How to Know if Ground Beef is Bad to Consume?

Color

Fresh ground beef is visually appealing with its rich red exterior indicating quality. However, if the color turns grey or brown, it's time to discard the meat.

Texture

Safe ground beef should feel firm yet easily break apart. A sticky or slimy texture could indicate decay, while a tough or leathery texture suggests the beef is past its prime.

Smell 

Normal ground beef should not have an overpowering odor. Foul smells, often described as "sour" or "ammonia-like," may suggest spoilage. 

Expiration Date

Most food products are labeled with an expiration date to guide consumers on when the product is at its best.

While "best if used by" suggests quality, it's important to use proper storage methods to extend the beef's freshness and prolong its shelf life.

In addition to the "best if used by" date, it's important to pay attention to any changes in color, texture, or smell, especially as the date approaches.