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Dec 22, 2010 06:20 PM

Left the Lamb in the Car!!!

My sister left the Christmas lamb in the car after she picked it up from the butcher! It was in the car for about 8 hours, wrapped in the butcher paper. The temperature outside was about 35 degrees.

What do you think? Still good?


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  1. Inasmuch as the average refrigerator top shelf temperature is only slightly below 40 degrees (with the center shelf temperatures optimally between 35 and 38 degrees) as long as the temperature inside the car was below 40 degrees I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be good. If in doubt, toss it out.

    1. Temp outside was "about 35 degrees", but what was the temp inside the car? Was the meat in the trunk? In the passenger compartment? On the floor of the car? Was the car in the sun? Was it windy or still? Lots of things could impact the temperature surrounding the meat itself.

      Too many variables, and does anyone really want to spend the holidays in the ER?

      Sad to toss the lamb, but sadder still to have a family down for the count with food poisoning when they should be celebrating.

      1. I'd keep it as long as the meat was not sitting out in the sun but then, I am known to go against the grain.

        1. dont worry about it.
          the air temp in the car in 35 deg weather is going to get pretty cool pretty fast after you get out of the car.

          1. If you cook the lamb it will probably kill the bacteria or whatever it is you're concerned about.

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            1. re: sushigirlie

              Like Sushigirl says, unless you plan to make lamb tartare, no problem.