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Unrefrigerated Sweet Potato

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

So I baked some sweet potatos last night for my post workout and I forgot to refrigerate them. They were left out for twelve hours wrapped in foil, could they still be good? There is no bad odor or any indication of expiration.

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:45 PM

YAY, you're not dead! I'm really cautious when it comes to food and food safety, rather be safe than sorry :) The fact that they were all bundled up still in their jackets, without any sort of dairy or fat added, that was good. Eyes and nose = best safety friends.

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on June 25, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Well, 5 hours later and I'm still alive, guess I just needed someone to tell me to HTFU, thanks!

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:44 PM

That is a great idea.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 25, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Oh funny - someone asked the same question a few weeks ago. They should be fine, I've left overnight before and am still alive. Your nose is your friend so are your eyes. It they look good and smell good? You're solid. Cheers!

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5495f20862fee8ca6a3d6cf6ece99356

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on June 25, 2012
at 12:43 PM

According to the agencies that used to come in and harass us cooks in the kitchen without notice, food will become violently deadly if it sits on a table for exactly 3.7 seconds after it drops below 140 degrees F. In real life, and to those with proper immunity functions, you should be just fine with the sweet potatoes. If I only mentioned how far I would go to extend the "food" in my little studio apartment in the broke days, I would ruin breakfast for all you.

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on June 25, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I would trust your nose on this one, IMHO. If it were spoiled or rotting, you would definitely be able to tell based on the smell and sight of it.

I'd say go for it.

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on June 27, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I've had baked sweet potatoes that I've left in the oven (with the gas off obviously) for a whole week and they were perfectly fine. I think as long as you didn't already peel them, they probably would be fine.

No mold, funny smell, leakage, or anything. Just golden and tasty.

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Did the same exact thing yesterday. I'm alive to answer your question.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:55 PM

If in doubt you could heat them up again..kill off anything that may be there.

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on June 25, 2012
at 12:56 PM

I've brought cooked sweet potatoes backpacking. Cooked in the morning, eaten on the first night in camp.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:44 PM

That is a great idea.

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on June 25, 2012
at 12:50 PM

they are fine!!!

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on January 23, 2013
at 01:08 AM

My stepdad told me his mom would cook sweet potatoes and leave them out all week for snacks. I cook several at a time and leave them on the counter and eat them all week without refrigeration and never had any problems. Ask someone old if they threw out cook sweet potatoes after a couple of day when they didn't even have an icebox 100 years ago. I slice off the ends and then cook them at 200^ for 1 hour and then 350^ until there are done. The longer they are between about 130 - 180 the carbs turn to sugar and are dripping by the end. Be sure to put foil underneath to catch the sugar drips for quick clean up.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:32 AM

With a healthy gut, you can consume almost anything and not get sick. It might not be ideal or the most-appealing taste, but you won't get sick.

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:27 AM

I had a childhood friend that ate a leftover sweet potato that had been wrapped in foil baked the night before and ended up getting botulism. He was very sick for 6 months. He suffered paralysis and permanent effects from it. I am probably overly cautious with food because of it. This was no little case of food poisoning. A day of violent vomiting and diarrhea would be a day in the park compared to what my friend had. If in doubt, throw it out.

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I would toss it. I learned from a question I asked here last week that it's the moisture which enables bacteria to grow. It's not like you left out hard pretzels.

Why would anyone risk food poisoning ?

Just me being cautious.

Remember: it's all about survival of the smartest!

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on June 25, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Most food could be left out for 12 hours and be fine. If it doesn't look bad, have mold growing or smell bad, then it's probably safe.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Technically, you're only supposed to leave cooked potatoes, pastas & beans out at room temp. for a max of an hour or so because bacteria can start to grow.. I've made that mistake many times & they always seemed like they were still good to us!

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