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Jan 29, 2011 02:19 PM

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!

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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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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, know if it's good.

              1. 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.