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Nov 29, 2009 04:25 PM

Left Lasagna Out All Night. Can I eat it?

Ugh. I left a yummy lasagna, made with ground beef, out all night. I put it in the refrigerator as soon as I saw it this morning, but...




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    1. I'd eat it. I wouldn't serve it to anyone else.

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      1. re: rainey

        I agree with rainey. I'd reheat it in the oven to 160 degrees and eat it.... unless you are over 70 or have really bad health.

      2. How cool is your kitchen? Mine is around 60 at night, and I'd probably eat it, but YMMV.

        1. Sam will jump all over me, but I wouldn't touch your lasagna with a barge pole -- you've had a veritable petri dish of bacteria percolating on your kitchen counter all night.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            What can I say?

            I'd agree to tossing the lasagna if you did touch it with a barge pole used in one of the canals in Jakarta or a klong in Bangkok or under the houses on the river in Iquitos. Then you would have a petri dish of fun. Otherwise, where are those bacteria coming from?

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              If that's the case then the lasagna should be okay after sitting on the counter at room temperature for a week. Anyone care to try it after a week? In the process of cooling, it's not airtight and it's going to draw in outside air. If you wouldn't eat if after a week then you agree that at some point it starts to spoil. The question is, what is that length of time. It's a guess and a gamble.

              1. re: Antilope

                Actually I would not hesitate to eat it after a week. Although as Veggo said, that top layer of noodles becomes a real test for your teeth cause they get so tough. If cooking killed anything (that's assuming there IS anything) then the airborne stuff is probably already growing inside of me and will probably kill me off faster than eating the lasagne. But I don't know why we all use up the skin on our fingers typing about this over and over again because I've never seen a soul here change their opinion :)

            2. re: pikawicca

              Here at your side P. That dish ain't being served inside Casa Jfood, but he has a table and chairs set up outside for you know who. (insert stupid looking icon representing a smiley face at a 90-degree offset).

            3. The food was completely cooked and as long as it wasn't sitting in a temp over 40F. I'd eat it...