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Use or toss - sour cream left out all night

post #1 of 12
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I bought some sour cream at about 8pm last night. I forgot to put it in the refrigerator and realized this morning at about 6am that it was still sitting on the counter. I immediately refrigerated it. It's about 76 in my kitchen at night. It smells fine - well, like sour cream. I need it for a recipe this afternoon. What do you think? Would you use it or toss it?
post #2 of 12
I just did the same thing with yogurt last night! : I think I'm going to toss mine though. It's probably safest to toss it, but if it's going into a recipe where you'll cook it through well, maybe it's safe enough.
post #3 of 12
I would use it. I am incrediblly forgetful and leave stuff out all the time. I judge it on a case by case basis: how long was it out, does it smell, what is it, etc. I've never had food posoining or gotten sick from eating something "bad". I have a gut of steel and sometimes I wonder if this is one of the reasons why!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
It's going into a bean dip that is cooked on the stove. My fear is that I won't be the only one eating it. It's for a party.
post #5 of 12
Hmmm.....well, if it's for a party I would probably go out and buy another one, if only for the guests comfort. Even though they wouldn't know, I would probably worry about it.
post #6 of 12
I would use it.
post #7 of 12
I'd toss it.
post #8 of 12
Toss it! $1.50 is cheap compared to people getting sick.
post #9 of 12
Toss!
post #10 of 12
I'd use it.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
I used it. It smelled and tasted absolutely fine. I cooked the dip until bubbly hot so I'm sure it was just fine. Thanks!
post #12 of 12
I'd toss but I'm a total freak about dairy stuff like that. I drive my friends crazy with my "how long has this been out" or "what's the expiration date on that?"
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