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Old 02-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Tilapia left out on counter overnight

It was frozen last night, and this morning, it wasn't. Still on the cool-ish side, though.

Is there anyone out there who would say, "Ah, go ahead, it'll be fine!" ?



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Old 02-27-2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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Not me! I'd be tossing it.

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:30 AM   #3
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I would give it a "smell test"...if it passed I would wash it off with tap water and go for it...However any hint of 'smell' I would do as ChefJune said...toss it...Going from frozen solid to still cold this AM...it's a close call. Just be cautious!
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:33 AM   #4
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If you do decide do go for it, make sure it is fully cooked.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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the cost conscious home cook says cook it well and use it in a chowder, dip or spread if you like less done fish for an entree. BUt the pro chef says too many possibilities for bugs and nasties. don't even give it to the cat. If you are planting corn, burry it with the seed, if not, burry it in the trash. Unless you caught it cleaned it fileted it and know it's history, you don't know the bugs that could be on it. WHy chance illness for a few bucks of fish?
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:48 AM   #6
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The Tilapia that I purchase in Illinois comes in a sealed heavy plastic bag and the weight and amount varies. You said it was cool-ish and I don't know if you were referring to the plastic wrapping or the fish. When something like this happens, you can open the bag, put a thermometer in and check the actual temperature. You live in a cold climate (MA) and thawing takes more time during the winter season.
Like all have said, if there is the least bit of doubt, then toss the fish. "Least bit of doubt" is when you ask is this okay?
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:59 AM   #7
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To me if the fish itself still felt cool I would use it, this has happened to me too with other meat. Now if it was warm at all -No way - pitch.
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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I agree with Barb L. here. If the product still felt cool (& overnight isn't really that big a deal), I'd definitely cook it. This sort of thing has happened to me too with other types of fish, & it's been fine.

But again - it's completely up to you. This is sort of a personal call.
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:16 PM   #9
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:53 PM   #10
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If it was frozen last night, I most likely use it, but smell it before. Fish is actually lot more forgiving than meat or chicken.

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