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Oct 27, 2010 11:07 AM

prepping for a chicken/veg roast a day in advance...

i was preparing dinner for tonight (roast chicken over root vegetables) and got a call from my husband, suggesting that we have a date night tonight. not one to say no to date night, i dutifully finished my dinner prep and stuck the roasting pan in the fridge, assuming that i could just pop it in the oven tomorrow.

i've never done this before and i assume it's okay, but was wondering what home cooks out there think -- is it okay to leave veg covered in chicken in the fridge for 24hrs?

thanks in advance!

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  1. For a day I wouldn't worry. There are plenty of recipes that call for marinating a chicken overnight (12 hours). If you want to use a vinegar based marinade (Italian dressing?), over the chicken & veg, the acid in the vinegar might help to preserve it even better.

    BUT, I wouldn't worry. Make sure you cover it well, so it doesn't dry out in the fridge. NOW, if you have potatoes, they might prove a problem, as potatoes tend to oxidize (turn black) and get nasty. If you have potatoes, I would throw them away, but leave any other root vegetables).

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley

      hmmm... i do have potatoes. i thought about the browning issue and thought that maybe drizzling the veg w/ oil would prevent it a little. no basis for that reasoning, just thought it might work. i'll check 'em out.
      thanks for your response!

    2. Actually, put the potatoes in water to cover and you should be fine for a day. You are fine as long as you haven't seasoned the chicken/veg for a day.

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      1. re: jameshig

        ditto; was going to suggest the same with respect to the veggies. For future reference, you can prep just about any veg & cover with water to cook the next day. This also works with other potatoes, such as sweet potatoes. As far as the chicken, you can also season that for the next day (people dry rub poultry all of the time for a couple to a few days) it'll be fine.