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Aimee Sep 12, 2010 06:38 AM

It was touching but not sealed. Fridge and contents were cool but probably not as cold as they normally would be. Milk smelled fine. Do I have anything to worry about in terms of meat, eggs, dairy? Thanks.

  1. bagelman01 Sep 12, 2010 08:32 AM

    Probably not.
    Eggs are fine if left in a bowl on the counter for hours (your fridge is colder than that). Meat is often left to come to room temperature before cooking.
    Milk is the most problematic, and you said yours smells fine.

    I would use up the milk and white cheeses (Cottage, etc_ quickly)
    Sours and cultures---sour cream, yogurt should not be affected by this ajar door overnight.

    All of the above assumes your kitchen was not in th 80+ degree range overnight.

    1. meatn3 Sep 12, 2010 08:36 AM

      Things on the shelves of the door should be looked over - this spot is generally the warmest since it gets the most exposure each time you open it.

      The main things I'd be concerned with would be raw meats, especially ground and offal.

      I keep a thermometer in the fridge, it has helped me make decisions in this sort of situation several times!

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        smartie Sep 12, 2010 10:35 AM

        your nose is your friend

        cook what you can, eat the rest that you might think will go off fastest.

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          L987 Sep 15, 2010 02:16 PM

          yeah if it smells fine and taste fine u can eat it. And milk is probably the first thing to go bad so if it was ok the rest should be too

        2. coll Sep 16, 2010 07:59 AM

          Doors touching isn't like wide open, I personally wouldn't freak out. But you really should have a thermometer in there at all times anyway, there are plenty of other causes of temp variation to watch for besides the obvious.

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