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Leftover Osso Buco kept out all night

Do you think we should throw it out?

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  1. It depends what temperature the meat was left out at. If it was left out in a very cool place, maybe there is a chance it is okay. I've been known to eat stuff I retardedly left out overnight...haha.

    1. It will be fine. We get this question all time on these boards and there is never any consensus but I can tell you many of us do this all the time and none of us have gotten sick.

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      1. re: KTinNYC

        that's because the ones who died can't post about it :)

        Yes this is one where there are vast differences of opinion. I for one am not all that fussy, but I'd throw it out. Something much like this happened a couple years ago and it caused some severe marital difficulties (since my DH is the one who does cleanup and didn't see the pot). But in the end it's your gut feeling (ha ha) that you have to go with.

          1. re: DGresh

            There needs to be a special section devoted to "left out food". Whadda ya think?

            1. re: Scargod

              We could call it "The "stupid tax" we pay for drinking too much wine the night before."

              1. re: Veggo

                That's as good as any title. When SO and I were first living together, food was left out a lot. A lot got eaten later. Still tastes good.

        1. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 or 10 minutes, then chill immediately. It will be fine. That's a long-cooked food so it won't be harmed by additional simmering.

          1. Unless it was really hot in your kitchen overnight, I'd just stick it in the fridge in the morning after I noticed and eat it. Done it before, too.

            1. What does it smell like? If it smells like osso buco it should be okay. I'd eat it for lunch. Otherwise, I'd put it in the fridge. I've left all kinds of things out over the years because I don't like to reheat certain things after they've been chilled (fried chicken, prime rib).

              1. To be sure your food is safe to eat you have to use the 4 hour rule. If your food is in the danger zone (roughly 40-140 degrees) for longer than 4 hours, then it should be discarded, if you want to be 100% safe. Note that the 4 hours is cumulative over the life of the food in question.

                Now, you will hear lots of people say they've ignored the danger zone and 4 hour rule with no ill effects. True. Keeping food in the danger zone too long does not guarantee that micro-organisms & bacteria will grow or that they will make you sick. However, it's a question of how much risk you are willing to pass along to people who eat your food. If you consistently disregard accepted safe food handling practices, you will eventually get yourself or someone else sick.

                In the food service industry, food safety is taken very seriously because of the potential to sicken large numbers of people and the associated legal issues. At home, you may feel comfortable bending those rules, but just know that you are increasing your risks.

                One last point: You can not tell if food is safe just by smelling it. Food can be loaded with bacteria or micro-organisms before it smells off.

                1. no. Id be comfortable as long as it smells ok and is going to be thoroughly reheated prior to use. We leave pots of stuff out overnight all the time - my husband refuses to put a hot pot into the refrigerator.

                  1. Thanks everyone for the advice. I wound up tossing it though it pained me to do so. I guess that it was a trade off between turning the leftovers into osso buco sauce for pasta (try this if you ever have any left -- it's fantastic), or risking getting sick, which none of us can afford to do right now.

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                      1. re: roxlet


                        If you ever face this situation again, before you throw it out, send it my way.

                        I'll, um, throw it out for you ...