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Old 01-10-2011, 10:57 AM   #31
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The size of the pot doesn't matter.

The temperature of the food is what matters. If its temperature is between 40 and 140 for more than 2 hours it's considered unsafe. One might go past thieve hour rule, but overnight is a no brained: toss it.

Allow me to disagree one more time. The size of the pot directly affects the temperature of the foods inside. If pot is 8 or 10 quarts, the size I prefer and use the most, it will take much longer to cool down than a 3 quart pot, for example, that my mother uses on the regular bases. I would not leave 3 quart pot seating out all night because it would be cold enough for bacteria to build in the matter of an hour or two. When I leave my pot of soup out it is still hot, warm enough to eat in the morning.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:00 AM   #32
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What she said........^

Again, I think those who feel differently are at least inadvertently promoting dangerous practices on a public forum.
That is why it is the Public forum so Everybody can voice their opinion.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:08 AM   #33
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That is why it is the Public forum so Everybody can voice their opinion.
I think you have said before that you don't have any facts or science to back up your opinions on food safety. That might concern people.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:19 AM   #34
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Charlie,

I am curious, when you leave a large pot of soup out over night have you checked the temperature in the morning? Since a warm feeling soup can be below 140f it could be in the danger zone, and without monitoring there is likely no way to tell how long it might have been there.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:26 AM   #35
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We've been arguing amongst ourselves on this topic for a few days as we always do when this topic comes up. The OP has not acknowledged reading any of this since starting the thread.

While there is the possibility, for a variety of reasons, that you could eat foods left out overnight without problems, the odds are not in your favor and you risk illness (potentially serious) if you do.

I definitely would not eat anything left out overnight at room temperature. I don't want to risk the illness.

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I think you have said before that you don't have any facts or science to back up your opinions on food safety. That might concern people.
We were talking about amoun versus temp, me leaving soup out that is totally different story.
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You are probably right
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Whenever I leave something on the counter to cool in the evening, I leave a light on in the kitchen so I won't forget and leave it out all night.
I'm a lot older than you, I believe, so even the light won't help. I set the timer on the stove for 1 hour. When it goes off, the food goes in the cooler.
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You are basing your opinion on your past experience Charlie. You have done this before and not gotten sick. That does not make it safe though. You have just been lucky. A person can drive for 30 years without a seat belt and never get into an accident. That does not mean it is a safe practice and that it should be recommended. Those who are suggesting it is not safe are doing so based on sound scientific evidence. No one is saying that if you leave your food out then you will absolutely get sick, but it certainly increases the risk and when the risk can include death then it is a pretty serious thing.
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