It looks grey

United States
October 6, 2011 11:18am CST
For dinner I have 2 packages of country spare ribs in the crock pot. I just peered in to check on them and there are a few that look a bit funny. So here's my long winded paragraph of details. The packages are different. One I bought on mark down at Aldi the other week,looked alright then, has been in a freezer til yesterday around lunch time when I pulled it out to thaw. The other package I got from Pick'n Save it was kept in the freezer til yesterday when I thought I'd try to make it but then realized with trying to thaw it in the microwave I just wasn't going to have enough time for it to cook vs let the kids eat before girl scouts so I put that opened package on a plate in the fridge to use today when I had more time to cook it. So all I put on them in the crock was seasoned salt as I'm out of onion soup, though I'll later put BBQ sauce in the crock anyway. But a couple that I believe were from the Aldi package look to be grey and the others look to be normal in color for this stage in cooking. I know they came from two different places but this just seems weird that the ones I left on a plate last night look fine the aldi package not so much. I hate to waste it but man it just looks odd. Also those pieces are on top and the other package is on the bottom. Right now I'm thinking to never buy meat from Aldi on markdown again! What do you think should I pitch it ?
8 responses
@peavey (15769)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Your nose is the best way to tell if meat is bad. You should be able to detect an off smell if it is. Color really doesn't tell much in this day and age because most of the meat you buy has had color added to it to make it look fresher than it is. Meat normally turns grayish when cooking without the red coloring added. Don't eat it if you're sure about it, but keep the food coloring in mind. Smell it instead of looking at it.
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• United States
6 Oct 11
It's a lil stronger smell than the other. It's pork BTW and the rest is turning a whiteish tan as it should when it cooks this stuff is def grey by comparison. One portion w/ some fat on it looks nearly fried which is odd right there.
@peavey (15769)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Are you sure that wasn't the part you put in the microwave? I guess if not, you should toss it to be safe. Food poisoning isn't any fun.
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• United States
6 Oct 11
Nope never opened that package, just the bigger one from Pick'n Save. Which is where I thought what the difference could be? You know one was from the fresh meat dept where they cut and wrap their own meat not have it brought in cryovac'd like Aldi & Wal-mart do. The one that I didn't open was still somewhat frozen in the package this morning. Sucky thing like anything it'll leave me short on meat for my meal tonight.
• United States
6 Oct 11
I never buy meat from there.My husband bought chicken.from there one time and it was not fit to eat.I dont think i would eat any thing that looks grey.If they are bad and they are all in the same pot.It could make the good ones bad. Good luck.
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• United States
6 Oct 11
I usually buy frozen chicken there but have been buying the reduced "fresh" meat when I can. I'm thinking this is a bad idea to continue to buy any reduced meat from there.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
6 Oct 11
That package of meat cost a lot less than the doctor visits if you get food poisoning. I would just pitch it in the trash. Better safe than sorry. I have only ever gotten fresh meat once at Aldi's, but it was not the reduced meat.
• United States
7 Oct 11
Sadly meat is sooo expensive and I have a limited budget I have to look for bargains on everything as much as possible. I will not be buying reduced meat there anymore. I've been thru food poisoning once and that was from a restaurant and it stayed open atleast another 10yrs after I reported them.
• United States
8 Nov 11
grey?oh yea i'd pitch it.sounds like it had some thawing time somewhere or bad refridgeration to begin with.
@GardenGerty (92330)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Oct 11
I think that the ones on top have been exposed to heat and air more and that is why they are grey. If they have been frozen the whole time they should be okay to eat. The quality of their appearance is not as good, but with sauce they should be just fine.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
10 Oct 11
When in doubt, throw it out! If it smells and looks funky then I wouldn't cook it. I don't think I would buy meat from Aldi either. If it was a frozen brand name then I would but not "fresh" packaged meat. Who knows where it came from.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
10 Oct 11
If it smells okay, use it. What most people don't realize is that meats are colored with dye to make them appear appetizing. Have you ever seen fresh meat before it goes to the grocery? You'd probably gag. When raw meat is brown but has not been in the fridge too long or is fresh from the freezer it's usually because something happened with the dye that was used to make it visually appealing. Use your nose.
• United States
7 Oct 11
My thing is that if it looks odd and or smells odd I would rather pitch it. I know it is hard to pitch food and or meat, as I would be so disappointed. Meats even on mark downs are still expensive. Maybe this one batch thawed and then re-frozen.