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Old 12-22-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Angry Ham help please

Hi. Need some advice. I boiled my gammon yesterday morning it was turned off and cooled in the liquid at about 1pm. Then it was left to cool in the cool utility room. I was planning to then roast it today. But it was then forgotten about until I woke with a start at 3am this morning!!! Arghh!!I rushed down stairs and put it in the fridge.
Do you think it will be ok to eat?? I really can't decide. It's such a big piece it would be such a waste but I don't want anyone to be ill.
Any advice really welcome. Thx

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Old 12-22-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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Personally, I would use it. There has been a big discussion thread about food left out overnight. You are going to get answers from both sides of the fence. Welcome to DC.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Thanks Craig. I was thinking the same. I'm guessing if it's really off it will smell.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Thanks Craig. I was thinking the same. I'm guessing if it's really off it will smell.
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It will only smell if its rotting.

It likely wont smell if its contaminated with bacteria.

How cold was your utility room?
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:33 PM   #5
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It's a room off the kitchen with no heating. So a bit warmer than it is I guess. W
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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You boil the ham before roasting?
I have heard of this and I think I have seen this done before. I think I remember my mother boiling a "picnic" ham in my youth. I thought it was to remove some of the salt?
When I buy a smoked ham, its already cured/cooked and only needs heating up.
What am I missing here?
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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I would use it, especially if the meat was cured prior to cooking.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:25 PM   #8
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I would use it without a second thought.

I'd discard any liquid but the meat should be fine especially if you're going to roast it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:53 PM   #9
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It's a room off the kitchen with no heating. So a bit warmer than it is I guess. W
Welcome to Discuss Cooking Wendyjane.

I see you're from across the pond, and we have no idea how cold your room off the kitchen was overnight.
If it was kept off of my kitchen I wouldn't use it as I live in a warm climate.
Some of our members live in very cold climates, and it would be fine. Everything depends on how cold your ham was off of your kitchen.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:13 PM   #10
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If you check their weather, their highs are around 50 F and lows are close to freezing up to 40ish.
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