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Old 02-22-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Left beef stew out

I left a ton of home-made beef stew out for about 10-12 hours last night. It was in a closed, but not air-tight plastic container (it's warped, so it doesn't seal). It sat on my kitchen counter, so it was at about 65 degrees. Is there any hope for this, or do I have to throw it all out?


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Old 02-22-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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If it were me, I'd toss it. I wouldn't want to take the chance. And I don't relish being sick.

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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If you ate it I'm sure you wouldn't be the first person to do so (and in all honesty you would probably live). There is a chance that you could get sick so if you do decide to eat it I wouldn't feed it to kids or the elderly.

I'm a poor college kid so I don't like food going to waste. I've done worse probably.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:31 PM   #4
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I have done that and I've tossed it. Don't want to risk it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:21 AM   #5
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Toss it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:06 AM   #6
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Dog Food!
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:12 AM   #7
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The general rule of thumb is that food like that should not be in the danger zone (40-140F) for more than two hours. It is not worth the risk.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:35 AM   #8
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When in doubt, throw it out.

Sorry. I know it comprises a lot of time and money, but food poisoning is no fun, and can be dangerous. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:58 AM   #9
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Toss it. Don't even give it to the dog because if it is bad you don't want a sick dog and vet bill.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:25 AM   #10
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Reiterating what's already been said, my training and practice has been "When in doubt, throw it out." Speaking from experience, food poisoning is no fun.

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