that will help kill off anything that was starting to grow and fester. But personally, I don't take chances with meat, especially meat from the grocery store.

Now, I only buy meat straight from the farm!
We rinse our chicken (and fish) with either vinegar or lemon juice. I just dump it straight on/around the chicken. For a whole bird, I rinse with water first, then vinegar/lemon juice. I do the vinegar part over a bowl in the sink. Make sure to get the insides. Then I let some water run in the bowl and let it sit a while while I'm preparing the herbs, spice rub, and veggies. I turn it over once or twice. I then rinse well and pat dry. (I sometimes forget the drying part, but it does make the oils and spices stick so much better.)

I can deal with touching meat SO much better when I buy it from a local source.

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