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Would you eat a 3lb piece of beef left out over night.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

So I had a 3lb piece of beef that was in deep freezer and left it out over night on the countertop for about 7-8 hrs. It was a solid block to start with and still cold when I put it in the crock pot where it will sit for 8 hrs on low, with veggies. It is not grass fed. Think its ok to eat?

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on August 15, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Update 1: it cooked for 10hrs, I let it cool, and its GREAT!, now Ill update you in 24 hrs and let you know Im good. Thanks folks.

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on August 14, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Also agree. Eat up! If you are really afraid, please overnight it to me and I will test it for you. ;)

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on August 14, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Agree 100%. Eat the meat and you will be fine. Besides, if you have been eating good for a while, your immune system is running more efficiently and you can handle a little bad stuff every now and then.

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on August 14, 2013
at 01:27 PM

I often thaw at room temperature for 8-12 hours because I'm too lazy to thaw in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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on August 14, 2013
at 12:16 PM

I always thaw out frozen meat by leaving it out on the kitchen counter overnight, and I've never gotten sick. My wife only gets on my case about fish, so I thaw that out in the fridge. IMO, the fact that you're going to cook that meat for many hours means there isn't a chance in hell of food poisoning.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 14, 2013
at 01:27 PM

I often thaw at room temperature for 8-12 hours because I'm too lazy to thaw in the fridge for 2-3 days.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 14, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Agree 100%. Eat the meat and you will be fine. Besides, if you have been eating good for a while, your immune system is running more efficiently and you can handle a little bad stuff every now and then.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 14, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Also agree. Eat up! If you are really afraid, please overnight it to me and I will test it for you. ;)

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on August 14, 2013
at 03:01 PM

I defrost over night and have yet to have any problems.

If you are worried though, make it spicy!

Adding chilli, curry and other tasty spice to meat dishes helps with the destruction off bacteria. This is lively way hotter climate cultures (where meat is more susceptible to spoilage), Thailand, Mexico, India are know for spicy dishes.

"The proximate reason for spice use obviously is to enhance food palatability,But why do spices taste good? Traits that are beneficial are transmitted both culturally and genetically, and that includes taste receptors in our mouths and our taste for certain flavors. People who enjoyed food with antibacterial spices probably were healthier, especially in hot climates. They lived longer and left more offspring. And they taught their offspring and others: 'This is how to cook a mastodon.' We believe the ultimate reason for using spices is to kill food-borne bacteria and fungi."

  • Sherman, evolutionary biologist and professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/03/980305053307.htm

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on August 14, 2013
at 05:46 PM

that's a lot of meat, probably shouldn't waste it but try to thaw things in the fridge in the future.

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on August 14, 2013
at 03:57 PM

My colleague whose entire research career covers food-borne illnesses would say this.. "Professionally, no! You're leaving yourself open to dangerous strains. But personally, looks around Yeah, I would eat it".

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on August 14, 2013
at 05:38 PM

I buy only once a year, so I only eat the type of meat you are considering.

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on August 14, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Slow cooking your meat will kill all the bacteria growing on it.

I believe the only way to get sick from meat that has been slow cooked is if it is truly rotten/rancid before cooking, and even then it's a gamble.

Some toxic byproducts of bacterial and fungal growth are destroyed by heat, others are not. Consuming potentially contaminated meat is safe if cooked through. Just don't let it sit too long before cooking or the risk grows. Now, the flavor could become a concern :-)

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