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CSA chicken safety

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Created May 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I started a new CSA membership and picked up a new delivery a few days ago. The frozen delivery was sitting in a somewhat insulated box without ice for maybe six hours before I picked it up, and was partially thawed (but still cold) when I opened it up. I am a bit concerned that it might not be safe to eat. Or am I just being paranoid?

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on May 19, 2012
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OK. I actually vacuum sealed it and put it in the freezer since I don't plan to use it for a few weeks. Hopefully that will be alright.

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I know the food rules, but I generally defrost on the counter or under cold running water. Personally, I find many of the food "rules" too paranoid for the home cook. Cross-contamination is the one I'm most paranoid about.

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:53 AM

If it was partially thawed, how was it different than chicken that you may have defrosted on your kitchen counter? I know it generally isn't recommended that you defrost meat on the counter, but since it was still cold, and as long as you fully cook it, I wouldn't worry.

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on May 19, 2012
at 01:15 AM

I know the food rules, but I generally defrost on the counter or under cold running water. Personally, I find many of the food "rules" too paranoid for the home cook. Cross-contamination is the one I'm most paranoid about.

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on May 19, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I personally think it will be fine, but don't let it sit raw in your fridge for too long. I would cook it right away. If you are still worried, put it in a stock pot with some water and veggies and boil it for about 15 to 20 minutes before turning it low to stew for a few hours (could transfer it to a crockpot overnight at that point). People have "reboiled" soup for generations to give it just a little longer shelf life in the ice box.

710a4429aed4c6c4376a41f785f3b127

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on May 19, 2012
at 04:31 AM

OK. I actually vacuum sealed it and put it in the freezer since I don't plan to use it for a few weeks. Hopefully that will be alright.

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on May 19, 2012
at 02:15 AM

super paranoid eat the chicken:)

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on May 19, 2012
at 01:13 AM

As long as you cook it properly and completely, and there isn't an "off" smell to it that would indicate decomposition has started, you should be good.

Just make sure to check it thoroughly before use or freezing.

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