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Old 12-10-2005, 04:54 AM   #1
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HELP! Should I still cook this meat?

Yesterday morning I took a big roll of hamburger, a roll of sausage and two ornish hens out of my freezer to unthaw in the sink. This was about 5:30am. I didn't cook it when I got home from work and totally forgot to put it in the refrigerator. I didn't even think about it until this morning. The packaging is still a little cool to the touch (there's a cold draft in the kitchen from my back door which is next to the sink). It's been about 24 hours. Do you think it would be okay to still cook and eat? I'd really hate to lose that much meat
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Old 12-10-2005, 06:59 AM   #2
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I wouldn't chance it.....that's a long time for meat to be out w/out proper refrigeration. Just my .02
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Old 12-10-2005, 07:27 AM   #3
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I agree mom_2_5. I wouldn't take the chance. You could get very ill from eating this meat.
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Old 12-10-2005, 07:28 AM   #4
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I would like to add that you should always thaw meat in the refrigerator.
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Old 12-10-2005, 09:38 AM   #5
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I do understand how you hate to just throw out that much money in the form of meat, but there is an old saying - "When in doubt, throw it out."

Truly, I don't think you should have left it out for the entire day while you were at work. That seems too long to be out of the fridge.

Since I have no memory for things like this I often set a timer. These days I program a reminder into my cell phone to beep me.
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Old 12-10-2005, 04:08 PM   #6
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It doesn't bother me at all to leave meat straight from the deep freezer laying out. It's so frozen that it would take days to unthaw in my refrigerator. I've never had a problem doing this - neither have others in my family. That I'm not worried about. It's the extra time it was left out of the refrigerator that's been bugging me.

It doesn't smell bad, but I think I probably should throw it out, though I hate to get rid of that much meat. Guess a trip to the grocery store is in order for tomorrow. Dang!
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Old 12-10-2005, 04:15 PM   #7
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The Big Thaw - Safe Defrosting Methods
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Uh, oh! You're home and forgot to defrost something for dinner. You grab a package of meat or chicken and use hot water to thaw it fast. But is this safe? What if you remembered to take food out of the freezer, but forgot and left the package on the counter all day while you were at work?

Neither of these situations are safe, and these methods of thawing lead to foodborne illness. Food must be kept at a safe temperature during "the big thaw." Foods are safe indefinitely while frozen. However, as soon as food begins to defrost and become warmer than 40 °F, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to multiply.

Foods should never be thawed or even stored on the counter, or defrosted in hot water. Food left above 40 °F (unrefrigerated) is not at a safe temperature.

Even though the center of the package may still be frozen as it thaws on the counter, the outer layer of the food is in the "Danger Zone," between 40 and 140 °F – at temperatures where bacteria multiply rapidly.

When defrosting frozen foods, it's best to plan ahead and thaw food in the refrigerator where food will remain at a safe, constant temperature – 40 °F or below.

There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave.

Refrigerator Thawing
Planning ahead is the key to this method because of the lengthy time involved. A large frozen item like a turkey requires at least a day (24 hours) for every 5 pounds of weight. Even small amounts of frozen food -- such as a pound of ground meat or boneless chicken breasts -- require a full day to thaw. When thawing foods in the refrigerator, there are several variables to take into account.

* Some areas of an appliance may keep the food colder than other areas. Food placed in the coldest part will require longer defrosting time.
* Food takes longer to thaw in a refrigerator set at 35 °F than one set at 40 °F.


After thawing in the refrigerator, ground meat and poultry should remain useable for an additional day or two before cooking; red meat, 3 to 5 days. Foods defrosted in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking, although there may be some loss of quality.

Cold Water Thawing
This method is faster than refrigerator thawing but requires more attention. The food must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag. If the bag leaks, bacteria from the air or surrounding environment could be introduced into the food. Also, meat tissue can also absorb water like a sponge, resulting in a watery product.

The bag should be submerged in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes so it continues to thaw. Small packages of meat or poultry – about a pound – may defrost in an hour or less. A 3- to 4-pound package may take 2 to 3 hours. For whole turkeys, estimate about 30 minutes per pound. If thawed completely, the food must be cooked immediately.

Foods thawed by the cold water method should be cooked before refreezing.

Microwave Thawing
When microwave defrosting food, plan to cook it immediately after thawing because some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during microwave defrosting. Holding partially cooked food is not recommended because any bacteria present wouldn't have been destroyed and, indeed, may have reached optimal temperatures for bacteria to grow.

Foods thawed in the microwave should be cooked before refreezing.


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Old 12-11-2005, 02:24 AM   #8
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Would cooking the meat, maybe in pressure cooker, or in a stew, kill bacteria???
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:49 PM   #9
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Cold Water Thawing
This method is faster than refrigerator thawing but requires more attention. The food must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag. If the bag leaks, bacteria from the air or surrounding environment could be introduced into the food. Also, meat tissue can also absorb water like a sponge, resulting in a watery product.
This is the way I usually thaw meat.
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