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Facade's avatar

Can I eat a cheeseburger from Burger King that's been in the fridge for two days?

Asked by Facade (22899points) May 25th, 2009

I never know how long something can be refrigerated before it’s considered unsafe to eat.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

I wouldn’t.

Ivan's avatar

“When in doubt, throw it out.”

oratio's avatar

Safe? Probably. Smell it, take a bite. I don’t think it would be the tastiest burger though. Moist bread and stiff burger. I would eat something else,

Facade's avatar

@oratio Well I was gonna put it in the microwave, but yall are telling me not to lol. dammit.

oratio's avatar

I’ve done that. Depends on the fridge. Wasn’t a problem, but wasn’t really a treat either. Not because it was unfit as food, just not good.

Nefily's avatar

It is probably filled with so many preservatives that I would not be suprised if it looked the same and tasted the same after weeks.

Facade's avatar

@Nefily That’s what I was thinking

cwilbur's avatar

It’s probably safe to eat. It’s probably not going to be all that pleasant to eat.

charliecompany34's avatar

it’s processed which means it was fine to eat it before it was cooked. it’s definitely ok to eat it now.

mrwhoopie's avatar

I’ve eatin stuff like that after a week. If you are healthy your body will take care of it. two days old is nothing. When we were kids nothing had exp. dates and we all survived.

dannyc's avatar

It won’t kill you..a few microbes maybe..and will not go to waste. go for it!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I’m with lightlyseared. I wouldn’t eat it. Besides, it’s got to be all dried out by now. Ick!

Darwin's avatar

Generally, cooked food is okay to refrigerate and eat over a span of seven days. When you get to day seven, throw it out.

However, I can’t imagine it would be a taste treat at this point. But I never underestimate the power of ketchup.

casheroo's avatar

You can eat it, but I don’t recommend it. I’ve never heard of this seven day rule either, I wouldn’t follow that at all.

evolverevolve's avatar

smell it, if it doesn’t smell, it’s o.k. to eat. i’ve eaten shit that’s been in the fridge for far longer. yes, shit that was in the fridge….

Darwin's avatar

It was what I was told in Home Economics, and it was the rule my mother followed. If you want an official breakdown, here is one from Clemson University

“Refrigerator Storage

The following foods will keep only 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator:

* fresh (raw) ground meats and stew meats
* gravy and meat broth
* fresh poultry and fresh fish
* shrimp, scallops, crayfish, squid
* shucked clams, mussels and oysters

These foods will keep 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator:

* fully cooked ham slices
* cooked meat and meat casseroles
* cooked chicken and chicken casseroles
* pizza
* cooked fish and cooked shellfish

The following will keep 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator:

* opened packages of luncheon meats or deli-meats
* fully cooked ham portions
* fresh meat steaks, chops and roasts

The following foods have longer refrigerator storage times as indicated:

* fresh eggs in shell—3 to 5 weeks
* hard-cooked eggs—1 week
* commercial mayonnaise after opening – 2 months
* hard cheese (such as cheddar, Swiss), opened—3 to 4 weeks
* soft cheese (such as brie, feta), cottage cheese, ricotta, milk—1 week
* yogurt—7 to 14 days.”

I have found that around day 6 the smell test is the most important measurement.

casheroo's avatar

This is Mr. Casheroo, I am a professional chef who is servsafe certified and all I can really say about these rules is…WOW. I don’t know where this university is getting these statistics from but they are horribly incorrect, extremely general, and full of assumptions. Assuming that your ground meat, fish, or poultry is a day or two away from rotting then throw it out after one or two days. The same rule applies to the rest of the list. The shelf life of items in your refridgerator is based on any number of conditions such as packaging method, consistent temperature of the refridgeration, packaging date, type of food, handling procedures and so forth. Cooked foods is an even trickier animal due to the fact that how long it has been out of the refridgerator prior to cooking, how long it was out of the refridgerator after cooking, how it was stored while cooling and after…the list goes on and on. So as to this seven day rule…no. Ivan gave the best advice, “When in doubt, throw it out.” If you have to ask or aren’t sure then chuck it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t risk it.

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