how long can beef stew sit out

Havern explains: “The maximum amount of time perishable foods can [spend] in the danger zone is two hours. At two hours, the food must be consumed, stored correctly, or thrown away. This includes all cooked leftovers, [chopped] fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products.”

Im mightily p*ssed off. I made a gorgeous slow-cooked beef stew yesterday and kids had some for tea. Was saving the rest for DH and I for today, as we went out last night. Anyway, got up this morning and discovered that after I transferred it into a dish to put in the fridge it was actually left on the kitchen bench all night…. Does it have to go in the bin, or would heating it to a high temperature kill any bugs? Am gutted – it was delicious when I tasted it yesterday – really tender beef. Am also annoyed with DH as he tidied the kitchen while I got ready and didnt put it in the fridge (but of course he is denying any responsibiity…)

I think beef is fairly indestructable I would certainly eat it (& I have a tummy that objects to even mildly off food)

I would too, but then our kitchen is just about as cold as a fridge these days anyway!

It will be fine, but Id deffo eat it today to be on the safe side. Just make sure its given a good blast in the oven beforehand.

Goodness, yes! Just make sure it is piping hot before you eat it. It will be fine. My slutish habits mean this happens quite often chez bishop

Oh – that makes me feel a bit happier… watch out for the AIBU to be annoyed with the MNers who said Id be OK, now Ive got food-poisoning? thread

I would eat it, enjoy it and not worry in the least. As long as you cook it properly and by that get the temperature up to above 65 then it will be fine. I would stick it in the oven now on gas mark 3 and eat it in about 3-4 hours time.

I did exactly the same earlier in the week – Left it out all night. I put it in the oven in the dish for an hour, served it with peas and chips and was lovely.

Stew is always best re-heated, and overnight shouldnt cause any major issues. I quite often leave that sort of thing overnight because it is too hot to go in the fridge the night I make it. Unless you have a very delicate digestion then I dont think you should have any great problem (if you do then I expect you need toughening up inside anyway ). Dont blast it though otherwise it will be horrible – all dried out, it you heat it until its bubbling and leave it like that for half an hour of so it should be fine (IMO).

I am not a member of the food police either, and would probably eat it, but I would get it really hot first and then probably chuck any leftovers away just to be on the safe side!

Oh yes, certainly – heat it in the oven though, not the microwave – and obviously until it bubbles … what do you think people did 100 years ago? PS it will taste better too.

I would def. eat it. Im often a bit at queries like this that I see on Mumsnet, because invariably I think bloody hell, I eat that sort of thing all the time without thinking twice.

My parents used to cook a Christmas Turkey, then keep the remains for a week, until New Years at least … in the downstairs loo!!!!!!!!! In their defence, if was a Victorian house, and the loo used to be the pantry … but still!

I would certainly eat it ,I bet it will be lovely having that extra time and warmth to mature ! just re-heat it to volcanic temperature if youre worried about germs

Another vote here for eating it, heated up first so it is piping hot, just to be on the safe side.

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Seven hours is not much, starting with a sterilised stew. Use you senses. Are there bubbles? Does it smell strange? Have a mouthfull, does taste off? If not, I would eat it. In fact, I wouldnt even give it a second thought after seven hours starting from fresh.. but US regulations, yes, would say it cannot be served. Good you are not running a restaurant, but this is just home cooking, er?..

It will be fine, but Id deffo eat it today to be on the safe side. Just make sure its given a good blast in the oven beforehand.

Stew is always best re-heated, and overnight shouldnt cause any major issues. I quite often leave that sort of thing overnight because it is too hot to go in the fridge the night I make it. Unless you have a very delicate digestion then I dont think you should have any great problem (if you do then I expect you need toughening up inside anyway ). Dont blast it though otherwise it will be horrible – all dried out, it you heat it until its bubbling and leave it like that for half an hour of so it should be fine (IMO).

I did exactly the same earlier in the week – Left it out all night. I put it in the oven in the dish for an hour, served it with peas and chips and was lovely.

Goodness, yes! Just make sure it is piping hot before you eat it. It will be fine. My slutish habits mean this happens quite often chez bishop

Im mightily p*ssed off. I made a gorgeous slow-cooked beef stew yesterday and kids had some for tea. Was saving the rest for DH and I for today, as we went out last night. Anyway, got up this morning and discovered that after I transferred it into a dish to put in the fridge it was actually left on the kitchen bench all night…. Does it have to go in the bin, or would heating it to a high temperature kill any bugs? Am gutted – it was delicious when I tasted it yesterday – really tender beef. Am also annoyed with DH as he tidied the kitchen while I got ready and didnt put it in the fridge (but of course he is denying any responsibiity…)

Havern explains: “The maximum amount of time perishable foods can [spend] in the danger zone is two hours. At two hours, the food must be consumed, stored correctly, or thrown away. This includes all cooked leftovers, [chopped] fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products.”

FAQ

Can you leave beef stew on low overnight?

Can I leave a pot of freshly cooked food (like a soup or stew) overnight without it going bad? Yes. Before serving it, though, heat it up to the point it starts boiling and boil it for at leat a few minutes. If a fridge is not avilable, repeat the boiling process at least every 48 hours.

Can I eat food left out for 3 hours?

Myth: You shouldn’t put hot foods in the refrigerator. If you leave food out to cool and forget about it after 2 hours, throw it away. Bacteria can grow rapidly on food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Can you eat cooked beef left out overnight?

If bacteria can double in just 20 minutes, imagine the numbers if the meat has been left out overnight. The USDA states that any food that has been left out at room temperature for over two hours should be discarded.

How long can I leave stew on the stove?

You can keep a stew simmering on a stove at low heat for several hours, as long as you periodically check and stir it to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking. It’s generally recommended to keep it going for no more than 4-6 hours to maintain the quality of the ingredients and flavors.

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