Meat experiment

I don't have a fridge, so when I didn't eat this pound of minced beef for a bit too long I decided not to eat it at all. Then I didn't dispose of it, and then I became interested in not disposing of it. I'm not sure when I bought it, but it's probably 5 weeks ago. Apart from having seeped juice and reduced it's internal pressure it looks OK.

Any ideas as to whether this might be safe to eat if cooked? I plan on keeping it longer to see what happens...

17-MAY-2009 Panic! I lost the meat, after a while I found it under the grill which I rarely use. More than 2 months our of date and not much change (re-inflated a bit)

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You gotta toss that. Something like that, that has been stored above 6°C/41°F needs to be tossed after 4 hrs. there is only a few things that are normally good, yogurt, eggs, cheese can sit out and you dont have to worry about. im a military food inspector so i deal with this stuff daily. every 30 min, the population of E. coli is doubling. If you have the serious E. coli O157:H7 festering in there then it only takes a hand full of those bugs to kill you. Staph could be growing from some careless butcher(it grows naturally in about 20% of the population), it forms heat stable toxins so even if you cook it you still can get sick. If you eat this meat today, even after cooking it, in my opinion your not going to work tomorrow.
lemonie (author)  thematthatter8 years ago
!Dissapearing comment - it happened again. Thanks (again) L
If only this were a Question. I think Best Answer just showed up, and from an actual working professional, nonetheless!
there was a few good points brought up with a few answers down below. Maybe i should put together a safe foods instructable.
lemonie (author)  thematthatter8 years ago
I think that would be a good idea. A lad at work was off sick this year due to undercooked chicken. Aye, go for it. L
Odd thing, I had milk in my fridge that was a full 10 days out of date yet perfectly fine... It could possibly be OK after a proper cooking but the whole toxins question is interesting...
Goodhart8 years ago
I also thought I saw a show where a fellow purposely left things (fruits, veggies, and some meats) rot (in sealed jars) and later ate it....but he also recommended no one try it unless they know what they are doing, because they could become sick or die. I just can't find a reference to it now.....
NachoMahma8 years ago
. What makes spoiled meat dangerous? . If it is just bacteria, then thorough cooking should make it safe. Might not be palatable, but is shouldn't make you sick. . If a toxin is produced, there's probably not much you can do to make it safe.
If I remember correctly some toxins are broken down with cooking, but don't quote me there without further reference or citation ;-)
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