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If your fridge door had been left open overnight, would you throw away all meat?

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Pinkchampagne Thu 20-Mar-08 16:59:06

Noticed this morning that my fridge door was slightly open. The seal isn't great & this has happened before, but not for that length of time.
I had just been shopping, so my fridge was pretty full. I had some sealed chicken fillets, pork chops & some fish in there. should I throw it all out? the packs still felt cold to touch this morning. Don't want food poisoning though!

sparkleymummy Thu 20-Mar-08 17:00:16

I'd probably cook it straight away if it seems ok. Personally I wouldn't throw it out but I might be wrong.

Pinkchampagne Thu 20-Mar-08 17:03:36

I was thinking of cooking the chicken tonight & freezing the fish & pork, but wanted to check what others thought.

Psychomum5 Thu 20-Mar-08 17:06:20

nooooo....not if they are still cold.

freezer would be different...I would then either cook the meat up or throw, especially if it had been thawed out, but fridge wouldn't worry me. especially if it was only by a teensy bit.

you would soon know tho if it has gone off early when you come to use it, either by smell or look.

Pinkchampagne Thu 20-Mar-08 17:20:08

Ok thanks, I will cook the chicken & freeze the other meat & fish. Just wanted to be sure it would be ok as I am a bit neurotic about food poisoning!

TsarChasm Thu 20-Mar-08 17:25:30

No it'll still have been cool in there. Before fridges, meat would have been kept that way in a cool pantry no doubt.

FluffyMummy123 Thu 20-Mar-08 17:31:31

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Carnival Thu 20-Mar-08 17:36:54

I wouldn't throw it out, the fridge was probably working overtime overnight to try and retain the temperature. I think it'll be fine.

MumMichelle Wed 15-Dec-10 07:44:18

To TsarChasm:
before fridges was also before central heating!

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Wed 15-Dec-10 07:48:55

I wouldn't the fridge would have been working seriously hard to try and keep the temp down
they will be fine
they are also sealed which helps

usualsuspect Wed 15-Dec-10 07:55:56

This thread is 2 years old I hope op survived grin

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Wed 15-Dec-10 08:34:08

mummichelle, silly girl

meltedmarsbars Wed 15-Dec-10 12:41:24


DameSquashalot Mon 19-Sep-16 09:46:20

I've just done the same thing! The chicken smells fine, so I think we'll eat it later. Ham also tasted fine. There's so much salt in it, I'm sure it will be preserved.

I know this is an old thread.

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