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Old 09-18-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Vacuumed Sealed Pork Ribs

I have been buying slabs of pork ribs for a while now. I have two slabs I am planning on making today; however, one of the packages does not appear to be tightly sealed like all the others. There is no hole in the package because nothing is leaking out - but instead of the plastic being tightly formed to the ribs - the ribs are loose inside the bag - and they look more brown instead of the other slab that has the plastic more tightly formed around the slab and appear more pink. The "use by" date is the same on both packages, Oct 6 - is this package of ribs safe to cook?

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Old 09-18-2008, 11:05 AM   #2
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Cut the bag open and sniff it. I'll bet it's "whiffy". If it is I'd take it back. If it smells like fresh meat it should be OK.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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If they have been properly refrigerated, the vacuum seal should not make a difference. I assume it had the vac seal when you bought it and then it lost the vacuum in your home.
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Thanks for responding pacanis and Andy M. - I will do the sniff test - looking for my receipt now just in case - what would cause the vacuum seal to break if there is not a hole?
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It may not have vacuumed fully to begin with. The little air that was left in there caused some oxidation. Also, know that there will be a bit of a whiff at first - it will probably dissipate. I'd say they are ok - just a bit oxidized. After airing out a couple minutes take another whiff.
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... - what would cause the vacuum seal to break if there is not a hole?

Either it was never vacuum sealed or a very small hole allowed air in.
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Trust me, you'll know if they went bad. I bought a bad rack once, smelled like sulfur.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:09 PM   #8
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They get pretty slimy, too.
I've only had that problem with the prepackaged vaccum sealed ribs. And it was well before the date on the label.
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I've only had that problem with the prepackaged vaccum sealed ribs. And it was well before the date on the label.
Ditto. Really ticked me off. I had the smoker going and everything.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:30 PM   #10
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Yep. You're all set to cook something that should be fresh.... and....
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