Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Solving my dough-lema.

I left a can of crescent rolls out overnight recently and was so frustrated when I woke up the next morning ready to bake a dessert with them and realized what I had done. I really didn't have time to run up to the store so I wondered if it would be okay to still use them. I figured the answer would be a resounding NO but I decided to google it, just on the off-chance that it would save me a trip to Kroger's. I know that's lazy but it was worth a shot.

I typed in my query and got lots of results but most of them required me to read articles about germs (which should have been answer enough for me . . .) but, again, I was being lazy and didn't really want to "read" or "educate myself" or "actually put much effort into finding out the answer." One of the search results was one of those websites where you ask a question and a bunch of regular people get on and answer you by telling you what they think or what they've read or what their cousin's friend's daughter told them. I wasn't sure it would really help me to answer the question definitively but I decided to give it a try so I clicked on it. Someone had asked if she could use cookie dough that had been left out overnight and a few folks had given their opinions. I thought I'd share them with you, along with the thoughts that ran through my head as I read them . . .

Question: Can you use cookie dough that has been left out overnight?


"Why did you leave it out all night? I wouldn't try it...I wouldn't eat anything like that if it was out all night."

Geez - what's with the judgmental tone? She didn't leave it out ON PURPOSE, for goodness sake. She's already lost her cookie dough . . . do you have to take her pride, too?

* * * * *

"Of cource mmmmmmmmmm ;)"

Did she spell it "cource?" Did she? Is that what I saw? Just tell me. I can't open my eyes . . .

* * * * *

"yes you can use it and the reason why is so simple , as you usualy cook thes at a high heat and you cook them thouraly , theres no problem with bacteria such as salmonella as the bacteria will be killed off so bake and enjoy them i have a diploma in food hygene and safety so do know what i am talking about and salmonella is not a pathogen and as such will not form a shell around itself to protect it from heat or cold"

Wait. Let me check something . . . yep - my eyes are bleeding. I'm guessing spelling and punctuation were not an integral part of your studies? Honestly, people - I don't care if you're a good speller or not, you should be able to properly spell the name of any subject you have a degree in.

* * * * *

"Ask yourself if a batch of cookie dough is worth risking your health, and the health of any friends or family members that would be eating the cookies."

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII don't think I'm going to answer this question the way you're intending me to . . .

So, as I expected, the website didn't really help me to definitively answer the question. But, just to be safe, I did throw the dough out.

Because I'm thouraly hygenic . . .


Phyllis Eddings said...

My question to you, Catherine, is did it not explode? Usually if I leave out one of those rolls of dough too long, they expand.

It would probably be safe to eat after baking, but if it had already risen and fallen before baking, they would probably not be very fluffy.

Unknown said...

Oh, that website sounds like good times! You should have bookmarked that one so you could go back from time to time to see what other drama unfolds!