Beets Left Out Over Night?
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!
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.
More often than not you can get away with poor food handling, but do it often enough, and the odds will catch up with you. When in doubt, throw it out.
Those food handling rules are because we are always dissuaded from trusting our own judgement and because many people don't know what particular foods are made up of etc...if your beets are still in the skins they are definitely good, if they are peeled they are probably good if not a little dried out.
Look, touch, smell...you know if it's good.
If they don't smell like ammonia (trust me - had some in a restaurant once that did!!) they're probably fine. You don't mention whether they still had skins on them. If so, no problem. If not, they'll be a bit dried out but otherwise fine.