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Is Garlic Puree Left Out Overnight Still Safe?

AngelSanctuary Aug 12, 2013 05:38 AM

I made a paste out of garlic, ginger, pear, and apple mixed together (for kimchi later) but forgot to put it in the fridge. Should I toss it?

  1. girloftheworld Aug 18, 2013 07:20 AM

    what is in this mix that is going to spoil?

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    1. re: girloftheworld
      The Professor Aug 18, 2013 07:50 AM

      Moisture encourages the growth of the botulism spores already naturally present in the components...that's probably the concern. The risk would be much higher if oil was part of the mix.
      If it was out just a few hours, it's probably ok. Unfortunately, just smelling it won't tell you much (other than the possibility that the mixture began to ferment).

      1. re: The Professor
        girloftheworld Aug 18, 2013 07:53 AM

        humm good to know..i would have thought the oil would have served as a "preserver" and I would not have thought about botulism with fruit acids.... I am suprised I have made it to this old...

        1. re: The Professor
          mcf Aug 18, 2013 07:55 AM

          Not to mention the sugars from fruits feeding organisms. I'd toss it.

      2. r
        robt5265 Aug 12, 2013 07:50 PM

        Unless it is in oil it has been exposed to air for too long. It would be eatable but the garlic will have lost a lot of its flavor due to oxygen exposure.

        1. jrvedivici Aug 12, 2013 06:27 AM

          I'm pretty sure you would be able to tell by color, and or smell. While the garlic would cover most smells, there is a "good garlic" vs. bad smell. I personally think you are fine. (I am not a Dr. for disclosure purposes!)

          1. j
            jpc8015 Aug 12, 2013 06:10 AM

            Approximately how long was it left out? Overnight to me means 6-8 hours. If that is the case then I think it would *probably* be okay. If we are talking 10-12 hours, I would toss it.

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