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Old 10-28-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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When I was growing up, my neighbor was a chemist for the FDA. He told me that where dairy products are concerned (can't speak for other categories), (1) taste was a reliable indicator; and (2) the human tongue was an amazingly sensitive detector of spoilage--down to a few parts per million. It was only in the mid-1960s, according to him, that more sensitive technology was developed that could outdo our taste buds. So, he said to rely on taste to tell if milk or cheese were OK. I have followed this advice for 30+ years and never gone wrong, as far as I know.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Cream cheese takes a LONG time to go bad in the fridge. 3 hours at room temperature is nothing, it's fine to eat. Eat it up.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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When I was growing up, my neighbor was a chemist for the FDA. He told me that where dairy products are concerned (can't speak for other categories), (1) taste was a reliable indicator; and (2) the human tongue was an amazingly sensitive detector of spoilage--down to a few parts per million. It was only in the mid-1960s, according to him, that more sensitive technology was developed that could outdo our taste buds. So, he said to rely on taste to tell if milk or cheese were OK. I have followed this advice for 30+ years and never gone wrong, as far as I know.

I agree. I don't pay attention to the dates; I can taste spoilage before I can smell it, but I sniff first....if it smells OK, I take a small taste. If it tastes OK, I dive in.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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A general resource (w/lotsa' info.) on whether/when foodstuffs go bad or remain okay-
StillTasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide - Save Money, Eat Better, Help The Environment
It's merely advice from the internet, but IMHO it's a pretty good site (has been around for a few years).
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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This thread was three years ago, when I was once known as pirate_lafitte. I ate the cream cheese, didn't get sick. But I did learn something. Refrigerate all dairy products the moment you get home.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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This thread was three years ago, when I was once known as pirate_lafitte. I ate the cream cheese, didn't get sick. But I did learn something. Refrigerate all dairy products the moment you get home.
LOL, I didn't even look at the date. Good to know you survived.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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Your first post on city-data-forum and you drag up one that's over 2 1/2 years old and about cream cheese?
Anyway, hi.
Just teasing you.


Omg! This cracked me up! This is MY 1st post too & I literally signed up just to reply to this comment! Lol
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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This thread was three years ago, when I was once known as pirate_lafitte. I ate the cream cheese, didn't get sick. But I did learn something. Refrigerate all dairy products the moment you get home.
Hi, I just looked at the date and wondered how the subject got re-opened, but as long as it did, let me tellyou something: cream cheese will not make you sick if left out. Why do you think so many recipes call for room temp cream cheese. it takes a few hours to get it at room temp..I think way to many of us worry way to much about food born illnesses...I am glad you didn't get sick...
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You right about that, I think ^^^^^

Dairy products in general can be left out virtually forever, without becoming dangerous to eat. You might not like the flavor or texture when you find a piece that fell down behind the refrigerator, but from the health and safety standpoint, it won't hurt you to eat it.
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