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Brisket in a Cryopack, about 30 days past due

post #1 of 9
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I've got a previously frozen brisket that I bought thawed in April with a sell by date of 5/2/15. It has been in the fridge since mid April when it was bought. I had other plans for it, but it didn't happen.

 

I'm either going to cook it on Sunday or throw it away, and I'm looking for some feedback. I am pretty conservative with food safety in general. I always keep a close eye on the 4 hour mark and I always date things in the fridge/freezer. I'm thinking because this is vacuum sealed, it might be worth a sniff test. Let me know what you think.

post #2 of 9

Does it have a packed on date? I have only bought fresh brisket not the previously frozen but I know the fresh ones are only good for 30-40 days from the packed on date.

post #3 of 9

I re-read your post and think you need to throw it away. Best case scenario is that it was packed and frozen instantly, then thawed in April which means it has been sitting for over 45 days at best. Worst case is it has been thawed for over 60 days.

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by bmaddox View Post
 

Does it have a packed on date? I have only bought fresh brisket not the previously frozen but I know the fresh ones are only good for 30-40 days from the packed on date.

No. No pack date, but it is past 30-40 days from a pack date, even if it was packed the day I bought it.

post #5 of 9

Stay close to the sink,cut it open and smell it.

post #6 of 9

The other problem with a cryovac brisket that old is that it is probably going to have a terrible texture since it has been wet ageing in the bag the entire time. It is not something I would want to experiment with. Others might be brave enough but I am not. 

post #7 of 9

Been to the ER lately?  For 1 it's more than $500.  A whole family and friends?  Thousands and thousands.  Take chances at a craps table, not with food.  Toss it and go buy a fresh one and cook it.  

post #8 of 9
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Update to close this out. I opened the pack and it smelled awful. 

post #9 of 9

The NOSE is our best tool for judging meats wholesomeness, better than Dates. It is not beyond some stores to re-date out of code meat. There was a big scandal some years ago when a whistleblower outed Food Lion for Bleaching fish and other meat to get rid of stink. The meat then went in a special display selling it as a Managers Special. Other stores have been caught washing fish and other meat than covering fish with a thick coat of Blackening Spice or Chicken and Pork with Garlic Powder and BBQ Sauce. Stuff was put on sale as Grill Ready. No thanks, at any price...JJ

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