Would You Eat This?

Dear Home Ec 101,

I made some pottage the other day. (Lentil beans, brown rice, leeks,
garlic.) It was really good!

Last night in some sort of mad crazed binging spree my boyfriend and
I were munching on it and somehow left it out all night, uncovered.
*sigh* So out, uncovered, for about 10 hours or so. It was by the
drafty cold window in the kitchen, but still…

Ignoring the fact that it could’ve been visited by insects last night
*shudder*, it still smells alright. Do you think if we eat it it
will make us sick?

~Plum Flummoxed

Heather says:

Without a doubt, throw it out!

Rice and grains contain spores that reproduce rapidly at room temperature. Rice needs to be cooled and stored within one hour of cooking.

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1 Comment

  1. Margolis on December 6, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    oh no! I guessed (before I read the answer) that it was OK to eat because it didn’t have dairy or meat in it! I’ll mend my ways.

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