I was making a beefstew, but didn't have any beef broth, so I used some chicken broth I had in the fridge. It smelled bad and thought it must be old. I rinsed the meat and potatoes.... 3 times. Do you think I washed out all the bad broth, or should I just toss it? It's in my slow cooker right now.
Old chicken is risky business. What with salmonella and other bacteria.
Note if this happens again, or for anyone else, that you don't need beef or any other kind of broth to make stew. I use plain old water, and some seasoning, salt, pepper etc. And a bay leaf or two. Always tastes great.
I agree with all comments that the chicken broth would undoubtedly be off if it smells funny. That being said, if you were desperate and starving and facing off chicken - I dare say you could make it edible if you sustained it on the heat until boiling point and beyond. So if you had a pressure cooker and could force a high temp, say 180 degrees c for over 20 mins, you would probably kill any nasties. However, it might taste terrible after that, but might make an interesting stock when strained. All in all, I don't think poultry is at all tasty when nearly off ( or very off for tht matter) - assuming it was safe (which it is not) whereas red meat you can run closer to the edge and get away with it.
On topic, a beef stew is easy to season with ingredients at hand. A dark beer, sweet red wine, pepper, Vegemite, onions, carrots, roast meat juice, potato flour, etc .... Just one of these can help alot