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Old 09-19-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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Safe to use? Left out the meat-Update-No one sick

Just wanted to let you know none of us got ill.

I took out a ham hock last night from t he basement freezer and accidentally left it in the basement, out overnight. It's now 12 hr later and I'm torn if it's safe to use in the split pea soup. Thoughts?

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Old 09-19-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Re: Safe to use? Left out the meat

my DH always seems to do that. we always cook it as long as its fully cooked before eating.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
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Was it still cold at all? My guess is it's fine if it was in the deep freeze before it was left out. It was probably mostly frozen most the night.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #4
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I would use it because it takes a while to defrost.
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I have to leave a ham or roast from my freezer out at least that long if I want it to thaw before using. 2-3 days if I'm thawing in my fridge. I'd definately say its safe to eat especially since you will be simmering it for a while before consuming.
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Re: Safe to use? Left out the meat

We always eat meat that's been left out. Fully cooked or not. Either way it's getting reheated and bacteria can be cooked off so I see nothing wrong with it.
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We always eat meat that's been left out. Fully cooked or not. Either way it's getting reheated and bacteria can be cooked off so I see nothing wrong with it.
Agreed.
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We always eat meat that's been left out. Fully cooked or not. Either way it's getting reheated and bacteria can be cooked off so I see nothing wrong with it.
Common misperception. Yes you can kill off the bacteria, but if the bacteria is present and producing toxins, no matter if you cook it, the toxins will remain and get you sick.

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:34 AM   #9
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Common misperception. Yes you can kill off the bacteria, but if the bacteria is present and producing toxins, no matter if you cook it, the toxins will remain and get you sick.

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That is not true. I talked with the infectious disease doctor at work before I moved to thailand. I expressed concern over recommended vaccines we should get and described how chicken is sold in huge open vats where people pick through them. I was worried about bacteria and the safety of the meet. He said as long as it is cooked properly, it will not you sick. I got food poisoning twice in 2 years in thailand. From eating off the street stalls, never from the food I cooked and we bought meat as described above.

ETA to OP. I would eat the ham. It's fine if cooked properly.
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Re: Safe to use? Left out the meat

As long as it's still a bit chilled & smells OK, I'd use it!
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