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Jul 25, 2011 10:42 AM

Accidentally left chicken broth out overnight: pitch it?


Made the broth yesterday from poaching chichen breasts. I was going to freeze it but overlooked it on the counter until this morning. Should I pitch it? I'm in NJ and it's been really hot here; though the temp in my house is kept around 73 or so. I think it should go, but wonder what others think.

  1. Personally, I'd reboil it and then freeze it.

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    1. re: HunterJay

      I would do the same. My husband regularly makes chicken stock and leaves it out overnight, then strains and reboils it in the morning before putting in containers to freeze. Never been a problem as far as I can tell.

      1. re: HunterJay

        Thank you all. I was bummed about the thought of throwing away fresh broth, which I regularly keep in the freezer. I will boil it and then freeze.

        1. re: mschow

          Another vote for re-boil & freeze (although frankly I wouldn't even bother reboiling it, but that's just me).

        2. re: HunterJay

          I agree... Reboil the broth and taste the broth to see if it's gone sour.
          If the broth taste fine, you're good to go.

            1. No. Don't toss it.

              After living in Guatemala for a year in a climate that makes the current US heatwave seem like December in the Alps ... seriously ... I could leave coffee on the counter in the morning and it would stay piping hot all day ... people never refrigerated soup or broth ... or actually chickken. Not one person got sick.

              I'd say if you didn't die from the chicken breast, you won't die from the broth.

              I admit I continue to have my American knee-jerk reaction back in the USA and shun the soup my husband and kids leave on the stove for a day or two. However, I would have starved if I did that when trappedi... um, living ... in Guatemala

              Everyone just reheats the broth and ... buen provcho

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              1. re: rworange

                My mother never refridgerated her soup/stews growing up. She always left it on the stove and boiled it once a day. Every now and then (on really hot days) it would go bad after a couple days and she had to toss it, but nobody ever got sick.

              2. Keep it. I also recommend you search out and read Sam F's "Magic House" thread and its progeny.