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essieness's avatar

Will I get sick if I eat this?

Asked by essieness (7643 points ) January 25th, 2010

I made the most beautiful, wonderful tasting pot roast yesterday in my Crock Pot. I left it sitting out all evening with the Crock Pot turned off to cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Well… I forgot all about it and went to bed without putting it in the refrigerator. So, it sat out all night and I put it in about 9:00 this morning.

Do you think it’s ok to eat?

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gemiwing's avatar

Assuming you are not immuno-compromised, as long as you heat it up to above 140 you should be fine. If in doubt- use your nose. (if there is any dairy, then I would pass)

essieness's avatar

@gemiwing I actually am immuno-compromised… Maybe I should take it up to my office and let my coworkers eat it. I can’t afford to get food poisoning.

augustlan's avatar

I wouldn’t eat it, but I am really uptight about food germs. All it has to do is sit at room temperature for two hours to become a breeding ground.

gemiwing's avatar

@essieness Then in no way should you eat it. Gotta be careful with you :)

eponymoushipster's avatar

can i just say im glad @essieness is back on fluther? :)

/off-topic

essieness's avatar

@eponymoushipster Holla!

@gemiwing Yeah you’re probably right. This is such a bummer.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

You were just kidding about the coworkers thing, right? Which of them can afford food poisoning?

Since the last time I gave myself a case of food poisoning, I now abide very strictly by the dictum, “When in doubt, throw it out.” The cost of the food in one meal—or even in my entire freezer, if it came to that—is not worth the risk of being sickened for who knows how long (or how badly).

Toss it.

gemiwing's avatar

@essieness send it to me! I’m a sucker for a good pot roast

essieness's avatar

@gemiwing I totally would if you lived near me.

gemiwing's avatar

raises fist in the air and curses geography

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Most definately NOT! Your POT ROAST is now a “NOT ROAST”!! ;-D

MissAusten's avatar

@essieness That sucks. I’ve done the same thing a couple of times. I recently made chicken stock, took it off the stove to cool before straining, and totally forgot about it. When I woke up the next morning and saw the pot sitting on the counter, I wanted to kick myself. I threw it out, but I’ve had a couple of people tell me they would have kept it. I had a bacteriology class in college, and besides being very fascinating, it turned me into kind of a lunatic about food storage.

So, I wouldn’t eat the pot roast. Sorry you have to waste it. :(

john65pennington's avatar

I just checked with the food expert in my house and she says to throw it away. “no way would i touch that with a ten foot pole”. i assume she means to not eat it. don’t feel bad, my wife left fried chicken in the microwave oven for two days. needless to say, we had a mess…..a smelly mess.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Augustian had the best answer, the two hour rule. If hot foods are at room temperature for two hours or longer, or if cold foods get to room temperature for two hours or more, they’re probably unsafe for anyone to eat.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Actually, there is one way that I would consider “using” the meat, but not at a meal for humans. If you keep it in the fridge from now on (so at least it doesn’t get any worse than it is) and if it doesn’t have onions already cooked into it (which are deadly for these guys) ...

… then I’d consider (seriously) using it for dog food. They can process and handle “spoiled” foods better than human digestive systems.

HTDC's avatar

You probably won’t get sick. Any bacteria that it has grown your body will fight off.

@Adirondackwannabe I don’t think a two hour rule is necessary. I’ve eaten plenty of foods that have been out for hours whether they have been heated or have come out of the fridge and I haven’t been sick in a long time.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@HTDC You’re correct. I have watched people eat stuff left out all night on a counter and not get sick. The two hour rule is a good general guideline. However if you’ve ever had a real serious case of food poisoning, I mean throwing up part of the meal you ate three days later, and being able to still see what it was, you’d always take the safe approach.

ccrow's avatar

@MissAusten, (or anyone) wouldn’t stock be OK as long as you bring it to a boil & simmer it for, say, 15 minutes?

Jude's avatar

I think that the banhammer while be making an appearance shortly.

HTDC's avatar

@jmah It’s just a matter of time. * Twiddles thumbs *.

Jude's avatar

Yeah, check out the troll’s other responses.

Go do your homework, trollie.

sevenfourteen's avatar

I’d totally still eat it (after heating it up of course) but hey I’m a college kid, who knows what they’re feeding me. I try not to keep food out but unless it’s a mayonaise sandwhich with raw hamburger topping it should still be good. I mean think of a pizza, I’ve seen plenty a time where I see a pizza left out at a party or a social gathering and people will still pick at it hours later regardless of the thought that the toppings could spoil..

MissAusten's avatar

@ccrow In the normal world, probably. In my world, if the chicken stock didn’t cause indigestion the worry over it would!

tedibear's avatar

Just because someone doesn’t get sick right away doesn’t mean they didn’t react to it at some point. Most reactions happen within 2 to 6 hours, but others can take 2 or 3 days. I wouldn’t eat it, even if you re-heat it to 165. (Which is the temperature to reheat any food to.) Seriously, pitch it. It sucks to lose the food, but it would be worse to end up with food poisoning.

Qboy1994's avatar

i agree w/ tedibear39.i would rather be safe then sorry.

ccrow's avatar

@MissAusten I hear that!! :-)

essieness's avatar

Ok, so I ran it by my coworkers today. They are all fully aware of the situation and the guys decided that if I bring the Crock Pot to the office, they’ll more than likely at least give it a try. So, we’ll see what happens! I may have them sign waivers haha.

YARNLADY's avatar

I would slice i up and run it through the microwave for a few minutes. That would likely kill any bacteria that may have grown.

faye's avatar

I would happily eat it. What did they do with roast before refridgerators?

tedibear's avatar

@faye – they preserved the meat with salt or brine – or smoked it – so that it wouldn’t spoil.

faye's avatar

They also roasted meat, fowl, etc and wrapped the leftovers in a clean cloth and put it in a cupboard to make sandwiches for supper or to fry left over pork fo breakfast.

Garebo's avatar

I do it all the time, and I am OK?

OneMoreMinute's avatar

@essieness Well, did you ever eat that Pot Roast or not?
Are you still alive or not?
Should Doctor Fluther?
;-D

essieness's avatar

@OneMoreMinute No, I didn’t eat it and I decided against taking it to work. I was playing the scene in my head of all my coworkers becoming violently ill and me having to take the blame. It’s still in the Crock Pot, in my fridge. I have mustered up the nerve to throw it out yet. I’m too sad :(

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Well that’s a relief! :-D

What are you going to do with it?

essieness's avatar

@OneMoreMinute I’m guessing I’ll dump it all in a trash bag and take it to the dumpster. Goodbye wonderful roast… goodbye.

YARNLADY's avatar

@essieness Just so you won’t have to feel too bad, I just threw away the last ½ of my wonderful roast beef because it stayed in the refrigerator while I went out of town for a week to the funeral of a close relative. I had to throw out an entire grocery bag full of stuff when I got back.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Good bye Pot Roast!
Good bye Roast Beef!
Good bye

meesh1220's avatar

Yes. I do this all the time, because you definitely cannot put warm food in the fridge. So allowing it to cool overnite is ok. You’ll be fine. =)

AshlynM's avatar

Personally I would not eat it. It’s not worth the risk to save a few bucks or to put your health in danger.

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