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Old 10-28-2009, 11:28 AM   #11
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There is a difference between sell by and use by. Most foods should be good several 2-3 days after the sell by date if, as Bob says, it was properly stored. Of course, you can't know that except for the time after you buy it.

I agree that this close to the sell by date, a smell check should do the trick.

Chicken is no less safe than beef or pork as long as it is cooked properly, and may even get better handling, in general, since every one seems wary of it.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:18 PM   #12
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Well I lucked out, the sell by date was the 27th, and I cooked it day before yesterday, the 26th. Swew.

I usually open and repackage smaller portions of my chicken, so I don't have this problem later. But, well, I didn't this time.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by jennifer75
But, well, I didn't this time.
.... and don'tcha ever do it again!!!!!

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:32 PM   #14
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I would use a product a couple of days past the sell by date if I was reasonably sure the product had remained cold. However, I would use it in a dish that I was sure was going to be cooked near the top of the temp range, and held there for a few minutes. Baking comes to mind.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:10 AM   #15
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there should not be any harm in storing them into your fridge for a long time until the date it passes the expiry date. Even in stores they are preserved in refrigerators and you might not be knowing since when.
But my question would be, How could you control yourself from not having it and just see it in your fridge.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:02 AM   #16
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Go by Smell if it sticks throw it out.

I'd throw it in some salted water let sit for 20-30 min rinse it off and if still smells toss it.
Years ago I worked at a Poultry/meat store. Heres a hint for all. when buying chicken in a package when you bring it home poke a hole in the wrapper. As chicken will gas up and spoil before its time.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:11 AM   #17
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Thanks for the poultry hint ('poke a hole in the wrapper'), letscook. It's threads like this that encouraged me to join up.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:12 AM   #18
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I would just cook it and eat it and hope for time off work.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:25 PM   #19
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Make the grocery your last stop before going home. At home, immediately place chicken in a refrigerator that maintains 40 °F, and use within 1 or 2 days, or freeze at 0 °F. If kept frozen continuously, it will be safe indefinitely.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:55 AM   #20
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I bought a tray of chicken pieces on Thursday last week, and it's been in the fridge since then. Never gone up to the top. Is it safe?
When in doubt, throw it out.

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