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Can't believe I left out the casserole

February 14th, 2011 at 05:52 am

I made a casserole which contains cottage cheese/sour cream/cream cheese, as well as ground beef in tomato sauce. I had a serving for dinner, then left the thing out all night. I put it in the fridge this morning, but I guess I have to throw it out, don't I?

Man, I hate that.

No spending yesterday. I went up to Evanston to babysit and resisted fast food both on the way and back (a big failing of mine).

Today I used a gift card and brought in donuts from Dunkin' Donuts for our Valentine's party.

I am redoubling my saving efforts, any way I can!

8 Responses to “Can't believe I left out the casserole”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Bummer!

    I hate it when that happens.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Phooey...too bad you left it out, but it's better to throw it out than to make yourself ill.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, it's terrible when that happens. I absolutely hate wasting food that way, but of course that many hours out and it's a breeding ground of bacteria.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    NO Dont throw it out!!!

    I've done more times than I can count, and I'm too stubbornly frugal to throw it out and waste it.

    Keep it in the fridge. Eat a tablespoon of it now and see how you feel. If nothing happens, don't worry about it!

    Bacteria, smacteria! We're all filled with bacteria and germs of all kinds. If it doesn't make you sick, your'e good to go!

    Unless, say, you keep your place super warm....my house is 64 at night.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    But if it does make her sick it's food poisoning and that can take days (and sometimes prescription meds) to get over. The risk is not worth it to me.

  6. Jerry Says:

    Our bodies are full of bacteria, yes, but that doesn't mean that you want all of them in your GI tract. Some of the worst (even potentially-fatal) infections can be caused by normally-occurring bacteria that lead their way into another part of the body where they are not intended to be!
    Over 5000 people (in just the US alone) die from food poisoning each year... that's a small percentage of the total food-borne illnesses, but it's also a lot of dead people. For me, when it comes to food issues, I would rather have the insurance of being safe than sorry! (My mother-in-law will eat anything, even carving mold off of stuff, and it drives me crazy. People can eat whatever they want, of course, but I don't necessarily want it fed to my toddler, you know?)
    Jerry

  7. patientsaver Says:

    i'm sure you're right, but just for the record, I left food out again myself 2 nights ago. It was a tomato-based stew with lentils, brown rice and Italian sweet sausage. I sat it on the counter to cool after dinner and then i forgot to put it back in the fridge. I ate it all for lunch the next day with no problems.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I threw it out, though it broke my heart. I just didn't want to take a chance of getting sick. This casserole had a lot of dairy in it and I DON'T keep a cool house (I'm one of those people who is always cold), so out it went.

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