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How can you tell when hamburger meat goes bad?

Posted by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:57 PM
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I just pulled hamburger meat out of the fridge and it was brown. It smelled fine, but I honestly don't know how to tell when it goes bad. I don't want to waste it, but I don't want to end up with food poisoning, especially since I'm pregnant.
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momcat437
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM

 Usually if it has a sour smell...but if you're not sure, then don't take the chance, I say...

MyraEllen
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM
Brown is just due to the meat being exposed to air. If it was bad, you'd know. It would smell AWFUL.
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BambiF
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM

 If it is brown/grey or slimy/sticky I won't eat it.
How long has it been in there??

art.diva
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM
If you have to ask...its most likely bad.
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camNkaysmom
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Yep, it'd have a really sour smell.

Quoting MyraEllen:

Brown is just due to the meat being exposed to air. If it was bad, you'd know. It would smell AWFUL.


brettsmomma
by Tammie on Jun. 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM

 In my house if its brown on just the outside and dont smell I will use it. But if its brown all the way thru I toss it.

WishfulMama
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Ground beef should be kept in the fridge no longer than two days.  Don't trust the smell.  You can't always tell by the smell.

Justine1123
by Justine on Jun. 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Sour smell I think. How long has it been in fridge what does date say?
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mommy_2_be_2010
by Platinum Member on Jun. 20, 2011 at 9:02 PM
If it's brown throw it out
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iluvmysoldier07
by on Jun. 20, 2011 at 9:50 PM

it usually has a really bad, almost sour smell. but, i don't use it if it's started turning brown anyways...i don't even drink milk or eat anything if it's the day before the expiration date. i'm weird like that.


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