I hope three trays of chicken parm wasn't wasted
July 24, 2010 8:44 PM Subscribe
Food safety-filter. Was this cooked, frozen chicken breast mishandled, or am I giving in to my own hypersensitive food safety guidelines?
posted by rachaelfaith to Food & Drink (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know that I am more cautious than the average person regarding food safety, mostly because I feel that I've been handed an unfair share of food poisoning in the past. That said, I'm trying not to let that cloud my judgment. Here's what went down.
Ingredients: Frozen, breaded, precooked chicken breast. Homemade tomato sauce. Mozzarella and parmesan cheese. End result: chicken parm.
I suggested we bake the chicken breast in the oven 'til it was crisp, then assemble the trays with sauce and cheese, and bake. Reheat the next day, when it's needed for a family gathering.
My suggestion was shot down, and this is what happened: Chicken was removed from the freezer at 12 pm, laid out in trays on the counter to thaw. Kitchen temp hovered around 87 degrees, because holy crap, heat wave's been crazy around here. ~5 pm, trays are assembled with sauce and cheese, then covered in tinfoil and placed in fridge. They will then be cooked at approximately 12 pm tomorrow.
My family thinks that because the chicken was precooked, it didn't matter that it was left out for several hours in the heat, then placed back in the fridge, then to be cooked again tomorrow. I say that bacteria doesn't care if chicken is raw or cooked.
Please, MeFi, what are your thoughts?
This is not a 'should I eat it' question because, well, I know I won't, regardless of answers here. It already squicks me out.