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#1 Old 08-03-2006, 02:11 PM
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I have left over cooked diced potatoes from this past weekend and I want to use them in a recipe but not if their gonna end up making me barf

Some of the 'refrigerated food shelf-life' lists I found online only gave me the shelf life info for raw potatoes, but not cooked.

Do you think they would be safe to use??

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#2 Old 08-03-2006, 02:19 PM
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With any cooked food, the general recommendation is 1-3 days.
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#3 Old 08-03-2006, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Jinga View Post

With any cooked food, the general recommendation is 1-3 days.

hmmm 1-3 days eh. Well its long past that so I guess I should just dice and cook up a new batch.

I don't like to take chances when it comes to food but it kills me to waste it

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#4 Old 08-03-2006, 02:57 PM
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i'd give the sniff test to be safe, but i bet you anything they're fine, esp if they were put in the fridge well-covered. i've baked up potatoes and put them in the fridge and eaten then a few weeks later, no problem.
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I just used up some cooked potatoes that were six days old...they were fine.
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#6 Old 08-03-2006, 03:30 PM
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I throw cooked leftovers out after 10 days... or if it looks or smells off.
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#7 Old 08-03-2006, 06:17 PM
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I'd eat them. I've eaten cooked potatoes 1 week to 10 days later.
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#8 Old 08-04-2006, 05:39 AM
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Yeah, cooked potatoes have a way of letting you know if you waited too long. They get slimy, smell funky and start to turn orange.

Me... in most cases, I'll use cooked food as late as 7-10 days, too. Since it isn't meat, we don't have to adhere to the lesser time periods, usually.
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#9 Old 08-04-2006, 06:06 AM
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Yeah. I'd go with about a week too. Potatoes don't seem to spoil too quickly, and as mentioned, it's pretty easy to tell when they're bad. P.U.

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#10 Old 08-04-2006, 06:40 AM
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Apparently, my estimate is more conservative than most. However, if you do food-born illness search, you will find that cooked potatoes are on the 'high-risk' list. Their high moisture and low-acidity makes them spoil more quickly than plenty of animal-products so don't assume, being a plant (or simply not smelling bad) makes something safe to eat weeks later

I couldn't find a specific quote for potatoes, but California Poison control has this recommendation for all fruits and veggies ... [They] are good in the refrigerator for three to five days.

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#11 Old 08-04-2006, 07:46 AM
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I would guess something like mashed potato or potato salad is higher-risk than large pieces of cooked potato or whole cooked potato, because it's mixed up and growth could begin way down in the middle where you can't detect it. With large pieces, bacterial growth is more likely to start on the surface where you can see/smell it before it's advanced very far.
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