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How long can I leave a beef steak out covered, uncooked and unrefrigerated?

by 1126 · October 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Hi! I left a gorgeous New York bone-in Steak out overnight. Meant to cook it, went to dinner, fell asleep and woke up with it still on the counter for 13 hours. I put it back in the refrgerator and am planning on cooking it tonight. Will do the smell test. Was wondering if I should have left it out all day and not put it back in the fridge? Will too much temperature change affect it? I like to eat my steaks pretty med. rare so I'm used to leaving out a steak for a few hours, not just a whole night. ps. Have a cool kitchen in San Francisco... TY!

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259 · October 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I bet it became even better :)

"This idea is "high meat," or purposely rotted meat. Commonly made and eaten with the purpose of increasing healthy intestinal bacteria as well as overall mood, this unusual dietary practice has been used throughout the world and history in various ways, including by the Inuit of Northern Canada, who rot salmon and seal blubber.

Read more: How to Prepare and Eat Rotten Meat on the Primal Diet | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7718564_prepare-rotten-meat-primal-diet.html#ixzz29K2zCtB8"

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634 · October 14, 2012 at 08:02 PM

It's fine as long as it's ventilated, i.e. don't put it in some vacuum sealed bag for example. For steaks actually it's commonly accepted that the more they are aged the better they get! You can hang it in the fridge for more than a week without problems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_(meat)

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