The smell of rotten meat is distinct: a pungent or nasty smell that makes you cringe or even gag. It also may feel sticky or tacky to the touch. Like most foods, meat is best when it's served fresh. If you meat smells bad when cooking, it might be spoiled. Fresh ground beef is usually cool to the touch, smooth, and slightly damp. Reply. Properly wet aged beef will have a meaty, sour smell. Press J to jump to the feed. Should've cooked this yesterday" bad downhill side of "almost-spoiled-cook-this-TODAY". I'm having a hard time telling whether this is good funk (normal meat odor) or bad funk (spoilage). Also, I took apart the meat padding to smell it and the smell is stronger inside of the meat padding. Didn't seem to be the case. Wow, I never noticed any particular smell with my hamburger. Trust your nose; it is capable of picking up bad smells. If it smells like ground beef, you're totally fine. Just pour the excess blood out. I'd prefer to eat it the same day or day after I purchase it, but that doesn't always happen. 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). I have, in the past, purchased meat on its sell-by date, taken it home, opened it up to cook it, and found it already definitely spoiled. About the only thing I can use it for is american chop suey, where the onions and tomato hide it - otherwise it gets too noticed! Like any other perishable item, the first thing you should check on meat is its sell-by date. this has happened to me with ground turkey and there was no gestating involved. If you insist on eating it, cook it well done to try and kill all bacteria. I browned it, then added water to boil it for several hours. Oxidized blood can smell like that. ... Facebook Twitter Reddit Tumblr WhatsApp Email Link. If it is the blood that's spoiling, would the smell persist after I rinse it off? re: Meat Smells like Rotten Eggs Posted by TigernMS12 on 6/9/17 at 10:38 pm to golfntiger32. Just smells really bad like clear the room bad. the sell-by date is the last date that you should figure on being able to keep meat in the fridge without cooking it, i.e. Cooked properly, a beef tenderloin is a sensory delight. KLin Lifer. You mentioned how you use it through the course of the week, what i do when i buy more than needed for a dish is just portion it out and freeze it. Toss it. Someone else above described a sour smell as a sign of spoilage. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. It’s important to note that your nose may not also be the best thing to use. 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. I have to lighten the seasoning when using Smart Ground. When you retrieve it the following day to use it again, do know that if it has a funky smell, you could very well be smelling the meat's blood, and not the meat itself. It's not a guarantee of anything regarding safety; it only means that the meat has been held at fridge temps for a certain number of days. I opened up a package of ground beef today that I had bought the day before from a reputable grocery store. Hinda65 Senior member. It was grass-fed, which I don't normally buy but do sometimes. One of the key molecules smells like egg whites. I've heard of vac sealed pork smelling bad, and even had it myself a few times. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The meat is usually pretty odorless when I buy it. Most Americans eat only grain-fed beef, which has a far sweeter taste and smell, and don't even know what grass-fed beef smells or tastes or even looks like. Alternatively, vacuum packing is an alternative. Like raw beef, raw poultry may get slightly gray or brown as it ages but the contrast may not be as obvious, so it's important to sniff it and thoroughly look for any slick or slimy residue before you use it any recipe. Ground beef is beef that has been cut into chunks, chilled and put through a meat grinder, according to the Chow website. We've tried the ground turkey, but no one likes the taste in this house. I know the smell you're taking about and I don't like it either. Yes, It always smells a bit off from what Freshly killed and processed beef would. I should note that in Canada, there's no 'sell by' date, but in fact a 'best before'. It means I need to cook that meat today. Feb 29, 2000 29,418 30 91. I've never cooked beef and have it smell before. 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 left it out about an hour to warm up a little. However, bacteria like salmonella, e. coli, listeria and others are undetectable potential health threats even on ground beef that's not otherwise spoiled. Ground beef is the riskiest style of beef, regarding bacterial contamination. In my experience, with the grocery stores I have here (Walmart, Kroger, County Market etc.) No one wants to get sick from bad meat.