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icooksocks Tue 16-Aug-11 16:20:51

I bought a small pack of chicken breasts in co-op yesterday for last nights tea, they were in reduced to clear section. Got home and mil and fil were here (unexpectedly a day early) so didn't use said chicken as was not enough for all of us.
Just got them out of the fridge for tea and noticed they were dated with yesterday's date, but have performed the sniff test and they passed with flying colours. AIBU to use them in tonight's carbonara?

JsOtherHalf Tue 16-Aug-11 16:22:07

I would :D

momobiker Tue 16-Aug-11 16:22:30

YANBU. Can I have some carbonara please its my favourite smile

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 16-Aug-11 16:22:54

i wouldn't use them if they are out of date....i will use thing past there 'best before' but not the 'use by' date

alison222 Tue 16-Aug-11 16:34:52

you can tell if its off by the smell. As long as it is cooked thoroughly you should kill all germs.

BupcakesandCunting Tue 16-Aug-11 16:35:29

I've eaten chicken a week out of date and lived to tell the tale. <manly>

LolaRennt Tue 16-Aug-11 16:38:09

Food tends to go by the smell test round her rather than dates. I have bought things in date that were very much off so works both ways

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Tue 16-Aug-11 16:39:07

Go ahead. You can really smell chicken if it's gone bad or on the turn.

I've had odd things that I've left out of the bin just to see when they would go bad.

There was a Tesco's own seeded farmhouse loaf that was two weeks past it's sell by and not a mould spot on it. i didn't use it but I suppose I should have. Usually, wholemeal and seeded breads go off very fast. It was lovely bread too if I remember.

Also, when we had a lot of snow earlier in the year, I bulk bought 'Cravendale' milk and left it in the snow in the back garden as there was no room in the fridge. It was there for weeks and still smelt fine.

Hovis origina wheatgerml, however, my favourite bread, goes off at the speed of light. I have to open the packet and start cramming it in my gob as soon as I get out of the shop... hmm Ok... slight exaggeration, but not by much. shock

icooksocks Tue 16-Aug-11 16:42:31

Said chicken all fried ready to go in carbonara, will hand out bowls when it's ready, just waiting for the pasta grin.
I once had some chicken thighs from asda that were in date but were very definitely off [boak]

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Tue 16-Aug-11 16:45:20

>>>> says a 'Hail Mary' and holds out hand for a bowl... grin

icooksocks Tue 16-Aug-11 16:56:35

[hands out bowls]

It's bloody yummy Even if I do say so myself. grin

squeakytoy Tue 16-Aug-11 16:58:00

You would soon know if they were off. And things do not magically turn manky at midnight on the day they have to be used by grin, it is not an exact science! wink

icooksocks Tue 16-Aug-11 16:59:11

It must be good, dc3 has just asked for seconds (in his own little way-he held his bowl towards kitchen door and said uuh!)

Angel786 Tue 16-Aug-11 17:00:02

I cooked chicken left out to defrost for 24 hours at the weekend, smelt fine and no injuries to report. Enjoy the carbonara!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Tue 16-Aug-11 17:01:52

icocksocks... Your DS is a man of few words.. but he knows what matters in life! grin

blackeyedsusan Tue 16-Aug-11 17:04:14

<elbows way into the queue>

SirSugar Tue 16-Aug-11 17:16:28

I once bought an in date by miles lobster from sainsburys. when I unpacked it I nearly passed out from the smell. I took it back and warned the assistant that if she opened it to check in the store she would clear the place. Bad stuff smells vile so you should be fine

icooksocks Tue 16-Aug-11 17:18:46

Lying you have summed him up perfectly, he is in fact a man of NO words!! At 19 months old I was hoping for something, but no he communicates with a series of uuhs and pointing grin.

QueenStromba Tue 16-Aug-11 19:27:34

YABU for putting chicken in a carbonara - everyone knows it should be made with bacon.

I've also had chicken that was in date that smelled awful. Use by dates are not an exact science and normally they err on the side of caution so things with a short shelf life are normally fine for an extra day or two, things with a medium shelf life (eg a month or so) are usually fine for a week or two after and things with a long shelf life could be fine for months, if not years, after the best before date. Also, meat will have a use by date whereas most other things will have a best before date. The best before date just indicates how long the producer is willing to guarantee product quality rather than having anything to do with the safety of eating it, so after that date your onions might start sprouting or your peppers might get a couple of soft bits but they would still be fine to eat.

LineRunner Tue 16-Aug-11 19:33:14

I have bought in date chicken that stank.

Go by smell. If it smells fine, it's fine.

icooksocks Wed 17-Aug-11 13:14:41

QueenStromba My carbonara had bacon in too grin

ShoutyBag Wed 17-Aug-11 13:25:03

I've had problems with in date chicken. Turns out my fridge wasn't cold enough to safely store food. Rectified with purchase of thermometer. Agree that you can tell when chicken is off, it really stinks the place out.

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