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Rotisserie chicken virgin

So. I'm a vegetarian and my very dear friend has asked I pick up and bring a rotisserie chicken to a very informal get together the two of us are having at her place. Not my favorite idea but she won't be able to.

I've never bought one before!! I have to go to whole foods in the morning anyhow and I **think** that the chickens are still hot/warm when you buy them...? I figure I can ask the counter guy to pick me a good one...

So if I buy it at like 10am and don't want to make everyone ill, do I put it in the fridge when I get home? Even if its still warm?? Or let it sit on the counter until it cools off some? (Ugh- will my apartment smell like chicken?!?)
Trying to avoid a second trip to the store when I'm on my way to her place....

Thanks!

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  1. Absolutely you refrigerate it. As soon as you get it home...no waiting. A couple of hours on the counter opens the buffet line to every bacterium in range...several hours all but guarantees illness all around. If the rotisserie chicken is properly packaged, it shouldn't "smell up" your fridge. If you're concerned, stuff the container in a big brown paper bag before refrigerating.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      While I agree that it should be refrigerated, I think saying "several hours all but guarantees illness all around" is a bit alarmist. If the chicken was cooked to a proper temp which I believe stores are more apt to do than individuals, then bacteria are killed. If they're killed, they can't come back to life.

      1. re: c oliver

        Bacteria can be reintroduced after a food Is safely and completely cooked, hence the precaution, and the need for refrigeration. I wouldn't want to eat a chicken that had sat out on the counter for 7-8 hours, even if it had been cooked to dry.

        1. re: mcsheridan

          Well, in that case, you wouldn't want to eat ANYTHING that has sat out for that long. Not just chicken.

          1. re: c oliver

            Quite so. Not unless it was shelf-stable, like Cheetos. :)

      2. re: mcsheridan

        So its ok to stick it in the fridge even if its still really warm?

      3. You should call ahead, many stores don't have the rotisserie chickens available at 10am. They might even reserve one for you to pick up later.

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        1. re: RelishPDX

          Excellent point; I hadn't even thought of that. Duh!

          1. re: RelishPDX

            Auugh! Totally didn't think of that! Thanks, I'll be sure to call before I leave my apt

          2. Yes they're warm when you buy them. If you're buying it in the morning to eat that night, put it in the fridge when you get home.

            1. Place in a cooler with ice packs, after it cools, then refrigerate it.

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