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renz May 11, 2007 10:38 AM

Accidentally left out my preserves overnight and wonder if it's still safe to eat. I'm thinking yes, but hoped someone out there has more than a vague guess about this.

If it makes a difference, it's a commercial brand that does contain sodium benzoate. Everything else is fruit/sugar/pectin.

Thanks

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    cheryl_h RE: renz May 11, 2007 10:40 AM

    It should be fine.

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      AnnaEA RE: renz May 11, 2007 11:03 AM

      They should be fine -- they'd be too sugary and too acidic for any nasty gazigglies to set up housekeeping in that quickly.

      In fact, I think that the greater risk for leaving a preserves out is them drying up and getting stiff. That, and losing flavour.

      1. Allstonian RE: renz May 11, 2007 11:07 AM

        Absolutely fine - no problem. Depending on how quickly you go through a jar, you may not need to refrigerate it at all. I do because I'm a pretty infrequent consumer - if I don't keep my jams in the fridge they get moldy. But overnight should not do it any harm.

        1. Candy RE: renz May 11, 2007 11:09 AM

          I leave them in the cupbpard for months. No Problem.

          1. Will Owen RE: renz May 11, 2007 11:15 AM

            I'm pretty sure the only thing that can go wrong with even homemade jams or jellies is mold. We always just kept ours on a shelf when I was growing up, and if they were homemade we used the paraffin disk as the lid...and if they got a little moldy on top we'd just scrape it off and wash the lid. That was sixty-some years ago, and I've had no symptoms so far...

            1. puppymomma RE: renz May 11, 2007 02:17 PM

              My mother used to always refrigerate the peanut butter and jelly. I've totally rebelled and gone the other way. It's all much more easy to spread at room temp. I prefer my jams to not be cold. Could it be my sensitive tooth?

              Meryl
              http://theoccasionalcook.blogspot.com/

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                chef chicklet RE: puppymomma May 11, 2007 02:28 PM

                There is probablly citrus (acid) and I know a lot of sugar. It is fine.

              2. jinet12 RE: renz May 11, 2007 07:30 PM

                I always keep mine in the fridge, but growing up, my best friend's Mother, who was a very Southern Lady, NEVER put the preserves or jams in the fridge, and always kept them out on her kitchen table...They actually taste better at room temp, IMO...

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