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Wonder if anyone can give me advice. I've been thawing a frozen pre-cooked lamb tagine on the counter for about 5 hours as I forgot to put it in the fridge. It's in the fridge now and still pretty cold. Do you think it's safe to eat it? I know you're not meant to thaw at room temperature because of bacteria risks. Grateful for any advice!

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  1. It's fine. Take a breath, ok? Heat it when you're ready to eat and enjoy.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Thank you! I know I'm super paranoid :)

    2. as per,
      "you're not meant to thaw at room temperature because of bacteria risks. "
      that may be so, but i do it all the time, and it has never hurt me (to my knowledge)

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      1. re: TroyTempest

        Yeah, I should stop reading scare stories online. Thanks for the reassurance

      2. And now you have hit the trifecta.

        Everything is fine. I live without a refrigerator and breakfast is usually leftovers in a covered wok or pot. Fish, pork, fresh veggies, lots of rice. Reheat to the temperature you like and enjoy.

        1. leftovers are also (strongly) recommended, by the US gov't, to be reheated to at least 180 degrees F.

          are you looking to eat it straight outta the ice box?

          are you looking to heat it up to a "luke warm"?

          are you heating it and poaching eggs in the sauce?

          are you looking to share it?

          let us know what you think after you have a taste. I'm sure lamb tangine tastes even better the "next day", even in the desert...

          :-)

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          1. re: Gastronomos

            I had it with a few (willing) friends last night after reheating to high temperature and we seem to have survived :) It tasted great too - much better second time round. Thanks all!