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Feb 10, 2011 08:05 AM

Is it safe to eat?


I made a big crockpot of chili last night with ground beef. Well, I turned it off and left the lid open to cool down so I could stick it in the fridge for the night. And of course, I forgot all about it. So it's been sitting on the counter with the lid open all night long. :( My house thermostat is set at 65. Do you think it's safe to eat the chili if I nuke in the microwave? I'm super paranoid about food posioning so I'm hesitant to do so. Any thoughts?

  1. absolutely fine... i would heat it back to > 165deg for a couple of minutes if you are concerned. if a "bug" settled into the pot and is beginning to grow it hasn't had a lot of time to get nasty. you've got days before it gets bad.

    1. One night out, no problema!

      1. I agree witth the others that it's OK to eat. Just make sure that nothing that isn't supposed to be in there did not get/crawl in over night. :)

        1. Yep, fine. The practice here is to leave dishes that have cooked ground beef unrefrigerated (usually just overnight) and have them cold the next day for lunch. Haven't died or gotten sick yet in the last year and this is the tropics where you would think the heat would speed up all the bad food poisoning things that can happen.

          My own theory is that whatever might be bad gets killed in the first cooking. However, it doesn't hurt to reheat it to the temperature others have suggested just to be safe.

          1. There is no way that would be served in my house. Anything that sits on the counter for a few hours finds a home in the disposal. I would not take a chance, no matter how small.

            3 Replies
            1. re: jfood

              +1 I am a food hygiene freak. I'd rather waste a good cut of meat, sad as that is, than risk making someone sick. We've got one family member with no spleen, which makes him very susceptible to food-borne pathogens, and another so skinny he can't afford to be sick.

              There's too much delicious food in this world to risk eating something that might be dangerous.

              1. re: jfood

                I wholeheartedly endorse this message. You can get away with it any number of times, until the time you don't. Ground beef is the meat most likely to be loaded with severely antibiotic resistant e. coli among other nasties. I don't know why you'd tempt fate that way; it's just not worth it.

                1. re: jfood

                  Likewise; I was surprised that anyone said yes. A couple of hours, sure, but overnight, no WAY.