I fear the subtitle for my heading should be "Oh crap!"
I put 2 pounds of frozen stew meat (still wrapped from the store) out to thaw last night around 7 or 7:30. Yes - on the counter [I know - only thaw in the fridge - but nothing ever thaws in the fridge for me in 24 hours or less.....]
Totally forgot to put it in the fridge overnight. And then overslept by 2 1/2 hours this morning (unprecedented - think it was an antihistamine I took last night).
So the meat was out until about 7:20 this morning, when I rushed down and put it in the fridge.
Definitely seems thawed - - although the counter wasn't "bloody"......
So is it a loss? Can I use the meat or do I just have to toss it? [I've got a 2 year old eating so I wouldn't want to take any chances....]