I've cooked octopus in a boiling water (well, more like in own juice to be more precise) like I usually do and than I've realized that I'm too tired and going to eat it tomorrow morning. My question is: what would be the better option - to take it out of water or to keep it there?

I don't now what happens with cooked octopus left in a water for about 8-10 hours.

Just to clarify - it's question about keeping it in water and not about room temp. In my experience nothing happens with a hot pot slowly boiling down till morning - however I am actually going to put it to refrigerator after all.

  • I assume you mean that this will be under refrigeration? Maybe clarify your question.
    – moscafj
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 21:44
  • @moscafj actually, most likely not, it's cold enough to keep it till morning not in refrigerator.
    – shabunc
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 21:53
  • Possible duplicate of How do I know if food left at room temperature is still safe to eat?
    – moscafj
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 21:57
  • I think there are two questions here: (a) should it be kept at room temp (probably not, and thus a duplicate), and (b) is it better to store cooked octopus in the cooking water or not (under refrigeration - this is an interesting question).
    – moscafj
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 21:59
  • @moscafj edited the question to make it clear that it's actually about b, so it's not a dup.
    – shabunc
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 22:06

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I've realized that the price of mistake is not the high anyways so I've just divided cooked octopus to two parts: one left in water, another one not. This morning I finally have an answer!

It's better to take cooked octopus out of water but it won't be a tragedy if you didn't.

While both meals were tasty, octopus left in water was slightly slimy - it was a very subtle difference however noticeable.

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