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#1 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 02:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Last Friday I bought some steaks and a small roast cut (beef), brought them home and placed them in the meat drawer in the fridge intending to dress them later and then freeze them. Fast forward to today, its Wednesday and yikes, I have just realised that the meat is still in the fridge! Is it still safe to use? Can I still freeze it raw considering that I don’t have a microwave so thawing it for cooking would entail another 12 hours or so in the fridge? FWIW the meat is from a “boutique” type butchery with high quality meat sourced locally. Its 3 meals worth of stuff, ugh what a shame!!!

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I have always been taught that 3 days is the limit on fresh meat in the fridge, but I do not know if that is really a rule or not.

I do not think I would trust it though, sorry.

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If it doesn't smell funky and your fridge is nice and cold, I would eat it for sure. Just cook it long and make sure it comes all the way to temp.

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If it doesn't smell funky and your fridge is nice and cold, I would eat it for sure. Just cook it long and make sure it comes all the way to temp.
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I'd use it it doesn't smell bad. And I've used meat that has been in the fridge for much more than 3 days and it was fine. It seems very unlikely to me that it would have spoiled in 5 days. I do meat in the crockpot about 75% of the time though, so it has a very long cook time!

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Yes, it should be fine, as long as your refrigerator is at the proper temperature. Just to be safe, I would make sure to cook it to at least 160 F.

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I would cook it if it didn't smell funky. I wouldn't freeze it raw though. I'd cook it thoroughly and then use it for meals asap.

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Might sound weird, but "dry aged" beef is actually stored for weeks in basically a big fridge. You pay extra for them to age it. If the beef is wrapped in paper, you've done this. It may look brown, but should smell fine. If you cook a piece and taste it, it should smell and taste normal or slightly more beefy than when fresh. Meet in plastic wrap spoils faster (3-5 days) and will develop as sour smell. This is why good butchers use paper, not plastic. Even off meat is usually safe to eat if you cook it to a high temp, but you would need a lot of spice to cover the off taste.

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Can I still freeze it raw considering that I don’t have a microwave so thawing it for cooking would entail another 12 hours or so in the fridge?
You don't have to thaw the roast to cook it, you can cook them from frozen just fine.

The steaks technically don't either but it's easy to overcook them & you can't really marinate them unless you marinate before freezing.
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Thanks for the replies - and the reassurance. My fridge has an electronic thermostat and we keep it at 4°C. The meat was paper-wrapped - I guess my butcher knows his stuff (and me thinking it was just a quaint old fasioned habit lol!). It did not look or smell wrong, so I have frozen it. I will thaw out the steaks before cooking, but I will take your advice CarrieMF and put the roast in the oven still frozen.
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I grocery shop once a week, so 5 day old meat doesnt even make me blink. And with a reputable butcher (vs grocery store meat), i wouldn't even think twice.

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We get our meat from a farm where it is naturally raised, butchered, wrapped in paper and flash frozen on sight. It is incredible the difference between that meat and grocery store meat that is wrapped in plastic. 5 day old meat wouldn't bother me if it smelt good.

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