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Would it be safe to cook sausage at 12pm leaving it out at room temperature to cool then re-cooking it at 7pm?
No. This would be quite unsafe and actually very dangerous. It is best to cook your sausage just before you are going to eat it.
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Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP