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Food poisoning paranoia: is it safe to cool down browned meat?

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partystress Sun 02-Nov-08 17:41:06

Just bought a slow cooker - fantasies of coming home to wonderful aromas etc etc - but panicking now because have browned my lamb shanks and will have to let go cold overnight then bung on the slow cooker in the morning. Will it be safe?

QuintessentialGunpowderPlot Sun 02-Nov-08 17:43:40

no, I dont think so.

You have to cook it through.

Malkuth Sun 02-Nov-08 17:48:16

Why not put the slow cooker on low overnight then let the food cool down and reheat for tea?

Although, actually I thought you could brown meat and then cook it later. I'm sure they do on those cookery programmes set in restaurants. And Come Dine with Me!

partystress Sun 02-Nov-08 17:54:18

Thanks Malkuth that is a good idea, though I also suffer from house-burning-down-while-we're-in-our-beds-due-to-some-electrical-malfunction paranoia, so if anyone else knows for certain that would be really helpful!

Malkuth Sun 02-Nov-08 18:00:18

I suffer from that one too! And the flooding-the-house-if-you-are-not-near-the-washing-machine-while-it's-on one!

Malkuth Sun 02-Nov-08 18:02:08

Guess you can't!

partystress Sun 02-Nov-08 18:27:44

Thank you Malkuth - that is pretty categorical. (and a great site by the looks of it - has gone on my faves.) I'm going to put it on high now for 4 hours before bed then reheat at tea time tommorrow. The appetising aromas after a long day at work fantasy is receding...

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