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Boss
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Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die

I bought 20 bucks worth of chicken at Costco and left it in the car in the garage for about 3 hours. It's been 48-57 outside today. I pulled the chicken in and am currently cooking all of it. Don't want to put it in the fridge.

Should I toss it or should it be ok?


OldHickory
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
You're fine.


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MeridianDog
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
OK for that time.

Freeze it after cooking if you like.


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Count Chocula
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
quote:

Am I going to die
My professional opinion...... Yep.


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LSU-MNCBABY
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
likely contract super aids unfortunately, prayers sent


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Mung
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
if it didn't smell bad it should be fine.


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xXLSUXx
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
quote:

Am I going to die?


Eventually.


Whether or not the chicken has anything to do with it remains to be seen.


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PurpleAndGold86
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
Simple smell test before you cook it works on chicken.


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dpd901
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
You should probably stay close to a toilet, but you won't die.


hungryone
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
I'm sorry, I may be in the minority, but I'd toss it. I had the misfortune of chicken-related food poisoning once and I never ever want to repeat the experience. Though I did lose 5 lbs in a couple of days. It was horrible....


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Degas
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
With chicken and other proteins, there's a recommended safe zone between 40 and 140 degrees. The food can only hang around in between those temps for a limited time because the longer the food sits in that unsafe environment (danger zone), the faster the bacteria begin to spread. Two hours is sort of a minimum standard, four is pushing it, also depending on how cold your chicken was when you purchased it. The bacteria are what you're most concerned about, which is why we can cook different meats to different temps. It also depends on whether you purchased thin strips or whole chickens. Obviously, whole chickens will remain colder longer.

It's actually recommended that you NOT cook protein immediately after coming out of the fridge anyway. The fibers will tighten up and you'll have tough meat. If they're whole birds, I actually will intentionally leave them out for a couple of hours.

As was said however, a hospital bill is far more expensive than your $20 from Costco.
This post was edited on 5/6 at 5:00 pm


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TIGERFANZZ
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re: Left Chicken in Car--Am I going to die
With the cool temps, I wouldn't worry about it-as long as when you looked at it or smelled it you didn't find anything to worry yourself.


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