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Is my pea soup going to kill me?

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I accidentally left my pea soup out all night...will I bite the big one if I partake?

Standard pea soup with smoked sausage.

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  1. How warm is your house?

    I'm a pretty much live on the edge type of gal. I'd eat it if it tasted okay. I think it will be fine.

    1. Responding again (sorry) I remember my Mom used to make pinto beans or navy bean soup and would leave it on the stove for hours and hours on end for days at a time and we never died <g>.

      1. heat it up really good first maybe

        1. I can't believe it! I did the exact same thing Sunday night. I made my pea soup with a ham bone, which I had removed, but all the meat was sitting in the bottom. I'd been looking forward to making it for weeks, so we ate it Monday night and again last night and no ill effects. I hate to say, I've done this kind of thing before and it's never killed us, or even made us the least sick.

          1. It might not kill you but it could make you very sick.

            You might be fine, but you might not be: I don't know if you've ever had food poisoning, but I did once, and spent 14 hours in the emergency room with an IV because of it.

            I'm sure you put alot of effort and spent hard-earned money on the ingredients, but it's just not worth it.

            Throw it out.

            1. It's probably fine. We've left soups out unrefrigerated for my entire life for days at a time and nothing bad has happened. Just heat it up nice and hot.

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              1. re: Humbucker

                Make sure you bring it to a full boil for several minutes.

              2. Throw it out. Not worth it. Yes it won't always hurt you, but it can, why take the chance?

                Making sure it's nice and hot won't help. Some microorganisms survive reheating and other organisms produce a toxin that is not destroyed by reheating. Bacteria grows rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F (danger zone). Food shouldn't be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

                1. Food poisoning is not fun, agreed. I recently had it from cheesecake, but that was the fault of the store and company, as I'd only bought it a couple days before and stored it properly.

                  With pea soup, however, there's not as much to worry about, especially after one night. There's a reason why there's the rime "peas porridge in the pot nine days old" - stuff like that was kept around in the days before refrigerators for days. So long as the pot was covered as it cooled, heating it up the next day is something I've done numerous times with my crock pot.

                  Of course I live in a nice dry/cool climate. I know jack about food spoilage in a warm/humid environment, except I hear it's more common.