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Old 07-27-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Raw ground beef expiration date

I found a pound of ground beef in the fridge today with yesterday's expiration date.

Should I pitch it? It has lost the red color and is browish.

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Old 07-27-2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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I found a pound of ground beef in the fridge today with yesterday's expiration date.

Should I pitch it? It has lost the red color and is browish.
Give it a sniff... you should be able to tell. Just cook well.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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I have been told that the expiration dates are buy by dates, and allow a couple of days for use. Don't know is that is true or not. Like Jeff, I would give it a sniff. and, just to be on the safe sied, I would cook it well.
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OK. I plan on using it tonight.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:55 PM   #5
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Open it and smell it - off meat has a very distinctive smell. If it smells OK, cook it very well - I would suggest a caserole of pasta sauce type thung with a lenghtyish cooking time. The browness will probably be due to oxidation - not a problem.

There are often two dates on - one for the shop which is a sell by date. There may also be a use by date. These are usually guidelines and an indicator of when quality begins to deteriote. Things can go off before the sell by date!!!! - always do a smell and visual check.
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