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How long can I leave a beef steak out covered, uncooked and unrefrigerated?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Hi! I left a gorgeous New York bone-in Steak out overnight. Meant to cook it, went to dinner, fell asleep and woke up with it still on the counter for 13 hours. I put it back in the refrgerator and am planning on cooking it tonight. Will do the smell test. Was wondering if I should have left it out all day and not put it back in the fridge? Will too much temperature change affect it? I like to eat my steaks pretty med. rare so I'm used to leaving out a steak for a few hours, not just a whole night. ps. Have a cool kitchen in San Francisco... TY!

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on October 16, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I agree that a steak (particularly cooked medium rare or rare) is so much better if it starts at room temp. You can even warm the chilled meat in warm water first (as long as it's sealed in something so it doesn't get waterlogged). I usually do this. I want to try the dry aging for a week in the back/bottom of the fridge trick sometime, if I could only plan my meals days in advance! I gather it has something to do with allowing natural enzymes time to break down the meat. Sorry about the chicken!

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 03:31 PM

This is the first time I left something out raw. The kitchen was clean, I never handled the meat with my bare hands, it was only exposed for a moment to air then wrapped in the butcher paper so meat was getting oxygen. The meat was from Safeway and I do have a fridge. Ironically, I did get food poisoning this week from day old Whole Foods Organic Rotisserie chicken I left in the fridge at work. I've learned from experience that a steak is more tender when fired at room temp. I did cook it medium well. Oh, it was delicious. Have to cook on Paleo differently so just collecting anecdotes. Ty.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on October 15, 2012
at 12:56 PM

This is like the 2nd or 3rd such question from you. Do you not have a refrigerator? As I said in previous answers, the smell test is not reliable. Anyone who has eaten food that smelled/tasted fine, then got food poisoning, can attest to this. It might be fine, or it might not. It depends on too many factors we cant account for. How clean was the meat to begin with? How did you handle it? How clean is your kitchen? Etc. Proceed with caution. I wouldn't eat it rare, but might use it in a fully cooked stew/chili type dish. Dry-aged beef is good, but this is done in refrigeration.

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:53 AM

@JeJ continuous exposure to oxygen, not microbes. And it's not like the air we breathe every day is loaded with nasty disease causing microbes. If you leave it out of the fridge what will happen is it will age faster, that's all.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, although fermenting meat can be tricky. You can get more info here: http://rawpaleodietforum.com/

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 02:19 AM

As it was, good, little dry. need a better rub and moisture preserving method of cooking.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I like your answer, dmi. yes so it was loosely wrapped and covered in the butcher paper. Its gonna be good, no doubt.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 01:16 AM

That's exactly why I was stressing. I was all, should I just leave it out all day until I'm hungry? As it is i sniffed the package when I laid it out a half an hour ago, poked it and was all, OH! this is gonna be good.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 14, 2012
at 11:31 PM

I mean, I would probably eat it, but I don't get the logic. Steaks are aged in the fridge ie where it is cold. Not on your counter. So not really relevant to this dude.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 14, 2012
at 11:30 PM

So it's fine as long as it had continuous exposure to microbes?

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 14, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Wouldn't cook it for another 8 hours for dinner as I'm headed out to brunch!

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5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on October 15, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I bet it became even better :)

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 01:16 AM

That's exactly why I was stressing. I was all, should I just leave it out all day until I'm hungry? As it is i sniffed the package when I laid it out a half an hour ago, poked it and was all, OH! this is gonna be good.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, although fermenting meat can be tricky. You can get more info here: http://rawpaleodietforum.com/

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on October 14, 2012
at 08:02 PM

It's fine as long as it's ventilated, i.e. don't put it in some vacuum sealed bag for example. For steaks actually it's commonly accepted that the more they are aged the better they get! You can hang it in the fridge for more than a week without problems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_(meat)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 14, 2012
at 11:31 PM

I mean, I would probably eat it, but I don't get the logic. Steaks are aged in the fridge ie where it is cold. Not on your counter. So not really relevant to this dude.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 14, 2012
at 11:30 PM

So it's fine as long as it had continuous exposure to microbes?

1b47e0a6d7984e33e59581d8364cc3dd

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:53 AM

@JeJ continuous exposure to oxygen, not microbes. And it's not like the air we breathe every day is loaded with nasty disease causing microbes. If you leave it out of the fridge what will happen is it will age faster, that's all.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 15, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I like your answer, dmi. yes so it was loosely wrapped and covered in the butcher paper. Its gonna be good, no doubt.

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