Put frozen chicken into fridge four days ago, is it safe to eat tonight?
February 13, 2014 6:32 PM Subscribe
I put frozen boned-in chicken thighs into the fridge on Sunday night (four nights ago). Is it safe to cook and eat tonight (Thursday night)?
posted by mbidi to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On Tuesday, I looked at the package of chicken and it didn't look like it had defrosted completely yet; there were still ice crystals on the chicken.
The USDA says this: "After thawing in the refrigerator, items such as ground meat, stew meat, poultry, seafood, should remain safe and good quality for an additional day or two before cooking; red meat cuts (such as beef, pork or lamb roasts, chops and steaks) 3 to 5 days. Food thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking, although there may be some loss of quality."
By "thawing in the refrigerator" do they mean putting it in the fridge (which I did Sunday and I should probably throw it out) or do they mean they mean the chicken is no longer frozen after hanging out in the fridge (which was about two nights ago and the chicken may be okay).
I'm new at the freezing and defrosting thing; I'm used to buying fresh meat right before I cook it. So what do you say?