If your ground pork has a funky or sour smell to it then you should not cook with it. This is the quickest way to identify if your ground pork is bad.
Other ways to tell if ground pork is bad is by looking at it and feeling it. Using your senses is the best way to determine if your minced pork is fresh or has spoiled. I’m going to over just what to look for in this post.
How to tell if ground pork is bad is by smelling it. A sour or off smell and you should throw it away.
You can also tell if it is slimy, sticky or looking dull in color.
3 ways to tell if ground pork is bad
You want to make sure that you look over your ground pork before you cook with it. Any meats that have gone through the grinding process are more susceptible to bacteria like E.coli and salmonella.
I am going to go over the best 3 ways to tell if your ground pork has spoiled by smelling it, looking at the color, and feeling the texture of it.
1. Sour smell
Ground pork that is bad will have a sour or off-putting smell. When ground pork is fresh it will have little to no smell at all.
This is the quickest and easiest way to tell if minced pork has spoiled. You will want to toss it if it smells off.
2. Slimy texture
If it is slimy or sticky to the touch then the ground pork has gone bad. Most likely it will also smell when it is slimy.
Even if you only notice one or the other it’s safer to not cook with it. Even if it doesn’t smell but is sticky you can get sick from it.
3. Dull in color
Does your minced pork look dull in color? If so, do not use it. Spoilage comes from bacteria getting on and into the meat which means that you can get foodborne illnesses such as food poisoning.
Fresh ground pork will be pink in color with some white strand mixed within it. When it starts to spoil it will dull in color and start to have a greyish hue.
How to tell if ground pork is cooked without using a thermometer?
You always want to make sure that you cook your minced pork fully before eating it. With all of the bacteria that comes from the grinding process and of raw pork in general make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
Ground pork will turn a greyish brown when it is cooked all the way through. If you see any pink then you need to cook it longer.
When using a thermometer you want to make sure that you cook it to at least 165°F-170°F. This will ensure that the meat is cooked.