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May 16, 2014 01:38 PM

Food safety question

Have a quick question, I smoked a beef tenderloin & surprisingly had some leftover & froze the remaining uncut portion on day 3 & took it out to thaw in the refrigerator which took 2 days. Now it's thawed & I'm wondering if it's still good. My wife looks at me like I'm nuts. Is it still good & if so for how long? What are the rules of food safety in this situation?
Thanks in advance.

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  1. If it looks okay (no off-colors, no sliminess) and it smells okay (the nose knows), it's probably still good to eat. I wouldn't hold it past today, though. This is beef whose time has come. :)

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Au contraire. It was frozen while still wholesome. It took two days to thaw. Smoking was originally a method of preserving. It should be absolutely fine for 3-4 days more, probably even longer.

      I do a metaphorical face-plant at questions like this. What are the rules here? Common sense. What does it look, smell, and taste like? Even if it's tainted, a nibble to check it is not going to send you to the ICU unless you have zero immune system! These days, people fear a loose bowel movement as if it were inhaling ricin...

      1. re: greygarious

        I stand corrected. Somehow, I glided over the "smoked" part of the description.

        1. re: greygarious

          The OP seems to be saying:
          Dear CH-- I do not have a "Common Sense Radar" for everything and that includes this situation, would you please help me?

          Also, to the OP -- you can ask the USDA:

          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            No Kris in China the Op isn't saying that I don't have common sense & unfortunately I don't have radar & neither do you. I was simply wondering if the beef would still be good considering it had already seen 3 days in fridge and I don't usually freeze meat so therefore wasn't aware of the rules when freezing! Question was very straight forward & if you don't have anything better to do then talk smack, I'd suggest go out and enjoy the smog ;)

            1. re: slander98

              I thought about not replying to this, but ...
              I was supporting you, the OP.

              We do not have a Common Sense Rader for EVERYTHING.

              NO one does.

              "unfortunately I don't have radar & neither do you" was actually my point.

          2. re: greygarious

            Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

        2. Does your wife think you are nuts to consider eating it, or nuts to question it?

          If it was good when you froze it, doesn't seem to be any reason why it wouldn't be good after thawing in the fridge. Texture may suffer, but it doesn't sound like there was any improper handling.

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          1. re: babette feasts

            I normally throw it out after 3 days in the fridge & wasn't sure if the clock just started over after it thawed. Thanks.

            1. re: slander98

              When the eons-old frozen remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered and thawed the (obviously) raw meat was still edible when cooked. As far as safety is concerned, the statute of limitations goes on hold while food is frozen. Flavor deteriorates with p-r-o-l-o-n-g-e-d freezing, safety does not.

              You didn't actually answer the question Babette Feasts asked.