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Old 06-19-2008, 12:15 PM   #1
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Grey ground beef?

I bought 5 1/2 lbs of ground beef a week ago today (though I froze it Monday) and had it sitting in the fridge. When I went to freeze it Monday, it had turned greyish-brown. Upon opening it, I smelled it and it was fine. Is the meat still ok to use?

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Old 06-19-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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you had it in the fridge from last thursday until monday? Five days?

Throw it away... that would be the best..
you may use it and take care that it will be cooked through, but you never know about endotoxine...
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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Assuming the sell by or use by dates are in order, don't go by color. Properly refrigerated/frozen, it should be fine.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:45 PM   #4
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Andy,
I don't know any ground beef that keeps allright for five days??
Is there something different over there?
In the old world ground meat must be used within two days....
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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Mrs. C, around here you could break open a pack of ground beef the day you bought it and it might be gray inside. Stores used to be accused of wrapping fresh meat around older meat, but I think now it is blamed on lighting, preservatives or something on that order.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:12 PM   #6
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Andy,
I don't know any ground beef that keeps allright for five days??
Is there something different over there?
In the old world ground meat must be used within two days....
Thursday to Monday is actually four days, not five. Ground beef is fine for four days. I've probably even stretched it to five, on occasion. Exposure to air causes it to turn from red to grayish, but that's no indication of quality.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:13 PM   #7
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Assuming the sell by or use by dates are in order, don't go by color. Properly refrigerated/frozen, it should be fine.
What Andy said.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:59 PM   #8
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I thought I had heard that it was due to light exposure as well but I just wanted to ask the experts! Thank you for your help everyone!
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:04 PM   #9
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Open the package....break it into several pieces....watch it 'bloom" ( turn red) it may take a few minutes...

And like Andy said....if the dates are in order...and it has been properly refrigerated...you are good to go.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:17 PM   #10
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I'm stunned - I never ever heard about keeping ground meat over that long!

I may keep it in the fridge für two days, maybe 2,5...but only if coldchain wasn't broken... but never for longer (if you count in the thursday, it is five days ;) )..

what do they do with the meat to keep it "fresh" that long?
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