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Left fridge door open for 3 hours - tell me I don't have to throw all the meat away!

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IHeartKingThistle Fri 17-May-13 12:29:19

It wasn't wide open. It's still saying 5 degrees. But the butter's gone a bit soft.

I have mince, chicken and sausages in there. Will they be OK?

This was only the second most stupid thing I have done today after giving the cat DD's tuna and mixing the cat's bit with mayo (in the cat bowl). Today's not going well grin.

HDEE Fri 17-May-13 12:37:12

Course they will, I'd just close the door again but give them all the sniff test before using.

IHeartKingThistle Fri 17-May-13 12:47:17

I don't trust my sniff!

OrlaKiely Fri 17-May-13 12:55:48

I'd try and cook it all today, or throw.

PseudoBadger Fri 17-May-13 13:02:16

Refrigerated food is fine at ambient temperature for 4 hours

fedupwithdeployment Fri 17-May-13 13:02:41

It will be fine. Assuming you are in the UK, it's not exactly tropical. Shut the door and carry on as normal. I think my fridge is set about 5 deg anyway!

IHeartKingThistle Fri 17-May-13 13:10:43

OK it wasn't ambient and it was less than 4 hours. So it'll be OK, right? Right?

Ragwort Fri 17-May-13 13:13:41

It will be fine ............... are you in the UK, its not exactly hot today is it, I often sometimes leave food out overnight and have never had food poisoning grin - I do think many people are very 'precious' about these sorts of things.

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 17-May-13 13:15:06

I wouldn't think twice about it tbh - agree with ragwort.

IHeartKingThistle Fri 17-May-13 13:17:19

In UK. OK I'm going to trust you lot!

PoppadomPreach Fri 17-May-13 13:26:29

i wouldn't worry about it either. as long as the meat is thoroughly cooked (as chicken and sausages always should be) then an extra germs which have bred as a result of the slightly warmer temperature will be killed.

ArabellaBeaumaris Fri 17-May-13 13:42:03

I wouldn't worry about it either.

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