Get in my belly, bacteria filled fishcake.
September 25, 2012 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Can I eat these fishcakes?

My roommate made fishcakes last night (around 7 pm, 23 hours ago), and a tray of them was left in the over overnight. They are made with cod and various vegetables, if it matters.
Normally I would not question this, would just reach for the tartar sauce, but my roommate is convinced that this is not okay.
We don't have a microwave, so though I've looked through the (many) previous related ASkMes, I can't just nuke the crap out of them until the bacteria die.
They were well cooked. Please can I eat them?
posted by whalebreath to Food & Drink (15 answers total)
Oh hell no. Not fish. I don't even think they'd taste good.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:44 PM on September 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

Don't eat it. Questionable seafood is never worth it, and overnight in a warm bacterial breeding ground? Definitely, definitely don't eat it.
posted by Diagonalize at 1:46 PM on September 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

Of all the potential food items in the world to take risks with, I'd think any seafood should be on the very very bottom of that list, even if actually pooped on raw meat was also on the list.
posted by elizardbits at 1:47 PM on September 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

No, you can't eat them! Throw them away, for heaven's sake. Seriously.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:48 PM on September 25, 2012

I had a roommate a while back who consistently left frozen fish out on the counter to "thaw"--overnight. He would cook it completely before eating it, but still.

He also consistently had diarrhea. (I know this because he also never flushed the toilet.)

Don't do it. Don't be my roommate. You have so much to live for.
posted by phunniemee at 1:49 PM on September 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

You even tagged this no.
posted by skrozidile at 2:01 PM on September 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

no chance
posted by facetious at 2:06 PM on September 25, 2012

I think some people are being a little too paranoid. This is cooked fish we are talking about not raw shellfish. But ... I doubt if a microwave would provide the required cooking temperatures for the required duration. In an oven? Possibly, if you were desperate. In a microwave? No chance.
posted by epo at 2:13 PM on September 25, 2012

I think some people are being a little too paranoid.

If by "paranoid" you mean "following expert advice on when cooked food is unsafe for human consumption" then maybe. See my link above to info from Food Science Australia.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:15 PM on September 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

If it were fully cooked fish sticks left on the baking tray, I might snag one for breakfast, but not anything fishy left for a full day. I'd compost it and let the jays and crows hash it out. I say this as someone who grew up with people eating out of pots of stew left on the stove at 3:00 a.m. and reheating it the next day for another meal. But chowders and fish cakes, no. Eat them right away or into the fridge!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 2:29 PM on September 25, 2012

It doesn't matter if you kill the living bacteria, their corpses will have revenge on you.
posted by Mercaptan at 2:38 PM on September 25, 2012

another NO WAY NO HOW.
also: eponysterical!
posted by changeling at 2:46 PM on September 25, 2012

Response by poster: Haha thanks everyone. I had lentil soup instead :)
posted by whalebreath at 2:47 PM on September 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Chiming in late to say that I ate bad seafood just once and seriously wanted to die.

To emphasize Ruthless Bunny's point about the fishcakes not even tasting that good, I actually said, "Gee, I've never had mussels that tasted like this!" and ate it all anyway. I can't even eat soondubuchigae anymore at all because this experience totally ruined it for me. You probably didn't miss out on any deliciousness, and you avoided ruining an entire tasty category of food for yourself.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 3:47 PM on September 25, 2012

I'd eat them, but I really shouldn't.
posted by cmoj at 4:11 PM on September 25, 2012

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