How to Tell If the Raw Chicken in Your Fridge Is Bad

Any tips on how to further prevent raw chicken from going bad?

There is one simple trick to ensuring your chicken does not quickly spoil: Fresh chicken must be kept cold, so don’t ever let it sit out on the counter, table, or anywhere that isn’t refridgerated.

“This will extend its shelf life and prevent the growth of bacteria. According to the USDA, raw chicken will only keep in the refrigerator for about one to two days,” says Sidoti. “If kept in the freezer, it should stay safe to thaw and eat for up to nine to 12 months.”

Anything else to know about how to tell if the chicken in your fridge is bad?

Sidoti says, “When in doubt, throw it out!”

You heard the chef; it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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