Hamburger that is entirely gray in color, feels slimy or smells bad has gone bad. Fresh meat is naturally purplish in color. Meat that is exposed to oxygen turns brownish in color; thus, a brown color does not necessarily mean the hamburger is bad.Continue Reading
Hamburger should be cooked or frozen within two days of being purchased to ensure fresh quality. To destroy bacteria, ground beef should be stored at less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Ground beef should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.
To safely thaw frozen ground beef, leave it in the refrigerator. If this is not an option, microwave the meat or put it in an air-tight bag in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes to keep it cold. Transporting freshly purchased hamburger is another consideration; bring a cooler for meat if the trip is going to take longer than 30 minutes.Learn more about Meat, Poultry & Seafood
Salami has gone bad and should not be eaten if the edges of the meat turn a brown or gray color, it develops air pockets or has a hardened exterior. White mold on the exterior does not signify spoilage. Unlike other cured meats, salami remains edible for long periods of time, making it more difficult to detect spoilage. Some types of salami have no expiration date.Full Answer >
Pork has gone bad when the color changes from pink to brown (or gray) and starts to have a sour smell. When this happens, safely discard the pork.Full Answer >
Ground beef has gone bad if it emits a rancid odor and if the outer layer is brown or gray in color. Spoiled ground beef can lead to serious food poisoning, so it is always important for people to use the product by its "use by" date or freeze by its "freeze by" date. Refrigerating or freezing the beef as soon as possible after purchase helps to ensure its freshness.Full Answer >
Pork chops are cuts of meat taken from pigs and are typically pink or pale in color. Pork chops also refers to different cuts of meat, including loin, rib, sirloin and top loin chops. Each type of pork chop cut can be grilled, broiled or pan-fried.Full Answer >