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Brown ground beef ok to eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Bought a pound of grass fed beef 4 days ago and today all the outside was a grayish brown but inside was still red. Smelt a little off to. Is it ok to eat? Im assuming it is just wondering.

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:22 PM

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:03 PM

i wouldn't eat it but that's mainly because my immune system sucks and i just wouldn't risk anything. i usually don't keep raw meat in the fridge for that long.

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on March 09, 2013
at 10:18 PM

The oxidation isn't really a problem, but it depends how off it smells. Even if you thoroughly cook food that has a bacterial overgrowth, the toxins they've produced could still be present in high enough amounts to poison you. Maybe flip a coin?

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:22 PM

+1 for flipping a coin... I haven't lost yet, but chance is a cruel mistresses.

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on March 09, 2013
at 10:41 PM

The meat actually starts dark, then turns a lighter, more red color as it's more exposed to oxygen. That explains why in the meat case it is bright and also when they have it in the clear plastic wrap (cheap ground beef).

There is also a change in the meat that over time turns it brown. I think you'll find this helpful;

http://www.safespectrum.com/pdfs/meatcolor.pdf

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on March 09, 2013
at 10:27 PM

Meet often turns brownish grey after a few days. It's something about a lack of oxygen getting to the meat. It's usually still fine. The smell might change a little, too, but it shouldn't smell "off." Just different.

If it smells bad or is slimy, that's often a sign of it going bad and you shouldn't eat it.

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