Post by BBQ Butcher on May 30, 2007 7:22:54 GMT -5
I bought two slabs of cryovac ribs last weekend and put them in the fridge. I took them out today and noticed there was air in the package, not tight like skin but it's not leaking.
Will those ribs be ok to eat or should I return them?
You will have to go by looks, touch and smell. More than likely they are OK...but open them up the rest of the way. Do you smell anything bad (rotten)? Do they feel slimy or is there a coating on the ribs that sticks to your fingers when you pull your index finger away from your thumb? Discoloration, usually greenish in color, may appear around the bones and have an off smell, will also indicate the ribs are bad or going bad.
If none of the above, rinse them off with cold water, pat dry with a paper towel and wrap the racks separately in plastic wrap and cook as soon as possible.
Sometimes there will be a 'sulfur like' smell when you first open the cryovac, even on fresh looking ribs. This is part of the bacterial reaction inside the plastic and most times dissipates after a few minutes of air drying or a rinse in cold water.
However, the first rule of thumb is up to you.....if in doubt, throw it out (well, take them back to the store, but you know what I mean.)