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Oct 1, 2010 11:49 PM

Shelf life of raw chicken

Does anyone know how long you can keep raw chicken in the fridge after slaughtering?

I get really good chicken at the local traditional market, and I know it's really fresh (as in killed within a few hours of me buying it). But I have no idea how long it keeps - the stuff you buy in the grocery store comes with a best before date, but I don't know how long it has spent in shipping and processing.

And what is the corresponding time for the offal - gizzards, liver, hearts and so on?

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  1. I wouldnt usually have the slightest idea when a chicken I bought had been killed. But assuming I'd bought it at a butcher's shop or other source where there's no "use by" date, then I would always work to a 3 day maximum.

    Offal I always reckon wants cooking within 24 hours of purchase

    1. Here's a guide from Pilgrims Pride on storage:


      I have to say that I've kept raw chicken & livers in my refrigerator for at least a week and no one died but I always defy the "experts" because it is known that chicken stays on the shelves in the stores sometimes for at least that amount of time before they mark it down if no one buys it before then.