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Old 06-29-2002, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default How far past the "sell by" date can you still eat meat?

i have some hamburger left over and i was wondering just how long past the "sell by" date you can eat something wihtout getting sick, any suggestions??
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:54 AM   #2
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MEAT SPOILS!??!?!?!!??! :Q








Personally, I wouldn't eat it afterwords.
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:56 AM   #3
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If it's still frozen, it should last for awhile. If it's thawed in the fridge, only a couple of days.
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:56 AM   #4
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it's been completely frozen in the freezer too if that matters
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:56 AM   #5
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If it's still frozen, it should last for awhile. If it's thawed in the fridge, only a couple of days.
how long's awhile?
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:58 AM   #6
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Until it turns dark gray/brown, and/or is furry.
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:58 AM   #7
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meat, as long as its frozen solid lasts a long time. i mean long time. i mean we sold the restaurant, took stuff out of the freezer from 6 months before, left it in another freezer for a while and ate it w/out any problems.

bacteria just cant grow at 0. you might have a harder time chewing thru it though.
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Old 06-29-2002, 12:59 AM   #8
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yeah, it's not colored or anything, i just forgot i had like $40 of meat buried under some frozen veggies
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Old 06-29-2002, 01:00 AM   #9
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Since it's been frozen, I would say it's good for about a year or so.
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Old 06-29-2002, 01:00 AM   #10
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I have defrosted hamburger meat, chicken, pork chops and steaks that have been frozen for 4 months or more and it's always been fine.

Some rules:

1. Once it's defrosted, you either must cook it immediately or throw it away. NO refreezing is allowed.
2. If you are going to freeze meat, do it right after you get it home from the store or right after you slaughter it. If it sits in the fridge for a week, you'll be freezing bad bacteria that may come back to haunt you later.

So, if your meat has been good and frozen (then it's time to get a GF...hahahah!) and you thaw it out and plan on cooking it immediately, you will have no probs.
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Old 06-29-2002, 01:08 AM   #11
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yeah, it is time to get a gf, but tha'ts a whole nother story
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Old 06-29-2002, 02:05 AM   #12
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cook it up and feed a little to the dog/cat

if they won't eat it, perhaps you shouldn't either

for those of you that never saw the stinky meat project - check it out
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Old 06-29-2002, 02:22 AM   #13
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Personally, I wouldn't eat it afterwords.
Me either.
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Old 06-29-2002, 02:57 AM   #14
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If it smells bad, don't eat it.

If it's a little old, but doesen't smell bad, and you're really paranoid.. just cook it well.

Oh, if it's been frozen it's fine.. as long as it's not all freezer burned..
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:03 AM   #15
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I have defrosted hamburger meat, chicken, pork chops and steaks that have been frozen for 4 months or more and it's always been fine.

Some rules:

1. Once it's defrosted, you either must cook it immediately or throw it away. NO refreezing is allowed.
2. If you are going to freeze meat, do it right after you get it home from the store or right after you slaughter it. If it sits in the fridge for a week, you'll be freezing bad bacteria that may come back to haunt you later.

So, if your meat has been good and frozen (then it's time to get a GF...hahahah!) and you thaw it out and plan on cooking it immediately, you will have no probs.
As long as the meat doesn't get above 40F you can refreeze it (or if you can still find ice crystals in it). The USDA says it'll probably taste like pooh, but is still safe to eat
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:04 AM   #16
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Depends on the type of meat how long it will last in the freezer.

If there is a lot of freezer burn I would throw it. Also when you defrost it or start to cook it if there is any foul odor then def. throw it away.

If you let me know the kind of meat I can tell you how long in the freezer it will last. Also was it a deep freeze or just the normal fridge freeze?
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:20 AM   #17
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There are too many variables to say 'meat is safe to eat for x days' after the sell by date. The sell by date itself is only a guideline, not a law of physics. Hamburger is one of the easiest to tell by appearance and smell whether it is 'safe' to eat. When in doubt, throw it out.
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:28 AM   #18
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Buy a new one. Dump the questionable one.

Works well.
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:30 AM   #19
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Old 06-29-2002, 03:39 AM   #20
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boil it long and good to make some soup
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Old 06-29-2002, 10:20 AM   #21
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meat lasts a long time, sometimes we find beef in the bottom of the freezer thats been in there for like over a year.

As long as the color looks right, it should be fine.

Another note, I have never gotten sick from meat, and i do prefer to make sure its cooked medium well to well, which kills more bacteria than eating a rare steak.
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Old 06-29-2002, 11:01 PM   #22
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FYI: there are zero laws/regulations for stores to abide by about "sell by" meat - meaning if they find meat expired they can repackage it as new and sell it with a different "sell by" date. I'm sure most people here have eaten meat that has had that done - I'm sure eating that meat won't kill you as long as you cook it fully.
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Old 06-29-2002, 11:28 PM   #23
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.......up until the smell date
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