I bought vacuum sealed kielbasa yesterday about 6:30 pm. It must have fallen out of the bag in my very hot car and I didn't notice until about 11:45 the next day...Is it still good?

  • i think we need a new stack for " i left X in my car, will i die if i eat it "
    – Alaska Man
    Jul 7, 2017 at 0:11

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Sounds like you're going to need some new kielbasa.

Kielbasa isn't fermented, and needs to be refrigerated to stay good. Vacuum sealing reduces the oxygen in the package, slowing down oxidation and inhibiting the growth of some types of bacteria when combined with refrigeration, but that kielbasa won't stand a chance in a hot car.


Of course not -- throw it out.


Time to throw it out.

Even a salted, preserved, and sealed sausage will not survive. The bacteria will begin to multiply rapidly after 30 minutes of sitting out of the fridge.

Perishable food sitting out for longer than 30 minutes is a risk to eat, even when it was frozen. Some food might last 1 hour.

I completed a food safety course with exemplary scores I might add.

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    seriously, 30 minutes? Some people live more than 30 minutes from the store. While I wouldn't eat the kielbasa of the question, when you give advice that all of us have routinely ignored, you increase the chances that someone will do something dangerous. Jul 5, 2017 at 11:58
  • Ideally, if you're driving that far in hot weather, you pack things that are heat sensitive into a cooler.
    – Batman
    Jul 5, 2017 at 12:27
  • Yeah straight from food safety course. If it is kept hot in a warmer, that is a different story. After being cooked of course. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot.
    – Craig
    Jul 5, 2017 at 17:12

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