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Oct 17, 2011 04:06 PM

Did I Ruin My Buttermilk Pie?

I made buttermilk pie last night and set it out to cool on the countertop. Well… I ended up falling asleep and forgetting to transfer it to the refrigerator. I then treated it like a fruit pie, which I usually don’t refrigerate, and forgot to refrigerate it ‘till about an hour ago. It sat out for about 15 hours, probably at 60 to 65 F, and I’m wondering if I’m putting myself and DH in danger if we eat it.

I used this recipe:

The buttermilk was leftover from my homemade butter and was about 1 day old.

P.S. Greetings to everyone here at CH! This is my first post here, but I must admit that I’ve been lurking for quite some time.

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  1. Alas, I don't know the answer to your question but wanted to welcome you to the boards. My grandmother made a custard pie that she didn't refrigerate but I don't know if it would be the same??? Sorry I can't be more help.

    1. You should be fine with the pie.

      The buttermilk pie will last longer if refrigerated, but it certainly will not spoil with sitting out for a day or two.

      Why, you ask? Well, all that sugar in your pie (1.5 cups of sugar) will tend to retard spoilage. The acid in the lemon also helps. Plus, it's a fallacy that eggs *need* refrigeration. They last longer if refrigerated. They do not spoil simply because left unrefrigerated.

      So, yeah, rest assured. You're good to go.

      1. I usually don't refrigerate buttermilk pie until day 2 or 3 (if there's any left at this point). To me, it simply tastes better at room temperature. But I am glad to have an explanation from ipsedixit as why it is ok. Wise or not, I'm not fanatical about refrigerating food immediately, I guess because my mom never was when I grew up.

        And welcome to CH!

        1. Thanks for the responses and the warm welcome to CH. We had a slice each last night and we’re still alive. I appreciate the explanation from ipsedixit, that makes perfect sense.

          I really wasn’t worried for myself, I (seem to) have a cast iron stomach. DH, however, has had an extremely sensitive stomach ever since a terrible case of food poisoning a couple years ago. I'm always worried about making him ill these days.

          1. I'd eat it and be happy, very very happy. Welcome to CH!