Can I eat this beautiful slice of key lime pie?
December 29, 2016 7:14 PM   Subscribe

I bought a slice of key lime pie 8 days ago, on December 21. It has been in my refrigerator ever since. Can I eat it?! Would you? Please say yes.
posted by limeonaire to Food & Drink (21 answers total)
 
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posted by dorian at 7:15 PM on December 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


I would eat that pie.
posted by The otter lady at 7:17 PM on December 29, 2016 [6 favorites]


After a smell test I'd do a taste test with a very small sample .. and might eat it.
posted by anadem at 7:18 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Let it warm up a bit on the counter and give it a good smell. If it has gone off you will be able to tell, but most key lime pies don't have many ingredients that would spoil so quickly in the fridge like that.
posted by Mizu at 7:20 PM on December 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'd eat it as long as there's no whipped (dairy) component.

If there is, I'd probably scrape it off and eat it anyway.
posted by cobaltnine at 7:25 PM on December 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


I would eat this without even thinking about it.
posted by a fiendish thingy at 7:31 PM on December 29, 2016 [13 favorites]


Think about the last time you got food poisoning. How much would you have paid to not experience that?

If it is more than the cost of the Key Lime Pie slice then go get a new slice of pie.
posted by srboisvert at 7:32 PM on December 29, 2016 [12 favorites]


Yes, without thinking twice about it.
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Limeonaire? If you can't eat it, no one can! Do it!
posted by deadcrow at 7:39 PM on December 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


If it's not melty and gross and separated, then yeah, it's fine.
posted by northernish at 7:42 PM on December 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


Yeah I'd eat it.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 7:49 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh yeah, I'd eat it. Not with particularly high expectations of deliciousness, but also without any paranoia about impending illness.
posted by teremala at 7:51 PM on December 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Google says 6-8 days if it's freshly baked and refrigerated. So assuming it smells and tastes OK, go should scarf that down asap before it gets to nine days.
posted by mochapickle at 8:01 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


yup
posted by BlueHorse at 8:13 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Take a small bite. If it tastes good, then eat the rest.
posted by Daily Alice at 8:21 PM on December 29, 2016


I have eaten it, after letting it sit for a few as Mizu suggested and finding it still delightfully tempting. I will keep you posted on how this goes. Thanks everyone!
posted by limeonaire at 8:21 PM on December 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


As ever to be the not-so-fun-food-spoilage-guy, passing the smell test doesn't mean it's safe. The bacteria that causes the rotted food smell will most likely make you sick but the bacteria that causes outright food poisoning (E. coli, Salmonella, etc.) doesn't necessarily have any smell.

Also consider how many days it sat in the store before being sold. Was it that morning or could it have been half a week before?

You're probably fine but you're definitely in the danger zone.
posted by Candleman at 8:23 PM on December 29, 2016 [7 favorites]


Eponysterical :)
posted by gt2 at 9:46 PM on December 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


HOW IN GOD'S NAME DID THAT PIE SIT THAT LONG?
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:38 AM on December 30, 2016 [12 favorites]


Update: I think it went OK. I've had a little bit of a gurgly stomach last night and this morning, but I can't rule out confounding factors on that, since I also ate: 1. a cold piece of leftover takeout tandoori chicken, 2. a microwaved tray of frozen chicken tikka masala and rice, 3. slices of cranberry cheddar on Triscuits, 4. a ginger perry, 5. several Bell's Two Hearted ales. (Last night was kind of catch as catch can leftovers dinner.) I still stand by my choice to have eaten this slice of pie.
posted by limeonaire at 6:08 AM on December 30, 2016 [23 favorites]


There ya' go! Live dangerously. What can happen? It's 2016, and it's not like there isn't affordable health care for the next 2 months, amirite?
posted by BlueHorse at 9:55 AM on December 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


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