An article in the New York Times states that four hours is the maximum time that cooked meat should sit at room temperature. The USDA recommends two hours but cuts that to one hour when temperatures are over 90 F.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raw meat should not be cooked and consumed if it is left out and unrefrigerated for more than two hours. In temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the meat should not b...
Raw meat should not sit out and should go in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible. Cooked meat can be left out until it is cool enough to go in the refrigerator or freezer.
To calculate the cooking time for meat, determine the type of meat being cooked and the oven temperature that the recipe calls for. The type of meat and its weight determine the ideal cooking temperature and times.
Most cooked meats including ham can be left at room temperature for up to 2 hours. If the area is warmer, the food may only be safe for up to 30 minutes. After that period, there is an increased chance of contracting a f...
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooked meat becomes unsafe to eat after 2 hours at room temperature. To keep food safe to eat, it is recommended that you either eat, freeze or refrigerate...
The Food and Drug Administration recommends that meat left out at room temperature for more than two hours should be discarded. Raw meat left out for this amount of time is a breeding ground for bacteria that can make pe...