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Fresh chicken that stank somethin' awful but smells fine after rinsing - safe to eat?

juliacb | Jul 24, 201809:46 AM

I got a fresh whole chicken from my local farm on Saturday, and today, Monday night, I open the plastic bag to an *awful* stink! Truly. I would have thrown it out has I not lost a lot of meat on my recent move and this bird hadn't cost me $6/pound.
Now, it wasn't slimy and I know it wasn't old. But the smell was ungodly. It seemed to come from a part of the skin near the tail that looked a bit off. I cut the part of the skin off but it still stank. The rest of the chicken smelled fine and the meat looked okay. I rinsed, left it soaking in water with ACV, drained, got my nose up in it real good and the smell was totally gone.
My plan was to leave it cooking for 24hours for broth and then re-cook the meat for strogonoff. It's been simmering for 6 hours (with no herbs so I can really smell it) and so far I wouldn't have known anything was off in the beginning.
If the smell is gone, does it mean whatever was festering in there is dead? Still not sure if I should eat when all is done.

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