Jarred salsa left out - keep or trash?
I bought Trader Joe's salsa and had some for lunch yesterday. I left it, closed, on my desk at work overnight. You're supposed to refrigerate it after opening. Should I trash it? Thanks!
The answer would depend on so many things, there's no way for anyone out here to know.
The Universal Edibilty Test exists,
but that might be overkill for your problem.
I personally wouldn't be too worried about salsa -- it's not raw chicken, but of course better safe than sorry. I'd refrigerate it for some hours, then taste just a bit and wait to see if I am (and it is) okay.
Smell it. Taste a little bit of it. If it smells or tastes nasty, throw it out. If it's OK, put it in the fridge and enjoy another day.
I'd eat it as is.
It's got enough salt, vinegar, and sugar for me to not be worried at all about it. Nuke it hot and be safe if you want - it's already cooked.
When salsa goes really bad, the fermenting smell is immediately obvious when you open the lid. I'd just taste and keep it if it tastes normal.