- Step 1: Inspect the beef Inspect the raw piece of beef. Beef that has spoiled will have a change of color and will have faded or darkened. Fresh meat is purplish in color and will change to a cherry red color when exposed to oxygen. Grey, green, or brown coloring may indicate spoiled beef.
- TIP: The color of beef is also influenced by the age, species, sex, and diet of the animal. Meat from an older animal and exercised muscles may be darker.
- Step 2: Smell Smell the beef. Spoiled beef has an off-odor. It may have an ammonia or sulfur smell.
- Step 3: Touch Touch the beef. Spoiled beef feels tacky to the touch.
- Step 4: Inspect cooked beef Inspect cooked beef. Spoiled cooked beef will be sticky or slimy and have an unpleasant odor.
- Step 5: Discard Do not consume spoiled beef; discard it and order in instead!
- FACT: The introduction of cattle cars and refrigerated cars on the railroad made distribution of beef possible.
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