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How long can frozen chicken be left in the fridge to thaw?


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So, I took 2 frozen chicken breasts out to thaw on either Monday or Tuesday night (unfortunately, I can't remember which!).  I put them into some marinade on Wednesday night.  I had planned to cook them last night (Thursday) but ended up not feeling well.  Can I cook them tonight? (Friday).  Essentially, it would be 3-4 days after they were removed from the freezer and put into the fridge.

Thanks!

Edited Jun 01 2012 16:16 by nomoreexcuses
Reason: Moved to foods forum
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If you took them out Monday they are bad. If it was Tuesday they are ok.

I think they're just fine. You are cooking them anyway.

You say they've been in the fridge the whole time? No problem. It probably took them 2 days to completely thaw in there anyways.

By the way, I almost always set things out on the counter to thaw, and then cook it that night. Sometimes I don't feel like cooking it that night, stick it in the fridge and then cook it the next day.

OK, let the food safety lectures begin!

 

I also leave real butter out on the counter all the time in a butter dish so that I can spread it easily.

I leave pizza in the box on the counter overnight and eat it for breakfast the next day.

I keep leftovers for more than 48 hours.

When I buy natural peanut butter I don't refrigerate it after opening.

Original Post by catwalker:

I also leave real butter out on the counter all the time in a butter dish so that I can spread it easily.

I leave pizza in the box on the counter overnight and eat it for breakfast the next day.

I keep leftovers for more than 48 hours.

When I buy natural peanut butter I don't refrigerate it after opening.

*runs away screaming*

kidding, room temp butter is the best thing ever. and pizza is totally ok to eat over night.

i'd say the chicken is fine. it likely didn't thaw for at least a day or two in the fridge. it never warmed to room temp or anything.

Original Post by catwalker:

I also leave real butter out on the counter all the time in a butter dish so that I can spread it easily.

I leave pizza in the box on the counter overnight and eat it for breakfast the next day.

I keep leftovers for more than 48 hours.

When I buy natural peanut butter I don't refrigerate it after opening.

I do all of those things.

Refrigerating natural peanut butter? That's awful.

But it says so on the container don't cha know??

Original Post by catwalker:

I also leave real butter out on the counter all the time in a butter dish so that I can spread it easily.

I leave pizza in the box on the counter overnight and eat it for breakfast the next day.

I keep leftovers for more than 48 hours.

When I buy natural peanut butter I don't refrigerate it after opening.

Scofflaw....

My latest food safety infraction:

I found a 1 pint carton of heavy cream in the back of the fridge in the garage. It was nesteled up right next to the cooling element thing. I pulled it out to use it and looked at the date. It was from January of 2011. Yes, 2011. I took it in the house and opened it. It looked and smelled fine. I poured it out into a container and inspected it, smelling it again. Then I took a taste. Then I used it.

I thought refrigerating natural peanut butter was simply to keep it from separating again after you worked so hard to mix it all up. Can it go rancid?

My husband forgot our leftover pizza in a box on the roof of his car overnight. We were tempted to stick it in the refrigerator to have for dinner tonight since the temps did get down into the 40s  and the box looked untouched. In the end, I just couldn't bring myself to keep it.

Original Post by bierorama:

I thought refrigerating natural peanut butter was simply to keep it from separating again after you worked so hard to mix it all up. Can it go rancid?

My husband forgot our leftover pizza in a box on the roof of his car overnight. We were tempted to stick it in the refrigerator to have for dinner tonight since the temps did get down into the 40s  and the box looked untouched. In the end, I just couldn't bring myself to keep it.

i totally would have eaten that.

Original Post by jules817:

i totally would have eaten that.

My husband would have, too. This is also the guy that would eat the lint from between his own toes for a buck in high school. I talked him out of eating the pizza for lunch.

I would have eaten the pizza. Why not? A fridge is about 40 degrees. I would have eaten the pizza if it was on the counter in the house at 70 degrees overnight.

Why would you want to put natural peanut butter in the fridge so that it is rock hard and you can't spread it? The reason given for putting in the fridge is for safety purposes, specifically salmonella in recent times.

Original Post by catwalker:

I would have eaten the pizza. Why not? A fridge is about 40 degrees. I would have eaten the pizza if it was on the counter in the house at 70 degrees overnight.

Because I have no idea what could have happened to it outside. If it would have been inside the house, I definitely would have eaten it. But it was outside on the roof of the car where who knows what bug had access to it. I know it looked untouched but there's no way to know if it really was. I should have let my husband eat it.

Natural PB--what makes it more susceptible than Jif or Skippy to bacteria such as salmonella? The lack of hydrogenated oil?

Original Post by catwalker:

My latest food safety infraction:

I found a 1 pint carton of heavy cream in the back of the fridge in the garage. It was nesteled up right next to the cooling element thing. I pulled it out to use it and looked at the date. It was from January of 2011. Yes, 2011. I took it in the house and opened it. It looked and smelled fine. I poured it out into a container and inspected it, smelling it again. Then I took a taste. Then I used it.

balls.of.steel.

I use eggs for months after their expiration dates.

oh the humanity!

pffft....  if the OP is worried about chicken being in the fridge for the past couple of days...

I'm surprised I haven't caught salmonella.

 

I've thawed refrozen and thawed chicken on numerous occasions, after it being in the fridge a few days.

 

And I tried putting my PB in the fridge one time...  fuuuuukc that.

Original Post by purespark:

I use eggs for months after their expiration dates.

oh the humanity!

hehe... me too.

And milk isn't bad unless it's chunky.

Original Post by purespark:

I use eggs for months after their expiration dates.

oh the humanity!

so do i :)

Original Post by starlitocean:

Original Post by purespark:

I use eggs for months after their expiration dates.

oh the humanity!

so do i :)

...but what about the CHILDREN???

 

Agree the chicken was probably fine, soaking in marinade. I refrigerate most things just to keep potential bugs out of my food. Weavils, fruit flies etc, infuriate me.

 

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