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Old 09-13-2008, 03:43 AM   #1
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Bacon left out

So I was making bacon, avocado cheeseburgers tonight and cooked the bacon in the microwave. I didn't take it out of the microwave when it was cooked and soon forgot about it. I just realized it's still sitting there and I'm wondering if it would still be good to eat. I know bacon is cured, which makes me think it is less likely to spoil as quickly as other foods. It's been out 4 hours now. I've seen cooked bacon in coffee shops that just sits out waiting to be used. Should I chance it?

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:04 AM   #2
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I wouldnt chance it but maybe reheat it if you do chance it.

I think since it is cured and has a large salt content you might be fine.

I say make more or skip it
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:04 PM   #3
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before all of the "don't risk it" people chime in, eat it quickly, sed.

2 hours is their mantra, but i'd think cured, cooked meat would be ok for 4 hours.

if you feel sick later, it's their fault for responding so slowly, anyway...
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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+1 bucky.... after all it is bacon.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #5
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Probably too late now, but if not ..... I'd eat it.

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:10 PM   #6
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I am one of those "don't risk it" people Bucky was talking about, but even I would have taken the chance with the bacon. 4 hours IS past the 2 hour window, but none of this is exact. Bacon is loaded with salt which will help as well. Plus, there are very few things I am willing to risk my life over, but bacon happens to be one of them
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:21 PM   #7
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I've eaten before with no trouble.........maybe if it's bad to begin with but you'd surely smell the rancidness and it usually gets slimy, too
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:22 PM   #8
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I have heard that Elvis Presley used to keep a plate of bacon on his piano on a regular basis, and just graze off of it all day. I used to shudder, the thought of eating cold bacon. But seemingly, no ill effects. (Well, if you discount the pudgy face and fat rolls under the sequined cape.)
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:24 PM   #9
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Meh, nuke it for a few seconds to get it hot and eat it. Its fine.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:25 PM   #10
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sedagive, I hope you ate it!! LOL
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