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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!

  • See also cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/12992/… and
    – Cascabel
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 1:11
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    – rumtscho
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 15:49

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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.

  • Same advice here. The poster would feel more awful eating it and feeling the food poisoning thereafter
    – Eric Hu
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 1:01
  • Yeah, chuck them.
    – GdD
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 9:34

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