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Food Overnight in Sealed Container. Ok to Eat?

Absolutely. I was actually thinking about how many times I've seen people eat pizza from the night before, left openly out on a counter overnight, with no issues.

BTW, I ate the hamburger helper. No issues so far!

Feb 22, 2011
rrasco in General Topics

Food Overnight in Sealed Container. Ok to Eat?

Haha. Good Point. I'll make sure not to make it a habit of it.

I was thinking about what you said about the center of food staying in the danger zone. Using that theory, doesn't the food stay in that temperature range whether in the fridge or not? Where does it being in the fridge change a variable in the equation?

Feb 21, 2011
rrasco in General Topics

Food Overnight in Sealed Container. Ok to Eat?

My cats walk all over my counter. I'm not really concerned, I'm microwaving it right now as a matter of fact. I've always eaten stuff in the past, I guess I just got lucky. Historically, food was left out before refrigeration was readily available. Much longer than we are used to. I find my comfort in that.

Feb 21, 2011
rrasco in General Topics

Food Overnight in Sealed Container. Ok to Eat?

Food was left on the stove while eating. Stove was off but burner was probably still cooling down as well, on simmer. Put food in tupperware after done eating. House temperature is 71*.

Feb 21, 2011
rrasco in General Topics

Food Overnight in Sealed Container. Ok to Eat?

I left some hamburger helper out overnight and I put it in the fridge when I got up this morning. Is it okay to eat?

First off, I'm here because google brought me here when I searched that very question and witnessed some detailed discussion about the topic. However, I have a twist to my question. The food I left out was in a sealed tupperware container. Most of the discussion I read referred to airborne bacteria, gently dismissing the idea for another medium of contamination, wouldn't the food be safe to eat because it was sealed?

Secondly, I have another question. Typically, if I leave food out, it's because I already cleaned up the kitchen and put the food into sealed containers. However, I have been told that putting hot food in the fridge will cause it to spoil. I always had assumed it had to do with the trapped moisture. Since hearing this, I typically leave food on the counter until it cools. In the event of a night like my last, I fall asleep and forget. Opinions on this?

Feb 21, 2011
rrasco in General Topics