Originally Posted by mirow
Meat that is fully cooked has essentially been sterilized by cooking. So, assuming that it was indeed fully cooked, it will be safe for some time if kept at proper temperature, either warm or cold. The danger comes in that middle temperature zone. If you want to feel competent on these issues, get the training for some version of a food handler permit. (All that is surely online by now.) If I've cooked it myself, handled it carefully, and got it covered and refrigerated soon enough, I'll trust it for at least a week.
My answer for deli meat is very different than my answer for home cooked meat. You really don't know how deli meat has been handled. So, I will either eat it within 24 hours or cook it.
I'm with Rivvin. My fridge is even organized as such so that I don't have to guess about anything and if there is any question about the age, out it goes. I thought I was going to die when I had food poisoning and part of me actually wanted to. If fish is not finished the next day at lunch, out it goes.
Originally Posted by Rivvin
Interesting thoughts... seems as if many throw meat out after 3 days. I can stick with that rule as its hard for me to not consume meat within that time frame!
I think anyone who's had -serious- food poisoning would agree with us, lol. I hear people who say "oh i had food poisoning, I pooped all night!" and then I hear people say "I had food poisoning and I was locked in a bathroom for 3 days and I can barely stand up" and that's when I know they've *really* had food poisoning
Originally Posted by moo
raw meat is about a week for us (unless it smells off), cooked foods are around a week. uncooked eggs are 6 weeks, cooked eggs are 3 days. BUT if i cooked a steak only rare or med-rare, i eat it within a few days. if i've waited a little too long to eat leftover meat, i'll cook it in a stew or soup (in other words, simmer it for a very long time) as long as it doesn't smell off.
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