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How can I tell if my two day past it's sell by date mince is off

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MagNacarta Tue 16-Jun-09 13:33:16

I have no food in except two pack of mince that have a sell by date of Sunday. How do I know if I can use this or not - chicken smells, what happens with beef?

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 16-Jun-09 13:36:32

it smells too, especially when you start to cook it.

psychomum5 Tue 16-Jun-09 13:37:47

it smells, and goes a greeny tinge on dark brown.

brown mince in itself is not indicative of being off. My BIL is a chef, and he says the best beef is brown, not red.....something to do with maturity and so taste, but you will know if it is off.

sweetkitty Tue 16-Jun-09 13:39:01

Sniff it, if it makes you retch it is off

agree any kind of green means it is off too

Pingpong Tue 16-Jun-09 13:40:16

sniff and see !
Off stuff really smells bad!
I'm fairly confident if it has been refrigerated correctly it will still be fine. Use by dates are a guideline NOT an exact science.

WhatFreshHellIsThis Tue 16-Jun-09 13:40:37

brown just means the blood has congealed (sounds ergh, but isn't) - greeny and smelly is off.

MagNacarta Tue 16-Jun-09 13:43:36

Thank you ladies, I'm just eating my lunch but when I've finished I'll go and sniff. I can't be doing with sell by dates and am too broke to chuck away food that's edible.

You are all fab.

Pingpong Tue 16-Jun-09 23:07:09

well ?

what was the result of the sniff test? grin

soundwell Sun 12-Jul-09 11:22:02

If a chiken is two days past it`s use by date should I still cook it?

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