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Beets Left Out Over Night?

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After roasting some lovely organic red beets last night I forgot to refrigerate them.

Do they need to be thrown away now?

My guess, yes. Since they are starchy like potatoes and left out potatoes are a no-no.


TIA & Happy Cooking!

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  1. No.

    Why do you think left out potatoes are a no-no, as you said?

    4 Replies
    1. re: Quine

      Well, foods left at room temp are in the "danger zone" 40°-140°
      I always err on the side of caution myself...

      1. re: dbug31

        This doesn't sound too great either...

        Perfringens food poisoning (Clostridium perfringens)


        1. re: dbug31

          Your beets are good. But honestly. I bet every post this sort that asks this sorta of question, only asks to validates what they all ready decided.

        2. re: Quine

          I cannot tell you how often I have left potatoes out overnight and eaten them on subsequent days without as much as a hiccup. Mashed forgotten in the microwave, baked forgotten in the oven, etc. This sort of thing had been happening for decades before I heard that spuds could spoil, so I don't worry about it. I don't cook beets but if I did, I wouldn't worry about them either.

        3. No. It's fine. Beets are bad if a cut surface is slimy or sticky.