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How soon does meat go bad?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 1:31 PM - Sunday October 26, 2008

How soon does meat go bad?

I forgot a very expensive piece of meat (no bone) outside last night and only found it this morning. It was at room temperature for about 9 hours, could also be 10, but not more than 12, lol. Is it ok if I still eat it?

- Asked by Female, 36-45

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FREEZE that sucker!

Then, cook it very thoroughly. If it smells alright, tastes alright, it IS alright.

Freezing kills bacteria, so does cooking. Unless it's already obviously spoiled (like---it stinks so bad you want to retch) then it'll be fine.

- Response by ocelotspot, A Hip Hop Girl, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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Off the cuff? No.

However, several factors can play into it.

- What was the temperature outside last night?
- Was the meat completely sealed in something?
- How well do you plan on cooking it?

If it were less than 55* over night, and the meat sealed, then it shouldn't be bad. Also, the more well done you cook it the better off you'll be.

If you have a tender stomach, I would recommend throwing it out just in case. My wife had a piece of meat in Mexico where the meat was not refrigerated. It caused a bacterial infection that went misdiagnosed for 5 years and developed into Chrone's Disease.

- Response by curadvent, A Father Figure, Male, 46-55, Who Cares?

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General rule of thumb is that food shouldn't sit out for longer than 2 hours. Once you hit the 2 hour mark, bacteria starts to grow like crazy.

That said, you're usually safe w/double that, but I would definitely not push it beyond that. Good way to get food poisoning!

So yeah, toss that sucker out!

- Response by sumbry, A Guy Critical, Male, 36-45, Los Angeles, Self-Employed

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Ew, I wouldn't chance it.

- Response by lavender, A Hippie Chick, Female, 46-55, San Francisco

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it sure should be! if it wasn't, I'd be very surprised.

- Response by An Intellectual Guy, Male, 36-45, Who Cares?

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I wouldn't chance it.

- Response by fieryheart, A Cool Mom, Female, 36-45, Teaching

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Well, I wouldn't. I'd chalk it up as a loss.

- Response by king313, An Engaged Guy, Male, 29-35, Detroit, Civil Service

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If it was frozen and defrosted those hours you could, but other than that I wouldn't.

- Response by lifestyle, A Father Figure, Male, 56-65, Houston

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What was the temp. where the meat spend the night. You said you left it outside but then you said room temp.

- Response by lacey07, A Life of the Party, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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if it dont stink,eat it.

- Response by scumpig45, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Las Vegas, Celebrity

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