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Old 10-26-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Chicken in the fridge too long?

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?

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Old 10-26-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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I'd probably go by the sell-by date on the package. If it's passed, I'd chuck them. I'd cry, but I'd chuck them.
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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I'd probably go by the sell-by date on the package. If it's passed, I'd chuck them. I'd cry, but I'd chuck them.
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:48 PM   #4
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Sorry :(
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:03 PM   #5
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What if the sell date was yesterday?
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:23 PM   #6
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"Sell By" dates are usually dates applied my the manufacturer telling the retailer when to pull their product from display...At home products may last beyond the "Sell By" date...Milk would be an example...Quite often milk is good/safe beyond it's Sell By date IF IT HAS BEEN PROPERLY HANDLED....Your package of Chicken may very well be fine depending on HOW IT WAS HANDLED. Only you would know this...How cold your refrigerator is...How much and how has your refrigerator been used over the past couple of days etc....At my house a package of Chicken 1 day past it's Sell By Date would probably not be an issue...However I would use it now...or freeze it for later.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
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That's true...I agree with Uncle Bob.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:51 PM   #8
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I'd throw it, for sure.

But you can smell it and feel it. If it smells off or is the least bit slimy, throw it.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:25 PM   #9
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Ditto Jennyema (not on the throwing away thing)and Uncle Bob. But definitely smell to tell. I always try to repackage my meats within two days of purchasing it anyways to get it off of that absorbant cloth that it on the bottom of the packaging. Why let the meat sit in it's own "juices" for any longer than it has to, ya know?
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"Sell By" dates are usually dates applied my the manufacturer telling the retailer when to pull their product from display...At home products may last beyond the "Sell By" date...Milk would be an example...Quite often milk is good/safe beyond it's Sell By date IF IT HAS BEEN PROPERLY HANDLED
I have been trying to tell my husband this for years!!!
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