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eating expired meat?

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  • Nov 3rd, 2005 1:44 am
Oct 8, 2005
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eating expired meat?

it is ok to eat meat(beef/chicken) after the expire date, like 2 or 3 or 4 days? cuz i dont wanna throw it out cuz it seems like a waste? or is it really unheathly?
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Oct 26, 2002
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smell it. if it smells/tastes fine, its ok to eat.
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ecet wrote:it is ok to eat meat(beef/chicken) after the expire date, like 2 or 3 or 4 days? cuz i dont wanna throw it out cuz it seems like a waste? or is it really unheathly?

The risk is yours. I'd toss it. You should freeze items you are not going to eat before the expiration date.
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ecet wrote:i have some chicken and some beef, didnt check the beef, the chicken smelled a little, both said best before oct17th, and today is the 19th
If they smell 'funny,' that is your body's defence mechanims telling you it's not safe to eat that food.
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hmmm, save a few bucks, or get horribly ill from salmonella and e.coli and whatever other nasties are in the meat.

decisions, decisions.
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2 days shouldn't be such a big deal. More than 5 might be though.
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Anessa wrote:2 days shouldn't be such a big deal. More than 5 might be though.
yea, if it still looks and smells alright, just make sure its cooked well done and it should be fine. in most situations 2 days is alright
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All of you shut your mouths and leave the OP alone.
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Feb 3, 2005
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just throw it out, you'll probably be worried at every little cough or sneeze or stomach pain, thinking "geez, could it be that bad meat I just ate".
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Sep 16, 2004
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I bought some cheap schneider steakettes in August as they were $2 for four patties making up a pound.

when i started using them for burgers i realised they were quite high in fat from the drippings and so i left them while i bought presiden't choice lean burgers instead.

The best before date is the 19th of OCtober and i used some on Saturday to make spaghetti sauce and i fried it up real good before ading the rest of ingredients and have eaten it and nothing has happened.

I still have some in sealed packages that is best before 19th of October and may not use it since it was so cheap but i am guessing that once there is no odd smell and it was frozen solid all along that you can use it as the best before date surely would have given a few days extra as it is simply a safety requirement by law for meat producers to protect themselves and consumers.

Just make sure to consume it all after cooking and while hot and don't bother leaving any for the next day.

I always end up using chicken after the best before date because I buy the family packs but don't eat meat everyday but what i do is once i thaw it i prepare them in separate parcels and season it and then freeze them in glad bags and use them within a week and never had any problems even with leftovers from the chicken.

How i cook my chicken though is i cut it up in small pieces and cook it in a pot and do not bake in large chunks etc so when i cook it, it gets really cooked and there is no chance of it even being undercooked so your cooking technique may also make a difference.

It's basically your call based on your judgement after your inspection and if in doubt I would rather throw it out than risk food poisoning and costlier hospital bills than the meat would have cost.
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smell it and look at it. otherwise, even if it slightly smells or looks bad, you can cook it to kill off the bacteria.
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If you had them frozen and are now defrosting it, it should be fine. If you had it sitting in the fridge for a week, that's more iffy...

Use your senses...! colour odor, etc. 2 days should be nothing to be worried about though.
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Most commercial ground beef is made from expired meat (roasts, steaks, etc)