Should you still eat that egg?

safe or not safe to eat? - Food contamination and bacteria causing microorganisms are usually growing rapidly on the leftover food or food that are not prepared well.
@charms88 (7540)
Philippines
March 21, 2007 9:02am CST
If a food doesn't taste bad, doesn't smell rotten or doesn't have molds growing on it, do you still feel that its safe enough to eat again? I've heard a lot about food contamination, time temperature abuse and disease causing microorganisms growing . My cousin recently told me that he still ate the food that was three days old already. I was pretty much surprised by it. I always throw a day old leftover food without hesitation. How will you know then that the leftover food you're eating is still safe. Even reheating or cooking it again is not always enough to kill bacteria. Are you the type who doesn't care if the food you're eating is safe or not for as long as you're not getting sick? Or are you, just like me, who prefer to eat newly cooked food? Do share your thoughts.
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@whyaskq (7529)
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
Why not? I often eat leftovers kept in the freezer. As long as the food has not turn bad and still edible, I will just reheat it and my dinner is ready. Of course, given the choice, I would prefer to eat freshly cooked food first. That's why the leftovers remain leftovers, and it becomes my dinner when there is no freshly cooked food at home and I did not eat outside.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I should know you will eat those leftovers without having second thought. How about trying to eat leftovers that's two weeks old??? "grin"
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@whyaskq (7529)
• Singapore
22 Mar 07
I do not have time to check my freezer yet. I think there is still half a chicken in there, left over from Chinese New Year, and I guess the chicken has been sleeping there for more than 2 weeks already.
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
It's alright dearie. If you get diarrhea, you just just lose some weight. It's alright by me. :P That said, I think 3 days is too long. At most, we will save it overnight in the fridge, then reheat it the next day. If we still can't finish, we will dump it. But we don't save food anymore. We make sure we finish all that is available the day itself. If you move to the North Pole, I guess you can keep your food for years.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
very funny, sweetie...why not try it yourself? "grin"
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• Singapore
21 Mar 07
The North pole? One day perhaps. PS.: Regarding your pm: Where's that guy? I don't know who you are referring to.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Check no. 13. Funny thing is, he is also from the Philippines.
@greengal (4286)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Hmm I usually store leftovers in air tight containers and consume them within a day or two. I refrigerate any leftovers without fail so I know they won't go bad. Some foods have a certain time frame within which they taste their best, so it makes sense to discard them after the time frame. I reheat the food completely, of course as you said it might not kill all the bacteria, but atleast the bad ones should have gone with the heat. I do care for what type of food I'm eating, even if the food smells and looks good, if its more than 3 days old, it sees the trash or the kitchen sink! Much that I like eating fresh food everyday sometimes we have to make do with leftovers.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I know greengal, with your busy lifestyle, you can't afford to cook fresh food everyday. I was afflicted with amoebiasis years before, that's why I'm specially careful with what I'm eating. :0
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• Ireland
21 Mar 07
I only ever cook the required amount of food. Sometimes I buy cooked meats for my husband's lunch and if I have some left over I will used it the next day if it is still within the espiry date. I don't like to reheat food especially pork as I have heard that this should not be reheated. I wouldn't throw out deserts as most of these can be reheated or eaten cold.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Same goes with me, Alexandria. I also cook in smaller servings since there's only my daughters and me at the house. :0
@minty3 (592)
• Nigeria
21 Mar 07
newly cooked food is fresh to taste and when its not fresh its stale. i love fresh taste and hate stale taste. one's got to be careful about stale food cos it can result to food poisoning which can easily kill.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
That's the problem with leftover food. Most people can't see the bacteria growing inside. :0
@yanjiaren (9050)
21 Mar 07
To be honest I cook in small batches and every thing fresgh..Even veggies..only maximum two days old and well washed and cooked..I only buy organic eggs..even though they are a bit pricier. I eat sparingly but I eat well. I don't like to cook toomuch..If there is a bit leftover.It is only good enough to be reheated.WELL once and eaten next day. I don't leave longer than that. I don't like to take chances with our health.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
We're one and the same, Yan. I also buy organic stuffs and yes, its kind of pricey but I don't have to deal with my allergies. I'm specially sensitive with the food I'm taking. :0
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@perugu (5279)
• India
21 Mar 07
hi,friend,some how in india,99% of the people eat freshly cooked food for both lunch and dinner seperately.Woman will prepare break fast and coffee in the morning..prepare food exclusively for lunch in the noon..again prepare food exclusively for dinner in the evening.This is the common procedure.So we never think of left over/freezed food...
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Wow...your kitchen is always busy then. I only cook once a day. :)
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Number one, I HARDLY ever eat leftovers. I never have even as a child and don't plan on starting anytime soon. Seeing as my wife works 6 days a week 12 hours a day there is just dad & I for meals. I cook a regular meal. Then I store the leftovers in the fridge. The wife will sometimes have some when she comes home at 11 p.m. If not the fridge is cleaned out every Sunday before we head to the grocery store. sOMETIMES i RUN OUT OF BOLWS AND WHAT NOT FROM STORING THESE. Also my daughter comes over sometimes asking what's for dinnr. I open the fridge and point to the many bowls of leftovers. Hahahaha!! I will eat leftovers from holiday meals is it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
LOL...grandpa. you should be the cook in the family. I hardly have any leftover food too. I cook small servings for me and my daughters. :0
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I am the cook. Sundays is the wifes day in the kitchen. I cooked at restaraunts for many years also. One of the best jobs I had recently.
• India
21 Mar 07
In our family we have a practise of eating freshly cooked food. If we eat refrigerated food, then also we don't eat a food, that was cooked 3 days back. We undersatnd that at any unsafe step like that, we can get a fatal food poisoning. It's not always neccessary that the food will smell bad, or will have molds on it. When there are not some bold symptoms of decaying, then also the foods can be contaminated. Also we don't eat foods from the open street vendors, to avoid being contaminated with flies, and dust.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
You're right. Food vendors are the number cause of food poisoning.
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21 Mar 07
I tend not to have leftovers so I don't have to reheat food as like you I am always suspicious. I think it stems from when I was a child and my mum would always cook exactly enough so she didn't have to keep food in case it went off. I know that being a vegan should mean that the food I eat isn't full of all these horrible bacteria but I still don't like to eat it.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I am very careful with the food I'm eating now because I was admitted for amoebiasis before. That's why I make sure that all the food I'm preparing are fresh and new. :)
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I do care if the food I'm eating is safe or not. However, dumping out food that is still okay is wasteful, in my opinion. If I were the one cooking, I would generally cook just enough so that there would be no leftovers at all. Or if there are leftovers, I make sure that we bring it out the next meal to be consumed. Newly cooked food is always best, but if there is no one around who can do it on a thrice a day basis, we generally cook a bigger batch and freeze the portion we won't eat right away.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Like what I'm telling everyone here, I'm cooking for 3 persons only. I cook small servngs to ensure that there's no leftover food. :)
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
That's great! :D
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
25 Mar 07
I would not eat it if it was 3 Days old I would the next Day but after that no way. Whether it has mould on or not. If I make far to much and it is freezable then I will freeze it. But I do not do that very often and then it depends what it is
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
I think my cousin's stomach are immune to any 3 days old leftover food. I'm just a little careful with whatever I'm eating. :)
@SKLC_PT (1234)
22 Mar 07
It depends on the food really. Some foods can last longer then others in the fridge for example. What leaves me more puzzled is ice-cream, puddings and spices for example. When you open ice-cream how long before it's no good, when you make flan or jelly how long will it be good for, and spices like pepper, can they really pass the date? Generally I'll eat last night's food till the next night but after that I'll usually let doubt take over and through it away. It also depends on the type of food, seafood can go bad faster, if it's in the fridge or not, if it was covered.... all those things can affect my to eat or not to eat question. If it has mold, bad smell, then I'll toss it no matter how subtle it is.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
I always buy small sizes of ice cream so we don't have any leftover. :)
• Singapore
22 Mar 07
It will depend on what type of food. Like cooked chicken, perhaps 1-2 days in the fridge, I'll still eat it after reheating. Must check properly whether any smell or any molds. I try not to have leftovers anyway cos the chances of me eating it again is quite slim. Actually, I feel that we shouldn't be too paranoid about how 'fresh' is the food. Think about it: you cooked a plate of food and you leave it on the table and shout to your family members to come for dinner. By the time everyone is seated down and start eating, 10 mins may have passed and the food might have been contaminated already because of the temperation and exposure to the air. As long as there's no housefly or insect in the food, we deem it as 'clean'.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
10 mins. is still safe for us to eat, bargain. I'm talking about a day old leftover food. :0
• United States
22 Mar 07
it really depends on what the food is for me,and if it had been left out at all. things like mayonnaise,or egg,or pork are just too questionable to me.i had food poisoning before (hope you never have it.it's hell)and now if i have any concerns,out it goes.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
Oh scarlet, I got amoebiasis years before. That's why I'm very meticulous in the food I'm taking.
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
22 Mar 07
Yes, I feel even is food is spoiled ,we are not able to notice it and we it. The answer food contamination can lead to is simple :- " Food poisioning " . I don't trust left over foos as I have suffered from food poisioning once in my life. This is how define food poisioning -- A foodborne illness, also foodborne disease and commonly called food poisoning, is any illness resulting from the consumption of food contaminated with infectious or toxic agents; it can affect any person.[1] Infectious agents include pathogenic bacteria, toxins, viruses, prions or parasites. Such contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness. The action of monitoring food to ensure that it will not cause foodborne illness is known as food safety. Foodborne disease can also be caused by a large variety of toxins that affect the environment. For foodborne illness caused by chemicals, see Food contaminants.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
Thanks for the info, samrat. My aunt did told me to observe cleanliness while preparing food. Its taking me the whole day to clean my kitchen though. :)
• United States
21 Mar 07
It is better to be safe, than sorry dear. You are right. I keep left over food in my refrigerator two days. If it is still there, out it goes. If I know that it will not be used, then I put it into my freezer until I want it, and then micro wave it.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
Thanks for sharing margie. :)
@weemam (13377)
21 Mar 07
I am a great believer in the sniff test , when I was young there was no such thing as a sell by date , you gave food a sniff and if it smells OK you eat it , if there is mould on cheese you cut off the mould and eat the rest , the same with bread , I am now almost 65 lol and still here , xx
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
LOL, weemam, I just might do what you're saying here. The thing is, I was afflicted with amoebiasis a few years back. That's why I'm extra careful with the food I'm eating.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I never throw any left over food out. I usually plan the next meal around it and make something new with it. For instance if vegetables are left from supper, I make a vegetable soup for next day's lunch, meat and mashed potatoes I make a shepherd's pie for next day's supper etc. etc. So far I have never become ill from food in my house but it is a standing joke among my friends, almost every time we eat in a restaurant or fast food place I get sick. I think proper storage,temperature and food preparation is the key to food safety. I also prefer to wash the dishes in the dishwasher and change the dish cloth in the sink and the teatowel every day, I use a different board to cut raw items from cooked or baked items. Recently I watched a program on TV where different kitchens in different homes were tested. I was really surprised at the results. Some gleaming kitchen counters and dishes were found to be full of germs, because they were wiped with germy cloths or dried with overused towels. It just shows you appearances can be deceptive.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
You're pretty creative with your left over food, linda. I did read that we should use different chopping boards to avoid contamination. Thanks for those great ideas. :)
• United States
21 Mar 07
When I cook, I try to make just enough for that one meal. Get one case of food poisoning and it pretty much cures you of leftovers lol The real important thing is to store food as directed to be sure it stays fresh as long as possible. I look at expiration dates for everything I buy. So, I guess I am more like you. If I bring home a doggie bag from the restaurant, it is always given to my dogs. If it is something the dogs can't have, then I leave it at the restaurant.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
I also cook small servings, loves. I seldom have any leftover food too. You may say, I'm meticulous with the food I'm eating. I got amoebiasis years before that's why I'm very careful. :0
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