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Offline fjp110

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Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:41:06 PM »
So at the store yesterday I see 2 fantastic looking bone in rib eyes.  I figure the only thing that can make these better is to cold smoke them and then grill them tomorrow.  I cold smoked them for 2 hours with apple smoke, temp was 50 -52F.  they smell and look awesome! Then I put them in the fridge over night and plan to grill them tonight for dinner. after I am comitted to the cold smoke I look online for ''dnager zone'' for beef.  the government says 40F.  Am I goning to die? if not what is  the  ''real'' danger zones for beef?

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 01:12:38 PM »
If the 52 - 52°F was the cabinet temperature, and the steaks were handled properly in the past,  and if you refrigerated them quickly out of the smoker, you are alright. The danger zone is above 40°F and below 140°F. The maximum recommended time in the danger zone is 2 hours at room temperature (68°F). Also smoke has some antimicrobial properties that may extend the time in the danger zone a bit, but don't solely rely on that safety.

Most only cold smoke for 40 minutes to an hour.


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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 01:28:36 PM »
ok I feel better now.  I thought I would be ok but wanted to hear it from someone else to.  I figured that a slow ride home from the store in the summer was jsut as bad.   as far as the 40 minutes . . . I may have over smoked this batch.  thank you for th quick responce.

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 01:37:14 PM »
ok I feel better now.  I thought I would be ok but wanted to hear it from someone else to.  I figured that a slow ride home from the store in the summer was jsut as bad.   as far as the 40 minutes . . . I may have over smoked this batch.  thank you for th quick responce.

Your welcome. If you like two hours of smoke, then you should stay with that. If you find it is too smokey, just reduce the time.


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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012, 04:39:58 PM »
we ate it and we are still here.  the smoke was good.  it could have been less but not more.  overall it was really good.

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 01:48:27 AM »
I glad the smoke flavor was alright. Another thing I forgot to mention. When I cold smoke steaks or chops, I move them directly from the refrigerator to the smoker.


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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 07:05:29 PM »
that makes sense.  fridge to smoker then right to fridge.  I love having this smoker but I am still scared at times that I might kill myself by accident.

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 07:10:43 PM »
that makes sense.  fridge to smoker then right to fridge.  I love having this smoker but I am still scared at times that I might kill myself by accident.

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 07:55:48 PM »
Im from the old school 58 and still kicking. We unthawed meat on the counter all day even in the summer. This included chickens. Cut chicken and bread on same counter. Just as all our friends and realities did. I do not know of one case of illness or death from this. Now with all todays warnings I can't say its the best. But I still do. We also didn't wear seat belts,helmets and drank from garden hoses. Guess we were all just lucky. Lol

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 07:32:05 PM »
What's wrong with drinking from water hoses?

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 01:21:42 AM »
What's wrong with drinking from water hoses?

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I'm not sure if it still pertains to today's hoses since most are made of different materials than the past, but when water remains in the hose for awhile harmful and sometime carcinogen chemicals will leak into the water. If you let the hose run for awhile to flush out the standing water, then it is safe to drink.


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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 01:54:09 AM »
Habs...you are priceless!!!  ;D  ;D

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Re: Am I going to die if I eat this? cold smoked Beef
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2012, 07:56:55 AM »
Just one of the many things people say will kill us. LOL
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