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Will this crab go bad by tomorrow?

I bought a container of pressure steamed lump crab by Perfect Crab from the store on Monday. Will it be okay for a dip tomorrow, Wednesday? It's not pasteurized. It's in an airtight, plastic tub. It has a sticker that says 9/4 on it, but no indication that's the sell by or the use by. I haven't tasted or smelled it yet.

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  1. Not knowing how consistently cold is was kept, how would we know? Especially as you have not checked it yet. It would probably help to crach open the lid, and set the container on a bed of ice in the fridge.

    1. Well, since the date is 9/4 which is tomorrow, it doesn't matter if it's the sell by or use by, does it?

        1. The date is probably a packed date. It's already cooked, it'll be OK.

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          1. re: treb

            OP bought it several days PRIOR to the label date, so it's not the date of packaging/processing.

            1. re: treb

              That would mean it was packed today.

            2. Crabs gone bad, there is nothing worse. You're going to have to give it a sniff to answer the question.

              1. When in doubt.......!!!

                1. You have kept it cold, right? If so, then I think it will be fine.

                  1. First time poster who has perhaps gone elsewhere for the answer.

                    1. I'm here! It doesn't smell like anything and tastes pretty good, so I'm going for it. I just needed reassurance to combat neurosis and fears about inflicting food poisoning on many people. Thanks!

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                      1. re: tiflam3

                        Most things do not spontaneously spoil when they reach a certain date.

                            1. re: chefj

                              The 'best before' or 'use by' dates are more like 'guide-lines' in the sense the manufacturers like to give themselves some CYA room legally.
                              If the crab has been unopened and it was cooked and you've kept it really cold a day or so after the 'best buy' date should be fine BUT if it smells bad get rid of it. Food poisoning is a VERY unpleasant and dangerous thing to get or to give.
                              When it comes to any protein based food we must be very careful. Next time buy the crab the day you are using it making sure the 'best buy' date is like next week.

                              1. re: Puffin3

                                I assume this was to the OP. Because I, unfortunately, have no Lump Crab in my Refrigerator.