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I left a bottle of garlic stuffed olives out overnight. Are these still safe to eat?

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Traditional pickles made with brine and vinegar are very hardy, and where used in the days before refrigeration to store food over many months

The secret is to only use a very clean utensil to remove a single daily portion from the main storage vessel, and otherwise keep the main storage vessel tightly closed and in a cool and dark location

With modern pickles, who knows? Read the side of the jar, if it seems to have a decent amount of salt and/or vinegar it should be just fine

If you haven't put dirty utensils or your hands in it, it will last a long time (weeks or months, depending on the ambient temperature level)

Otherwise, just keep them in the fridge :-)

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Since these olives are garlic-stuffed, a cited source might be more helpful. – Kristina Lopez Sep 28 '12 at 1:21
@Kristina Lopez Why? What's special about garlic stuffed? – TFD Sep 28 '12 at 2:48
Garlic can grow botulism but upon my own further reading, is more succeptable in a low-oxygen, low acidic environment such as olive oil. – Kristina Lopez Sep 28 '12 at 7:30
@Kristina Lopez Pickled olives have a pH around 4, (though some taste close to zero :-( ). Botulism is not common in all of the world, and can be in any food that has been near the ground – TFD Sep 28 '12 at 7:55
@TFD-because I'm curious by nature, I dug a little more and found this very informative article on botulism. Though I'd bet the OP's olives are OK, I feel better informed now! :-) – Kristina Lopez Sep 28 '12 at 9:25

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