Cook it or toss it?
So, stupid me, I came home last night from the store... why I did this I have no idea... but I put a bag containing three 1 pound refrigerated packages of organic ground beef and two frozen packages of sausage links on the couch, where they remained for the next 10 hours until I discovered the bag this morning. Sausage and ground beef still cool to the touch. My wife says toss it, I say eat it. The sausage is Jones precooked sausage links... The ground beef is raw. What say you?
I say sausage fine......but cook immediately do not refreeze.
Ground beef, does it smell? Is it slimy? What is it's color? If it passes those tests I would cook it immediately and and eat it in small well spaced batches, so if you do get sick you limit the affects. (joke, I think if it passes those tests you should be fine)
I hate waste and mistakes too, but is the risk worth it?
Honor your wife's wishes, and her health.
I once left an unfrozen rib steak out overnight, a professional cook acquaintance at the time said there's nothing too worry about. I ate it and had no problems.
Now is there a difference with your case as it's ground beef? I don't know. Is it extra hot in your place? I can't see it being an issue if cooked immediately.
If the beef is still cold to the touch, should be fine, fry a small test patty and taste it. The pre-cooked sausage is probably loaded with preservatives, should also be fine. Now as to your memory issue.....wife wins!
The process of grinding beef introduces the possibility of all kinds of nasties in the meat.
Bacteria grows exponentially in the danger zone (40-140 degrees).
I would definitely toss the ground beef.
I'd probably also toss the sausage like most people who have had serious food poisoning would. But its a closer call.