This is totally pathetic, but I need help!

United States
August 30, 2008 5:47pm CST
I bought steak the other day (good, expensive steak!), and I didn't get a chance to cook it until tonight. It has a "sell by" date of August 28, today is the 30th... the meat is turning a little brown, but isn't that ok? The red is just a coloring to make it look fresh, right? OK, so is it okay to cook and eat the steak? Please respond, I am so hungry!
3 responses
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
30 Aug 08
my neighbor buys if she can find them what she calls brown steaks all the time. they prefer them. i'm sort of a stickler for cooking meat before the expiration date.
• United States
30 Aug 08
That's the thing that always confused me... is the "sell by" date the same thing as "expiration date"?
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
31 Aug 08
i believe it is the same thing.
• United States
31 Aug 08
We just finished eating, and it was delicious! Let's cross our fingers we don't get sick, lol!
@Bethany1202 (3433)
• United States
30 Aug 08
The red is not a "coloring to make it look fresh" -- it's from the blood of the animal.
• United States
30 Aug 08
Oh, I might be mistaken... I heard somewhere they add the coloring because the blood stops being that red really quickly, and people prefer their meat to be redder (so that it looks fresher). I know it looks better to me red, anyway!
@irishidid (8521)
• United States
30 Aug 08
The coloring is probably just air that got to the meat. As long as it doesn't smell funky or feel funky, it should be safe to eat.
• United States
30 Aug 08
Thanks! I'll have my boyfriend smell it, I'm one of those people that can't eat it once I've inspected it with my nose :-)