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Am I going to die if I eat this chicken?

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suspended Sat 23-May-20 09:57:09

Took a chicken out of the freezer at 3pm yesterday. Put it on the top of a cupboard so the cat wouldn't eat it.

Forgot about it. Realised at 9am.

The top of the chicken is room temp but if you press it down it is cold. The underneath of the chicken is cold and the bottom of the plate under it (cupboard side) is a bit damp (condensation) and cold.

Am I going to have to Chuck this away or is it safe to eat?

dH insists his parents leave meat out to defrost overnight occasionally. What do you think?

Fred578 Sat 23-May-20 09:58:36

Step away from the chicken

Fred578 Sat 23-May-20 09:59:27

I’m quite relaxed about most things but chicken is the one thing I won’t take risks with (oh...And prawns!)

CottonSock Sat 23-May-20 09:59:58

I probably would eat if cold

Chasingsquirrels Sat 23-May-20 10:00:22

Smell it, it will probably be fine. Cook it before you eat it (obviously).

Smellbellina Sat 23-May-20 10:00:30

If it’s wrapped/covered I’d eat it

mistermagpie Sat 23-May-20 10:04:10

I often leave stuff to defrost overnight but this is about 6 hours longer than I would leave it. You'd probably be fine but I'm not sure I'd risk it personally.

Emmagen Sat 23-May-20 10:13:35

My first thought was it's probably fine but I'm not sure I'd risk it. I know loads of people leave things out overnight on purpose to defrost them. My husband who was a chef for 15 years didn't even let me finish my sentence before saying no. So I'd go with him!

Feed it to the cat?

littlemeitslyn Sat 23-May-20 11:26:11

Do let us know if you survive

TheFlis12345 Sat 23-May-20 11:27:36

In winter I would risk it but in the current hot weather, I probably wouldn’t.

PleasantVille Sat 23-May-20 11:31:57

If you cook it properly I'd say your risk of death is lower than the risk of an otherwise healthy white woman aged 25 dying from Covis

lljkk Sat 23-May-20 11:42:23

Smell & taste test after cooked, my guess is it would be fine for me.

Prettybubblesintheair Sat 23-May-20 11:44:49

Nope, if it was beef or something maybe but don’t take the risk with chicken. If you are feel particularly brave, make sure you cook it to absolute buggery to kill anything off. And maybe a swig of vodka after!

roff Sat 23-May-20 11:49:31

Absolutley fine, would eat away unless it smells bad or looks green

suspended Sat 23-May-20 11:49:35

Lol the cats are in for a treat then. My poor chicken! Gutted (like the bird)

sammylady37 Sat 23-May-20 12:47:25

I’d eat that, no problem. I always leave chicken out on the counter-top overnight to defrost

Notso Sat 23-May-20 13:09:51

I often leave chicken out either over night or from about 8am until it gets cooked at dinner time.

littlemeitslyn Sat 23-May-20 15:22:58

Eat it ffs

littlemeitslyn Sat 23-May-20 15:24:28


Wagamamas Sat 23-May-20 15:26:10

But if its off the cats might be sick??

Northernsoullover Sat 23-May-20 15:27:52

No I wouldn't but then I do study food science technology I'm very cautious. Just a warning, you don't always get a bad smell or taste if your food is not right. If it did no one would ever get food poisoning.

ShowOfHands Sat 23-May-20 15:30:35

As a pp said, the smell test is utterly flawed. Some of the most awful food poisoning will happen with absolutely no whiff, change in appearance etc. You simply have to follow the guidance.

mrsbyers Sat 23-May-20 15:35:25

We take chicken out every few days to defrost overnight and have had zero issues

Purplewithred Sat 23-May-20 15:40:29

I would happily eat the chicken. I think throwing it away is silly and shockingly wasteful but hey ho. (Also, I have lived to the ripe old age of 62 with this kind of attitude and can’t remember getting food poisoning from my own cooking, ever).

suspended Wed 27-May-20 10:46:30

We gave the cats some of the chicken and they wolfed it down.

I then put it in the fridge so the cats could eat it the next day and DH forgot and ate it for his tea (or maybe he didnt 'forget' and just wanted to eat it)

He was fine, surprisingly!

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