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Help, Smelly chicken! Should I use it?

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CountessDracula Sun 23-Jan-05 17:52:14

Have a lovely big free range chicken which is a day past it's use by date. It has that funny slightly acrid smell that chicken (even in date) sometimes has. Should I use it?

SoupDragon Sun 23-Jan-05 17:53:29

oooooh, I don't know. I'd be wary. I'd certainly use it if it didn't smell.

ScummyMummy Sun 23-Jan-05 17:55:28

Hmm. Would you use it despite the smell if it was in date?

wheresmyfroggy Sun 23-Jan-05 17:57:17

i am a big wuss about chicken so probably I wouldnt .

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 23-Jan-05 17:58:09

If it smells the same as "in date" chicken, then I'd use it.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 23-Jan-05 17:59:56

I'd maybe use it, but cook it really really thoroughly. Chicken is nice over-cooked, as long as it's not dry.

CountessDracula Sun 23-Jan-05 18:00:46

Have washed it and still a bit whiffy. Oh bum I don't know what to do

kalex Sun 23-Jan-05 18:01:21

Have to say, I don't think I would, Sorry

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 23-Jan-05 18:02:32

If you've washed it and its still whiffy, then I'd say no too now!

tillykins Sun 23-Jan-05 18:06:26

Another no from me! Not worth the risk of food poisoning

CountessDracula Sun 23-Jan-05 18:07:42

Have decided to bin it What a waste - thanks all

tillykins Sun 23-Jan-05 18:12:30

Beans on toast then?

CountessDracula Sun 23-Jan-05 20:18:23

no! Shepherd's Pie!

morningpaper Sun 23-Jan-05 20:19:25

No way dude! Chicken should smell of NOTHING.

Oh I see everyone's already told you that.

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:24:14

My chicken often smells horrible. I always chuck it when it does but it is usually when it is before it's sell by date. Why????

Lonelymum Sun 23-Jan-05 20:25:08

Does depend on how well it was kept before you bought it.

weightwatchingwaterwitch Sun 23-Jan-05 20:25:31

I'm way too late for this but I have used a chick that was past use by date, only by a day too, on the basis that cooking destroys salmonella and it was a £10 organic chicken and I couldn't bear to waste it. I can't see what it would do to you if thoroughly cooked tbh.

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:35:03

Lonely mum - I either freeze it staright away or keep it in the fridge.

Lonelymum Sun 23-Jan-05 20:37:26

Yes but what I meant Blossomhill, is that it might go off before its use by date if it wasn't stored properly before you bought it. I recently had some meat that smelt as if it was on the turn and it was within its use by date. I must admit, I cooked it but I made sure it was really well cooked (ie overcooked)

bunny2 Sun 23-Jan-05 20:40:33

I had this problem - the chicken was on its use by date and smelled awful. I rang Sainsburys to complain and they told me to bin it then credited its value to my loyalty card. If it is on or before the useby date you should def complain.

sweetkitty Sun 23-Jan-05 20:43:17

food microbiologist here - no I wouldn't use it. Use by dates are there for a reason and are based on scientific knowledge of the growth of bacteria.

Salmonella and Campylobacter will be destoyed by adequate cooking true but the bugs that produce the off smell in meat taint the taste as well so even adequate cooking may not make it taste OK.

JanH Sun 23-Jan-05 20:56:40

sk, does it make any difference if you remove it from its plastic packaging as soon as you get it home and put it into eg a glass casserole dish? Only it always seems to me that the plastic makes everything kind of sweaty.

Socci Sun 23-Jan-05 21:16:55

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weightwatchingwaterwitch Sun 23-Jan-05 21:18:13

Oh, thanks for that sweetkitty, fab to have a definitive answer. I won't do it again then!

happymerryberries Sun 23-Jan-05 21:18:45

I had salmonella from a chicken once. Grim, very, very, very grim. Ended up crapping blood which would have scared me shitless if I had had any left in me at that point. Err on the side of caution on this one

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