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Old 06-14-2007, 08:36 AM   #1
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Smile Storing food after cooking, HELP

I was wondering if you could help me.

Last night i made turkey mince with tomato sauce and garlic, like a bolognese sauce. Well i finished cooking this at 10pm last night and wasnt sure whether to put it in the fridge straight away as it was still very hot. The question is, do i wait till the morning to put it in the fridge or is that not safe? I put it in the fridge at 8am

I really dont want to get any food poisoning, please help

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:48 AM   #2
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Put it in the fridge. Never let meat sit out overnight. Especially mince. I would not let that sit out for more than 2 hours myself.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:48 AM   #3
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You let it sit at room temperature from 10pm to 8am ?

You could have put the pot in a cooler filled with ice to cool it down quickly before putting it in the fridge.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
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You should have refrigerated it right away. I realize our parents always wanted to cool things down before refrigerating, but that was not the safest approach.

The danger zone for the growth of bacteria in foods is 40F to 140 F. Foods within this temperature range breed harmful bacteria at the most rapid rate. Consequently, You want to minimize the time food spends in the danger zone. Take it of the stove and put it into storage containers and pop them into the fridge right away.

Several smaller containers with the lids off will cool food faster than one big container or containers with the lids on.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:03 AM   #5
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But if you have a lot of something you might raise the temperature in the whole refrigerator into the danger zone. I like to move it into a large stainless steel mixing bowl or a thin stainless pot and put that into the sink filled with cold water until the food cools to near room temperature. It doesn't take very long.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:26 PM   #6
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I would defintely NOT eat that sauce, sorry.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:29 PM   #7
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What is turkey mince?
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What is turkey mince?
Ground turkey
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:01 PM   #9
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I know a lot of people won't like this and I'm not recommending the practice but I have made late night chilli or spaghetti meat sauce and intended to put it into the ice box after dinner but fell asleep instead. Discovering the pot in the morning, more often than not, I put it into the ice box, not the garbage.

I may be lucky or an example of God looking out for fools and drunks, but I haven't gotten sick yet. Again, I don't recommend the practice (see my first post in this thread) but doubt that my experience is very unusual.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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I have made late night chilli or spaghetti meat sauce and intended to put it into the ice box after dinner but fell asleep instead. Discovering the pot in the morning, more often than not, I put it into the ice box, not the garbage.
Would you eat at a restaurant if you knew they did this ?
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