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Old 03-26-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Is my pork butt ok??

Last night I took a 12 # pork butt out of the deep freeze. It was frozen solid. I accidentally forgot it on the kitchen table for about 11 hours at room temp. I came home and put it in the fridge. It was cold to the touch ca 50-60 degrees.
Is it still ok to use?
I am planning to slow cook it all day long on the grill on low heat

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Old 03-26-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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Nope...and what a shame too. 50-60 is not cold to the touch. 30- 40 is. If it was 40 degrees I'd tell you that you got lucky, dodged a pork bullet and to get it into the fridge immediately. But, 50-60 is too warm. My best guess is that it had been over 40 degrees for more than 2 hours, which is all the window of opportunity you have.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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Ok thanks for the super quick reply. I am not going to risk 15 quests getting sick for a few bucks
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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you are a very wise mouse!
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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Do these jeans make my pork butt look fat?

In all honesty, if it were me, I would cook it and eat it. But when someone else asks me, I say what Vera said, when in doubt throw it out!
Tragic as the waste is, better safe than sorry in the end. But I also know in that case I wouldn't slow cook it either because that would probably make it even worse or more risky.
Just out of curiosity, did you take its temp with a meat thermometer or just guess at its current temp before putting it back in the fridge?
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:33 PM   #6
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I tried to take the temp with one of those Radio Shack digital themomters for measuring room temp with an external probe. The probe was changing, and I think it stabilized, but the batteries died. The last reading was 60 but it felt colder, but I don't trust my fingers to be accurate.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:55 PM   #7
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I'm sure the batteries dying was a sign......
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:07 PM   #8
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Maybe I will cook it well and feed it to the hounds, I know they have eaten much worse out in the woods
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:15 PM   #9
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I woould eat it but I would not serve it. When in doubt throw it out.
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