I blanched some corn and cut it off the ear. However, I forgot to put it in the freezer. It was out all night. I also left out a couple of ears that I cooked to eat. Are these still safe to eat or does corn spoil if left out?
You will probably want to discard the corn. A safe rule of thumb is - when in doubt throw it out. Cooked food should only be left out at room temperature for no longer than two hours. The corn could have been placed in the refrigerator after blanching and then frozen the next day, but if it was left out over a period of time of two hours I would recommend throwing it out.
Answered by Sarah Janicek, B.S., Extension Associate, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009