How To Tell If Raw Beef Is Bad

How to tell if steak is bad:

Although it should be fairly obvious, many people are unaware of the distinction between a sell-by and use-by date. These dates no longer hold true if you place your steak in the freezer.

The local butcher or grocery store must adhere to the sell-by date. In order to give the buyer enough time to use the steak, the store must sell any steaks with a sell-by date of May 13th. After that date, the steak ought to still be safe to consume for a few days. Therefore, you must cook or freeze the steak by May 16th if its use-by date is that day. After that date, there’s a good chance it may spoil.

Be careful to allow yourself enough time for your steak to thaw and remain safe to eat if you decide to freeze it before its use-by date. You should put your steak in the freezer by May 14th, as it has a use-by date of May 16th. This will give you two days to thaw the steak before it goes bad based on its original use-by date (most only take about 24 hours, but some thick cuts may take closer to 48 hours).

Signs of Spoiled Raw Meat

  • The use-by-date has passed
  • Meat is discolored
  • Meat has a foul odor, like a robust cheesy smell
  • The beef has a slimy appearance & texture
  • The steak has been in the fridge for weeks

It’s always best to play it safe and throw out your raw steak if you’re not sure if it’s bad. Since raw steak can quickly turn rancid, it’s important to keep an eye out for any indicators of spoiling.

It’s Slimy in Appearance or to the Touch

A slimy surface film that you can see or feel on a piece of steak is a dead giveaway that the meat is bad or has spoiled. It will have a clear or yellowish hue, but it will give the steak a more glossy appearance than usual. You will also feel it with your fingers—it will be sticky or slick. A bad steak usually develops this slimy film on it a few days prior to molding. Naturally, the presence of mold indicates that your once-fresh steak has become contaminated with dangerous bacteria and is no longer fit for consumption.

Your steak may also be spoiled if you haven’t noticed any film yet but it looks different from the usual bright, purplish red color of meat, such as more brown, yellow, or green. Spots of unusual color are still an indication that you should not eat the steak, even if you only see a few patches rather than the entire slab. A spoiled steak will begin to taste more like tuna steak, which isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.