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Old 01-23-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Pork Loin Expiration Date

I have a pork loin that I did not realize has a sell-by date of 01/12/11. It was in a cryo-vac type of package and has been in the fridge (not freezer.) I could not tell if it smelled rancid or had become slimy, because it has a garlic & parmesan coating/marinade.

I currently have it in the crockpot on high. Do you think it would be safe to continue & cook it all the way thru or should I just throw it out since it's 11 days past sell-by (not use-by) date? Does it matter that it was in a vacuum-type packaging?

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Here we go again. You must know the answer or it wouldn't need to be asked. "When in doubt, throw it out" is the mantra for good reason.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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Kayelle Is right When in doubt throw it out!!
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:12 PM   #4
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I agree with Kayelle. There is a reason that an expiration date shows up on a package. I always taught my nursing students that there is NO GRACE PERIOD on expiration dates. It may look good, but could harbor bacteria that would make you sick. Had it been frozen - that might be different. (I am the DC bacteria fanatic, by the way. ;)
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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Hmm. Does this only apply to meats and other certain things? I just finished a carton of eggs that had an exp date of November and it was still fine.
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
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Meat, eggs, other dairy....I would not gamble on those. Things like rice (I have a thread about that going...) and such I would not worry unless it smelled differently than it should.
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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Hmm. Does this only apply to meats and other certain things? I just finished a carton of eggs that had an exp date of November and it was still fine.
Eggs kept in a carton last longer than eggs kept out in a refrgerator "egg holder". The shells, being porus, absorb odors and other things if kept uncovered in the fridge. Personally, I would have tossed them - but that's me.
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Eggs kept in a carton last longer than eggs kept out in a refrgerator "egg holder". The shells, being porus, absorb odors and other things if kept uncovered in the fridge. Personally, I would have tossed them - but that's me.
If you hold out a brand new carton of milk and ask me if it smells bad...it smells bad. Once the idea is planted in my head...I WILL smell bad milk.

If I even think the eggs might be past...I just toss them.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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Remember there is a difference between sell by and use by.

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:22 PM   #10
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It's too bad you already started cooking it. It might make an interesting phone call to the packager of the meat. I'd ask how far past the sell by date they expect their meats to last before being cooked. It might even tell you on their website, if they have a website.
It'd be a different story if the date was a use by date. In that case I wouldn't have bothered even opening it up. blech.
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