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How to tell if steak is bad

Knowing how to tell if steak is bad is crucial to prevent getting foodborne illnesses such as food poisonings or E.coli. There are a few simple ways to tell if your steak is spoiled or not.

Knowing how it should look, smell, and feel will ensure that your steak is fresh and safe to eat. Following along and I will get into each one of those more thoroughly.

3 bone in steaks on a parchment paper

How to tell if steak is bad is easy to tell by looking at it, smelling it, and feeling it. Looking at the expiration date is one of the first things to look at.

Fresh steak will be red in color, wet to the touch but not slimy and no bad odor.

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It is important to know whether or not your steak is good before you start to prepare it. Steak that has gone bad can make you really sick.

All kinds of bacteria grow on meat when it starts to spoil like E.coli and salmonella. You can prevent yourself from getting food poisoning by being aware of how fresh your steak is.

I am going to break it down into 5 simple indicators of spoiled steak. You need to use your senses and look at it, feel and, smell it before you start to prepare it.

1. Check the date

Most meats will have a sell-by and a use-by date on the package. It is important to know the difference.

Sell-by dates are dates that manufacturers put on the meat as a recommended date that stores should sell the meat by in order to guarantee freshness. The further out the date from when you buy it the fresher it will be.

Use-by dates are a suggested date that you should cook the steak before it is no longer going to be good. This is an estimate so I recommended using it as soon as you can or freeze it.

2. Look at the steak

When you open the package you want to take a good look at the steak to see if you notice any mold growing or discolored to a brownish-grey on it. These are signs of spoiled steak.

Also if the steak looks really dry or shriveled up it is no longer good to eat and you should dispose of it.

3. Smell it

So you have checked the date and looked it over and it all looks good so far, that’s great, but you want to make sure it doesn’t have a rancid smell to it.

Steak that is bad will have no longer have that fresh meat smell to it. It will have an ammonia-type smell. Don’t worry you will know when you smell it if you think it is ok or not.

4. Is it slimy?

Fresh steak will be wet but it should not be slippery or slimy. If it is shiny or slimy you do not want to mess with it.

Unfortunately, you should dispose of it. What a waste, I know but trust me you won’t want to get sick from eating it.

How to tell if cooked steak is bad

There are many commonalities between fresh and cook steak that has spoiled. Cooked steak that has been properly stored in the fridge should last you 3-4 days.

The refrigerator doesn’t stop the growth of bacteria and fungus but it does slow it down. It is important to be aware of how long it has been in the fridge and if it was properly stored.

The first thing you will most likely notice is the rancid smell of ammonia or mold when you uncover refrigerated steak. This will not be questionable.

Second, if your cooked steak has gone bad it will feel sticky or slimy. Also if it is dried out you don’t want to bother reheating it and eating it.

The third indicator or bad steak that has been cooked is the color. If you see that it has a grey hue to it or if you see any signs of mold growth, toss it!

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