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Old 12-07-2007, 11:47 AM   #21
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:50 AM   #22
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:59 AM   #23
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Fridge temp is also important make sure its operating at the right temp.My rule is When in doubt throw it out.Its not worth the food poisoning at any price.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:15 PM   #24
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So to review........For our purposes, chicken should be considered "bad" and discarded for any of three reasons:

1. past the sell by date or over 3 days in your fridge. (sell by dates are not infallible by any stretch)

2. Confirmed or suspected holding of the chicken for more than 2 hours above 40 degrees. Generally you won't be able to actually confirm it, so if you are unsure, send it bye bye.

3. Any off odor or color. It is impossible to really tell how that chicken was held before you got it home. If this occurs within the "sell by" date range, reputable stores will exchange or refund.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:41 PM   #25
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:11 PM   #26
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I do not like chicken and think it always smells gross. What if it smells a little like sulfur?
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:33 PM   #27
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I've never sensed a sulfer smell from chicken before, but bad chicken really smells BAD!
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:48 AM   #28
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I have a scanario for you.

During Hurricane Irene, I moved 5lbs of frozen chicken breast into the fridge to make room for buckets full of water to make huge ice blocks. We were expecting power outage for the weekend. Storm hit Sunday 2am the power goes out. Power comes back on 10am Monday. Because the chicken was frozen, and the fridge was never opened and I would assume the chicken didn't completely thaw.

I'm now 7 days from the time the power came back on and I remember the chicken.

I just cut it into cubes and no smell at all - but felt a bit slimmy.

Cook OR Toss it?
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #29
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I would toss it myself, but there is sure to be someone who will say I'm wrong.
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #30
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a day and a quarter without power would start the chicken well on its way to defrosting. Seven days for defrosted chicken is too much. I'd toss it.

It probably took longer for the center of the package to defrost but don't try to second guess.

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