#1

I just got my first ever packet of organic chicken, and it doesn't smell nice at all. It smells really pungent, nothing like the antibiotic fed chicken i usually eat. Is organic chicken meant to smell so strong, or is it off?

The Hill Billy Prick, with a fork
#2

Fresh meat of any description shouldn't smell.
Game is the only meat that should smell & that's not fresh.
I'd err on the side of caution - particularly where poultry is concerned - & return it.

cookiequeen Registered User
#3

defo, haul that chicken ass back!!

The Sweeper Patience, grasshoppa
#4

If your chicken is off you'll know all about it. They stink. Also look for unpleasant tinges of grey. /me shudders.

I've had this happen to me with an organic chicken and it's nothing to do with the organic end of things. It's the bloody price - they're more expensive so they don't move off the shelves as quickly as the cheap crap. Next time you're buying one, go for the furthest-away best before date you can find.

Trust me, when they're fresh as you can get 'em, organic free range wins hands down over battery reared.

Supercell Happy :)
#5

Depends on your sense of smell.
All raw chicken stinks to high heaven (to me..my sense of smell is pretty strong) . That said some chicken smells stronger than others and some smell different - not stronger or weaker - different.
If that different smells a little bit like your bin..then throw it out, otherwise just cook it properly and you'll be fine.

Minder Registered User
#6

I have found that organic chicken can be a bit gamey in flavour - but there is a difference between a gamey smell and meat that has turned. I stopped buying organic chickens if I was not cooking the bird on the same night as purchase. I complained to my local supermarket that their organic birds were too long in shelf life - they sent me £30 in vouchers to shut me up. Thanks Waitrose !! After that, if I had any doubts, the bird went back and was always replaced without fuss.

I found the same thing was happening with prepacked organic bacon. The shelf life ran to weeks - but the meat turned long before the date expired.

If in doubt take it back !!!

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