Both of these processes create new molecules, many of which are volatile and able to be smelled easier. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the AskCulinary community. If it smells off, give it to the dog. 06-20-2014, 09:28 PM #3. yoCasmu. look for discoloration mainly green, a strong off putting smell and a sticky slimey film developing on the meat. We've tried the ground turkey, but no one likes the taste in this house. That's fair enough. If you're looking for a safety answer, if the raw meat looked and smelled fine (of course, we don't know how you're defining "fine"), then it probably is. trader joes ground beef smells weird help; Results 1 to 10 of 10 Thread: trader ... there quality has gone to **** on their ground beef lately. of the meat is just slimy you can try washing or soaking in cold water, often mild oder is the result of the meat being vac packed. Either way, thank you for taking the time. Spoilage is also caused by bacteria, but the bacteria that cause spoilage will not make you sick. look for discoloration mainly green, a strong off putting smell and a sticky slimey film developing on the meat. My friends bought half of an "organic" grass-fed open-range cow. I don't have any better advice for you. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Fresh ground beef smells clean and has no strong odor. Sign Up Now › Follow. I think all cooked grass fed beef smells like sh*t, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Cooking some mince today. As another poster mentioned, usually words like "putrid" are used to describe bad meat. And I could've lived on hamburgers in my first trimester with both my pregnancies. Thread starter dave_the_nerd; Start date Mar 23, 2016; Sidebar Sidebar. Discard it before cooking. This bacteria is not harmful, it just may give the meat a … If you're not going to cook it within a day or two, freeze the meat when you get home. I used to eat 2-3lbs a week when it was 2.69/lb a couple months ago. of the meat is just slimy you can try washing or soaking in cold water, often mild oder is the result of the meat being vac packed. This can occasionally occur in long cooking of meat (beef, pork, probably lamb) because the low temp doesn't kill off lactobacillus type bacteria (the ones used in making cheese, buttermilk, yogurt). I don't know what could cause it but I would throw it away and warn the store. It's sell by date was sometime in 2008, and it smells a little funny, but it's been frozen. Your nose will know, even if you don't necessarily make the connection. I have a package of ground beef that's almost a week over its expiration date. Will try to be more accurate in future. Join the discussion today. Nothing to worry about. Beef will probably have a strong smell; however, if the smell starts becoming sour and pungent it is an indication that it is already spoiling. Your friend should take the butcher a sample and give him the opportunity to make it right. There was oil, yes, but that was heated before the meat went in, and it wasn't creating the offending odor then. Not something I typically associate with a foul odor. please don't take it to a butcher especialy if you didnt buy it from him. leaving it out of the fridge to warm up will only make it more apparent. I've cooked the everloving christ out of it (not really asking for technique tips, I'm only cooking for myself so it's good enough for me), and the smell's largely gone away, to the point where it's being overpowered by the slightly starchy smell of the rice cooking beside it. If you insist on eating it, cook it well done to try and kill all bacteria. Definitely didn't contaminate it myself, the package was sealed completely until I opened it to cook, and it went straight in the wok. I put it the wok to brown, and it started to smell quite sweet. I'd cook it and taste it cautiously, vac packed beef can smell pretty odd even when fresh. Hey all, quick question which I'm sure you've had a hundred times, but google and reddit search are failing me on any reliably concrete answers. Right, understood on the first paragraph. Does it still smell after being fully cooked? Forums . My grandpa was a gov't meat inspector. Fresh ground beef is usually cool to the touch, smooth, and slightly damp. Cleaning agents possibly? Smell the ground beef. share | improve this question | follow | asked Oct 23 '13 at 0:43. View Profile View Forum Posts … Even if it passes all the other tests, if it tastes bad, don't eat it. 309 2 2 gold badges 4 4 silver badges 10 10 bronze badges. I noticed a slight sulfur smell in some vacuum sealed ground beef, noticeable only when I put my nose right up to it. Even though it doesn't fit, I guess I'll answer your question: I have no idea what a "sweet smell" means. Ground beef is the riskiest style of beef, regarding bacterial contamination. Is this true, or did I just give myself corona-AIDS? Further, the heating allows more of these aroma molecules to jump off the beef, and into your nose. If the meat smells sour or unpleasant, it’s probably bad and you should discard it. It smelled fine coming out of the packet, no browning or anything. Possibly contaminated during production? Here is the full Beyond Beef ingredient list: Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Pot… Even if we did, it would mostly just taste and smell very bad. Possibly? Frozen ground beef smells like that all the time when I defrost it . Social. Am I just purchasing bad ground beef or am I doing something wrong? Smell BEFORE cooking—when the ground beef smells rancid or downright awful; it has lost its capability to be eaten. The smell indicates a safety problem. Beware of spoilage if it is slick, slimy or sticky to the touch. Hey guy, good luck with your meal. I literally craved cheeseburgers hourly! Could it be something in the cow's diet, or have I bought meat that's too old to eat? Toss it. TOUCH—check the texture and feel if the ground beef. Fresh ground beef may have a mild iron smell, but if it starts to smell rotten (beef tends to get a funky sweet odor), you should err on the side of caution and throw it out. now its 3.99/lb and **** quality stick with costco groun beef and you'll be cool in the game cuz STEM Wagie Brah . I've smelled it in frozen dinners and freshly cooked meats. I've smelled it in beef, chicken, and pork in the past. Feel the surface of the ground beef. If there are other types of uncooked meat, then I believe beef goes on either the same shelf as or higher than the others. When you have exactly one package of uncooked meat in your fridge, put it on the bottom shelf. You smell like beef gone bad can be one or more of the following causes [ basically associated with microbial growth]: He always said if you were unsure, cook the meat. But what happens if the meat sat around in the fridge for a couple days, or was frozen and doesn’t look quite as vibrantly red anymore? Believe me, he doesn't want a whispering campaign for something he can legit correct. The more the meat is transferred packaging or exposed to different environmental conditions the greater the likelihood that it may start spoiling faster. Knowing there will be days ahead when I don’t have dinner planned, that little package is my ticket to easy dinners like sloppy joes, tacos, chili, meatloaf. Also, if you find yourself with ground meat that has gone past the sell by date by more than a day or two, just cook it (but never cook it if it smells bad). If the ground beef has changed from a new reddish sight to a dull brown color, make your mind that you no longer can consume that beef. If it was frozen on the day of purchase and kept frozen it will be fine. If you see mold, throw it away. I downvoted your post because I think it doesn't fit the subreddit. If you can, buy your meat from a reputable butcher/grocery store that uses good meat and stores it safely. Spoilage produces a sour smell or a deep, rancid smell. As for the post itself, I definitely understand the difficulty in answering it. The smell is produced from gases made by some of the bacteria on your beef. For ground beef or pork, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends cooking it to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. I went ahead and cooked it and it smelled fine when cooking and tasted fine. Previous Next dave_the_nerd Lifer. Aside from that, no. Once it goes bad, it’s no longer safe to eat. If there is a strong smell, avoid eating it. I don't want to gross anyone out, but it's sort of a fecal smell. As a Carol Brady-aspiring mom, I hardly ever leave the grocery store without at least a pound of lean ground beef covered in plastic wrap. I've seen some people saying vacuum sealed ground beef can have a slight egg / sulfur / weird smell to it when it's opened. I'm concerned the meat spoiled post slaughter before it was butchered but the butcher is highly recommended. By sweet do you mean it reminded you of a barbecue sauce, or a cake, or fruit? Not overpoweringly, vomit-inducingly sweet, just unpleasant. the gasses coreated durring ageing have no where to go so they can leave what we call a "Bag Fart" this will clear if aired out. I defrosted it and I'm cooking it right now and the smell is fading, but it's still there. Though the scent of fresh ground beef is barely perceptible, rancid meat has a tangy, putrid odor. It smelled fine coming out of the packet, no browning or anything. If it matters, I'm planning on refrigerating some of it for a few days. we aren't in your kitchen or with you at the store. Wow, I never noticed any particular smell with my hamburger. If it smells bad, it is. Smell like beef gone bad is primarily due to proteolysis (break down of proteins to small components, many of which have unpleasant to offensive odor). Thanks for the tips on meat in general though. It certainly smells grass fed when raw but when cooking it literally smells like manure. See USDA's topic portal, and if in doubt, throw it out. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. This is because most of us won't eat food that smells bad or feels slimy. Ground beef being defrosted using a microwave will always have that smell. Taste cooked ground beef carefully to see if it has an off-flavor or taste. Bit of a novice at the whole cooking malarky, trying to eat a bit more healthily, so forgive me if this is an incredibly basic question. Vague. Since then, the beef has turned grey all throughout, and has a slight scent to it. /r/AskCulinary provides expert guidance for your specific cooking problems to help people of all skill levels become better cooks, to increase understanding of cooking, and to share valuable culinary knowledge. The cooking process also kills most - but not all - microbes. Press J to jump to the feed. In the future, you'll get better answers if you can say that it smells strongly like another food. It's very light, but definitely present at times. I am a Butcher, please dont do this. Read the Ground beef has slight smell discussion from the Chowhound General Discussion, Ground Beef food community. It doesn't smell sweet so much as just rancid. Second, the touch test. I know this question has been answered before, but mine has been frozen. /r/Cooking is a place for the cooks of reddit and those who want to learn how to cook. Do you know if it's bad? Tip. Food spoilage is simply an umbrella term for the various signs that communicate to your senses of smell, sight, or touch, that you should not eat the food. If DCs helping themselves to ice creams have left the door open, it may be less fine. It was wrapped in plastic and has turned almost uniformly brown with a bit of red in the middle. See what I mean? I don't think the internet is going to be able to give you a satisfactory answer about that smell you describe. Now, let's talk about ways to avoid bad meat. Edit: Instead of downvoting the shit out of my comments, which isn't helpful, why not either downvote the post itself, or actually answer me? Oil, onions? It smells like sour cream, lactic acid. OT Discussion Club. Even then it's generally only stuff approaching it's 2nd or third birthday that I chuck out. The most obvious sign that it's time to toss ground beef is a bad smell. When it doubt, throw it out. Meat that's going bad smells really bad. Does anyone know where this smell comes from and if it is only present in certain cuts of beef?? Meat that has turned bad will feel sticky, tacky, or slimy and should be thrown out. I'll keep it in mind. But ground beef that's starting to go bad can feel slimy, tacky, or sticky. Or how to avoid it? Hamburger meat that smells rancid or sour, like vinegar, has probably spoiled; this applies to both cooked and raw hamburger meat. Here's the relevant bit I picked out of the sidebar: While we are happy to answer general food safety questions, we're less comfortable with questions about the specific pot of soup you left out on the counter. I would also consider that the meat itself was fine, but that one of the seasonings you used on it was instead the problem, whether it was old herbs, rancid sauce, etc. I agree with the other commenters that you can usually tell when meat has gone off. When cooking, you'll notice that some smells are more pungent than others, but what constitutes sweet or sour is subjective and vague. If you’re not sure whether your ground beef is still good, lean close and smell it. Bad ground beef also usually develops a slimy or sticky feel. Fresh beef will have a slight smell, but beef starting to go bad will smell rotten or sour. Reply. 4 Log In or Sign Up to comment Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback. Defrost it by putting it in the fridge a day before cooking. spoiled meat is easy to self identify (especialy chicken) without taking it on a feildtrip. Some bacteria can bring about these changes to produce odor. – GdD Sep 30 '14 at 8:06. add a comment | 3 Answers Active Oldest Votes. Its not that the ground beef is bad, I think its due to the rapidness of the beef defrosting that gives off a bad odour. A few days ago I purchased a pound of ground beef from the supermarket, it was already on clearance when purchased. If it smells off but doesn't seem like it's that bad, I suggest tasting a very small bit to see if it tastes off as well. If it was only in the freezer for a week, and then you decided to use it, it is very safe to cook with. Mar 23, 2016 #1 Every now and then, when I'm working with beef (cooked, uncooked, steak, hamburger, multiple sources/vendors, organic and … Just follow your nose and gut. AlexMA AlexMA. I am not advocating wasting food but heat doesnt kill everything and it can make you very very sick. Add message | Report. I noticed starting several years ago that ground beef, the standard red looking kind you buy at your grocers (Krogers for me), when I browned it, smells awful, literally like crap. Green ground beef is no good; get rid of it. Smell and visually examine at your ground beef, and if it’s brown or an off odor, those could be signs that your ground beef is spoiled. If you don't feel comfortable eating the beef, throw it away. Anyway, cooked beef shouldn't smell the same way as raw beef, just in the same way that bread out of a package smells different from toast. If you check the sub, there should be a fairly recent question about how to store multiple types of uncooked meat in a fridge. I was using a different oil to normal, but it smelled fine until the meat went in. 1. We cannot speak of the goodness or not of your beef. That's not how beef is supposed to smell. Post anything related to cooking here, within reason. 1; 2; Next. If it seems okay, use your fingers to test the texture. Especially when found in conjunction with other indicators of spoilage, such brown or gray areas on the surface of raw ground beef, an off odor is always a bad sign. Was there anything else in the wok with it? Ground/minced beef smells fine raw, but bad while cooking Hey all, quick question which I'm sure you've had a hundred times, but google and reddit search are failing me on any reliably concrete answers. Sometimes when I buy beef, however, it has the exact same smell (maybe a bit toned down, but it is still there!). Spoiled beef is stomach turning. I've smelled it in diners and nicer restaurants. Aye, I've had gastroenteritis and salmonella within the last 2 years, so I've got a good idea of the lower end of 'very very sick'. Feb 25, 2011 16,555 1,324 126. You can also use the color of the meat as a guideline. Spoiled meat smells gross. the gasses coreated durring ageing have no where to go so they can leave what we call a "Bag Fart" this will clear if aired out. I haven't encountered it regularly, but on several occasions over the years. Cooking some mince today. I kinda expected the post itself to see a fair number of downvotes, but to see them in the comments is kinda confusing; these are people who took the time to go into the post, read what was said, and then downvote without comment. Beef sometimes smells like poop? It stimulates a biological response of revulsion to keep you safe. Don't take a chance on your health to save a couple of dollars. Then, there's the slightly more complicated issue of discoloration. Its main base is pea protein, as well as rice protein and mung bean protein. You've had GE and salmonella in the past so you already have some idea of what's at stake if you decide to roll the dice. I don’t blame you if cooking meat makes you nervous. Spoilage is a function of freshness (or lack thereof), where… I've never had a vinegar smell come from good beef mince (ground beef for those in the US). For ground poultry, it's … Thanks for the help! Press J to jump to the feed. Point is, is the meat bad/likely to try and stage a coup in my GI tract, or am I just turned off by the smell of cooking meat? Cooking produces certain reactions - here, Maillard browning, and fat oxidation. I wouldn't say that the scent is necessarily unpleasant, but it's slightly sour, and has an almost buttery or "farm" smell to it. Whether it’s inexpensive ground beef or a dry-aged steak that you’re now truly invested in, you want to make sure you’ve picked out something fresh. Not really bad, but slightly stronger than ground beef normally smells. Beyond Meat is advertising Beyond Beef as "The world's first plant-based ground meat to deliver on the versatility, meaty texture and juiciness of ground beef." Always remember — when in doubt, throw it out! I'm no expert. 1 of 2 1; 2; Next Last. It's distinct, pungent and likely to trigger a wince when you sniff. 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