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Old 05-08-2014, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattie View Post
For the better part of my life, I've been under the impression that you don't leave meat out for any length of time. I've thrown out plenty because of that mandate I followed. Now, I see this. Could you do it?

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Of course I would do this. I have never been fanatical about leaving food out; I will let my stuff sit out all day and eat it, do it almost every single day when I bring my lunch to work. At home, I will eat lunch and let it sit there until dinner or late snack if there is some left.

I think some people get way too hyped and paranoid over this leaving food (meat) thing (not saying you, just some people). I know people that will not even take left overs home because they think it sitting in the car on the way home will ruin the food.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:11 PM
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My granny used to cook dinner (lunch) on Sunday and the just throw dish towels over all the serving bowls in the middle of the kitchen table and leave it all afternoon, then eat out of it again for supper. In the summertime. With no air conditioning. Nobody died.
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:07 PM
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When we went to Indonesia we discovered that the traditional Indonesian approach to cooking is to prepare all the dishes early in the morning and leave them on the table for people to basically graze throughout the day. Indonesian meals are almost always served at room temperature and it was certainly obvious in the more traditional restaurants that the dishes had been prepared hours earlier and placed on serving trays for the lunch/dinner crowd without being reheated.

Indonesia is also a hot and humid country. I found it interesting.

As it is I regularly take out a pound of frozen meat in the AM to let it thaw by the time I cook it in the evening. Sometimes I even take it out the night beforehand and put it back in the fridge in the morning. I've never experienced food poisoning.
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