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Old 10-30-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Perpetual chili safe?

Hi new to group. Kevin here.

I like idea of keeping a pot of chili going for a long time by just adding a few new ingredients now and then, it seems easier. Just throw in more hamburger, already browned or more bean etc.

Does this present a safety hazard after awhile? You are constantly adding more new material and using up the old but perhaps some will get too old?

Maybe after a week or so it would be good to start fresh?

Ideas?

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Old 10-30-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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No, I do not think that is safe. You might never get to some of the food you started with until it has already gone bad. Chili is something that you can make a big batch of and freeze. You are much better off doing it that way instead of risking your health.
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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I agree... you may be eating something that is a week old and cooked five times. I wouldn't try it.
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Sounds like a bad idea to me.
I can't tell you in how many ways......
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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You are either maintaining a high cooking temperature to ward off bacteria growth and thus cooking all the nutrients out of the food, or maintaining a low/warm temperature that allows bacteria growth, though if you have done it enough you probably have a slight immunity to the nasties....maybe only getting occasional indigestion, diarrhea, or flu-like symptoms....and of course probably still cooking all the nutrients out of the food.

Yup, I agree with the others, not recommended.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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...by just adding a few new ingredients now and then, it seems easier. Just throw in more hamburger, already browned or more bean etc...

Very real safety concerns aside for the moment, just adding a few ingredients here or there will result in a chili that never tastes right. If you add some precooked hamburg and nothing else, the flavors will be diluted. If you add just beans - the same thing.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:56 PM   #7
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That might work with a bowl of potato chips or pretzels.....
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:23 PM   #8
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Welcome, kevinh. Sorry, but I'll have to decline your dinner invitation that night! LOL! :-)
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:33 PM   #9
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Oh. Might take on a life of its own, like sourdough starter. Or the Blob. Ummm, I'll pass, but thanks, and welcome.
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