I want to make chicken soup with a whole chicken. I have one in the freezer, the packaging date is November 2014. Still useable? Chances of getting sick? Will I know if I start to cook it if it's spoiled? Pic is the chicken.
Its a "USE OR FREEZE BY" date, so as long as you froze it before the date you should be all cool. Those dates are pretty loose guidelines anyway, though. Ive eaten chicken nearly a week past the USE BY and been fine, and I cook my chicken medwell.
For a whole raw chicken, one year in the freezer is the recommended maximum. Considering how cheap chicken is, just be on the safe side and get a new one.
Food poisoning is absolute misery.
Let it defrost for a day or two in the fridge. After it's defrosted, open up the package and feel if there's any slime on the surface and check for any funky smells. If you're clear, you should be good to go. If not, than chuck it.
Best bet is to break it down and make chicken stock/broth. After simmering for several hours, the risk of getting sick would be greatly mitigated.
Nope, I'm alive still. Test is tonight.
As you guys advised I opened it and felt for any slime and smelt it pretty thoroughly. Smells like normal chicken. I rinsed it and now here it is simmering. In an hour I take it out and take off the meat.
> med well