Questions on handling, preparing, and storing food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.

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How long do unrefrigerated opened canned peppers last? [duplicate]

I received a couple homemade cans of banana peppers that were canned with a jalapeno in each for some extra heat. I absolutely love the taste of them, but I am curious how long they can last once ...
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Cooking with sourdough starter

I have recently begun a sourdough starter. General advice is to throw away half the starter every few days then feed what remains with additional flour and water. Is there a reason why most ...
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How long is bread “Safe” in the fridge?

Now I know bread shouldn't be kept in the fridge, but I had leftover garlic bread from pizza stored in the fridge for two days. I warmed it up and ate them (I was really lazy today haha). then I ...
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Can you pasteurize flour at home?

As a follow-up to this question about the safety of raw flour, and to possibly update this question about eating raw cookie dough: Is it possible/how can I pasteurize raw flour, at home, to kill ...
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How do I know if escargot is fully cooked?

I recently had escargot the first time at at buffet. It wasn't piping hot but I was able to pull the meat out of the shell easily and it was chewy. There are bits of black here and there on the meat. ...
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Can a jar that has had botulinum food in it be cleaned

If a home canned jar has botulinum in it can the jar be cleaned and saved? If so what is the correct way to clean the jar?
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Is it okay to cover food in the fridge with paper plates?

If I had some chicken and pasta on a ceramic plate and wanted to save the rest for later, when I put it in the fridge, is it fine to just cover it with a paper plate or should you use saran wrap? ...
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How risky is it to eat raw flour, as in uncooked dough?

Does eating raw flour or doughs containing raw flour pose a significant food safety risk (i.e., greater than other dry goods or ingredients in your kitchen)? If so, are there particular cooking or ...
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stagnant water in my tumble or 1 gallon container, how many days until it becomes contaminated or undrinkable?

How many days, or even weeks until a certain water inside the container (a tumbler, or maybe a 1 gallon water container) becomes undrinkable? Does it vary on container? If so, I am using a plastic 1 ...
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Pork dilemma help [duplicate]

My freezer was left open over night and I had a joint of pork in there half is still frozen the other has thawed can I keep it in there to refreeze?or shall I take it out to defrost and cook it?
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Salad packaged with raw meat: is it safe?

Sometimes I see in supermarkets (in Italy) packages in which rocket salad is sold together with raw beef, like in this picture: This is clearly meant to be prepared in the form of tagliata con ...
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How long are hard boiled eggs safe to eat after peeled bagged & put in fridge? [duplicate]

On 6/7/16 I hard boiled 6 lg. Eggs, peeled them, bagged them, and placed them in fridge. How long are they safe to eat?
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Re-Heat meringues after having them in the fridge for a long time?

Three weeks ago I tried to make meringues. Unfortunately I left them in the oven for too short, and thus they were quite soft. Thus I put them in the fridge. Now I took them out again, and noticed ...
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Why are mushrooms safe for everyone to touch at the supermarket?

Food safety laws generally apply to most food you can touch with your hands at supermarkets - such as loose leaf spinach, bread rolls in the bakery, and anything at the deli. When handling these foods,...
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Tiny black bugs in red spices?

About 9 months ago, I found little black bugs in my Hungarian hot paprika as I ran low. The spice had gone from dry and powdery to moist and crumbly. I chalked it up to the dense larvae being in the ...
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Left a 10 pound cryovac wrapped frozen ribeye in garage for 3 hours - is it safe to eat? [duplicate]

I purchased a 10 lb sleeve of ribeye from a friend who works at a sausage factory. It was purchased within an hour of it being brought back from the sausage factory and it was frozen solid. Got busy ...
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Pork in the slow cooker [duplicate]

Help! I cooked a pork roast for ten hours in my slow cooker, then noticed the lid was not fully closed. The roast was still bleeding when I cut into it. Can I put it in the oven and still safely ...
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Is liquid seeping from the fish normal when making gravlax?

I'm currently trying to make gravlax for the first time! I bought about 2 lbs of fish, specifying that I wanted to eat it raw so they gave me something appropriate for that. I put lots of salt, a bit ...
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Is it feasible to freeze a whole pig?

How long can I freeze a pig whole? How can I keep it from getting freezer burned? We are having a wedding in September and it's June but the pig is already currently at the size we need it to be. I ...
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Is it safe to eat non-green tea leaves

I'm trying to understand if it's safe to eat tea leaves. Not as an evening meal, more about if I make a drink with loose leaf tea and leave the leaves in the bottom of the drink and drink some, will ...
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Does cooking olive oil remove bacteria?

I think some water got into my olive oil bottle, which can make bacteria grow. I'm thinking of using that bottle for frying or baking, would that make using it safe?
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How long is too long to presoak grits?

I presoaked 1 C of Quaker Old Fashioned grits last weekend, but didn't get a chance to cook them. They have been in the fridge all week in the same water. Is it possible that anything inimical has ...
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Can I cook (boil) vegetables in the same pot two times in a row without washing the pot? [duplicate]

If I cook a bunch of different vegetables in the pot, is it safe to just get them out of the pot and fill the pot with water for the next round of cooking a bunch of vegetables? I know there are ...
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If I vacuum seal a food product like beef stew then boil it in the bag, would it keep un-refrigerated?

I'm wondering if after vacuum sealing something then boiling it, if that would act as sterilization allowing the product to remain safe without being refrigerated.
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Cooked hamburger [duplicate]

I cooked hamburger and onion about 7:00 P.M. One night to freeze and use later, after it cooled a bit I put it in freezer bags and laid it on the counter to cool before putting it in the refrigerator ....
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What should I do with my leftover bench flour?

I make bread/pizza quite often, up to a few times per week. I work on a wooden surface for forming the dough and use a flour dredge to spread about 1 cup of flour per session on my surface. I would ...
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How long can baked vegetarian lasagna be left out? [duplicate]

I made an amazing vegan lasagna last night but it got left out for 4 hours after we ate it before I refrigerated it. It contained lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, tofu, vegan cream cheese, eggplant , ...
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Can you thaw pork chops at room temperature and then refreeze them again? [duplicate]

Can you thaw (frozen) pork chops at room temperature and then refreeze them?
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How can I prove ganache is safe at room temperature?

Ganache I make is a ratio of 2:1, cream is boiled 3 times to reduce water content, chocolate is a mixture of dark and milk. Upto 50g of glucose syrup is added as a preservative. I know the ganache ...
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Is it contaminating the spice to touch it after touching raw meat?

When I cook raw meat, especially chicken strips, I have it spread out on the chopping board with a few bags and containers of spice to the side. I don't actually use too many shakers for spice. Since ...
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Ceramic made from alumina poisonous?

I was searching for ceramic knife and learned they can be made from Zirconia or Alumina. Some cheap ones could be from the latter because material is cheaper. Isn't Aluminum Oxide poisonous to human ...
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New Red Potatoes have pink streaks inside

Is it safe to eat new red potatoes fresh out of garden that has pink streaks in them? What are these pink streaks?
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When is the expiry date? [closed]

Honest to god, I tried so hard to identify it. I do see JAN 17 but I'm not sure if its January of 2017 or January the 17th. Plus I see 00:42 there but I'm not sure what it means, but I have a feeling ...
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Should I throw away sesames with moths?

I found pantry moths in my sesames, and their webs between the sesames on the top part. Should I throw them out? Are they still edible or useful in other ways? Thanks.
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Are there food combinations that are dangerous?

Is there a combination of ingredients that will chemically interact to create poison? I am interested in whether this possible with any common preparation method (e.g. via cooking, blending, whisking,...
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How do you avoid getting burnt by hot oil?

I find myself getting hit too much by boiling oil. Even when I keep my face really far from the pan it hits me. Are there any general guidelines or best practices to avoid getting hit by boiling oil?
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How do I minimize the risk of bacteria growth in bean sprouts?

I have been experimenting with sprouts lately. Most recently I've been sprouting mung beans. Last week I had a salad with a larger than usual portion of bean sprouts. I spent the next day with a ...
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How long can a vinaigrette last if emulsified with raw egg?

Started a new job and walked in to some vinaigrettes that are 2-4 weeks old, some of which contain raw egg. Obviously, I'm a little concerned. How long can a vinny last with raw egg?
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Pressure cooked stock out overnight, still safe?

I see a question here about stock out overnight, but in my case it's a bit different in that I used a pressure cooker. My question is, is there anything that could possibly have survived an hour of ...
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How do we keep our roasted cashews from smelling bad eventually?

We are from a small manufacturing unit and do roasting and packing of cashews. After roasting we pack them in polypropylene pouches with nitrogen flushing. But after 2-3 months cashews are smelling ...
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White bristles on carrots

I've had carrots in a plastic bag in the fridge for a few weeks and when I went to use them today, I noticed there are what I can best describe as white bristles or whiskers coming out of them. I've ...
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Is it safe to eat beef that was boiled, then at room temp overnight then boiled again in sealed crockpot? [duplicate]

Similar to another question about poultry Chill (with beef) cooked to a bubbling boil for 2+ hours then set to a simmer (Warm, in crockpot) with lid still on overnight. Power goes out for 12 hours. ...
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Why does food spoil in the freezer?

Many recipes suggest storing perishable food, such as left-over chicken stock, in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Why could one not store it frozen for longer, surely bacteria and mould cannot grow ...
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How to have my solar system stick that would be edible

I am doing a solar system project in my science bell. I have the choice to make edible food. So I wanted to make cookies for the solar system. Here's the problem, I can get all the colors I need with ...
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What can I bake for my nut allergic friend?

I have a friend who has tree-nut allergy so he isn't able to eat any kinds of nuts, because of this every single time I bake something for my class he can't eat it because of his allergy. When I ...
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Raw meat in washing up water

We've been having a bit of a debate - my approach to washing up is to get hot, clean, soapy water and then to wash cutlery, plates, bowls and glasses first, before moving on to crockery and finally ...
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how to seperate peanut oil from roasted peanuts at home?

I want to enjoy a peanut’s protein without a concern of a lot of calories , so I want to sepearate some oils from peanuts with simple home equipments , is it possible ?! How much ...
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Are the white things on a bread normal?

I have a piece of olive bread which was good by April 16. I have seen some white things on them since I got them on April 17, and have kept it in refrigerator. Are they normal and safe to eat? Will ...
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Any health risk eating cold refrigerated pizza?

I love eating cold pizza leftovers straight from the fridge. Someone recently told me that you should always reheat leftover pizza to kill off any bad bugs that could be growing in there. Is there any ...
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White residue emerging while cooking bacon

When I pan-fry bacon I usually see a curdled white residue emerge from the strips as they start to become cooked. This residue forms a sticky film on the pan that burns if not scraped off during ...