Last week I bought 3 large packages of boneless, skinless chicken breasts from No Frills. They were on sale for a good price and we were running low on chicken, so I stocked up.
I brought the packages home and left them in the fridge for a few days, until I had time to package them for the freezer (I freeze them in individual portion sizes).
When the day finally came that I had time to package the chicken, I took it all out and got my plastic bags ready to go. I noted the expiration date on the packages and they were 2 days from the current date. I was good to go! Or so I thought…
I have a habit of smelling each chicken breast before I package it, just to make sure they are fresh – and when I did that with these breasts they smelled… different. I wouldn’t say they smelled bad. Trust me, I do know what a rotten piece of chicken smells like and I did not smell anything like that – but they did smell a bit off.
I kind of hummed and hawed over what to do. Should I wait for Richard to get home and then ask him his opinion? Should I assume the chicken is fine? Should I take it back to the store to demand a refund?
I decided that the chicken was fine. I packaged all 15 or so breasts in individual bags and popped them in the freezer for future meals. They smelled a bit funny, but they definetely did not smell rancid!
Fast forward another few days and we are at my dad’s house for dinner. I brought over the chicken breasts and was cooking them in the kitchen when, after about 15 minutes of cooking, I gave them a little sniff. Oddly, they smelled like fish. FISH CHICKEN! What the eff?! I thought that perhaps it was the new recipe I was trying out, it smelled fishy for some reason.
Once it was cooked, we all started eating and each of us had the same reaction – IT TASTES LIKE FISH. What the heck kind of recipe makes chicken taste like fish?!
I soon realized that it was not the recipe that was the problem, but that I had just cooked BAD chicken. That weird smell that I got from the raw chicken was in fact a sign that the chicken had gone bad.
If I would have listened to my gut, which was telling me that something was off about the chicken, I wouldn’t have cut it all up and put it in the freezer. I would have brought it all back to the store and got some new, FRESH chicken.
Now, I am out $30 and 15 chicken breasts – but at least I have learned my lesson!