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Improperly cooked meat this morning—toss it, right?

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My dad used a rice cooker to steam two chicken legs (for 5 minutes, which seems a little short IMO) this morning, and forgot to chill them. They were left in the cooker, unopened, for about 6 hours today. We examined it now, and the meat actually looks done while the joints have some red bits. I am in favor of throwing them out because it completely goes against the standard "rules" for handling meat, but he says it is okay to reheat them thoroughly. What to do?

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  1. Its really up to you, you already know they've been out of the "safety zone" for quite some time. If it were me, based on the fact that I really don't enjoy throwing up, losing time from work and sleep, the fact that 2 chicken legs is less than $1 worth of food, as much as I hate waste I'd toss 'em. Maybe he doesn't mind being sick as much as I do.

    1. I'm somewhat lax with my "safety zone" rules in my own home, but even I would throw these chicken legs out.

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      1. toss now or regret eating them later (in the ER)

          1. TOSS!!!! ASAP!!!!!! There is nothing about eating that chicken that could possibly compare to the ER, or days of all sorts of stomach/digestive issues. Seriously. Although groceries are costly, the cost of being very ill because of not cooking/cooking food the right way is more costly and painful.

            I have had hospital grade food poisoning 2ce in the last 10 years. Each time, not my fault- we dined out. Awful, awful, awful doesn't even begin to describe what happened. The most recent round was this Fall with a 4 year old and a 5 month old home with me and I couldn't get off the floor.

            DON'T do it!!