How long will cut peaches last unrefrigerated?
June 18, 2018 5:47 PM   Subscribe

My mother cut some peaches up and placed them in water for me to put in my deep freeze when I got home. I forgot and left them in the car overnight. I put them in the freezer this morning. Are they still safe or should I just dump them?

I am not happy that I forgot.
posted by robtf3 to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
I would smell them- if they smell fermented or weird, toss them. If they smell ok, taste one. If it tastes good, it should be fine.
If you still feel unsure, consider cooking them - bake them into a pie, or make some kind of peach sauce you can then freeze.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 6:02 PM on June 18, 2018

I would eat the peaches. If you don't eat them, send them to me, I will take care of them for you!
posted by SaltySalticid at 6:06 PM on June 18, 2018 [3 favorites]

what?? i am a huge giant scared food baby and i would eat these peaches without a second thought.
posted by poffin boffin at 6:11 PM on June 18, 2018 [7 favorites]

Are they slimy? I would eat them unless they were slimy.
posted by Weeping_angel at 6:34 PM on June 18, 2018

Another giant scared food baby here and I read the question twice to see if there was some "gotcha." I would absolutely eat these if they look and smell normal.
posted by AFABulous at 7:26 PM on June 18, 2018

If you don't eat them send half to SaltySalticid and the other half to me. ;)

I think these peaches are perfectly safe, in other words.
posted by thereemix at 9:07 PM on June 18, 2018

Food safety official answer: no, these are not ok because they have been sitting out above 5 degrees C (under 60 degrees C) for longer than two hours. Also with the added gotcha of being cut and in water, so bacteria swim, and have access to the fruit insides. I would not serve these peaches to anyone very old, very young, or immunocompromised.

However, would I eat these peaches? Most likely yes.

I would use them sooner rather than later though.
posted by freethefeet at 12:58 AM on June 19, 2018 [2 favorites]

As above, if they smell okay I'd taste one, and if it tastes okay, I would proceed as planned.

Sidenote: This post should have a Prufrock tag.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 7:04 AM on June 19, 2018

The only reason I wouldn't eat them as is is because the flavor might have leached into the water, making them less tasty. Also, bacteria on the outside of the fruit, even if washed, would have thrived in the damp environment - this in itself wouldn't make you sick, but I have a personal ickiness as a germophobe towards stuff like that.

Stew or roast them. Eat with Greek yogurt and honey, vanilla ice cream, or use as pie or tart filling. That is, if you don't want to eat them as is.
posted by Everydayville at 11:07 AM on June 20, 2018

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