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Aug 12, 2013 05:38 AM

Is Garlic Puree Left Out Overnight Still Safe?

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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. what is in this mix that is going to spoil?

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          1. re: girloftheworld

            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

              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

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