Beets Left Out Over Night?
- dbug31 Jan 29, 2011 02:19 PM
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.