Can I Eat It - The Slow Cooker Edition
March 20, 2013 12:05 PM   Subscribe

I have an egg based bread pudding in the slow cooker and the power went out.

Hi all - The recipe calls for 3 hours on low. The bread pudding cooked for about 45 minutes on low and then the power was off for 90 minutes. I've just turned the slow cooker on high and plan to cook it for 30 minutes and then finish it on low. Logic being I should get it up to temp as quickly as possible.

Verdict? Can I eat it?
posted by PorcineWithMe to Food & Drink (8 answers total)
(Internal temp currently reads 126F)
posted by PorcineWithMe at 12:08 PM on March 20, 2013

I will base my answer on the assumption that you are a healthy adult with a robust immune system:

Eat your pudding, and enjoy it.
posted by empatterson at 12:09 PM on March 20, 2013

126 F before you turned it back on? My verdict would be that it's no worse than eating this pudding prepared in a more sluggish or less well-insulated slow-cooker. I'd be more worried about overcooking it by turning it to high.
posted by kagredon at 12:09 PM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

(It sounds delicious, btw. Would you be a kind soul and share the recipe please?)
posted by empatterson at 12:12 PM on March 20, 2013 [4 favorites]

We'd need to know the temperature it was at when the power went out, and specifically, how long the food was below 140 degrees F (or in the danger zone), to know with any certainty whether it's salvageable.

That said, it's probably fine, since we can assume it was above that after 45 minutes on low and didn't drop below that temperature immediately.
posted by smoq at 12:28 PM on March 20, 2013

Ok, based on Smoq's link, it would have to be two hours below 140F. I'm gonna eat it. Probably. If I feel gutsy.
posted by PorcineWithMe at 12:37 PM on March 20, 2013

Eat. Or send it to me and I will eat it and report on how delicious it was and whether or not it killed me.

Seriously, the guidelines smoq linked to are designed to avoid any least-likely possibility of liability on the part of public restaurants. They err on the side of being ridiculously safe.

My friend's mother used to make quiches and leave them out on the counter for us kids to munch on for a day or two. We're all still alive.
posted by trip and a half at 1:46 PM on March 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

Ate it. It was a savory bread pudding involving commercially prepared frozen cheesy bread and it was awesome. I'll never be able to show my face in Whole Foods again.
posted by PorcineWithMe at 2:45 PM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

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