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How Long to Store a Roast in the Fridge?

I bought a fresh, raw roast 3 weeks ago and immediately put it in my freezer. About 6 or 7 days ago, I put it in my fridge to thaw to make the next evening. Well, we got invited to dinner twice since then, I worked two night shifts, was exhausted the other nights so we made a quick dinner... and I just have not had the time to make it.

If it has been in my fridge for 6 or 7 days, one of which it was thawing...so, is it too late to cook it for dinner tonight? What would you do?

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So What Happened?™

I had all my veggies to roast chopped and ready to go. I pulled out the roast to season and it had a faint smell. $8 is not worth it to me to have a sick family, so we tossed it. We had roasted veggies and I sent my hubby out to get a ready made rotisserie chicken from the market instead ;) Thanks all!

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Smell it and see. I just did this same thing with stew meat and I had to throw it out. Hated that but did not want to take any chances!

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If the smell of it doesn't knock you over, it's OK to cook.

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you have heard of 'aged meats' at high end restaurants? How do they age them? They unwrap them and leave them in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. A friend of mine routinely ages prime rib for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. As long as it has been in the fridge, you have been fine. If the dark, hard spots bother you, then cut them off. hth!!!

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Smell is not a good detector for it being bad - do not go by that! Bacteria doesn't always have a smell. It has probably been totally thawed for about 5-6 days. It is borderline if it is still good. You could call a meat dept. at a grocery store and ask them... My gauge has always been, if I'm not sure - I toss it!

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Smell it and see. I just did this same thing with stew meat and I had to throw it out. Hated that but did not want to take any chances!

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I would not cook & eat meat that's been thawed for 6 or 7 days.

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Andra's got it!! Smell test, if it passes -- cook it! If it went from freezer directly to refridgerator, it probably didn't completely thaw for a couple of days. I'll bet it's just fine for tonight; but, I wouldn't push it further.

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I did that with my Thanksgiving turkey - got it a week ahead frozen solid, tossed it in the fridge and it was fine to cook on T-Day. Yup, the smell test would work for me....but for heavens sake - cook it today before it starts mooing at you.


Enjoy your meal.

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Laughed reading Andra's post! Yep, I would just cook the thing!

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