If the package puffed up at all, toss it. Was is really warm, like by a stove or anything?
It wasn't really puffed up or anything, and it was just on the counter. It was like, a little cooler than room temperature by the time I got to to it.
Note: it says on the package "important - must be kept refrigerated".
I would sniff it and use it if it smells OK, in that case. But that's me.
If it was still lower than room temp, I'd eat it- and I'm a paranoid germ freak who will throw stuff out in a heartbeat if I think it's bad =)
i've left tofu out on accident before, and really as long as it doesn't smell funny, it should be fine.
but if you're really un sure, i wouldn't risk it.
If it doesn't smell bad, and the package hasn't puffed up, I'd eat it.
Actually, I did the same thing - except I accidentally left it out overnight. It was fine - I've eaten two thirds of it already and the rest is in the fridge, and I've been fine.
if it gets a yogurty layer on top, bleck.
If the tofu isn't white anymore but has a pink or green tint, that means it is bad. I've eaten it in this state before. I has a really sour taste, but I didn't get sick. But at that point in my life, I ate out of dumpsters on a regular basis.
yep, I ate some that was really really old - it tasted sort of sour but it didnt make me sick.
same. but off the record, it gave me a lot of gas.
When tofu goes bad, it gets slimy and smells terrible. It's one of those foods that lets you know it's past its prime.
as long as it was unopened, it should be fine. however, once it is open keep it refrigerated unless you are using it and change the water daily.
no no no! look at servsafe rec'd.
i remember when i got certified, tofu is a potentially hazardous food if left in improper conditions because it has the perfect conditions to grow pathogens and toxins. this is actually true with any soy product as far as i know. i'm pretty sure botulism is found most often in improperly stored tofu.
and yes, even a few hours can make this happen.
I've left it out overnight and eaten it so I'm sure you're fine.
Tofu is bad when it stinks or tastes sour.
Personally, I would eat it. However, it would be with the knowledge that I might have to pay the consequences. 6 hrs at room temperature is about 3x longer than is considered safe.
I can't think of anything that I eat that I personally wouldn't feel safe leaving out for 6 hours and then eating (after having then cooked it - I've never had anything go funny colored/textured/smelly in that short a time). Sure there is a risk, but then there was a risk that the package was already contaminated with something... same with any food. And the only time I've gotten sick from food was delivery.