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Feb 29, 2012 08:50 PM

To confit or not to confit. Is this duck leg safe to eat?

So, I bought a vacuum-packed frozen duck leg about a month ago. I left it in the refrigerator to thaw and kind of forgot about it. I just happened upon it tonight. I did not take it out of the vacuum-pack and it looks fine, nice and red, but it's been sitting for a couple of weeks. Can I still confit it safely?

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  1. Probably not. Give it a sniff test.

    1. I agree with bbb, give it a sniff test. If there is any off-odor, toss it. Do not take a chance, trust your senses.

      1. Tough call...if you're paranoid about it, toss it. If it were me, I'd probably go ahead and use it.
        If it was frozen in it's vacuum pack, and thawed in the fridge in the vacuum pack, chances are it is perfectly fine, depending how old it was when you froze it.

        In general, stuff like this lasts pretty well if the vacuum pack is intact. If it smells alright, there is probably nothing to worry about.
        But if it is going to keep you awake at night worrying, chuck it.

        1. I probably wouldn't. A month in the fridge is a long time for meat that hasn't been cured already.