safely making bone broth
I simmer/boiled a beef bone broth for about 9 hours.
I didn't have a top and every couple hours I added some water to keep the pot full.
When I added the room temp water it would stop simmering for a little while.
Was this up and down in temp growing harmful bacteria?
It would heat up again pretty quickly. I had it set between 5 and 8 on my burner the whole time.
Also I let it cool for an hour but am paranoid about what is the exact right time so it doesn't go bad sitting out and then also doesn't heat up the inside of my fridge being put away too soon.
I looked for all this on google but all it said it was, don't do it, basically. Didn't really give time frame guidelines.
The standard 2-4 hours should be safe, right?
But I found a few articles that said cool it as fast as possible with ice cubes and things, then don't put it away too hot. I'm pretty paranoid and this is troubling me.
If I feel unsure I will throw it all out. It wouldn't be the first time. But I hate to do it.