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Leaving Out Homemade Kale Chips All Night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 01, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I made some kale chips last night but accidentally left them out uncovered all night. Would they still be ok to eat?

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on January 02, 2013
at 01:12 PM

There are differences between saly preserved goods at room temperature and say, a hunk of leftover roast meat...

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on January 02, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Well sure if they are contaminated, but the cooking of the kale should have killed any contamination, so I don't know where the E. coli would come from in this case. I leave bananas, apples, garlic, onions, potatoes, etc out for weeks and they don't go bad. I agree it would be safer to cover or seal in a bag and refrigerate but in this case probably not much safer.

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on January 02, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Not so. E. coli can grow on cut fruit and veggies, pretty quickly, too. I would worry if the kale chips get soggy. I toss leftover kale chips in the dehydrator to really get them crisp and store them (at room temperature) in vacuum sealed canning jars. I have a $19 portable vacuum sealer unit that works great with FoodSaver brand jar attachments.

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on January 01, 2013
at 02:14 PM

I used expeller pressed coconut oil and sea salt. They were completely drenched in oil, so it was difficult to tell whether or not they were completely dried out.

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on January 01, 2013
at 05:19 PM

Unless they are soggy and smell weird, eat them. I make them and store them in the cupboard for weeks. If they ARE soggy and smell weird, work on perfecting your "chips" so they are dry and crispy!

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on January 01, 2013
at 03:30 PM

They're fine to eat. My girlfriend leaves stuff out overnight all the time. It used to drive me crazy. If you've never made homemade sauerkraut or pickles, you might not realize that those food are left out for weeks, sometimes months, at a time and they just keep getting better. Don't be afraid of a little bit of bacteria.....our bodies are full of all types of microbes.
In my opinion, if you're living and eating right you probably don't even need a refrigerator.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on January 02, 2013
at 01:12 PM

There are differences between saly preserved goods at room temperature and say, a hunk of leftover roast meat...

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on January 02, 2013
at 12:11 PM

As long as your comfortable with the possibility that cockroaches may have been crawling all over them for hours... ;-)

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on January 02, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Yeah after making them we just leave them in a bowl on the counter, they seem to stay good for several days at least (have never had them stay around longer than that), they are basically dehydrated and salted and I think keep well. If I still have any after a few days I make an omelete out of them.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on January 01, 2013
at 06:55 PM

It's pretty much safe to leave non-proteins out as long as you'd like.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on January 02, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Well sure if they are contaminated, but the cooking of the kale should have killed any contamination, so I don't know where the E. coli would come from in this case. I leave bananas, apples, garlic, onions, potatoes, etc out for weeks and they don't go bad. I agree it would be safer to cover or seal in a bag and refrigerate but in this case probably not much safer.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on January 02, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Not so. E. coli can grow on cut fruit and veggies, pretty quickly, too. I would worry if the kale chips get soggy. I toss leftover kale chips in the dehydrator to really get them crisp and store them (at room temperature) in vacuum sealed canning jars. I have a $19 portable vacuum sealer unit that works great with FoodSaver brand jar attachments.

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:48 PM

what toppings did you put on them?

did you dry them out all the way?

if they are even a little bit wet, i'd pitch them.

8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on January 01, 2013
at 02:14 PM

I used expeller pressed coconut oil and sea salt. They were completely drenched in oil, so it was difficult to tell whether or not they were completely dried out.

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