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The next round of "Eat It or Toss It?": Does boiling the chicken kill bacteria?


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I have these drumsticks, and I packaged them and froze them after they'd been in my fridge for 3 days, but before the sell-by date. I seem to remember sniffing them and thinking they smelled ever so slightly off, but I don't like the smell of meat, so it's hard to tell if it was really off or my imagination. I was thinking of using the drums to make chicken soup today, so they'd be boiled for a few hours. Would you use them or toss them?

 

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Thaw them, rinse and and re-sniff them. I don't like the smell of raw meat, but bad meat is usually more of a rancid smell.

 

Since you know they were froze by the sell-by date, I would be inclined to think they are fine, but with meat you never know how it was handled before you got it, and that can drastically effect that date. If in doubt, I would toss them, they are usually pretty cheap.

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Thaw them, rinse and and re-sniff them. I don't like the smell of raw meat, but bad meat is usually more of a rancid smell.

 

Since you know they were froze by the sell-by date, I would be inclined to think they are fine, but with meat you never know how it was handled before you got it, and that can drastically effect that date. If in doubt, I would toss them, they are usually pretty cheap.

 

Thanks Tap! I actually did exactly that, and they smelled fine. They're boiling away this very minute, on their way to being chicken soup :D

 

I appreciate the feedback!

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