Chili cooked on stove top, had an emergency and moved it to a crockpot, on warm setting. Is it still ok to eat? It's been in the crockpot 7 days.

It was covered and hard to get the lid off. Once the lid came off I stirred it and it was not burned to the bottom.

No power outage in the 7 days.


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The keep warm setting on a crockpot is not hot enough to prevent foodborne illnesses, and after 7 days your chili is probably not safe to eat. I would throw it away. Next time put it in your refrigerator if you want to preserve it.

  • "keep warm" is a vague name for a setting, specifications/numbers pertaining to that particular model would help. If a "keep warm" setting was "warm but still in the danger zone" it would be really dangerous because that would create PESSIMAL food safety conditions. Nov 15, 2016 at 9:38
  • Thank you all for your support and answers. I feel a little stupid for doing what I did! I was told once not to put hot food in the refrigerator. My husband had to be rushed to the hospital and that was all I had on my mind.
    – user51947
    Nov 15, 2016 at 9:42
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    So sorry to hear this! My condolences, @user51947.
    – Stephie
    Nov 15, 2016 at 10:00
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    This is a great place with very smart people!! I will be back with more questions!! Y'all have very good advice! Now that my husband is gone, I have to learn to cook! He did all the cooking!
    – user51947
    Nov 15, 2016 at 10:18
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    see cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/8919/… It takes a lot of hot food to overload a modern refrigerator. The pan/pot has a lot of the heat so it is best to first transfer to a cool vessel.
    – paparazzo
    Nov 15, 2016 at 16:57

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