I made a beautiful pot of butternut squash soup, ate it because that dinner, and also went come bed. To mine horror and disappointment, ns realized as soon as I woke up the I never ever put the soup away in the fridge! Is that salvageable? —Lynne from Seaford

My husband is the night owl in ours family, and I to be the early riser. This way he’s responsible for packing up dinner leftovers; I gain up an initial and do the coffee. This arrangement works since if I had a dollar for every pot of soup/chili/tomato sauce that i left the end in mine bachelorette days, I’d it is in rich.

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So, to your inquiry of what deserve to be done. One huge caveat. I am talk home chef to house cook and NOT as a chef, food industry professional and most importantly, no as a microbiologist. In those roles, I’d say unequivocally, there is no question: toss it. There’s no suggest in risking food-borne illness and the possibility of hospitalization and/or fatality over a pot of butternut squash purée.

But in actual life …

I’d execute a serious cost-benefit analysis while was standing in my kitchen cursing myself. Right here are a few things to consider:

Bacteria doesn’t simply spontaneously appear. It needs to be introduced from somewhere. Are you right now sniffly and also sneezy? pitch it.How tidy are you? Is everything regularly wiped down v a 1 percent bleach solution? If not, yeasts and also molds hang out in the air, on your sugar bowl, in your dishwasher, and they are harmless at typical levels. However, hanging the end in room temperature soup for 8-10 hours might administer the ideal atmosphere for a population explosion. In which case: pitch it.

What I have done, and lived to tell the tale, is carry the forgotten soup ago to a boil, let the cool, pack it up and also move on v life, eat the leftovers as I would certainly have had I not fallen asleep in prior of a Fixer Upper marathon. However I’m playing through fire (and gambling on mine immune system).

The problem is that boiling temperature won’t actually kill the really negative molds that, if they exist in mine kitchen, deserve to do significant damage. If this object interests you, Texas A&M has actually done a an excellent (if typo-riddled) job of outlining the pathogens, your life cycles, preferred habitats and also best the all, damages inflicted. 

So verdict? key it. Mourn the loss and also learn from your mistake the basic way. The old adage is true: when in doubt, litter it out.

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