Is this Chorizo still good?
I bought some refrigerated dried chorizo today and wasn't able to get it back into the fridge for about 6 hours. It wasn't in the hot sun or anything but it did get down to room temperature by the time I refrigerated it again. It's the type of chorizo that's dried but is supposed to be heated in a pan and the packaging says to keep refrigerated. Does this seem ok to cook and eat? It's shrink-wrapped.
Hmmm, I had some in my cabinet, in shrink wrap, for ages. It didn't say to refrigerate it and so I didn't. I pulled it out the other day and made something not particularly memorable (well, my son thought it was very good but I wasn't impressed with the chorizo as it was kind of hard and seemed a bit cardboardy) and I wondered if we would be sick from it, but all was well the next morning. I would use it.
This is not professional advice and should not be construed as such (hee hee). Don't sue me, in other words, if you try it and have to go to the ER.
Dried chorizo was invented as a way to preserve meat. It used to be kept hanging from the rafters and cut off as needed - probably still is in some places. I have some in the bottom drawer of my fridge that's several months old, and as long as it hasn't gotten moist and moldy I won't worry about using it whenever I get around to it...