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

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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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Is the un-moldy part of tomato paste still safe to eat?

Today when I was making Bolognese sauce, I removed the moldy part of the tomato paste and use the non-moldy part in the sauce. After searching on the internet, I found out that I can get sick from 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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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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Can crumbled feta cheese last almost a year?

This question talks about feta cheese in a brine or milk bath lasting up to three months. What about crumbled feta? I was looking through the fridge, and found a 1/2 pound open container of crumbled ...
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Is Yellow coloring inside a fish normal?

I recently purchased a Bronzini fish from a local market. From the outside it looks great. But on the inside, a portion of the fish is a mucusy yellow The other side looks normal whitish/...
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Food safety issues related to eating raw frozen vegetables

I just pulled out a package of frozen spinach and noticed a warning "Cook from frozen, product must be cooked before consumption". I found the same on a package of frozen baby peas and I'm sure I've ...
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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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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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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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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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Can lemon juice concentrate be used after the use-by-date?

My lemon juice concentrate's use by date passed a few months ago. It was kept it in the fridge the whole time. Is it still safe to use it?
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How should glasses/cups be oriented in storage?

I believe that it's better to store glasses/cups right-side-up in the cupboard, but at work everyone stores them upside-down. Which is safer/more sanitary?
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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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How long can rye bread last?

A while ago, I obtained, on a Friday afternoon, a bag of pareve rye bread from the supermarket. The ingredient listing was: high gluten flour, rye flour, water, yeast, salt The bread was also ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Lunch meat is slimy on outside?

Sometimes when I buy lunch meat cuts, from the supermarket, they quickly get slimy on the outside. Regardless of the date which is indicated by the sticker. I perform taste, smell, and visual checks ...
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Why did pork tenderloin go pink in the fridge?

I cooked a pork tenderloin to at least 165 degrees F, maybe 180. The thermometer was in a pretty thick part of the meat and it was pretty much grey. Two days later it is pink in parts inside. I was ...
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Will spoiled food always make you sick?

Kind of a strange question, but say something has spoiled, i.e. smells bad, tastes bad, etc. Will it actually always make you sick? Like for instance spoiled dressing, let's say it tastes sour, ...
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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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Is there such a thing as “food grade CO2”?

I'm thinking about building a setup to make my own carbonated water. Should I be concerned that I'll be filling up my CO2 tank at Dick's Sporting Goods?
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Is it ok to store open cans in the fridge?

I'd been taught growing up that you should never store canned food in the fridge in the open can. Is there any scientific basis to this, or is it just an old wives tale? What types of foods should ...
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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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Is there a problem with defrosting meat on the counter?

I generally defrost meat on the kitchen counter. A friend of mine suggested that this was dangerous and suggested that I defrost meat in the refrigerator. I am no biologist but it seems to me that as ...
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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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How long is it safe to drink coffee after brewed?

How many hours/days would you recommend to drink coffee (after brewed) and consider it safe? (For example if you don't want to waste it). What is the difference if it is refrigerated or not? The ...
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How to wash vegetables without running water?

I live in a subtropical climate where most people cook vegetables, rather than eat them raw, so when making green salads, I must be careful to ensure that everything is clean. I have seen ...
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Washing Vegetables With And Storing Lemon Essential Oil?

According to this article it is better to use lemon essential oil when washing vegetables. It is said to add prepared mixture to spray bottle but nothing about if it is possible to store spray bottle ...
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How do you wash fruit and veggies effectively?

When eating or preparing fruit and vegetables, you should wash them beforehand to get rid of pesticides, bacterias, fertilizers, etc. However, I notice that I (and others I know), just put the thing ...
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Should I wash my pre-washed greens?

This sounds so silly writing it out. I frequently buy Olivia's organic spring mix salad which says it's "triple washed." Out of habit, I guess, I wash / spin each serving before I eat it. Should I ...
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Cooking with Plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How dangerous is it to bake food with plastic? I baked a cake with a piece of plastic in the oven. Is the cake safe to eat? Were the dangerous chemicals in melted plastic ...
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Is rare duck breast safe?

Other forms of poultry are regarded as undercooked at the slightest sign of pink juices and yet it is common practice to cook duck so that it's medium rare. Is the risk of food poisoning significantly ...
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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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Storing and Transporting cooked fish

I need to take fish to a cooking challenge and the fish has to be cooked, kept hot and then stored and not eaten for possibly 10 hours. Is there are way to do this without changing the flavor, ...
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Grape Juice left out overnight, now has fizz

So I left some grape juice out overnight, I forget how long, but now it has developed a "fizzy" taste. Also when you open the bottle you can hear the fizz escape. I've put it back 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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Do some breeds of chicken have particularly red meat when cooked?

Tonight, my friend and I ordered a fried chicken special at a restaurant with a local food theme. It was a great dish. Both of us got very pink chicken. I am pretty sure that my plate had three ...
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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 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 necessary is it to marinade meat before making jerkies?

So I just got myself a dehydrator, for the purpose of making jerkies. I was thinking of just seasoning the meat lightly instead of marinating them, which takes considerably more time, needs more ...
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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 ...