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« on: November 19, 2008, 08:06:56 AM »

Opinions please.

Bought too much chicken last week and didn't cook it.

I've got 5 packages of chicken cutlets (boneless, skinless)  that are 3 and 4 days past the "sell by" date.  The chicken does not smell, is not slimy.  It is Free Bird, which I have found seems to stay fresher a lot longer.  My Jenn-Air is only 2-years-old and does an excellent job of keeping items fresh in special compartments it has.

Has anyone cooked stuff this old and not had adverse effects from it?  This would be for DH and myself.  Would probably make chicken fricasse and dumplings with it .  Cats/dogs get the fresher stuff cooking in the crockpot now. 

If it had an odor, I wouldn't even be considering cooking it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 08:14:47 AM »

I tend to use recipes that double cook meat for stuff (with no odor or sliminess) that is past the sell by date. For Chicken a la King and chicken soup, you use already baked chicken, cut it up, and cook it again. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 08:21:34 AM »

Those are good ideas.  Thanks, Arlo. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008, 02:56:41 PM »

i will use meat up to three days past sell by date ..u877777uy7( Zoey wanted to say something) ... as a sell by is "supposedly" not a use by date
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008, 03:13:02 PM »

JustMe, seriously, if you cook the heck out of it, that will kill salmonella and e-coli. Listeria I'm not sure on.
Anyone know for sure?

I've just gotten to the point of day two after bringing home, if it ain't cooked, it's frozen. But then except
for cats, who get organic, I use store bought stuff for me. It's funny; the cats won't touch my chicken.
Doesn't seem to smell right to them -- yikes.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008, 03:32:25 PM »

i will use meat up to three days past sell by date ..u877777uy7( Zoey wanted to say something) ... as a sell by is "supposedly" not a use by date

I'm trying to interpret Zoey's typing.....you ate 77777 you why 7?   Ask her what 7 means..... Tongue Tongue  Tongue

But then except
for cats, who get organic, I use store bought stuff for me. It's funny; the cats won't touch my chicken.
Doesn't seem to smell right to them -- yikes.

Yikes.....is right.   Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008, 11:34:39 PM »

Could always use the standard rule of thumb - when in doubt, throw it out.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2008, 11:48:07 PM »

JustMe,
     If it doesn't smell and is not slimy, I would use it.  I agree that the Sell By date is not a Use By date.  You will notice that many times the grocery stores will just mark down meat that is just at the Sell By date, but I have always heard that it is perfectly good to use within a few days, or even to freeze for use later. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2008, 05:06:58 AM »

I agree about the date being sell by,not use by. If there is no color change,slimyness or odor it should be fine. Arlo's suggestion of cook then freeze & use in something that will cook it more is good. Just in case.
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2008, 06:02:20 AM »

A local store has a clearance bin......usually a day before the sell by date on meat.  If it looks fresh (some of the chicken looks a little yukky.....usually organic because it's so expensive here), I usually pick up meat for the pooch.  I put it right in the freezer or cook it when I get home.  Have never had a problem & get some great deals in that bin.  I would also get poultry but have never seen any that looks that fresh......plus the organic is never marked down that much.

Actually have found great deals on the really prime steaks......I chowed down on those myself.  Neither of us have ever gotten sick, thankfully! Undecided

I always cook poultry well whether it's for me or for Hannah.....have a thing about poultry & pork.  Probably because my mother was a freak about undercooked pork or poultry & scared me when I was a kid.  Still like beef rare (not burger though).
 
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