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Old 03-25-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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meat in fridge

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Friday evening = took rack of baby back ribs out of freezer to defrost
Saturday evening = applied memphis style rub, wrapped in plastic, back in fridge
Sunday afternoon = slow cooked in oven 4 hours, finished on grill

Because of one thing or another I've still got one serving of ribs left and I won't be able to get to them until Thursday at lunch.

So I'm wondering if any of the wise people here have an opinion on whether bone-in pork that was fully defrosted on Saturday and cooked on Sunday will still be okay to eat on Thursday?

I'm thinking yes. Chicken maybe not, fish definitely not, but 4 days okay for large hoofed mammal flesh right? I will literally have tears streaming down my face as I drop them in the trash if I have to.

Thanks for kind advice.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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No problem.

Almost as good as meat tenderized by putting it between the saddle and horse. Then ride for a few days.

Old Mongolian tradition.
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If you're concerned, why not throw them in the freezer until then?
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My opinion: if in doubt, throw it out. Next time, wrap and freeze the left over serving right away.
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I think its' fine.
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I'd eat it. Sunday's cooking killed whatever bacteria they had (assuming you cooked to the min 160 degrees F or whatever recommended for pork). 4 days sitting at near freezing temps in your fridge? Good to go.
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Thanks comrades, that's how I was leaning.

I didn't freeze it immediately because had plans for consumption Sunday thru Tuesday, but things came up.

Will eat beloved pig flesh tomorrow for lunch, my greedy maw ripping greedily at the charred outer layer to sink into the tender white juicy morsels.
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3 days is the standard, conservative estimate.
A fridge at or below 38 F, four days should be OK, too, especially if you reheat it until hot before eating.

Reheat, eat and enjoy.
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Very true.


With all the stuff I've eaten, it should be of no surprise that I have Herculean strength.
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Very true.


With all the stuff I've eaten, it should be of no surprise that I have Herculean strength.
Yeah, I'm pretty strong. But odor is everything...
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Possible outcomes:
- Eat it and enjoy a nice meal and save $2 in meat. No problems.
- Eat it, have problems. Spend two days of your life sprinting from the bedroom to the bathroom, use free moments to pray for death to come.

I'm highly dependent on the dates printed on packaged food. My wife comes from a large family and "perfectly good" food was put back in the 'fridge for months at a time, so she and her siblings have a well-developed sense of smell for food that has gone "off"- it was a matter of survival.

I throw away anything about which I have the slightest doubt. Luckily, I also am perfectly happy eating the same food for days on end until it is gone, which helps minimize waste.
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...sprinting from the bedroom to the bathroom...
Not too different than prep for colonoscopy, is it? Nah, it's not a big deal.
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My wife comes from a large family and "perfectly good" food was put back in the 'fridge for months at a time, so she and her siblings have a well-developed sense of smell for food that has gone "off"- it was a matter of survival.
I thought the term was gone "over".
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Absolutely eat it. Been there, done that.

Little bit interesting .... DW won't touch anything more than 3 days old. A week is nothing to me. Yet she's the one who is sick more often.

Something to be said for building a tolerance to bacteria IMHO.
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Little bit interesting .... DW won't touch anything more than 3 days old.
I get really irritated while heating my lunch at work when someone says "Eeewww, didn't you eat that yesterday? How old is that food? I'd throw it away!" When the food is 2-3 days old.

If it doesn't smell bad or look visibly bad, and it has been stored properly, it is probably safe. But when in doubt, throw it out.
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I ignore expiration dates and storage guidelines. If it smells and looks OK, I can eat it. No problems since decades ago when my standards were lower - back then it just had to smell "not bad" instead of "good".
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Little bit interesting .... DW won't touch anything more than 3 days old. A week is nothing to me. Yet she's the one who is sick more often.
It's hard to have a strict rule on a time because food are so different. 4 days okay I'll eat this swine but I probably wouldn't do that with something like shellfish.

The one thing I'm weird on is milk, for some reason since it has a date printed on it I have trouble drinking it after that date even if it passes the sniff test. In fact I suspect I'd drink milk at 11:30 pm that would expire the next day but would require great mental strength to do so a half hour later.

Let's take this thread to a different angle:

What's the most sick you've ever gotten from something you ate?
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How sick?

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...sprinting from the bedroom to the bathroom...
Again, look how strong I am.

Well, at least I became a good sprinter.
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What's the most sick you've ever gotten from something you ate?
I don't think I have ever gotten sick from anything I ate at home.

I have had suspected food poisoning from restaurants a couple times.
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