I am a sandwich junkie. It's been really hard for me to go off of deli meats cold turkey (bad joke). But my OB said to avoid them unless I heat them until they are steaming. Most days I try to eat cheese/veggie sandwiches or sometimes tuna or egg salad but there are just times I want a turkey sandwich and there's nothing else that will do it. On those days I heat up the meat in the microwave. Honestly it doesn't tast that great but it's better than nothing. Just wondering if anyone else does this? And is it okay to heat up the meat and let it cool and eat it cold. I know we're supposed to keep hot foods hot/cold foods cold, etc. But I'm just curious if it's only safe to eat when its hot or it just needs to be reheated to kill off the listeria or whatever.
At the risk of getting a telling off from the other ladies on here! Lol. I'm pregnant with my 5th baby and have eaten cold ham, turkey, chicken throughout all my pregnancies and never had a problem. Are we not supposed to eat them?? Do you mean like packets of meat from the fridge in supermarket?? Bernard Matthews etc?
I'm sure the way you are describing will be absolutely fine! If it's cooked already and then you're zapping it in the micro, I really think it will be absolutely fine!
I miss my turkey sandwiches too Ive been heating turkey in the microwave also I guess it is better than nothing! I went to Subway last night and got a turkey sandwich toasted and it tasted so good until after when I felt like I was going to throw up???? Doubt there was any correlation.....
What is Listeria?
"Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that is found in water and soil. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil, and animals can also be carriers. Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk, foods made from unpasteurized milk, and processed foods. Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking. There is a chance that contamination may occur in ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and deli meats because contamination may occur after cooking and before packaging."
I know there was some arguing on the 1st tri thread because some of you non in the US say that it's a different risk in other countries because there are different guidelines. I don't exactly know the differences. All I know is there are some cases of listeria in the US and while the risk is small I'd rather not take it as it could cause devastating effects.
I would keep following the advice of your doctor! It's a food poisoning risk so the fact that most of the time people don't get sick and their babies are fine really isn't relevant.
Anyhow, on to your question - heating it to steaming will kill any listeria. Best practice is to eat hot, but I think you're right - you can then cool it off - use a shallow container so it cools quickly. Refrigerate once it stops steaming. Leave the lid off until the food is cooled to avoid keeping in the heat.
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