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Cream Cheese left out of fridge!

Rocky Road | Nov 8, 2009 08:37 AM

I came home from shopping yesterday with the intent on making cheesecake. I got home at 4pm in the afternoon and put the cream cheese and some eggs on the counter to get to room temp. I checked on them about an hour later and they were still on the cool side, so I decided to go another hour.

Long story short, I got involved in other things, and mentally decided to make the cheesecake the next day but forgot I had left it on the counter. I ended up finally heading to the kitchen at 4am and saw them! I stuck them back in the fridge but I'm concerned now.

It's was a cool night, but they were out for 12 hours. I've Googled and most say they should only be left out for two hours or so. Obviously, there are others that have said they have left it out longer and use the "smell test" to determine if they should use it or throw it out.

Any definitive experts here? Thanks!

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