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Is it safe to cook a steak that was left out (raw) for 7 hours?

My boyfriend and I prepared a delicious meatball dinner but forgot to plug in the crockpot !! we left them out all day while at work (9 am - 6 pm) in a sauce. It was cold out that day and I left the thermostat on 62 F (16 C). Should we throw them out?! There were 20 meatballs in total and I'll feel awful wasting all that food!

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marked as duplicate by TFD, Jefromi, KatieK, rumtscho Nov 28 '12 at 12:02

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See also cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/12992/… and –  Jefromi Nov 28 '12 at 1:11
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@J.A.I.L. I approved your edit after closing the question. The edit had been based on the old version before the automatic addition of the duplicate link, and the timestamp of your "edit" is actually the timestamp of when it got approved. Hope this clears it up for you. Thank you for noticing the inconsistency and reverting it. –  rumtscho Nov 28 '12 at 15:49
    
@rumtscho Thank you. –  J.A.I.L. Nov 28 '12 at 15:52

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They were in the danger zone of 40 to 140 degrees for more than 4 hours.

If you were in restaurant, you would have to discard them.

Sadly, I recommend the same at home.

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Same advice here. The poster would feel more awful eating it and feeling the food poisoning thereafter –  Eric Hu Nov 28 '12 at 1:01
    
Yeah, chuck them. –  GdD Nov 28 '12 at 9:34

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