You pull your freshly baked cheesecake out of the oven, leave it on the counter to cool, and forget it for an afternoon. So, is it still safe to eat?

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Sorry, we don't recommend you serve a cheesecake that's been left out on the counter for a long period of time. Foods made with eggs and milk such as pumpkin pie, custard pie, and cheesecake, must first be safely baked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Then, they must be refrigerated after baking.

Eggs and milk have high protein and moisture content and when these baked products are left at room temperature, conditions are ripe for bacteria to multiply. It's not necessary to refrigerate most other cakes, cookies, or breads unless they have a perishable filling or frosting.

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Comments (2)

Anonymous
March 19, 2019
I prefer room temp cheesecake, but after it’s been out for several hours I refrigerate it. There is enough sugar in it that I don’t see a problem and it’s been baked. I don’t let it out over night however I do refrigerate it after it’s been out several hours. It usually is all gone by then anyway. 😂
Anonymous
January 23, 2019
I eat stuff that's been left out all the time and I haven't died yet! Of course you should use common sense and not eat anything that's been left out for over a day or so, but the way I see it, how did people eat before there were refrigerators? Obviously there were more illnesses and disease back then, but the alot of people lived!