Safe to eat leftovers left out for a while?
December 26, 2006 8:52 AM Subscribe
XMAS DINNER: Is it safe to eat these leftovers?
posted by criticman to Food & Drink (15 answers total)
I had dinner with my parents yesterday, around 5PM. After dinner, my mom packed several containers of food for me and put it in the fridge. I left for home around 7:30PM. I got home around 8PM and set the food on the counter, went about bringing in luggage, put a load of laundry on, etc. Long story short, at 10:30PM I saw that I had left out the food (it was no longer cool to touch, room temp - house was 68 degrees F). I immediately put it in the fridge.
So, is it still safe to eat? Everything was sealed (each item separately) very well. The items are as follows:
-turkey (1/2 breast, one big chunk)
-dressing/stuffing (made and cooked outside of the bird)
-cooked, sliced carrots
Now, I know almost everyone will have an opinion on this, but I am looking for facts...evidence to support your opinions. I will reheat every item before eating (if deemed safe to eat) and if a reference suggests a particular heating method, temp, time, I will follow.
Please let me know, so I can either enjoy the leftovers without food poisoning...or sadly, throw them out.