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Jul 13, 2008 01:18 PM

Question: Please help me about an expiration date

I forgot to freeze a pk of chix thighs i bought and it says the expiration was for the 10th of July. Would you throw out or is there some give for me to cook them today?


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  1. Is this an expiration date or a sell-by date?
    Here's some info that might help you:

    1. If it smells okay and has been kept refrigerated, it's probably fine.

      1. when in doubt, throw it out

        1. The three replies you just recieved cover it all: more information, cook & eat, throw them out. More people will add their opinions, but its not a vote. You have to decide (and I won't vote if jfood won't either--we consistently cancel each other out on this issue).

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            Hah! How diplomatic, Sam.
            I've recently learned that there's a few days leeway after both the sell by date and the expiration date. I utilize the smell and feel method. After that, If I think it's a no-go.....out it goes.

            1. re: Gio

              Yeah, well, if I don't faint when I take a whiff, if it doesn't look like blinking Christmas lights, if it doesn't grow feet and escape and run away, if it hasn't turned into quivering liquid, or if it hasn't grown weird hair--I just cook and eat, whatever it is. But that's just me.

          2. Chicken's easy: Feel it, and if it isn't slimy, eat it. If it feels like there's a nasty foreign substance on it, toss. (This only speaks to the old-age issue, not to chicken that's been left out in a warm room for hours -- that won't feel slimy, but shouldn't be consumed.)