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Apr 25, 2012 10:35 AM

Beef Stroganoff left out overnight - safe to eat?

I left out some uncovered beef stroganoff on my kitchen counter from about 9pm to 8am. It had some cream cheese and sour cream in it, is it still safe to eat? I put it in the fridge immediately when I saw it in the morning.

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    1. I must have a cast iron stomach, because I have done this kind of thing before and ate the food anyway with no problems...the only time I have ever had food poisoning was from stuffed clams at a seafood restaurant.....

      1. I totally agree with KSlink. I have done this many times with beef dishes and have had no problems whatsoever. After 30 years of cooking along with oversights on refrigeration for a night, no problems ever here also!

        1. Ever had a serious case of food poisoning? I have. I wanted the nurse to kill me! But if you want to take the gamble for some left overs that's up to you. BTW there's no reliable treatment for food poisoning other than having your stomach pumped and they don't give you a 'general' when they do it. After that I guessing your 'taste' for BS will be diminished. Just saying.

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          1. re: Puffin3

            <I wanted the nurse to kill me>

            I didn't get to that point. But I was pretty sick. For two and a half days, I threw up every time I ate (within 20 minutes) and constantly losing fluid from both ends. I knew if I cannot absorb nutrients quick, then I will be trouble. Of course, I couldn't sleep well too because my stomach hurt really bad, but I also because sit up straight or walk because the stomach hurt even more. There was a fever too.

            By the third day, I decided that I will give myself one more try before heading to the hospital. I switched from solid food to drank liquid/very soft foods, like mixed juice, soup and congee. To my pleasant surprise, these soft foods didn't upset my stomach (e.g. I didn't vomit). I was even looking at the clock and count the time -- to see if I would rush to vomit. I was so happy that nothing happened after an hour. You know you are in trouble when the criteria for your happiness is to "not throw up within an hour of eating".

            Only then, I slowly regain my strength. Even then, it took me another two days (total 4) before I can really comfortably walk.

            That being said and all, my food poison/stomach flu was not from spoiled cooked food, but from Gul Muchim (Korean seasoned RAW oysters). I will never try them again.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              my poisoning was from undercooked pork and the pathology was similar. except it wasn't the physical pain, discomfort and bathroom dashes as much as the feverish and boring recurring dreams. after a good 3 days I managed to choke down a few spoons of broth, the next day a small bowl of pasta. and I was traveling with unsympathetic types who at least let me suffer in the hotel for the initial bout (it was either that or soil their car). this was decades ago and I have rarely had a large appetite for anything since (still eat all things, just in small quantities).

              that said I might take a small bite and see, but even so I'd err on the side of caution in this case. but only because of the dairy AND meat AND the uncovered status. (I usually say go for it on lesser issues)

              1. re: hill food

                <the pathology was similar.>...

                Hmm, what do you do for a living? :)

                  1. re: hill food

                    :) That is ok. I understand your reservation.

              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                ....and THIS is why I fly to a source outside my state to eat one of my favorite foods.
                Omg your story makes me cringe.

            2. Go for it, then. If you think taking a poll on who hasn't gotten sick from eating beef and dairy in a dish that is left out on the counter overnight is the way to go...

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