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Walmart cryovac ribs stink?

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Walmart cryovac ribs stink?

Hey all,

I loaded up on some Pork back ribs during the Walmart sale.

Opened one up today, and the smell is overwhelming....

I'm soaking the meat in white Vinegar atm. (probably should have used apple cider vinegar so I wouldn't have to wash it off)


The meat itself looks fine... Is it safe to eat this?

I don't usually cook with Pork.
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How would you describe the smell?

What do you hope to achieve with the vinegar?
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If the smell is so bad they are bad. Don't eat them.
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if you're able to then refund it. It should never reek. There is a raw smell but not overwhelming. The vinegar will only kill the bacteria, but the bacteria secrete toxins that white vinegar will not remove. And if the meat is already rotten, no amount of cooking it is safe.
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Meat from older male pigs stinks but safe to eat
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If the dating is OK, and the seal is still there, it's likely OK.

I find Cryovac'd meat almost always has a smell to it IMO especially if you store it in the fridge for days thinking it's still before the best before date. Whenever I buy cryovac'd meat, I like to treat it like non cryovac'd meat and cook it soon after buying it rather than holding it. Alternatively you should freeze it if you don't intend on eating within a day or two.

https://www.freerangebutcher.com.au/abo ... packaging/

The meat will also sweat while in the packaging and this can result in an unpleasant smell when you first open the packaging (this is not an indication of the freshness of the meat). To overcome both of these effects, all you need to do is when you're ready to eat your meat, simply remove it from the packaging and leave it out for 10-15 minutes. When out of the packaging and exposed to oxygen again the meat will return to the usual red colour. Once you've removed the meat, simply rinse out the bag and throw it in the bin and the smell will disappear too.


https://blueskyranch.ca/blogs/beasty-bi ... defrosting

It can also have a funny smell when the package is first opened. This smell is in no way an indication that there is a problem with the meat. It is known as "confinement odour" and is a result of the vacuum sealing process. After a few minutes, the smell will disappear and the colour will return to normal.
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Cryovac pork is sometimes funky.

Funny thing is I had a cryovac pair of ribs that opened funky and looked fine.
Next day they were solidly green.
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amz155 wrote: How would you describe the smell?

What do you hope to achieve with the vinegar?
The smell was similar to rotten eggs.

It's an island thing. My coworkers wash all their meat with white vinegar to clean it.
I was also hoping the vinegar would kill off whatever bacteria was causing the smell, but after soaking for 1hr the smell just came back when I rinsed off the vinegar.
gr8dlr wrote: If the dating is OK, and the seal is still there, it's likely OK.

I find Cryovac'd meat almost always has a smell to it IMO especially if you store it in the fridge for days thinking it's still before the best before date. Whenever I buy cryovac'd meat, I like to treat it like non cryovac'd meat and cook it soon after buying it rather than holding it. Alternatively you should freeze it if you don't intend on eating within a day or two.

https://www.freerangebutcher.com.au/abo ... packaging/

The meat will also sweat while in the packaging and this can result in an unpleasant smell when you first open the packaging (this is not an indication of the freshness of the meat). To overcome both of these effects, all you need to do is when you're ready to eat your meat, simply remove it from the packaging and leave it out for 10-15 minutes. When out of the packaging and exposed to oxygen again the meat will return to the usual red colour. Once you've removed the meat, simply rinse out the bag and throw it in the bin and the smell will disappear too.


https://blueskyranch.ca/blogs/beasty-bi ... defrosting

It can also have a funny smell when the package is first opened. This smell is in no way an indication that there is a problem with the meat. It is known as "confinement odour" and is a result of the vacuum sealing process. After a few minutes, the smell will disappear and the colour will return to normal.
I did not know this. I will do that from now on.
I'm my case I tried soaking it in vinegar for an hour and then rinsing it, but the smell still persisted.
jackrabbit000 wrote: Return it, I wouldn't eat it.
Walmart took it back. I packed up the ribs in a ziploc bag, dug out the packaging from the garbage, and they gave me a gift car with the value of my ribs.
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I found that with ribs from the earlier sale (sold out and never restocked on the last one). Taste fine when cooked.
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well, did you eat this already?
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When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Most Westerners would just cook that up right out of the packaging onto the grill etc.
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gh05t wrote: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Cover it with garum to hide the spoilage?
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There is often a funky cryovac smell with raw proteins. Dry it off with paper towel and then let it sit in the fridge on a rack. I salt it at the time too. It will go away.

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