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Will this crab go bad by tomorrow?

tiflam3 Sep 3, 2013 07:14 PM

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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    tiflam3 Sep 4, 2013 03:55 PM

    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
      chefj Sep 4, 2013 04:15 PM

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

      1. re: chefj
        Samalicious Sep 4, 2013 04:34 PM

        my kids did.

        1. re: Samalicious
          chefj Sep 4, 2013 05:17 PM

          I did say "most"

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            Puffin3 Sep 5, 2013 06:19 AM

            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
              chefj Sep 5, 2013 02:52 PM

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

    2. c oliver Sep 4, 2013 03:09 PM

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

      1. Chemicalkinetics Sep 4, 2013 11:31 AM

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

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          Hue Sep 4, 2013 10:44 AM

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

          1. tcamp Sep 4, 2013 10:43 AM

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

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              treb Sep 4, 2013 05:58 AM

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

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              1. re: treb
                greygarious Sep 4, 2013 10:40 AM

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

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                  Candy Sep 4, 2013 11:33 AM

                  That would mean it was packed today.

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                  magdeline687 Sep 3, 2013 09:07 PM

                  I'm sure it's fine.

                  1. c oliver Sep 3, 2013 07:46 PM

                    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. greygarious Sep 3, 2013 07:31 PM

                      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.

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