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Clarissa Jun 25, 2010 01:10 PM

It's a breakfast for dinner night, and this morning I put out some of the ingredients to get them to room temperature. In one bowl, I had the dry ingredients to my pancakes, in the other, the wet ingredients (buttermilk, milk, eggs and some other things) and I left them on my counter. Wound up having to run out rather quickly for several hours, before returning home to make the pancakes. It looked and smelled okay, although there was a bit of separation -- I hadn't mixed them (just poured them in a bowl) and it looked like the buttermilk may have separated a little bit in the other ingredients.

Are they okay to eat? I have a rather warm kitchen. I just made them and they look and taste okay, but I don't want to make anyone sick. I was thinking, "Gee, this must happen in restaurant kitchens sometimes, where it can get hot," or in the South before air conditioning? See how I'm looking for ways for it to be okay to serve them.

I'd love anybody's opinion. TIA

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    Jemon Jun 25, 2010 01:54 PM

    Yeah, they are just fine. Nothing harmful can really grow that quickly so that it would cause a problem.

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    1. re: Jemon
      Clarissa Jun 25, 2010 02:17 PM

      Damn! I just tossed them and made a new batch. I got nervous. The only down side was wasting the wild blueberries. I do appreciate your advice as well as lynniato's. I guess next time I'll be more careful about leaving them out and, if I do, I'll go ahead and eat them. Thanks!

      1. re: Clarissa
        lynnlato Jun 26, 2010 11:13 AM

        Aw, man, wild blueberries? That stinks! Everyone in my family has a stomach of steel so I would of maybe used them (I hate waste too). But I wouldn't of served them to others outside my family.

        Either way, you went the safe route and probably enjoyed a lovely batch of pancakes without fear of impending stomach doom. :)

        1. re: lynnlato
          Clarissa Jun 26, 2010 05:30 PM

          Exactly. I calculated that the time and energy I spent worrying about everyone getting sick exceeded the time and energy it would take me to make another batch. And I still had some blueberries with which to dot the pancakes, and enough left over to make a little sauce.

          I wasn't entertaining outsiders but I didn't want to take chances with my own kids, one of whom is pretty young. If I had it to do it again I would have eaten them myself (strong stomach, here), but I'm okay about tossing them, as I made enough to make up for it.

          I'm totally happy with the way things turned out, so I thank you guys for your help.

          1. re: Clarissa
            ipsedixit Jun 27, 2010 10:49 AM

            You should have called the CDC immediately, notified your city's HazMat unit, quarantined your house, warned your neighbors and checked everyone in your family into the nearest poison control center.

            I would have continuous medical monitoring for you and everyone in your family for at least the next 30 to 40 days.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Jemon Jun 27, 2010 01:35 PM

              You know, some people around here might actually DO that!

    2. lynnlato Jun 25, 2010 01:17 PM

      If you are feeding others, I wouldn't risk it. Simply because I wouldn't want it done to me. However, if they are just for you I wouldn't hestitate to eat them.

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      1. re: lynnlato
        Clarissa Jun 25, 2010 01:24 PM

        Yeah, it's for my family (two adults, two children). Just did some googling and saw that people make homemade sour cream by leaving buttermilk mixed with milk out in a warm part of the room. Wouldn't this be the same thing, with the addition of a few eggs?

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