So, a chef friend of mine just gave me a ton of sweetbreads. He brined and froze them, then defrosted them last Sunday. He said the brine would keep them for a few days in the fridge, but I've never cooked organ meat and I don't know how to tell if they're okay. He's a pretty lax dude (he stored these uncovered and dry in the fridge for a day or so), so I just want a second opinion. They smell like aged meat—a slightly sweet, cloying smell that is a big unpleasant, but I know sweetbreads don't exactly smell awesome. They're also a bit sticky.
I'm attaching a photo. Since I took this picture I've trimmed them up A LOT (they're in little lobes now) and removed anything that looked like anything less than healthy flesh. They're the fridge in water right now. Do you think they're cool to fry up tomorrow? Like I said, I just wanted a second opinion before I started stuffing glands in my face. That's what she said.
Thanks in advance.