Weird ? - what would make a package of sausage blow up?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gritsar, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    We normally buy all our meat from a local grass fed/range fed farmer. Last time we purchased meat from them they were out of pork breakfast sausage, so I bought a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage at the grocery store.

    The package had an expiration date of 10/11. About four days before that date I decided we wouldn't be using it by then, so I froze it. A couple days later I noticed that the package was getting larger, had alot of air in it. Now it's still frozen solid, but getting bigger all the time.

    I don't trust it and want to toss it out, but DH is very frugal and doesn't like to waste food. It's the weirdest thing I have ever seen food-wise.

    What would make the package blow up like a balloon? I'm thinking bacteria.
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    In the FREEZER, it's getting larger?
     
  3. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Kind of scary, right?!

    I am definitely thinking bacteria. Ew.
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's really wierd! I mean, you would think that bacteria couldn't grow in freezing temps......I would definitely NOT eat it! Think of what it might do to your stomach! [​IMG]
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    off gassing? I'd not touch it except to toss it. [​IMG]
     
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  6. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Quote:I would definitely get rid of it fast!

    BTW, I'm wondering about the grass fed farmer. Times are getting tough, but I hope folks aren't down to grass. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    That's what I'm thinking, I don't wanna touch it let alone eat it. [​IMG]

    Yes Wynette, it's growing in the freezer.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I would definitely get rid of it fast!

    BTW, I'm wondering about the grass fed farmer. Times are getting tough, but I hope folks aren't down to grass. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    [​IMG]

    Tell ya what, best meat I've ever eaten.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    This will probably be the only time that I ever disagree with Keith. Toss the sausage - not worth taking chances.
     
  10. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    Most likely it was caused by moisture content in the sausage. Processed packaged meats have alot of water added to them so they get more money for less meat. Kinda like the ham you see that says ham and water product.
     

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