Signs That Your Meat Has Gone Bad

It's that time of year again! Finally, the sun is shining bright for what feels like all day and it is perfect weather for dinner parties, BBQs, and whatever else you may want to call it, just to have a yummy home cooked meal. As the sun rises, so does the sale of proteins, with steak sales alone going up 10% each grilling season, according to Beef. It's What's For Dinner.

If you are in the mood for some grilled or baked poultry items, it's good to know some tips and tricks to ensure you don't eat spoiled chicken, as Healthline relates. Any time you consume bad meat you are putting your body at risk of getting food poisoning. Spoiled meat is full of bacteria, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and even hospitalization — a far different trip than the BBQ you may have had planned. It's not just poultry you need to be careful with; also according to Healthline, your ground beef can also pose risks.

Luckily, it is pretty easy to tell if what was once going to be your famous chicken bake casserole, has turned into the latest ride on the trash chute express.

Check smell, texture, and color

Much like you see in crime TV, when you smell something rancid, you know it's gone bad, says "The Today Show." Because of this, smell has become the easiest way to know that you are in the presence of spoiled meat. By taking a quick whiff of your poultry and having to turn away swiftly, it is safe to say it should not be consumed.

If by chance there isn't a stomach-turning smell roaming your halls, it is always good to take a quick look at the texture of the meat. Does it feel slimy or sticky? If you answered yes, throw it out and say goodbye. While bacteria can cause that well-known and dreadful smell, the tell-tale odor may or may not be present, meaning you have to use your eyes and touch to figure it out (via The Today Show).

Now, if you haven't smelled anything off and haven't poked and prodded the meat, you can give it a quick look and see all you need to know. Spoon University says that spoiled meat will change color. Different items will mean different colors, of course. Beef should always be a brighter red color; pork, a grayish-pink; and chicken, a white-ish pink. If none of these look like what's defrosting in your sink right now, don't eat it!

If the smell, texture, or color is off (even worse — all three), head to your local grocer and get a replacement. You want your Sunday dinner to be memorable — for the right reasons.