I'm well aware of the "when in doubt, throw it out" rule, but this has happened twice and I'm worried I'm throwing out good meat.
I typically only use ground sausage once a year. I haven't used any in a couple years though. Last year I opened a package that smelled weird, so I threw it out. It may have been stored improperly due to a failing freezer (where it had been stored) so I decided it was best to err on the side of caution.
Today I opened a package that was 2 days past the use by date of October 28 and it was gray on the outside, pink on the inside, and smelled weird. The smell is exactly like the smell from last year. I don't recall ground sausage ever smelling that way, so I assumed it was bad. Someone had moved it to the refrigerator door at some point, so I don't know if that made a difference or not. I usually keep meat near the back where it's colder, not in the door.
I wouldn't think sausage would be bad two days after the use by date. Any thoughts? I don't remember how sausage is supposed to smell. I'm gonna try to buy some this week and use it right away. The whole thing is still puzzling me though.
I was planning on having sausage and gravy for supper.