Can I eat this? Leftover Curry Edition.
December 10, 2018 9:17 AM   Subscribe

I bought some delicious red curry on Thursday with plans to eat it Friday for lunch. That didn't happen and I forgot it in the office over the weekend. It's now Monday and I really want to eat it. It's been stored safely in the refrigerator. Can/Should I?
posted by coldbabyshrimp to Food & Drink (22 answers total)
 
Nothing could stop me from consuming this curry. 5 days is inside the edible-leftovers window in my book.
posted by DSime at 9:20 AM on December 10, 2018 [11 favorites]


Go wild. I would.
posted by ancient star at 9:22 AM on December 10, 2018 [2 favorites]


I wouldn't hesitate to eat it. It's probably even better now.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:22 AM on December 10, 2018 [3 favorites]


Yes, with gusto.
posted by anderjen at 9:28 AM on December 10, 2018 [1 favorite]


What specifically are you worried about with the curry? Whatever that concern is, no need, it's fine, enjoy.
posted by jeather at 9:34 AM on December 10, 2018


Two days later is prime curry eating time in my book. If it's been refrigerated, then of course.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2018


Yes, I eat leftovers kept in the fridge up to a week after making. Things like curry get better with age, enjoy!
posted by JonB at 9:46 AM on December 10, 2018


As the son of a Thai chef who's made and kept more curries than I can count, definitely yes. :)
posted by Alensin at 9:48 AM on December 10, 2018 [4 favorites]


Yuck, no. The leftover window is three days, not five, in my rulebook. Especially if it’s chicken or any kind of seafood. If it’s beef or pork, I guess I might eat it in a pinch.
posted by HotToddy at 9:51 AM on December 10, 2018


Yes. Yes. Yes. Eat that curry.
posted by desuetude at 9:53 AM on December 10, 2018


Oh, goodness, yes, eat that curry.
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:53 AM on December 10, 2018


I would definitely eat that curry. (Unless it was made with fish or seafood - I would hesitate slightly with seafood, but would probably still eat it after heating it up very thoroughly!)
posted by hydra77 at 10:03 AM on December 10, 2018


I was afraid that you were going to say that you left it on your desk, but refrigerator? Definitely eat.
posted by batter_my_heart at 10:08 AM on December 10, 2018 [1 favorite]


basic guidelines for storing meat in the refrigerator:

- Raw ground meats, all poultry, seafood, and variety meats: Refrigerate 1 to 2 days.
- Raw roasts, steaks, and chops (beef, veal, lamb, and pork): Refrigerate 3 to 5 days.
- Cooked meat, poultry, and seafood: Store in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days.

Thursday + 4 days = Monday
posted by Lanark at 10:15 AM on December 10, 2018


I would today unless it contained seafood, and maaaaaaybe tomorrow, but by Wednesday I would definitely toss it.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:29 AM on December 10, 2018


Eponisterical.
posted by Violet Hour at 10:55 AM on December 10, 2018 [2 favorites]


Ha, yes, I did a double take at the username too!

At first I thought you meant you left it in your office unrefrigerated, but stored in the fridge? I'm relatively cautious, but I would definitely eat this today.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:18 AM on December 10, 2018


Eat the curry eat the curry eat the curry eat the curry eat the curry.
posted by SansPoint at 11:57 AM on December 10, 2018


EAT THE CURRY.

Also, tell us if you eat the curry. If you die from eating the curry, make your ghost inform us.
posted by cooker girl at 1:00 PM on December 10, 2018 [2 favorites]


Does the sauce still look normal or has it gone watery? Husband was once sick from leftover curry (3rd day in fridge, usually fine), but the sauce had taken on a strange, watery appearance as though it was breaking down. In restrospect, he should have known not to eat the curry.
posted by Knowyournuts at 5:12 PM on December 10, 2018


I would eat the curry and lick the container.
posted by h00py at 5:49 AM on December 11, 2018


Update! I did eat the curry and it was indeed amazing. Thank you, all.

To any future readers, do not listen to your coworkers telling you not to eat it - it's fine.
posted by coldbabyshrimp at 7:56 AM on December 11, 2018


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