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Old 05-22-2011, 12:34 PM   #31
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Haven't you seen "Swamp People"? Dem dar alagater luvs dem funky chickins!

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Old 07-08-2011, 03:56 PM   #32
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Some chicken has an odor to it and others don't. The sell by date still had two days to go on these thighs I bought and they had a smell to it.

My mother used to work in a meat market and told me to stick it in a bowl of water and vinegar and then rinse it off. If it still smelled funny, she told me to toss it.

I did that and my chicken thighs were fine. No one got sick. But if you are not comfortable cooking it or serving it, then toss it. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:18 PM   #33
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I wouldn't eat it if it smelled funny! I lived in Barcelona for a year and got food poisoning many times from bad chicken until I started poking a small hole in the packets at the supermarket to sniff it first...lol! If you find a packet with a hole in your meat section, it was probably me :p
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:53 AM   #34
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Sorry to drag up an old post but I just bought some fresh chicken breasts from my local farm butcher for the first time and it has a very funky smell - I rung the farm shop who informed me that the smell is completely normal and common in fresh farm chicken as it hasn't gone through a de odour process like supermarkets use? My knowledge on this is pretty limited and I'm not one to generally chance it - hoping some one here might be informed on such a matter (that is informed on fresh farm chicken)
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #35
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I am from Romania, and sometimes the meat there is not quite fresh, but many people there cook it to very high heat and it does not harm them.

Meat should smell as in nothing when the package is open first.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:55 AM   #36
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I would return it to the store so that they know they may have bad chicken in the meat section.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #37
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Just realized that this thread is very old. Oops!
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:37 AM   #38
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Sorry to drag up an old post but I just bought some fresh chicken breasts from my local farm butcher for the first time and it has a very funky smell - I rung the farm shop who informed me that the smell is completely normal and common in fresh farm chicken as it hasn't gone through a de odour process like supermarkets use? My knowledge on this is pretty limited and I'm not one to generally chance it - hoping some one here might be informed on such a matter (that is informed on fresh farm chicken)
I'm sure it's fine. I don't know what the de-odor process is that you mention, but I buy much of my chicken direct from farms and it does have a somewhat different smell to it. This might sound a little gross, but to me it has more of a "fresh blood" kind of smell that I don't get from factory chicken. Farm chickens also tend to be a little more mature than most store birds, so they are just a tad bit more gamey.

Gamey and fresh is a completely different smell than rotten, and I think most people just need to learn to recognize it. Probably a lost art in this modern day and age of refrigeration where nothing is expected to have any odor to it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:51 AM   #39
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Steve, I think you're right. It's a mineraly smell from the iron in the blood.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:59 PM   #40
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Well, it felt slimy like you would expect raw meat to. It looks perfectly fine, the flesh is pink and not cloudy.

It actually had a little of this smell when I first bought it. The 'sell by' date wasn't for a few days and they all had it so I thought it was fine. Can chicken go bad as quickly as the trip home? I stuck it in the freezer as soon as I got home.

It would be frustrating if it is bad because I threw out some chicken before for the same reason. Maybe it is just me because my roommate said he couldn't smell anything. Would it help if I told you it kind of smells like rubber? Thanks.
I wouldn't expect any raw meat to be slimy.

If the chicken is slimy and smells bad it is bad. Throw it away.
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