I am so angry this morrning, I cooked a beautiful shoulder of lamb last night that came out of the oven at 8pm, was planning on using it to batch freeze meals like shepards pies for my little boy and after the pregnancy. Help -- I took a roast out of the freezer last night while I was making dinner, and meant to put it in the refrigerator to thaw but apparently forgot. 4. These meats do not present a health problem! Lamb that is frozen for long-term storage in vacuum packages (or other types of packaging) can be dated so that it can be used within the proper time limit: up to 9 months for raw lamb cuts, 4 months for ground lamb, and 3 months for any type of cooked leftovers. No toxins. My wife made a barbecue pork shoulder in the slow cooker yesterday evening. Next morning, put in in the fridge, and ate it for dinner the next day, as planned. My kids helped unpack groceries last night and left a bag of uncooked pork chops in the original packaging out overnight. Posted by 7 years ago. According to the USDA, food that has been left out of the fridge for more than two hours should be thrown away.That's because between 40° F and 140° F (what the USDA calls the "Danger Zone"), bacteria grows incredibly fast and can make you sick. No sour smell? Raw meat tells you if it's decomposing. They were still in the shopping bag on the floor of the kitchen. You've probably accidentally left food out on your kitchen counter overnight at least once or twice, but is it still safe to eat? I roasted a lamb leg for dinner yesterday and the leftovers were still warm in the evening. Close. I messed up. There was also ground beef that comes in the chub packaging left out… And it won't be a health problem in any case provided it's cooked. Perhaps this answer should be clarified to point out that the "danger zone" applies to the food's temperature and not to the ambient temp around the food. You're fine. If in doubt, throw it out. Suppose I take chicken out of the oven, left it to cool, and then forgot about it overnight. I went to bed forgetting to put the meat in the fridge and I was going to curry the leftovers this evening. Archived. For instance, if you set some frozen meat out to defrost at room temperature, it hasn't gone bad after sitting for two hours. Cooked roast lamb left out to cool overnight - is it ok to be curried today? okay, so I have a related question: how long can you let COOKED chicken sit out? Is meat left out overnight salvageable? Is meat left out overnight salvageable? Open the package; does it look normal? Food left out for too long at room temperature is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella to grow to dangerous … RAW MEATS we know are contaminated (especially poultry), but they are quickly overgrown by "spoilage" bacteria, not pathogenic types. :Bawling: It was frozen solid when I took it out about 6 pm but now it is not even cold. Ready for the real facts? 4 hours between 40F and 140F is the rule.