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Holy hell, I forgot to put up raw meat... help!

Answered on October 01, 2014
Created September 30, 2014 at 2:53 AM

I took out a giant shopping bag from the fridge (not freezer) with three giant wild caught salmon filets and three seperately wrapped pounds of grass fed beef. They were all in the same shopping bag. I cooked one salmon filet around 6:20, when I brought the meats up. I found the shopping bag still out on the counter at 10:30. I could cry, I really shelled out on these meats! I threw them in the freezer, are they still safe to eat? Please help... I cannot afford wasted 40 bucks.

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on September 30, 2014
at 12:01 PM

I've never had food poisoning, and I do some pretty questionable things with meat. One time I made kimchii with raw oysters in it that fermented on my counter for two weeks. I admit, I was a wee bit nervous to eat it, but I did anyway ('cause I'm a man![or an idiot]).

You left yours out for 4 hours? Sometimes it takes me that long to get home from the grocery store after finishing a couple other errands (I live in the country so it takes a while to drive back). I'd be more upset if something like icecream melted. That would be annoying!

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on September 30, 2014
at 11:18 AM

Can you afford food bourne illness and a hospital stay? Not that I think luke-warm meat for a few hours is a significant hazard. 

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on September 30, 2014
at 12:40 PM

well the meat was $40, my co-pay is $20....

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on October 01, 2014
at 09:44 AM

Once you cook them they will be fine. I've left turkey in my car for a few hours before n it was quite warm when I took it home. I just made sure I cooked it a bit longer than usual.

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on September 30, 2014
at 12:49 PM

If it helps, my house is about 70 degrees, the ground beef was still in their packaging and in airtight freezer bags (but again *not* frozen, just in the bags), and the salmon had been unwrapped but also put in a freezer bag.

 

I found boutilsm, staph and E.Coli warnings online and while that's really scary, so is a minimun wage paleo follower losing $40 worth of meat. 

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on September 30, 2014
at 12:40 PM

 Freezing for 7 days should kill parasites, but won't necessarily kill off the bacteria.  Typically the safe limit for raw or cooked food is 2 hours in the danger zone (40-140° F or 4.4-60° C).   Cooking food is only effective against live organisms, not their toxic waste products. Spoiled food cannot be cooked back to safety.

 

If the meat was in an air tight container, you would limit exposure, but -- when it doubt toss it. 

 

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on September 30, 2014
at 04:55 AM

just eat them. they don't spoil that fast. when we eat steak, my wife leaves them on the counter for 11-12 hours to thaw them ( we buy one steer with others once a year). still alive after hundreds of 11 hrs out of the freezer steaks.

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