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Question: Please help me about an expiration date

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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.)

            1. I'd probably open it to see if it was texturally off, smell it to see if it smelled right, and if the chicken passed the smell and touch test, I'd boil it for stew or stock, or cook it in another way that you knew it would be cooked through at at temperature that would render any cooties moot.

              Raw meat presents different questions, but I made hard boiled eggs from eggs that were about two weeks past their "sell by" date a week ago, and I'm still eating them with no adverse consequences.

              Trust your senses. If it looks good and smells good as a raw product, it's likely okay. The only exception would be if it had been infected with something like ecoli before you bought it, in which case the age of the meat wouldn't matter. It would still make you sick, fresh. As far as freshness goes, it's pretty obvious when raw poultry/meat has gone off. Otherwise, trust your eyes and nose.

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              1. re: DanaB

                I am tossing it. Thanks for the replies.