However, if the meat is showing signs of gray or brown discoloration throughout, it's time to say goodbye. This is what bad crab meat may look like: Brown or gray hamburger can be very unappetizing, but the color change doesn't necessarily mean you can't eat the meat. So what makes meat red in the first place? You might see just a few patches of discoloration rather than the whole steak slab, but spots of odd color are still a sign that you should avoid eating it. That is why grocery stores utilize a small film over their products versus a vacuum package. A rotten one has brown or black spots throughout the flesh . Either your freezer warmed up somehow and something thawed (meaning it’s no longer safe to eat if you don’t catch it right away) or juices dripped before the item froze, contaminating any items that may have come into contact with the juices. So we’ve established once meat turns brown, it’s hard for it to turn back to that red color. Thanks David! It is okay to eat beef that has turned brown as long as it is still pink on the inside and does not have a foul odor at all, as it is an indication that the meat has gone bad. I found it looking for the answer to a question I had about brown sections in ham? So it’s extremely essential to place your ground beef inside a … I’m currently in Charlotte, NC….but lived in Chico during Elementary school, and then again College. Usually the meat is beginning to dry out. It will look gray. “The problem is that if you leave it brown for too long, all those oxidized pigments will cause the fat to oxidize, and that will cause some flavor issues.”. The skin is pale and creamy. A green or brownish color on the surface is a clear sign that the meat is bad. I’m lucky in that my mom was the daughter of a butcher so she taught me not to worry about color changing as much as smelling. Thanks Daren! I, too, hope this post sheds some light on that! ” If it was not the best steak you ever eaten is, because you SCREW it up.. I hope a lot of folks read it. Being a beef producers daughter I always knew that it was ok, but never knew the science behind it. Moregarlic @aol.com http://www.angelossmokehouse.com Have a good day. If someone serves you crabs or you begin to clean crabs and you notice a dark or black discoloration where the meat should be, then chances are high that the meat has gone bad. Fresh meat is red or pink in color. Myoglobin is a protein that stores oxygen for aerobic metabolism in the muscle. One myth I see commonly brought up is that old meat is dyed red. Sarah, thanks so much for commenting! Step 2: Smell This is more than likely the case from the photo above. Meat that changes color is one of the things that food poisoning experts never eat. The fact that the meat in your refrigerator has turned brown simply means that the remaining blood in it has drained out. You will just have to make sure that you inspect it carefully to see if the inside is still pink. Also myoglobin levels vary by species which is why beef has more of a red color than pork or lamb. Raw meat that has been heated up (not cooked) and then re-cooled will often times become sticky or tacky along with possibly a color change. Meat is allowed to be red in … Hopefully this information will help a family that because of budget restraints might enjoy a great beef meal they otherwise would pass up! Back story… this woman bought these steaks, opened them up, turned them over, and found this…. No worries: simply cut the discolored sections away and the rest of the meat should be fine. Thanks! All of the protein is not affected at the same time which is why you get different variations of a reddish color at different temperature points. Damn you, damn you! That red liquid you see is actually water mixing with a protein that gives meat its red color, myoglobin. This discoloration can result from oxygen exposure to the meat. Thank you! If you see pooling at the bottom of your freezer, especially pinkish-looking meat juices, that’s a bad sign. Well I hate to break it to you but there is actually no blood in muscles. That is why most of the meat we see has a bright red color. As long as the beef you are storing is not malodorous, it is most likely okay to cook and consume it. You can expect the beef you put in your refrigerator to turn brown around five days after it goes in, due to certain chemical changes which occur. You’ve just saved my dinner. This essentially means that meat can turn from a bright red color (which many associate with fresh) to a brown color from a lack of oxygen. One thing with that though is you need to know what should smell like generally. I’m on the other side of the country and we are in an area with a lot of small niche farms and so also small butchers and smokehouses. “Large ice crystals (on ground beef) indicate it could be bad, and it could make you sick,” said Peisker. For red meat and steak, it is 1-3 days if it is raw and 7-10 days if it is cooked and kept on the recommended temperature. Brown sausage is a signal that the sausage is going bad. Browning of meat can also occur with meat that has been chilled for a long period of time (about 5 days), ie: taken home from the grocery store and placed in your fridge for some time. This protein is normally a dark grayish-purple but when it comes in contact with oxygen, it becomes oxymyoglobin and reacts by turning a deep red color. Your email address will not be published. Just trying to figure out what it means – I don’t feel like I’ve thought our most recent 1/2 pig supplier used all that good of a smokehouse.. And thank you in advance for the traffic! Two reasons I do, if you watch specials and buy cuts that have lost their color you can save HUGE on beef. If you don’t yet see film on your steak, but it has a strange color, like more brown, yellow, or green than the bright, purplish red color it should have, you might also have spoiled beef. A few evenings ago, I was consulted by a friend of mine about the color of meat and how to tell if it’s bad. Massively helpful for an ignorant cook like me! Brown meat!? This will help me know when that might be a bad purchase. All the blood is removed from the animal when it is slaughtered. It happens when the surface of the meat comes in contact with air. Many people believe that if their fresh beef has turned brown, that means it has spoiled. That’s right. Thank you for taking the time to explain in such detail. Great blog post, this is the kind of good information we need to get out to consumers every day to help promote good education about meat products. All the blood is removed from the animal when it is slaughtered. In order for meat to maintain that bright red color we are familiar with, oxygen must be available at a sufficient concentration. Also, this same process is the reason meat does indeed turn brown when you cook it. An off odor will be prevalent to your senses and the most effective way to diagnose spoiled meat. GREAT blog post! Step 2 - Examine the Color of the Steak. After the lobster has been cooked, the meat will last for three to … Take a good look at the steak, inspecting all parts of the meat thoroughly. Instead, read labels carefully and practice safe food handling procedures to ensure that your burgers … Meat can also turn brown if any sort of contamination that would cause a chemical reaction comes in contact with it. Those spots sound like freezer burn, which will not make you sick, but will make the texture of the meat unpleasantly dry. If all of your beef is grey rather than red or brown, it’s best to throw it away. Excellent blog post! Yet, an isolated brown spot may be due to bruising, rather than widespread spoilage, and can be cut away. Did You Know: There Is Such A Thing As Purple Meat. Advertisement. Yes, a brown section in a ham is a totally different issue. Thank you for the information. Browning of meat can also occur when oxygen partial pressure is low or basically when meat is stacked on top of one another. I printed two copies, I keep one in Petaluma and one in Sonoma deli. I sell only the best, it is mandatory the my dry rub, (Angelo’s Magic) is on. ... good proteins and bad proteins, and all that, but unless we get our caloric intake under control a lot of those efforts are going to be for naught." Before you throw your steak on the grill or in the oven, notice its color. Slimy meat (not juicy) is also a great indicator of spoilage. Ground beef changes color when it is exposed to oxygen. “Spoilage bacteria,” though generally harmless, can make meat smell bad and cause other signs of deterioration. Their color can change rapidly – even though the product is still safe and wholesome. However, if the meat is showing signs of gray or brown discoloration throughout, it's time to say goodbye. Since we are dealing with an enzymatic reaction here, I don’t think any dye could possibly work as effectively as the reaction itself. Colors indicating spoiled turkey meat include red, green and yellow. Oxygen can’t readily make its way through or penetrate the ground beef so it begins to lose its red color on the inside after time. I work in Agriculture and even I’m suspicious of gray/brown meat and always threw it away (saddened by the thought of no burger or $teak). Don't rely on color to determine the freshness of your meat. It is okay to eat beef that has turned brown as long as it is still pink on the inside and does not have a foul odor at all, as it is an indication that the meat has gone bad. I love this I’ve got to give you a huge Thanks and thumbs up! After cooking, the light and dark portions of a turkey appear light brown and dark brown, respectively. Freezer burn or protein denaturation -- which don't pose health risks, but may make the meat unpalatable -- could also be the cause. The number one indicator of spoiled meat is in fact smell. Awesome post. Is brown sausage bad? In fact, retail stores often discount red meat products that have changed color but are still safe and wholesome – and well within their shelf life. Brown meat is OKAY to eat.. The changing from red to brown and even the purplish color to red occurs quite easily in meat, the reverse is much difficult. Required fields are marked *, Copyright Food Answers. It’s also amazing to me how many people lack knowledge when it comes to meat which is why I do what I do. If the ground meat is gray or brown throughout, however, that usually indicates that it has been in the package for a while and may be spoiling. Next, you need to examine the color of the steak. This happens because as meat is chilled/frozen for long periods of time, enzyme activity decreases so the myoglobin and oxygen quit mixing together to keep meat that bright red color. Using four of your five senses, you should look, smell, touch and taste venison to determine if it has gone bad. You want the best, you do it in this way, if you want screw this piece of meat in your way, you don’t belong here, Go to Safeway, you will save few bucks. in a meat eating Country as america is, so many consumer’s minds are still in limbo about knowing what is good or bad in the meat’s world. Well I hate to break it to you but there is actually no blood in muscles. Huh!? As meat ages it turns brown from oxidation. Angelo- I miss you and your no-BS attitude!! ~Teraisa, Copyright Chico Locker & Sausage Co. Inc. 2014 - All Rights Reserved, A Look Inside Glass Walls of a Slaughterhouse… A Pork Plant, Meat Inspection and Recalls: How It Works. Fact: Red meat products are somewhat like sliced apples. So why does meat turn brown? Cooking with venison is a great way to use up fresh deer meat that you've purchased or hunted for yourself. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the info Jenny! Metmyoglobin is the cause of the characteristic brown coloration of meat that occurs as it ages. Seems a small thing but touch & smell are all relative. It is extremely important to properly inspect the meat you are keeping refrigerated before eating it, just so you will be able to make sure it is safe to eat. Huh!? Once meat has browned, it is hard to get it enough oxygen to reverse the process. Helpful for our buying local meat shopping habits for sure. Great post Jenny! I remember lots of these terms from my animal science courses, but it’s great to see the practical application of the science behind meat! Remember, how to tell if chicken is bad comes down to color, texture, and odor. But once meat is cooked, it denatures the proteins so there is really no going back! I do occasionally see one that doesn’t look/smell quite. If you just bought it, you may want to return it. So what makes meat red in the first place? awesome advice, very friendly and instructive. Raw turkey meat has pink, lavender and blue undertones. It is very useful to housewives like me. This produces what is called metmyoglobin. I changed my approach long time ago with impossible costumers the, have proofed they don’t listen. Like anything else, if you aren’t sure, it is always okay to get a second opinion! Thanks so much for the comment! Brown meat is OKAY to eat.. Although I don’t know this woman, I wish I would have been able to let this woman know her steaks were perfectly fine. Thanks for the great comment Larry! All rights reserved -. By now, you've probably heard that eating meat is bad for you. It also may not have a “bad”appearance to it yet. It amazing to me the. Another indicator of spoiled meat is tacky or sticky to the touch. Glad I could put some science behind this! For example, cure (sodium nitrite) turns raw meat a brownish-grey color (think of a cured, uncooked salami) if it comes in direct contact with a meat surface, but if that same meat is then heated, the sodium nitrite turns the meat a pinkish color (much like ham). I would hope that this will either a. help families make better purchasing decisions or b. keep them from wasting food that is indeed good to eat! Even if it has a slight odor, you will still be able to cook it. Raw ground beef should be bright red on the outside and brownish on the inside. I agree! This is awesome! What is looking bad, (in this case) actually is better. Basically this is what gives us rare, medium rare, medium, well done, etc. Excellent post. If the meat is not exposed to oxygen, it changes to a gray-brown hue. The meat from older animals will be darker in color because the myoglobin level increases with as animals age. I didn’t really know any of that. Afterall someones sniffer may be a little better than someone else’s! Because muscles differ greatly in activity, their oxygen demand varies which in turn means the same animal can have variations of color in its muscles. This is a great explanation of meat color! Great to read this! This especially occurs if meat has been temperature abused. Thanks Jenny! Ground beef stored at room temperature for more than two hours activates the harmful bacteria. Fresh beef will be bright red in color, but it may have a few brown spots in the middle since ground beef is taken from different parts of the cow. Welcome! So if color isn’t an indicator of spoiled meat, what is…? I am surprised by the number of people who either bring us meat or call us to ask about meat being spoiled. My family grew up eating the brown meat because it’s usually what wouldn’t sell! The most common answer people give me is blood. I really liked how you explained the science behind this. Exercised muscles are always darker in color. I feel it is good have the information’s in black and white otherwise there is always around the smart ass the ask “how you know that” About the no BS attitude, you are right. This is why lobsters are frequently boiled alive. Here’s what’s really happening when it turned brown: (from Meat Made Best [1] ) What’s making that meat so read is the presence of myoglobin in the beef. Flavor issues are not a thing that anyone would like in their ground beef. However, it's important to ensure the venison hasn't gone bad--which can sometimes happen, particularly with fresh venison as no preservatives have been added to the meat. She then went ahead to post the photo on Facebook with a comment about how upset she was her steaks were bad. Mince meat is still safe to eat when it starts to turn brown. You will find that the same thing applies to ground beef; it tends to lose its color much faster than regular meat that has been cut because of the fact that there is more moisture in it. More than once my urban friends are aghast at seeing me buying beef from the store. A brown color on red meat, such as steak, isn’t necessarily a sign that the meat has gone bad. Bacteria levels and spoilage aren't necessarily part of this process. Last week a Sonoma limo driver “MIKE KELLY” was telling me what sob I was 11 years ago when I refuse to sell him a tri tip whit no spices on it. Looking forward to my steak now, without worrying! It's also important to keep in mind that ground meat can still go rotten in the freezer. I love it and totally plan to share it! Smell has been my number one indicator of spoiled meat! Food spoilage is simply an umbrella term for the various signs that communicate to your senses of smell, sight, or touch, that you should not eat the food. Thank you for the information, and the small world story!! In my opinion sometimes it’s the best because it’s a little more aged! It will smell strong and earthy. For more information on this topic, visit these sources: Meat Color from University of Saskatchewan, A while back I shared a video looking inside the walls of a beef slaughter…, Just when I thought LFTB (Lean Finely Textured Beef) was out of my life… Here…, With 4th of July not too long ago, these babies were flying off the shelf!…. Thanks Janice! Keep this sort of thing coming- it’s very helpful to this Mama! But that does not mean it is spoiled. I only cook and can tell from a foul smell (sometimes fowl)-but now I won’t be ignorant about color. Use these three factors in diagnosing spoiled meat: does it smell, is it sticky, AND does it have color change? Not to mention, I love that the first thing to pop up on the SE is from Chico. If its surface has turned thoroughly brown or gray or grown mold, it has gone bad and should be discarded. If your butcher sells ground beef to order, you may notice that when he or she scoops out a portion of meat, the ground beef toward the bottom of the container (that is not exposed to oxygen) looks gray, which understandably, may cause you to worry. Myth: If Meat Turns Brown, That Means It Is Spoiled. She sent me this photo…. Thank you! I hope that my contributions hopefully and at least educate one person out there, if not many! The most common answer people give me is blood. So although the brown meat may not be as pretty, it’s not harmful—yet. Thanks for the info, Jenny. Giving away this ranchers secret way of getting inexpensive meat! Use the three indicators given to diagnose if it’s spoiled or not. All mammals contain this protein in their meat tissues and is very similar to hemoglobin which stores oxygen in our red blood cells. Both myoglobin and oxymyoglobin have the ability to lose their oxidation which results in a brown color called metmyoglobin. I always look in the “manager’s special” bin at the grocery store and buy a lot of aged (brown) steaks at half price! In an effort to be more humane, some lobster chefs will quickly jab an object into the lobster's head before dropping it in the boiling water. This is not anything any of us in the meat industry have heard of nor have we found information to supply this so-called practice. Beef just as wholesome, nutritious and delicious as that I would raise and at a cost LOWER than what I could produce the individual cut for. Is brown meat bad? It’s close to explained – I’m thinking the curing was not completely thorough and so those areas that were not cured turned brown rather than pink? The good news is, even if there’s a color change — which might not be as visually appetizing — the meat or poultry is still perfectly fine to eat if stored properly in the refrigerator or freezer and consumed within a safe period of time (up to two days for ground meat and five days for other cuts). Brown meat!? I have missed seeing you at the convention in Davis last month. For your ground meat to remain edible you should not have done a few things before freezing. Those colors associated with meat temperatures are basically denatured metmyoglobin! I think it is more then 2 years since a costumer came back telling me that steak was not too good. I looked him strait in the eye and told him. But yes, sometimes there is a fine line. If it is not spoiled, feel free to indulge without worry! That’s right. It is extremely important to properly inspect the meat you are keeping refrigerated before eating it, … THANKS! This is also the reason why your ground beef from the store may be red on the outside but brown on the inside. Color in meat can change depending on the age of the animal, the species, sex, diet, and even the exercise it gets. As a rancher yes we have our own beef but I also buy beef at two local grocery stores fairly regularly. At my age, armed with proof the I give every day 100% of whatever I do in the business, the patient fuse is getting shorter by the days so, I make short and sweet. So glad you shed light on this! I to get all kinds of questions about meat color, I’m glad you’ve written a post about it, I will be sending folks this way more often! It has to do with the curing. Possibly, but that’s not really the right measure to see if you’re hamburger meat is bad. A tainted burger can appear, and in fact be, perfectly "fresh." She assumed they were bad and threw them out! Your ground beef will turn more grey the longer you keep it. I work at a neighborhood market, for a company that’s a deli and meat business, and there are so many people out there that are just clueless about beet and fish, everyone wants the fresh red meat if it shows any color they won’t even think of buying it. If the natural pink hue is gone or has turned to black, gray or green, the meat may have spoiled because of contamination of yeast, mold or bacteria. So if you happen to open up a package of meat looking like the photo above, please don’t throw it away simply because of its color. But this color can vary, as we have seen before, from light red to an intense red to an almost purple color. Although meat may turn brown after just a few days, it is usually still good to eat. He took one home, he did as I told him, He is one of the best costumer.and, only god knows how many costumers he sent in my way. If you’ve only had the meat for a couple days, look for other signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell, a greenish tinge, or a slimy texture. Hi – that was a great article! The oxidation process is a result of the bound iron molecule in myoglobin going from the ferrous to ferric form. We try our best to educate our customers on the meat they buy! I give the costumers a 3X5 instruction card telling them how to prepared it. Left uncooked, lobster meat will go bad within hours. Dark Meat: It's the New White. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! The mold has started to grow and it is unsafe to be consumed. And it makes me sad that nobody on those 20 comments told her that either. If all three or at least two of three are present (even with NO color change) than it’s probably alright to toss it rather than risk getting sick. Which is Ok leaves more for me! Typically a portion of meat that hasn’t been thoroughly cured but cooked will turn a gray/brown color. 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