How do I know when meat is bad?

| 9/15/2011 10:26:35 AM

Tags: bad meat, sanitization, preparing meats, Cole Ward,

It’ll start losing its color.  Red meat will start turning brown.  It'll have a sour smell 

If it’s really bad, it’ll get a glossy golden-colored film on it.  Pork tends to turn more towards the green side.  It’ll get grayish first, then have a really rancid smell. Chicken will get a sheen. 

Starting to feel queasy??? 

YukChicken tends to be higher in bacteria than meat, so it's something I’m more careful with.   If I’m not using the chicken today, I won’t buy it.  I always wash my chicken in cold water.  And I always sanitize my hands, the faucets, and anything that the chicken touches. 

One of the reasons butchers don’t cut chicken on the same bench we cut meat on (unless the bench has been thoroughly sanitized), is that chicken needs to be cooked properly. 

Beef you often eat rare.  If you were to eat a rare steak that had touched chicken, then you could end up with a little salmonella … or other stuff like stomach upset, diarrhea . You get the picture. 

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