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Sep 9, 2008 07:09 AM

How should raw pork smell?

I picked up 2 packages of pork tenderloin from Costco. Sell by date is 9/22/08. I've had it in the fridge for about 2 days. I was cutting it up today and I noticed some of the end pieces smelled "fishy". Other pieces smelled fine. How should pork smell? Is it OK or do I need to get rid of the whole lot?

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  1. I don't think it should have a smell at all. Did you rinse it? If it smelled after rinsing, I'd toss it.

    1. Take it back. It pretty much shouldn't smell at all.


      1. take it back...i've had this happen several times with the cryo-vac wrapped loins. I'm not sure what causes this - perhaps air gets trapped or something?

        Oddly enough, in the past I've purchased 2 packages with the same sell buy date and one "stinks" and the other doesn't.

        My motto on this sort of thing "when it doubt, return it"

        1. Thanks, all! Looks like I'll be making a trip to Costco today. Kinda' bummed about having to go out, but I don't want to be out $30 for the pork I purchased.

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          1. re: Magnificat2005

            You might want to try calling them to see if they'll just credit you for it, unless you want them to replace it.

            1. re: MMRuth

              They'll credit her for it. At worst, she'll get a cash card.


              1. re: Davwud

                Oh - what I meant was, without actually going to Costco to return it. I've been able to do that on occasion with stores in Manhattan, and if they do it, I thought it would save a trip.

            2. re: Magnificat2005

              I have returned meat at COSTCO, which is not exactly around the corner. I bag it up and freeze it until it's convenient to go.

            3. My experience has been that cryovac-packaged meat always stinks a bit, whether it's pork, lamb or beef. I just rinse and dry it and most of the smell goes away, but it is after all a dead animal, and a certain amount of decomposition (which generates odors) is inevitable. Will it hurt you? Well, many generations of Englishmen have refused to eat any game bird that wasn't totally rotten, and it's not killed or injured any of them, as far as I know.

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              1. re: Will Owen

                How my in-laws haven't killed themselves with the way they handle food is beyond belief.
                I think you build up a tolerance for it.


                1. re: Will Owen

                  I agree, cryovac meats tend to smell.

                  My friend says its the blood, sitting in a sealed environment for some time, then reacting with air once opened.
                  I don't know if this is the actual culprit or not, but a simple rinsing usually does the job.