I pulled a whole chicken out of the freezer and put it on the fridge Wednesday afternoon with the intention of cooking it last night. Well yesterday I came down with the stomach flu so that didn't happen. Is it still good? If so do I have to cook it today or will it be ok until tomorrow? I have zero interest in eating or even touching it right now.
If was ON the fridge throw it out. If it was IN the fridge it's fine but I'd cook it today. If it's bad you'll smell it when you open the package.
And if you don't want to deal with it, throw it a big pot and boil it. When it is done, you can put it in the fridge and debone it tomorrow when you are feeling better. As a bonus, you get chicken broth that you can make chicken soup with which is always nice if you are getting over a stomach bug (after cooking, put it in some tupperware in the fridge to deal with tomorrow.)
Post by Sassy Sabrina SWZ on Apr 11, 2015 21:57:55 GMT
I agree that if you put it IN (not ON) the fridge, it should be fine. The first day or so, it was still partially frozen and thawing. I'm assuming it hasn't been at room temperature at all. But I would cook it very soon--today or tomorrow. (If you don't want to handle the raw chicken yourself, could/would another family member do it?) You could then serve it to the rest of your family, or put the cut-up pieces back in the freezer until you have an appetite.
The one thing you shouldn't do is to re-freeze it, uncooked.
I had the flu in Dec-Jan (3 weeks) and had absolutely no appetite for a week. I had to force myself to eat one "thing" per day: 1/2 serving of oatmeal, 1 scrambled egg, or a piece of toast. Yet I had to prepare dinner for the men in my family. I chose the very easiest things: frozen leftovers, etc. If I had had to prepare a roast chicken, I would have worn plastic disposable gloves when handling it.
Do you remember how close it was to its use-by date when you put it in the freezer? If it was only a day from the use-by date then I wouldn't but 3 days or more then I would. I also agree with anxiousmom, if you're still not feeling well and don't want to touch it right now, stick it in a big pot of water with some vegies for a couple of hours and make yourself some chicken stock and nice poached chicken.
Post by MorningPerson on Apr 11, 2015 23:48:53 GMT
OK, being partially frozen will change my answer to it's ok.
BTW, either that's a very large chicken, or the temp of your fridge is pretty low, in order to have it partially frozen 3 days after moving it from freezer to fridge. I usually get similar results with a 15+ pound Thanksgiving turkey.
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