Rotisserie chicken virgin
- Ttrockwood Jul 7, 2014 02:15 PM
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....
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.
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.
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.
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