rotten food

How to recognize rotten food?

How to recognize rotten food? For most of the food, I know how to recognize rotten food, when they are not good anymore. Maybe because I use to cook since I’m young and learned with time? Or maybe because my mom teach me? I think recognizing rotten food is part of learning when you cook because anyone wants to eat fresh food and also because it can be very dangerous for your body especially meat and creamy dishes. 

The most important food to throw when they are rotten are: 

  • Meat 
  • Creamy dish and Yogurt
  • Fish 
  • Bread 

About the meat, you have to smell it. This is probably the easiest way to tell if the meat is bad. The first instinct to have is, of course, to check the expiry date to make sure that the bacteria have not had time to proliferate. If it has been exceeded, you can throw the product away.

Regardless of the type of meat, if it smells bad, it is not good. If you notice that the meat gives off ammonia, sour, or musty smell, throw away.

Ground meat in the store may look fresh, although it has a slight odor. Rotten meat often has a slimy texture, which is a sign of bacteria multiplying on the surface. Expired meat, especially poultry, can also become sticky. If you see anything on the meat, or if there are areas of black or green color, it is because fungi have started to grow.

If you froze the meat, it is very important to not froze more than once and defrost in the refrigerator, in cold water, or microwave rather than leaving it at room temperature, where bacteria can grow more easily.

Undercooked meat, no matter how fresh, causes health problems in humans. Cook meats well to minimize the risk of getting food poisoning.

Usually, yogurt stays good for two weeks after its expiration date. You have to watch if it turns green or sour to see if it’s rotten. 

Almost the same for milk, the best way is to smell it and warm it. When it’s warm, the milk has a strong smell and it becomes curdled milk. It’s also Change in texture commonly seen in spoiled dairy products

About the bread the mold is probably the easiest way to tell if your leftovers have seen better days. Little spores can appear and spread quickly on aging fare. 

Tip to know if the egg is good or bad, try the float test. This is the most popular method for checking whether an egg is good or bad. Gently set your egg into a bowl or bucket of water. If the egg sinks, it is fresh. If it tilts upwards or even floats, it is old.

Conclusion

The best way to know if it’s rotten food are: 

Smell, the sniff test works well for spoiled fruits, vegetables, and meats as well. If it smells bad, don’t take a risk by eating it. It won’t taste good, anyway.

Discoloration fruits or vegetables are usually a sign of them having been exposed to the air. the discoloration is accompanied by a slimy or sticky film, that’s is a problem. . However, potatoes that have started turning green should be thrown away.

Mold is usually a pretty obvious sign of spoilage, making it an easy way to tell if food is spoiled.

Different texture – This is especially true for fruits and vegetables. If they become squishy, concave, or otherwise different in consistency then they are not consumable 

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