Do I go for safe? Or do I take my chances that I’ll be sorry? Two nights ago I pulled a package of chicken breasts out of the freezer to thaw. I should have thawed them in my fridge, but instead I put them in the sink and planned on putting them in the fridge before I went to bed. I intended to cook the chicken last night for dinner. Well, I forgot the chicken and it sat in the sink overnight. I don’t keep my house particularly warm (the default on my thermostats is currently 50 degrees) so I didn’t think that being unrefrigerated overnight would pose a problem (I’m wayyyyyy too used to all the kitchen miracles I experienced this summer!). I forgot to cook the chicken last night, so I made it tonight.
I hesitated when I opened the package. I thought, I wonder if this will make me sick. But it didn’t smell bad and wasn’t slimy or anything, and the packaging of the chicken I buy is pretty much hermetical, so I proceeded.
Nothing fancy, I just poured a can of mushroom soup over it and popped it in the oven. Chicken cooked this way has a particular smell. And it’s a smell that makes my mouth water. As my meal cooked, I wasn’t getttin’ that smell from it. Didn’t smell BAD, just didn’t smell quite right…
It looked delicious. But I figured that if I have to ask myself “if I get sick, will they be able to cover my shift tomorrow?” that I should probably take a pass on the chicken.
Too bad. It really did look delicious. But it made for some extremely pedestrian material for my blog, no?