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Sell by Date?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bill ace 350, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    I purchased 3 small boneless pork shoulder roasts I would like to cure using Pop's recipe.

    The sell by date is 9/17/2018.

    Am I too late to start curing?

  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No your fine, have at it!
  3. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic

    Appreciate the quick response!
  4. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sell by date and use by dates are 2 different things. Sell by date gives you more time before use. Have at it and show some photos of process.

  5. muskyjunky

    muskyjunky Smoke Blower

    This brings up a question I've always had... I am ultra paranoid about dates on food, always have been since getting a bad swig of milk one time. .... What is a general rule for usage of meat after " sell by " date ? I swear i convince myself things smell funny if its even a day after the " sell by " date. I realize things such as fridge temp, type of meat, cure , etc : play into this. Just wonder if there's a sorta rule of thumb here. Great question by the OP.
  6. muskyjunky

    muskyjunky Smoke Blower

    Thank you chopsaw ! I believe that will work for me!:)
  7. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used that alot when I first started here . Comes in handy for sure .
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Way too many variables to put a Use By or Die date on food. Assuming the Grocery store handled the product right...How quick did You get it in the refer. Are you 30 minutes from the store or 2 hours? Is your refer running properly at 38° or less? Has the product be opened? A cryovac sealed cut of meat, pork tender, can last 2 weeks past the Sell By and 7-10 days past Use By. A trimmed pork steak of a foam tray has 3 days past sell by before it gets funky. Is the refer qrequently opened and the kids stare in for 20 minutes then whine there is nothing to eat. Or, is the refer only opened a short time and perishable items are on the back of the bottom shelf, coldest place? An unopened gallon of milk will easily last a week past the Use By Date. But, that milk you chug out of the bottle, when no one looking, has 3 days, maybe.
    Best plan is to Forget the Dates! Don't buy more perisable foods than you will use in 7 days. If there is a crazy sale on Trimmed and wrapped Butts, freeze what you won't use in 3 days. Cryovac Butts, you got 7-10 days to use or freeze...JJ
  9. hillbilly jim

    hillbilly jim Smoking Fanatic

    Where's Daveomak?
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why ???
  11. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well looks like you received a lot of information to your questions. There are other things that play into this (like your milk) how did the store handle the product, is their fridge system up to par, is it placed in fridge as soon as possible or did it sit out for a while? Even down to the transportation co how did they handle it?