Tell me about the danger zone
August 29, 2014 3:11 PM Subscribe
So I got a Rotisserie chicken from Costco at lunch today. It was hot then, but traffic was bad so it got home around 1. I didn't feel like eating right away so I stuck it as is in the fridge. Just got hungry around 3 and ate some, but I was surprised the inside was still warm. I temped it and it was 80 or so still in the middle. So it was probably in the "danger zone" for at least 3 hours and wasn't even getting close to 40 degrees.
posted by tigeri to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, do all the people who buy Rotisserie chickens either eat them right away or rush them home, quickly divide them up and put them in shallow pans to cool in the fridge? It obviously wasn't cooling very quickly as an intact chicken. I think I'm fine eating it at 3 hours, but I worry about if I had just left it in there until dinner time, perhaps that would have been in the danger zone for 5 hours?