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Darn! I did it again! (Forgot about the chicken in the fridge)

Who else has done this...you buy raw chicken; you put in in the fridge, intending to "make it" within a day or two; by the time you remember it, it's two or three days past the best before and the stinking mess has to be tossed into the garbage!

I HATE that! Especially given that there are starving people in other parts of the world!

How can I make sure I don't forget next time?

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  1. I don't put it in the fridge. I take out what I plan to cook that night and put the rest in the freezer.

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    1. re: viperlush

      I do this, too. Portion when the meat arrives home and stick everything in the freezer. This is especially handy for a light brine/marinade for bone-in chicken - I usually go very light on the salt if I brine on a Sunday night since I know that the meat could go as long Friday night before roasting. I've only ever had chicken go bad once, but having left the meat in the fridge only overnight (and really, for less than 24 hrs), I tend to blame that one on the organic, local, whatever chicken - never bought chicken from there again!

    2. Oh I do this all the time! It's very annoying, especially given the high price of chicken breast. Maybe paste a giant note on the fridge saying "EAT CHICKEN"?

      1. Have a stand by slow cooker recipe handy. If you buy the chicken on a hopeful day, but then everything goes to h-e-double-hockey-sticks in a handbasket, you have the presence of mind to chuck the whole thing into your slow cooker with a jar of emergency salsa/broth/chipotles in adobo/marinade/pepperoncini/tomato sauce/etc and buy yourself a couple of days to eat it all. Or at least that's my fallback. When I get cranky, I braise with whatever random stuff is kicking around the kitchen, and then chuck it into the fridge.

        1. I've done this with meat, not so much chicken. It sucks! I like the note idea.

          1. We have a dog. He is the beneficiary of any stinky chicken.

            The best way for me to remember is to leave other ingredients i'm using with the chicken/meat out on the counter where I can't miss them.

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            1. re: Panini Guy

              "We have a dog. He is the beneficiary of any stinky chicken."

              ROTFLMAO! All to true in our hosehold as well.