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Jan 4, 2012 04:39 PM

Pate of Foie Gras- Need to be refrigerated?

I just got home this morning from a New Orleans and I attempted to bring home a dish that I did not finish at John Besh's restaurant August - Pate de Foie Gras...Its been in my suit case for at least 36 hours...Do you think its safe to eat???

Its partially eaten and no longer "sealed" by the layer of fat on top. But no double dipping went on so there is no saliva or other foreign bacteria.

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  1. Please put it in the fridge.

    1. I wouldn't eat it, unless you're looking to get sick. It's not something cured or pickled or anything that would help inhibit bacteria growth.

      1. Im pretty relaxed when it comes to things like this and think people exaggerate risk in a lot of situations, but Id strongly suggest throwing it away. 36 hours is far too long.

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        1. re: twyst

          TWYST im with you. I do think people exaggerate the perils of food spoilage..but thats how weve been conditioned to eat in this country.

          Anyhow, I will probably throw it was just sooo effing good.

          1. re: twyst

            LIke twyst, I'm very relaxed about these things. But offal does not keep well and I would not want to eat it after 36 hours outside of a fridge (and who knows how long it had been hanging about at the restaurant)

          2. Odd that this is a food that tastes best (to me) at room temp, but 36 hours there is a deal-breaker. Toss it.

            I speak, by the way, as someone who is hardly paranoid about such things. I'll eat pizza that's sat out overnight. But not pate!

            1. Organ meats spoil fastest. That why predator animals go for them first in the carcass of their prey (no they ain't looking for lean white meat first - they's lookin for organs and fat first).