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Accidentally left smoked/confit cooked/sealed meat out over night. Should I toss it?

kapunga Jul 3, 2012 05:34 AM

So it looks like I forgot to refrigerate some meat. The items in question are vacuum sealed confit duck legs and vacuum sealed smoked duck breast. Normally I would write these off and toss them out, but my impression was that a) confit techniques were meant to preserve meat, sometimes for many months, and smoking likewise (and I'm pretty sure that smoke has anti-microbial properties.


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  1. Davwud RE: kapunga Jul 3, 2012 05:52 AM

    You'll probably get a ton of responses on both sides. Based on what you've just said, to which I concur, I'd go ahead and try it. So long as there's no obvious indications of spoilage.


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    1. re: Davwud
      kapunga RE: Davwud Jul 3, 2012 06:03 AM

      I think I'd lean more towards tossing the duck breast, but the confit duck legs seem to fall somewhere on the spectrum between cooked and jerky, just not sure where.

    2. mamachef RE: kapunga Jul 3, 2012 07:26 AM

      They are both likely okay, due to the methods of preservation and packing, if they are in their pristine and unopened state. As with anything else, though, you're assuming a risk, especially if anyone consuming it is young, elderly, or immunocompromised. Use caution here.

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