23 answers

Help! I Left a Gallon of Milk in the Car overnight....is It Still Good?

I went to the grocery store last night and inadvertently left a gallon in the car by accident. It was in the car for approximately 10 hours in about 60-70 degree temps. Is it spoiled? It smells ok and tastes ok, just warm.
TIA,
A.

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

And it's tossed! Now I am hoping I don't have salmonella or some other nasty bacteria floating around in me from that teensy-tiny sip I took! :-S

Featured Answers

I wouldn't give it to my family. I am over cautious when it comes to dairy. I would rather pay anout $4.00 for a gallon of milk then an ER visit.

3 moms found this helpful

Ah dang! I hate when I do those kind of things! Well, I say toss it, it is way cheaper in the long run then having to deal with stomach issues, which I don't think anything serious will happen but better safe then sorry. (Plus who like cleaning up after stomach unrest?!!!!YUCK!)

2 moms found this helpful

More Answers

Not me... I'd buy a new gallon. It is not worth getting sick or have sick children over a $3 gallon of milk.

THink of it this way.... you are trying to justify saving the money that is wasted on the milk but what if a child or you gets sick..... then you are out a lot more than the $3 for milk.... you're out your insurance deductibles for Dr. visits and RX.

I'd rather err on the side of caution and throw it out.

5 moms found this helpful

I wouldn't take a chance on it. Sorry.

4 moms found this helpful

Even if its still good right now, it will probably go bad faster than normal. I'd pitch it and get a new one just to be on the safeside.
You'd be mad tomorrow morning when you took a gulp of curdle ;)

3 moms found this helpful

no. sorry. throw it out!

3 moms found this helpful

I wouldn't drink it.

3 moms found this helpful

I wouldn't drink it.

3 moms found this helpful

I wouldn't give it to my family. I am over cautious when it comes to dairy. I would rather pay anout $4.00 for a gallon of milk then an ER visit.

3 moms found this helpful

Food handling "rules" state that after two hours in being above 40 degree, the milk can be unsafe. In this house we probably stretch a lot of the guidelines, but 10 hours in 60 degrees is quite a while. I'd probably toss it. It may be fine, but not worth the gamble to me if it's not. Milk smells bad when it's spoiled, but that doesn't mean the bacteria and salmonella can be smelled immediately while they are brewing. And milk is one of those things that can develop "off" flavors if not handled properly.

2 moms found this helpful

Ah dang! I hate when I do those kind of things! Well, I say toss it, it is way cheaper in the long run then having to deal with stomach issues, which I don't think anything serious will happen but better safe then sorry. (Plus who like cleaning up after stomach unrest?!!!!YUCK!)

2 moms found this helpful

So glad to know you tossed it. Bacteria cess pool. ::hurl::

2 moms found this helpful

I guess you could call your local health dept and ask, but I'd throw it out. I think 60-70 degrees for 10 hours is way too warm.

2 moms found this helpful

Toss it. Bacteria grows after a food has been between 40 and 140 degrees for 4 hours. The temp in your car was a prime temperature for bacteria growth.

2 moms found this helpful

Honestly if it smells fine and it's not organic milk, I'd drink it. But that's just me.

Or maybe you could use it for recipes where you boil it.

2 moms found this helpful

It all about you and how you feel.

If you are germaphobic and paranoid, toss it.

If you are not, drink it.

Millions of people go camping and thier milk gets warmer than the federal guidelines and they live to go camping again.

Good luck to you and yours.

1 mom found this helpful

A.,
good move tossing it!!I know milk(like everything else)gets more expensive by the day,so I feel ya',but its not worth it,you would have felt sick all day(even if didnt make you sick) LOL :)

1 mom found this helpful

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.

1 mom found this helpful

Too late here....but I would have made pudding with it.

1 mom found this helpful

It's highly unlikely to make you sick. It's been pasteurized and was in a sealed container.

However, it was likely to sour pretty fast. Good call on throwing it out.

1 mom found this helpful

I wouldn't chance it!!

1 mom found this helpful

It's probably fine. You don't have hot temps up in Nebraska, do you? But it won't stay good as long as the expiration date, so I'd drink it quicker than you would have.

D.

1 mom found this helpful

No, throw it away. It is not worth saving $4.00 to have someone get sick. Milk has to be stored below 40 degrees.

NO WAY. Pour it down the sink and go back to the store for another... Why risk it?!?!?

I personally wouldn't keep it. Once it's "warm" - its goes down hill fast.

I realize you have already thrown it out - I know sucks to waste money. It MIGHT have been good. But only for a day or two.

Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.