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Bone broth spoiled after a night in room temperature?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I took my freshly made bone broth off of the stove yesterday evening, put it on the kitchen counter to cool down and then forgot it there. It spent roughly eight hours in a fairly cool room temperature and was not covered. I immediately put in the fridge. Is it spoiled? It was quite a big load so I would hate to toss it.

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on April 11, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Please take a food safety course. Fermentation is a process that involves sugars. Not all substances ferment. It is a very specific process. For instance, a sourdough starter must be kept very specifically, or it turns into noxious pink slime. Improper food handling is a common and dangerous problem.

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on April 11, 2013
at 10:00 PM

Fermenting food is just leaving it out and letting the bacteria around 'have at it.' Leaving food out for a day or so doesn't make it fermented, but surely a little bit towards that process isn't toxic?

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on April 11, 2013
at 04:52 PM

They learned to cook food, used herbs and spices, and preserved food. I would argue that that is the beginning of food safety.

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on April 11, 2013
at 04:50 PM

If heat killed all the toxins produced by food borne pathogens, we wouldn't need fridges. We could eat food indefinitely through reheating, but that is not the case.

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on April 11, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Reboiling it wouldn't affect the toxins the bacteria may or may not be excreting into the soup.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 11, 2013
at 04:34 PM

They also died of food poisoning, broken bones, drive-by lion/tigers/bears and getting konked on the head with clubs.

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on April 11, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Actually, cavemen didn't have good food safety rules, so it's VERY PALEO !!!

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 11, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Wouldn't re-boiling it kill the bacteria? Yes, you would be eating dead bacteria, but is that harmful ?

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on April 11, 2013
at 03:26 PM

That's some prime bacterial growth broth you have there! Seriously 32 hours to cool is way too long, 48 hours is what folks use to culture bacteria.

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on April 11, 2013
at 03:03 PM

+1 for sarcasm.

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9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

on April 11, 2013
at 02:06 PM

You can extend the life of broths by bringing it back to a boil then letting it simmer somewhere between 15-30 minutes. My mother would just leave broth on the stovetop, then as we used/ate it over the next few days, she would do this before we had any. Now my husband and I keep our broth in the fridge, but we still simmer to prepare.

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on April 11, 2013
at 03:05 PM

No way, no how it has spoiled. I make 5 gallons at a time (we get the bones of 1/3 of a steer every year), and it takes 32 hours for it to cool down in the pot so I can put it in quarts and freeze it. Your pot was initially sterile, having been boiled, and you may have picked up the few bacteria that flew in. It is not so easy for a bacterium to fly in the absence of air currents such as you may have indoors. I have done that for years, since 2006 at least, and there was never a problem. Keep in mind that it will be cooked again too. Keep also in mind that it is paleo to eat cattle guts with their contents, and I can assure you there are more bacteria in whole cow guts.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 11, 2013
at 03:26 PM

That's some prime bacterial growth broth you have there! Seriously 32 hours to cool is way too long, 48 hours is what folks use to culture bacteria.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 11, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Ignoring standard food safety rules... NOT paleo.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 11, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Actually, cavemen didn't have good food safety rules, so it's VERY PALEO !!!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 11, 2013
at 04:34 PM

They also died of food poisoning, broken bones, drive-by lion/tigers/bears and getting konked on the head with clubs.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on April 11, 2013
at 04:52 PM

They learned to cook food, used herbs and spices, and preserved food. I would argue that that is the beginning of food safety.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 11, 2013
at 03:03 PM

+1 for sarcasm.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on April 11, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Personally, I wouldn't it eat. Room temp is the perfect temp for bacteria growth, which multiply rapidly, and may not produce a smell. I would toss it, better safe than sorry.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 11, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Reboiling it wouldn't affect the toxins the bacteria may or may not be excreting into the soup.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 11, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Wouldn't re-boiling it kill the bacteria? Yes, you would be eating dead bacteria, but is that harmful ?

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on April 11, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Please take a food safety course. Fermentation is a process that involves sugars. Not all substances ferment. It is a very specific process. For instance, a sourdough starter must be kept very specifically, or it turns into noxious pink slime. Improper food handling is a common and dangerous problem.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on April 11, 2013
at 04:50 PM

If heat killed all the toxins produced by food borne pathogens, we wouldn't need fridges. We could eat food indefinitely through reheating, but that is not the case.

9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

(341)

on April 11, 2013
at 10:00 PM

Fermenting food is just leaving it out and letting the bacteria around 'have at it.' Leaving food out for a day or so doesn't make it fermented, but surely a little bit towards that process isn't toxic?

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