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I left my cheesecake in oven to cool, and left overnight by accident.

hungryinmanhattan Mar 24, 2013 06:54 AM

Can I still eat it? I have so many people coming to dinner Monday evening. I know bakeries leave food out for hours. Please assure me it is safe to serve? It feels cool to the touch, and is now in fridge. Thanks for the help.

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    jeanmarieok Mar 25, 2013 01:26 PM

    I'd server it.

    1. Cherylptw Mar 24, 2013 04:09 PM

      Grocery stores leave their cakes out in the bakery section until sold, including cheesecakes...granted, they may contain preservatives but that aside, the cake is cooked even if it contains dairy...you can eat with no worries.

      1. ipsedixit Mar 24, 2013 11:32 AM

        It's spoiled.

        Send it over to me and I'll take care of it for you.

        Hurry.

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          jaykayen Mar 24, 2013 11:06 AM

          It's safe. Put it in the fridge to chill.

          1. iluvcookies Mar 24, 2013 09:09 AM

            I'd eat it and serve it. If it was fully cooked and left in the oven without opening all night, your risk of contamination is minimal.
            If, however, the cake was still jiggly or you have any reason to believe it was not fully cooked, then I wouldn't take the chance.

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              oooYUM Mar 24, 2013 09:06 AM

              An ex BF of mine (a million years ago) had a Mother who was "the best cook in the world"
              IIRC, her cheesecake recipe called for baking the cheesecake, then leaving it in the oven all night without touching it, and taking it out of the now-cold oven in the morning....
              I have to admit, the cheesecake was amazing.
              Anyway, that's how she did it, and I *think* I've seen recipes that call for this technique in the past....

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                foodieX2 Mar 24, 2013 07:56 AM

                God I love these threads. There are three regular answers

                1) EAT IT! It is fine, no worries, go for it. I ate mayo that has sat in the sun and lived to tell about.
                2) OMG throw it away! It is NOT WORTH THE RISK!! Have you ever had food poising??? RUN WHILE YOU CAN
                3) Only you can decide. While I would/wouldn't do it make sure no one you serve it to is very young, very old or immune compromised.

                Just joking around! I would eat it. Mist delis I go to have it under glass on the counter.

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                  INDIANRIVERFL Mar 24, 2013 09:37 AM

                  OK. I'm the one who ate the mayo. And it was only 6 months past the best by date. Thanks for reminding everybody, foodieX2. :-)

                  An oven is basically a pretty sterile breadbox. And with the temp most dishwashers are set at, I think you would have to sneeze into the batter in order to have any substantial chance of contamination.

                  Even in a ten egg Manhattan style cheesecake.

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                    foodieX2 Mar 24, 2013 09:43 AM

                    OMG, IndianRiver! You are cracking me up! I was actually think of my BIL who swears the reason his immune system is so strong is that his mother never refrigerated mayo and he routinely at tuna sandwiches that sat in a brown paper bag in hot locker all day.

                    :) glad your survived too!!

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                      fourunder Mar 24, 2013 10:55 AM

                      two things that never were refrigerated growing up.....mayo and butter....

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                      youareabunny Mar 24, 2013 10:55 AM

                      I once made curry with coconut milk that was 1-2 years expired. Desperate times....

                      Anyways, beat that!

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                        INDIANRIVERFL Mar 24, 2013 11:40 AM

                        I have posted this on another thread. That Not Butter in a squeeze bottle sat for 2 and a half years in my boat. That means at least 2 Florida summers. And it had been partially used. That was 2 and a half years past the best by date. Still fine.

                        As it was pointed out by a friend, move a few hydroxyl groups around and you have plastic.

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                          alkapal Mar 25, 2013 06:03 AM

                          i was wondering if your "not butter" was actually the melted plastic tub. i mean, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. ;-).

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                    pine time Mar 24, 2013 07:30 AM

                    I'd eat it. However, I'd also be queasy about serving it to company.

                    1. coll Mar 24, 2013 07:04 AM

                      It's actually better to let it completely cool at room temp so it doesn't crack. I wouldn't worry a bit!

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                        PotatoHouse Mar 24, 2013 10:49 AM

                        +1.

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