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Cooked Turkey - Left it out. DOH! (rotisserie, Italian, leftover)
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I got distracted yesterday afternoon and left a cooked rotisserie turkey breast out overnight. It was a pretty well-cooked turkey - do you think it"s still edible? (So upset about this!)
Normally, I"m one of the loudest mouths responding that people go way overboard with what they throw away thinking "it"s no good because it was out" or because "expiration/best if used by dates", but in this case, I wouldn"t trust it either.
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And don"t be upset - these things happen (says the woman who didn"t know that after a picnic, someone who will remain nameless since he"s my husband and I wouldn"t want to shame him, had put a large pan of leftover Italian beef and gravy in her trunk until MUCH, much later. Really later. In the summer.)
Probably safe but I wouldn"t risk it. Spending days over the toilet is never fun over risking the odds.meat - How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature? - Seasoned Advice
The question - do you think that the precipitate layer of bacteria will have multiplied to the point that you would be ill?If you eat fruit from a basket sitting out all day, you"re eating the same layer of bacteria, etc.I"d be more concerned if it was a landing pad for flying insects who would be more likely to spread nasties.In short, if it was kept covered but sat around for a day (or night) I would eat it.If it was left exposed, probably not.
The question - do you think that the precipitate layer of bacteria will have multiplied to the point that you would be ill?If you eat fruit from a basket sitting out all day, you"re eating the same layer of bacteria, etc.I"d be more concerned if it was a landing pad for flying insects who would be more likely to spread nasties.In short, if it was kept covered but sat around for a day (or night) I would eat it.If it was left exposed, probably not.
This.I"ve baked chicken late at night and then forgot it in the oven overnight. Never has it made any of us sick.If it sat out in the open on the counter overnight, then no, I wouldn"t eat it.
Maybe I have always just been lucky. I always take the leftovers from dinner to work for lunch next day whether it be meatloaf, chicken, pot roast -- whatever. I NEVER refrigerate it, either at home or at work. I have been doing this for at least 15 years with no ill effects so far. If you are concerned about it, toss it.
Maybe I have always just been lucky. I always take the leftovers from dinner to work for lunch next day whether it be meatloaf, chicken, pot roast -- whatever. I NEVER refrigerate it, either at home or at work. I have been doing this for at least 15 years with no ill effects so far. If you are concerned about it, toss it.

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Funny you should mention this - now that I think about it, if it were beef or pork, I wouldn"t have the same reservations! I"ve had no problems taking beef or pork leftovers as lunches and wouldn"t think twice about it being out - but I don"t bring chicken or anything similar. I never did like chicken though - maybe I just have a bad attitude around poultry in general.
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It will be fine.You are at more risk putting the hot bird in the fridge than leaving out to cool at room temperature.I always leave my cooked chicken out all night and refridgerate it the next day.BTW, my hubs who has a culinary degree and a biology degree is the one who told me to let it cool to room temp overnight.
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