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Old 07-13-2005, 08:48 AM   #1
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Slimy bacon??

Okay... I have a package of bacon and thought hmmmm guess I could cook some of that up for a late breakfast... the date on the package says August... I open it up and it smells okay but as I am putting it into the pan it is REALLY slimy... I mean really REALLY slimy... would you still eat it? I fried it... smells okay... smells normal but... slimy bacon? I don't cook bacon very often but this is the first time I have had it this sticky.. what do you think... good or bad?

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Old 07-13-2005, 09:51 AM   #2
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Sometimes I find that with a packaged ham slice. I usually wash it off and cook it and it seems find. I don't know if it has to do with their packaging and bringing it home and putting in my refrigerator. Maybe a different temp then the store.
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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I had some the other day like that, cooked it and it was ok. Maybe it is just the brand.
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Old 07-13-2005, 07:02 PM   #4
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As a rule if meat is slimy it's not good. I doubt if I would have even cooked it!
Packaged meat very often has no really bad smell (like chicken or hamburger) so I go by the slimy test.

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Old 07-14-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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I've heard that bacon is smoked or cured, so they don't go bad. They used to keep bacon for a long time, may years ago. But, what they say is, when in doubt, throw it out.
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Old 07-18-2005, 11:09 AM   #6
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Bacon has the shelf live of twinkies. It's just about immortal.

Sliminess has nothing to do with freshness. I've bought bacon that was just put on the shelf that day and it was slimy when I opened it. 75% of the bacon I buy, regardless of the brand/age, is slimy. Slime comes from the sugar/moisture in the cure and variations that occur from batch to batch. It also isn't brand specific either. I've bought two packages of the exact same brand of bacon and one was slimy and the other was dry.

I would definitely NOT wash it off. That's a lot of flavor you're pouring down the drain.

Bacon is some seriously preserved food. Between the nitrates, the salt, the sugar and the smoke, bacteria just doesn't stand a chance.
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:44 PM   #7
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if your bacon is sodium nitrite free, as mine is, it will go bad!! but smell tells the tale. i have seal it in smaller potions with my food saver.
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