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    gatorsmom is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Default Quick help.... how long can I still use this chicken...

    I bought 2 whole chickens last Monday. I've kept them refrigerated the whole time and the expiration date says "use before 8/30." However, the package also says, "use within 48 hours of purchase." Ooops. Would you still use them? I'd really like to do a roast in the oven. It will take 90 minutes to cook (I"m getting a very late start. May have to eat the roast tomorrow and have leftover turkey burgers today. )
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    cmo is offline Gold level (500+ posts)
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    I'd open them both up and give them the 'smell test'. If they do not smell spoiled, pop 'em into the oven right away! Even if you can't eat them for dinner tonight, you can shred all the meat for salads, enchiladas, casserole (chicken tettrazini -- yum!), etc. Or freeze for later use. You're not the first one whose expiration date snuck up faster than you planned. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    I'd open them both up and give them the 'smell test'. If they do not smell spoiled, pop 'em into the oven right away! Even if you can't eat them for dinner tonight, you can shred all the meat for salads, enchiladas, casserole (chicken tettrazini -- yum!), etc. Or freeze for later use. You're not the first one whose expiration date snuck up faster than you planned. :-)

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    I would cook and eat assuming it looks and smells fine like pp mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    I'd open them both up and give them the 'smell test'. If they do not smell spoiled, pop 'em into the oven right away! Even if you can't eat them for dinner tonight, you can shred all the meat for salads, enchiladas, casserole (chicken tettrazini -- yum!), etc. Or freeze for later use. You're not the first one whose expiration date snuck up faster than you planned. :-)
    I agree... the smell test has not failed me yet.

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    Thank you, everyone who responded. That is exactly what I did. I opened them up and they smelled fine. Not even a hint of "uh-oh." So, I roasted them and ate some myself. If I'm still alive by tomorrow, we're having some yummy sandwiches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorsmom View Post
    Thank you, everyone who responded. That is exactly what I did. I opened them up and they smelled fine. Not even a hint of "uh-oh." So, I roasted them and ate some myself. If I'm still alive by tomorrow, we're having some yummy sandwiches!
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    Yeah, whole chickens fresh from the store should last in the fridge for more that 48 hours. I wonder if they smack that label on as an extra precaution or if it was just labelled incorrectly.
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