I'm just pulling out a package of beef chuck steaks to pop in the crock pot to make Barbacoa Beef. When I pulled it out of the fridge, I noticed that there's a hole in the packaging.
My husband did the grocery shopping and putting away, so I have no idea whether that hole was there when he bough it, or if one of us accidentally made a hole with our thumb when putting it away or moving things in the fridge.
I've read that it's safe to eat meat with torn packages that has been frozen, but can't find anything about meat that's just been refrigerated. What would you do? It was a family sized portion (so rather large) that I'd rather not toss unnecessarily, but obviously don't want to do anything dangerous either.
If it makes any difference, the meat is packaged in saran-wrap type material, and then we always stick it inside an additional plastic bag. The coloring of the meat is still red, and as far as I can tell, smells totally fine.
I appreciate any input.