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I cooked a vegetable soup last night and forgot to put it away in the fridge. It's been sitting in a pot all night. If I reheat it, bringing it to a boil, is it still safe to eat?

asked by elisa almost 5 years ago
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pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 5 years ago

A vegetable soup should still be fine as long as you held it covered. If it were seafood I wouldn't take the chance.


hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added almost 5 years ago

If you used chicken stock or other meat stock to make it, I'd get rid of it. If it's vegetarian it is likely to be fine.

added almost 5 years ago

The food scientists on here will say, toss it, but I think if you boil it for 10 minutes it should be fine.

added almost 5 years ago

If you cook 10 minutes at 160F or above, you'll kill all bacteria. I've done this more times than I want to admit, and I'm still alive.

added almost 5 years ago

unless it's very, very warm where you are it's fine.

added almost 5 years ago

I'm with spiffypaws.


Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 5 years ago

I'm not a food scientist, but I have had food poisoning. (self inflicted. let the beef stew cool too long before refrigerating. really awful. seriously dreadfully awful.) Here's what the USDA says, "Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, some doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. Some types will produce toxins that are not destroyed by cooking." So, you're right, you can kill the bacteria. But you can't remove the toxins, and it's the toxins that can make you wish you were dead. There's no way to know if there are toxins present. I've done the same thing and had to throw out what seemed like perfectly good chicken stock. But I never (ever) want to get food poisoning again.

added almost 5 years ago

My mother always told me, "When in doubt, throw it out."
And, I'm still alive.

added almost 5 years ago

You're probably fine with the advice above about boiling, but if you've ever had food poisoning like drbabs you'll probably take the safest path of throwing it out. it's just not worth taking the chance. I landed in the ER with food poisoning a number of years ago, which likely came from a contaminated rare burger I had in a questionable restaurant. I don't think I've ever been that sick in my life. So now I do what drbabs does - b/c I don't ever want to go through that again. And besides the misery, a trip to the ER is always going to be more expensive than re-making a vegetable soup.