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To serve defrosted chicken that had a bit of green on it?

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isitnearlytime Sun 19-Jul-15 08:24:21

On Thursday night I took some frozen chicken breasts out of the freezer and popped them in the fridge to defrost intending to use them the following day. They had been bought fresh but I hadn't used it all so froze the remains about a week previously while still in date. On Saturday I took them out of the fridge to make a chicken curry which I quickly cooled and refrigerated intending to eat tonight. However, when I was cutting the raw breasts up I noticed a couple of small areas had a slightly greenish metallic tinge. I'm now wondering if I should be serving that curry tonight. We gave a hectic few days coming up and can't afford to be ill?!!!

flanjabelle Sun 19-Jul-15 08:26:08

I wouldn't risk it personally. I would be very paranoid wondering if i was going to get ill.

LindyHemming Sun 19-Jul-15 08:27:13

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echt Sun 19-Jul-15 08:28:57

I think the green is anaerobic bacteria. So no.

DaysAreWhereWeLive Sun 19-Jul-15 08:29:42

God no, I wouldn't. Bleurgh.

jugglingmonkey Sun 19-Jul-15 08:32:55


Isn't the idea that once you've defrosted and cooked meat that you don't reheat it again? So I'd say no regardless of the green mould!

BellasOrgasmicWalkingFoot Sun 19-Jul-15 08:35:06

Blimey. I wouldn't risk it. Food poisoning is utterly grim and it's simply not worth it.

ChristmasZombie Sun 19-Jul-15 08:35:31

Don't risk it. You have to be careful with chicken anyway.

isitnearlytime Sun 19-Jul-15 08:35:34

Hmm. It was only a teeny tiny area that I could only see in a certain light and actually wondered if it was my eyes!! However, I couldn't cope with worrying about being ill either! So I guess it's heading for the bib. Annoying as I'd spent time making the curry and thought I had tonight's dinner sorted. Hey ho. .....

Cliffdiver Sun 19-Jul-15 08:35:46

Ugh, no way - bin it!

DamsonInDistress Sun 19-Jul-15 08:35:54

The reheating is fine per se, but not when there's actual green on the meat!!! I'm very relaxed about food dates and go by sight and smell and judgement, but actual green patches?! No way José!

totallybewildered Sun 19-Jul-15 08:37:53

er no, people die of food poisoning you know, it isn't just a case of inconveniencing your self for a couple of days.

frikadela01 Sun 19-Jul-15 08:38:29

Not sure about chicken but the greenish metallic tinge you refer to usually occurs on red meats,bacon etc when the blood oxidises, it's safe to eat still.

I've never seen off chicken go green... I think chicken is quite obvious when it's off... slimy and the most gut wrenching smell.

I dunno what I'd do. Sorry I haven't been more helpful.

isitnearlytime Sun 19-Jul-15 08:38:56

Well I think that's pretty unanimous. Bugger! Thanks all ☺

isitnearlytime Sun 19-Jul-15 08:40:14

Yes. Have seen on red meat before which I believe is OK which is what made me ask.

youareallbonkers Sun 19-Jul-15 08:46:35

Defrosted Thursday to eat on Sunday? Crazy

isitnearlytime Sun 19-Jul-15 09:10:58

It's in the bin!! Now wondering what we're having for dinner tonight as going out all day!!

BoyScout Sun 19-Jul-15 09:58:26

I think, regardless of the green, you shouldn't reheat defrosted meat. So you should have made the curry then eaten it straight away rather than chilling it and reheating later.

OuchLegoHurts Sun 19-Jul-15 10:20:38

It seems to me that you're doing an awful lot of defrosting and re-freezing, and then keeping the meat in the fridge for many days before just seems a bit dodgy to me...I wouldn't risk it

FenellaFellorick Sun 19-Jul-15 10:22:48

God no. You don't mess about with chicken!
Glad you decided to bin it.

dementedpixie Sun 19-Jul-15 10:32:28

You can defrost meat, cook it, refreeze it and then defrost and reheat it.

You can freeze once in the raw state and once in a cooked state.

Once raw meat has been defrosted it should be used within 24 hours though

BinToHellAndBack Sun 19-Jul-15 10:37:21

Sounds like a takeaway is in order!

BolshierAyraStark Sun 19-Jul-15 11:13:22

Yuk, just no-throw them away.

FayKorgasm Sun 19-Jul-15 11:23:08

A fry (but I do mine on the grill) will only take about 20minutes with some crusty bread. I had one yesterday. Rashers,sausages,eggs,fried potato,mushrooms,beans.

TinyManticore Sun 19-Jul-15 11:24:58

I binned some drumsticks yesterday because they didn't smell quite right, despite having a use by of Monday, I definitely wouldn't risk meat that was green.

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