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 Soup left out all night...Is it safe?
Razzman1  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:13:20 AM
My wife made a huge batch of home made turkey noodle soup last night. She left it on the stove to cool down, with the intention of putting it in the freezer before she went to bed. Well, she forgot. We woke up this morning and stuck it in the fridge, but I fear it's too late to save it . She wants to try a serving and see if it's OK, but I'm not sure I'm really feeling like dealing with a bout of food poisoning right now.

So what say yee? Freshly made soup left out overnight still edible, or should I just toss it?
GUNGUY148  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:16:11 AM
Thoroughly heated it will be fine
robplumm  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:19:13 AM
Sure...it'll be fine.
mike128  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:22:55 AM
Did she leave the lid on it? If so, and you haven't disturbed it, it will be fine for days.

If you boil a soup and leave the lid on you basically sterilize it and it will stay good for days like that. If you move it, lift the lid, expose it outside air in anyway than bacteria will be introduced and start breeding in the soup. Soups make a great environment for bacteria.
realist  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:25:40 AM


yah... good to go.. re cook and eat..

Especially if she salted it at all.. salt is a good preservative
Evil_Ed  [Life Member]
8/27/2012 11:28:47 AM
Did it hit a pop fly to center field? Was it tagged out on base?

If not, it's safe, per the rules.



Hueto  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:35:22 AM
My Ethiopian room mate in college used to leave pizza and chicken wings out for like 5 days at a time.
BearArmy  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:36:50 AM
Originally Posted By Hueto:
My Ethiopian room mate in college used to leave pizza and chicken wings out for like 5 days at a time.


Are you not supposed to do that?
XMM  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:37:57 AM
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Thoroughly heated it will be fine


Absolutely.

mnovell  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:40:08 AM


I wouldn't eat it.
Catman2  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:42:57 AM
Originally Posted By Hueto:
My Ethiopian room mate in college used to leave pizza and chicken wings out for like 5 days at a time.


Those 3rd World Starvin Marvins would probably get sick if their meat wasn't rotten.

I remember I put a rack of pork ribs in the oven for three hours with the intent of pulling them out and finishing them on an open grill. Only when I pulled them out a friend called and told me his ol lady had just finished grilling shrimp and quail and to get my ass over there. I accidently left the whole rack of ribs on top of the stove instead of putting them in the frig. That night I had to feed them to the possum on the back deck because everyone said once pork gets down to room temp. and stays there its toxic.

RDak  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:44:14 AM
If it isn't I would have been dead 50 years ago.
mamacujo  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:45:05 AM
It's probably okay. Especially if you keep your house cool at night. When you reheat bring to a boil.
sadguy  [Member]
8/27/2012 11:49:58 AM
It's OK, I eat stale food all the time and I'm still healthy. I don't own a freezer, hell, I thought freezer is something people use to make ice cream at home till MTNmyMAG showed me his. I just heat the food again before eating it, just to kill bacteria that may form on there.
rangermonroe  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 11:57:34 AM

Originally Posted By Catman2:
Originally Posted By Hueto:
My Ethiopian room mate in college used to leave pizza and chicken wings out for like 5 days at a time.


Those 3rd World Starvin Marvins would probably get sick if their meat wasn't rotten.

I remember I put a rack of pork ribs in the oven for three hours with the intent of pulling them out and finishing them on an open grill. Only when I pulled them out a friend called and told me his ol lady had just finished grilling shrimp and quail and to get my ass over there. I accidently left the whole rack of ribs on top of the stove instead of putting them in the frig. That night I had to feed them to the possum on the back deck because everyone said once pork gets down to room temp. and stays there its toxic.


rofl.
hsracer201  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:20:14 PM
I'm not debating anyone elses reply, I'm simply saying that for me a batch of soup isn't worth getting sick over.

I would pitch it if it were mine.
denverdan  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:30:21 PM
It's fine people worry way to much about shit like this these days.

The guys at work cant wrap their heads around me not putting my lunch in the refrigerator.

It stays in my lunchbox and they seem to think I'll die from it...... Sissies
BeRzErKaS  [Member]
8/27/2012 12:31:00 PM
You realize people have been making "soup" for 10's of thousands of years and we've only had refrigerators for the last hundred?

I don't think 12 hours at room temperature will hurt a finished soup.
dorobuta  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:31:36 PM
peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

people used to leave soup out a lot longer than overnight...
Abearir  [Member]
8/27/2012 12:32:31 PM
I'd toss....

Bio lab media is basically gelled soup stock
Backnblack  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:34:12 PM
Originally Posted By robplumm:
Sure...it'll be fine.


lew  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:39:43 PM
Originally Posted By Abearir:
I'd toss....

Bio lab media is basically gelled soup stock


Yeah, no, not quite. It's a lot more than that. Read the label.

<-Microbiologist who mixes that stuff up every couple of days.

I've left soup on the stove top overnight with no problems. I like to put it away before my mild OCD tendencies kick in, but I don't get up in arms if it sits out.
Catman2  [Member]
8/27/2012 12:45:51 PM
I've fixed a big pot of chile, got a bowl while it's still hot on the stove, gone to bed and realize next day I'd forgotten to put it in the frig. and it sat out all night for ten hours. Determined I wasn't going to throw away a pot of chile I put it in the refrigerator and ate it. I never got sick.

Now beans are another matter. I've gotten a bad case of the shits from beans that have been in the frig. too long and a buddy said he had to go to the hospital once after eating old beans that had been in the refrigerator too long.
Admiral_Crunch  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:47:47 PM
Bring it to a boil for a few minutes before serving. Should be fine.
dryroasted  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:52:41 PM
Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
Bring it to a boil for a few minutes before serving. Should be fine.


Yep
RickNC  [Member]
8/27/2012 12:56:58 PM
Really? Some of you truly are in trouble if SHTF. I bet you're the same guy that tosses food the second it reaches the "expiration" date. If it looks and smells fine most likely it is. It was only out overnight.
PstlPknNana  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:57:20 PM
Four hours at room temp and it is loaded with bacteria...homemade does not have all the preservatives that canned foods have and I would throw them out if left that long... it may be fine, but it is your choice on what chance you want to take...
As a restaurant manager, I would toss it rather than serve it to my customers, or myself, if left out for even less time than four hours, much less overnight...
FYI, I hate wasting food...
California_Kid  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 12:57:56 PM
Totally fine especially if it was covered.

Either way, it is safe to eat if you re-heat it all the way.
PstlPknNana  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 1:01:41 PM
Reheating it does NOT kill all bacteria...unfortunately
BubbaDog81  [Member]
8/27/2012 1:24:45 PM
Originally Posted By PstlPknNana:
Reheating it does NOT kill all bacteria...unfortunately


Sure it does. You can eat a piece of meat rotting on the hood of a car in texas, in summer, for 5 days so long as you cook it right. Not gunna taste good, but all the bacteria is dead.

OP, its fine. What I normally do is use tupperware and freeze leftovers. This alone kills some bacteria, but not all. Then the process of going from frozen to warming up/boiling in a pot finishes off the rest.

vatopa  [Member]
8/27/2012 1:33:24 PM
When we go hunting, we have a big pot on the stove. By the way, this is an outdoor coleman stove sitting on top of a rock.

Day one is usually chili, premade and frozen from home

Day 2 left over chili.

Day 3 is spaghetti, dumped on top over the left over chili. once again pre mde and frozen at home

Day 4-5-6 whatever is left in the pot.

And we never move the pot off the stove. it has rained, snowed, sleeted and probable worse in the pot during the week. We heat it up and eat.
Terrato  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 1:39:11 PM
This is precisely the situation microwave ovens were invented for.
RhodeIslandRanger  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 1:49:00 PM
beaverpelt  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 2:07:06 PM
Originally Posted By Catman2:
Originally Posted By Hueto:
My Ethiopian room mate in college used to leave pizza and chicken wings out for like 5 days at a time.


Those 3rd World Starvin Marvins would probably get sick if their meat wasn't rotten.

I remember I put a rack of pork ribs in the oven for three hours with the intent of pulling them out and finishing them on an open grill. Only when I pulled them out a friend called and told me his ol lady had just finished grilling shrimp and quail and to get my ass over there. I accidently left the whole rack of ribs on top of the stove instead of putting them in the frig. That night I had to feed them to the possum on the back deck because everyone said once pork gets down to room temp. and stays there its toxic.



Did the possum die?
smullen  [Team Member]
8/27/2012 2:10:17 PM

Originally Posted By hsracer201:
I'm not debating anyone elses reply, I'm simply saying that for me a batch of soup isn't worth getting sick over.

I would pitch it if it were mine.


This.
Tolip  [Member]
8/27/2012 2:19:41 PM
Some of you guys are going to eventually learn the hard way that there's more to food poisoning than living bacteria. Heat-stable toxins produced by different bacteria and fungi can still make you sick, even if you re-heat the food.
Razzman1  [Member]
8/28/2012 8:41:58 AM
Had soup for breakfast. Will report back in a few hours.
bob-ar15  [Member]
8/28/2012 8:49:38 AM
In the lab we would call day-old meat broth 'culture medium'...
BRADLEYBUILT  [Member]
8/28/2012 8:52:25 AM
Just fine.
RaisedByWolves  [Team Member]
8/28/2012 9:11:28 AM

Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Thoroughly heated it will be fine


bucko1975  [Member]
8/28/2012 9:25:26 AM
I will not get into the do's are dont's since that has already been beat to death. I will tell you how to properly cool it down in the future.

1. Divide the product into smaller containers and place in fridge with space around them.

2. Place pot in sink with plug in drain and fill surrounding area with ice and some water and stir it to cool it fast then put in in the fridge.

As per food safety guidlines anything between 40 and 140 degrees bacteria will build and is known as the "Danger Zone"