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Old 03-10-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Bacon left in car overnight...salvagable?

My son unloaded the car last evening after I had grocery shopped at about 6:00 pm. It was 8:00 a.m. when I woke up and discovered the meat was not in the fridge. It was in the upper 30's last night and the bacon was in the trunk of the car in the garage (not a heated garage). It's bacon from the meat counter and not packaged and processed. Opinions...is it safe to cook and consume???
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Refrigerator temperature should be at 40 degrees F or below, to keep foods out of the "danger zone." Keeping foods cold will inhibit bacterial growth.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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I would guess almost certainly yes. Remember, humans have been eating bacon long before we invented modern refrigeration. BUT, as always, "if in doubt throw it out". There is no sense in getting sick over a few dollars worth of food.

BTW, did you know that strongly flavored meat sauces such as A1 were initially developed to cover the off taste of less-than-fresh meats?
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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I'd eat it if it was mine. It's cured and it wasn't in a warm environment.

But that's just me and I'll be DANGED if I'm gonna let BACON go to waste!
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Just make sure you cook it thoroughly. That will kill any bacteria that might have grown overnight. It'll be fine.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Baked all $8.00 of it at once. Seems to taste fine. Thanks for the advice.

Gail
PS: I decided to let my son live.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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BTW, did you know that strongly flavored meat sauces such as A1 were initially developed to cover the off taste of less-than-fresh meats?
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #8
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I think almost all strongly flavored spices were used to cover the off smell of not so fresh everything.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:21 AM   #9
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The key to not getting sick from meat is to get the meat to a high enough temperature throughout long enough to kill all of the bacteria and other critters that could make you sick. It really doesn't matter if the meat is "spoiled" as long as it is cooked hot and long enough. The taste is the problem at that point, not the safety, so as long as it still tastes fine and you cooked it thoroughly and handle it properly after cooking, you should have no problems.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #10
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The key to not getting sick from meat is to get the meat to a high enough temperature throughout long enough to kill all of the bacteria and other critters that could make you sick. It really doesn't matter if the meat is "spoiled" as long as it is cooked hot and long enough. The taste is the problem at that point, not the safety, so as long as it still tastes fine and you cooked it thoroughly and handle it properly after cooking, you should have no problems.
That advice isn't really scientifically accurate. Many pathogens give off toxins that can sicken you. So you may kill the bacteria via cooking to a high temp, but if enough toxins were secreted while the food is in the danger zone, you can still get sick. Many of the toxins are not changed by heating.

There are also new forms of e coli that are resistant to cooking thoroughly.

Bacterial food-borne illness
See Staphylococcus in that link for example.
When Staphylococcus bacteria get into warm food and multiply, they produce a toxin or poison that causes illness. The toxin is not detectable by taste or smell. While the bacteria itself can be killed by temperatures of 120 F, its toxin is heat resistant; therefore, it is important to keep the staph organism from growing.

Foods commonly involved in staphylococcal intoxication include protein foods such as ham, processed meats, tuna, chicken, sandwich fillings, cream fillings, potato and meat salads, custards, milk products and creamed potatoes.

I realize everyone has their own comfort level with this stuff, but I just wanted to point out that even with thorough cooking, you can still end up sick from improperly handled food.

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