Is it safe to eat greens that were in a hot car?
March 24, 2012 7:13 PM Subscribe
Should I Eat This? filter: Farmer's market lettuce left in a hot car for (up to) a few hours - is it safe to eat?
posted by geeky to Food & Drink (23 answers total)
I hit up the farmer's market Saturday morning for some lovely fresh greens - spinach, swiss chard, romaine, etc. The day was cool, overcast and rainy (and forecasted to stay that way) so I figured the greens would be fine in the car while we went to the movies. Unfortunately when the movie let out we found skies had cleared and the sun had come out. The greens, sitting on the back seat of the car, were in direct sunlight and quite warm. They couldn't have been in the sun for more than 2-3 hours, possibly a lot less.
I immediately put the greens in the cooler, and then in the fridge when we returned home. I'd hate to throw them out but... are they safe to eat?