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Chuck Roast Still Good?

Some time ago, I bought a chuck roast. It's cryovac'd. Put it in the freezer for future use. About 3 weeks ago, I moved it to the fridge to defrost for chili. Never got around to using it. Is this still safe to eat? As I understand it, I have essentially been wet aging it, no? Not concerned with the debate over wet vs dry aging, I just want to know if I should toss it or cook it. Haven't opened it to smell yet. What say you? Thanks!

I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Michael 
Central Connecticut 

Comments

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,003
    Only one way to find out. If you can keep your lunch down after cracking it open, then cook it. 

    Might be prudent to have a backup plan for whatever meal you’re planning this for, just in case things don’t seem right when you’re cooking it. 

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,003

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 19,383
    My guess is that it's probably fine, Michael.  But I agree with @caliking - if it smells funky, don't let it near your monkey!
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 23,160
    As noted, as long as the cryovac is completely in tact then you are in great shape.  I would bet there is no funk but if there is...when in doubt, throw it out.  
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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,988
    Agree with the smell test, however, I'd suggest try smelling other stuff (strong cheese?) first to confirm you didn't lose your sense of smell  ;)  jk 
    canuckland
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,720
    Thanks very much, guys. I appreciate the advice. I'll give it a shot - unless it smells rotten when I open it.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 5,652
    I agree with the above...the nose knows..
                                                                
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,003
    To clarify, the smell/stench doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s “unsafe” to consume. 

    But, it is challenging to proceed with a cook, when you first have to clear the vomitus from your nose. 

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  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 551
    To clarify: food can smell fine and be unsafe

    that was my point, at least. 

    It’s pretty obvious that gag-inducing smells are bad

    but off smells aren’t necessarily bad

    pork in cryo, for example

    the big point tho was that just because it doesn’t smell bad it doesn’t mean it’s good

    the nose only knows when it’s patently obvious
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 3,287
    It's still fine.  I've gone 4 weeks on cryo briskets multiple times.  Other than the time the cryo inflated like a balloon, all turned out well.  
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