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  1. #1
    Ken Guest

    Default Food spoilage?

    What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?

    Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    outside enjoyed it anyhow.

    How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?

    TIA

    Ken


    --
    "When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
    remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner







  2. #2
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:

    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?


    If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle at fifty feet,
    you kept it too long.

    nb

  3. #3
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:

    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?


    If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle at fifty feet,
    you kept it too long.

    nb

  4. #4
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    notbob <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that
    >> still seems ok?


    > If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle
    > at fifty feet, you kept it too long.


    Now there's a visual going into lunch I didn't need...

    The Ranger



  5. #5
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    notbob <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that
    >> still seems ok?


    > If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle
    > at fifty feet, you kept it too long.


    Now there's a visual going into lunch I didn't need...

    The Ranger



  6. #6
    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?


    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?

    >
    > If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle at fifty
    > feet,
    > you kept it too long.
    >
    > nb


    Rats, now I have cranberry juice all over my monitor!



  7. #7
    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?


    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?

    >
    > If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle at fifty
    > feet,
    > you kept it too long.
    >
    > nb


    Rats, now I have cranberry juice all over my monitor!



  8. #8
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    Ken wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken
    >
    >

    My hard and fast rule is that if it has green fuzz growing on it and it
    wasn't originally green toss it.

  9. #9
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    Ken wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken
    >
    >

    My hard and fast rule is that if it has green fuzz growing on it and it
    wasn't originally green toss it.

  10. #10
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Jun 5, 12:23 pm, Ken <inva...@invalid.com> wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken
    >
    > --
    > "When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
    > remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner


    It depends on what your own system can handle. If you eat it and it
    makes you sick afterwards, you kept it too long. I can't eat hamburger
    after the 3rd day; hard boiled eggs the same; fried chicken the same.
    Proteins are the most touchy things, for me. It doesn't always smell
    or look bad when it is bad.

    N.

  11. #11
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Jun 5, 12:23 pm, Ken <inva...@invalid.com> wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken
    >
    > --
    > "When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
    > remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner


    It depends on what your own system can handle. If you eat it and it
    makes you sick afterwards, you kept it too long. I can't eat hamburger
    after the 3rd day; hard boiled eggs the same; fried chicken the same.
    Proteins are the most touchy things, for me. It doesn't always smell
    or look bad when it is bad.

    N.

  12. #12
    Cindy Hamilton Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Jun 5, 1:23*pm, Ken <inva...@invalid.com> wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?


    I usually keep stuff a week before declaring it dead. Even if it
    looks ok,
    if it's 7 days old, it's gone.

    Cindy Hamilton

  13. #13
    Cindy Hamilton Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Jun 5, 1:23*pm, Ken <inva...@invalid.com> wrote:
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >
    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    > outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >
    > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?


    I usually keep stuff a week before declaring it dead. Even if it
    looks ok,
    if it's 7 days old, it's gone.

    Cindy Hamilton

  14. #14
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    Ken <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked
    > food in the refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks
    > ok and smells ok...?


    Not necessarily. I find certain cooked foods (ground beef,
    fish, edamame) don't handle time very well. They break down
    quickly but don't necessarily put off a stench more than when I
    first sealed them in the package. But if I reheat them and eat
    them, I'm as likely to spend the next 24 hating life.

    One of my BIL can't smell anything -- even when it's gone
    ff -- so he's quite likely to eat it unless it's become
    penicillin. His internal system is much more error tolerant
    than mine (or many members of his immediate family.)

    My MIL's scheduled is:
    Chicken/Turkey - 2 days refrigerated (2 months frozen)
    Beef
    gb - 3 days (3 months)
    steak/roast - 4 days (3 months)

    Fish - 1 day (3 months)
    Pork
    sausage - 4 days (6 months)
    chops - 3 days (5 months)
    roasts - 5 days (6 months)
    Sauces -- 3 days (4 months)

    She hasn't experienced an upset stomach from food longer than
    I've been alive so I guess her table's pretty accurate.

    The Ranger



  15. #15
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    Ken <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked
    > food in the refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks
    > ok and smells ok...?


    Not necessarily. I find certain cooked foods (ground beef,
    fish, edamame) don't handle time very well. They break down
    quickly but don't necessarily put off a stench more than when I
    first sealed them in the package. But if I reheat them and eat
    them, I'm as likely to spend the next 24 hating life.

    One of my BIL can't smell anything -- even when it's gone
    ff -- so he's quite likely to eat it unless it's become
    penicillin. His internal system is much more error tolerant
    than mine (or many members of his immediate family.)

    My MIL's scheduled is:
    Chicken/Turkey - 2 days refrigerated (2 months frozen)
    Beef
    gb - 3 days (3 months)
    steak/roast - 4 days (3 months)

    Fish - 1 day (3 months)
    Pork
    sausage - 4 days (6 months)
    chops - 3 days (5 months)
    roasts - 5 days (6 months)
    Sauces -- 3 days (4 months)

    She hasn't experienced an upset stomach from food longer than
    I've been alive so I guess her table's pretty accurate.

    The Ranger



  16. #16
    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    The message <[email protected]>
    from Ken <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?


    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but...


    Did you try racing it round the kitchen? If the meatloaf wins, that
    means it's time to cook something new.

    Janet.

  17. #17
    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    The message <[email protected]>
    from Ken <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    > refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?


    > Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    > Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    > while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but...


    Did you try racing it round the kitchen? If the meatloaf wins, that
    means it's time to cook something new.

    Janet.

  18. #18
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Thu 05 Jun 2008 12:39:24p, George Shirley told us...

    > Ken wrote:
    >> What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    >> refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >>
    >> Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    >> Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    >> while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    >> outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >>
    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >> Ken
    >>
    >>

    > My hard and fast rule is that if it has green fuzz growing on it and it
    > wasn't originally green toss it.
    >


    What if it was originally green and originally had no fuzz? Is that
    borderline?

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
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  19. #19
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    On Thu 05 Jun 2008 12:39:24p, George Shirley told us...

    > Ken wrote:
    >> What's your rule of thumb for throwing out cooked food in the
    >> refrigerator. I am never sure - if it looks ok and smells ok...?
    >>
    >> Yesterday (Wednesday) I threw out a heel of meatloaf I had prepared last
    >> Saturday and had been eating since (I live alone and a meatloaf takes a
    >> while to eat). Still looked and smelled fine but... The feral cats
    >> outside enjoyed it anyhow.
    >>
    >> How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >> Ken
    >>
    >>

    > My hard and fast rule is that if it has green fuzz growing on it and it
    > wasn't originally green toss it.
    >


    What if it was originally green and originally had no fuzz? Is that
    borderline?

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Thursday, 06(VI)/05(V)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------
    I need someone real bad. Are you real bad?
    -------------------------------------------





  20. #20
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Food spoilage?

    notbob wrote:

    > On 2008-06-05, Ken <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > How do you judge when to throw out something that still seems ok?

    >
    > If, after eating it, you can **** through the eye of a needle at fifty feet,
    > you kept it too long.


    There is nothing like a good dose of food poisoning to inspire someone to pitch
    old food in the garbage sooner.



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