Slightly eggy smelling cooked then frozen chicken ok to eat?
November 7, 2012 5:01 PM Subscribe
Is cooked then frozen chicken with a mild eggy smell ok to eat?
posted by 1024x768 to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bought some fresh refrigerated raw chicken breasts, then froze them for a couple weeks. A few days ago I thawed them overnight in the refrigerator and cooked them. I let them cool for a half hour then I froze the (thoroughly) cooked chicken. Now when I smell the chicken it has a mild egg smell to it. It had no smell at all before I cooked it and the cooking process did not involve any egg, only olive oil. The smell is mild in that it smells eggy, but it does not smell rotten or spoilt otherwise.
Generally I'm paranoid enough about food safety that any suspicious smell means the food goes right out, especially with meat, but given that I had frozen this immediately after thoroughly cooking it in a manner I have done many times in the past with no smell and no issue, I'm questioning if I'm just being paranoid. If it makes a difference this is a brand of chicken I haven't used before (Trader Joes organic chicken).
I have suffered no power outages or otherwise had any reason to suspect the freezer was not at the proper temperature the entire time the chicken was in there, both before and after cooking.
Am I being paranoid, or is this chicken better off binned?