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

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Are heads of porgies poisonous?

I found on the Wikipedia article for porgies, there is a quote from a reference saying that: Johnson, G.D. & Gill, A.C. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N.. ed. Encyclopedia of ...
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Konbu discoloration still edible?

Some of the Konbu that I recently bought has a whitish discoloration as opposed to a black/green color. I am wondering if it can still be eaten/used in cooking. Konbu Thanks!
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Hot crab and Artichoke dip - can it be made in advance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? How much ahead of time could I put this dish together and refrigerate before heating to serve? ...
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Do I need to wash my tongs between handling raw meat in pan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I ensure food safety if my cooking utensils have touched raw meat? I tend to be over careful when handling raw meat when cooking. However, I think it is simply ...
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safe to sear beef tenderloin the night before? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before I would like to prep my Beef Wellington the night before. I would sear, cover with mushrooms, prosciutto the night ...
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Safe to leave meat out for a couple of hours? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it dangerous to eat meat which has been left out and then cooked? On Friday I am picking up some food items that I won't be able to get to a fridge and/or freezer ...
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Where can I find the apron/towel worn by the America's Test Kitchen staff?

On America's Test Kitchen, I've seen them wearing a towel around their waist that is somehow attached to an apron. Is there a name for this? Or are they just somehow tucking the towel into a ...
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Are smoked pork chops from the butcher safe to eat without any further cooking?

I bought a smoked pork chop from the butcher yesterday, and assumed I would cook it like any other pork chop, but after looking at it, it seems like it may be edible as is. The appearance is close to ...
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Does a head of lettuce really need to be refrigerated?

At the grocery store here in Germany I saw that lettuce isn't refrigerated. So I brought a head home and it's been in my pantry for 3 days and it seems fine... The English speaking internet says ...
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How to get ants out of bread loaves?

So, yesterday I forgot bread loaves on a table and in the evening found tiny red ants crawling on the loaves all over. I tried to dust them off, but some of them went into hiding in pits of the ...
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Browning Beef in Beef Stew?

So im going to be making beef stew again, and most recipes call for it to be browned. (This is going in a cast iron OLD dutch oven, so maximum season!) That being said the Dutch oven itself ...
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Air bubbles in canned tomatoes

I've always been told that if you see air bubbles in canned food, you should treat it like toxic waste. Today I opened a can of tomatoes and saw a few air bubbles form along the edges of the can. Is ...
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Can I still use meat left out in the trunk

I accidentally left meat in the trunk of my car, it's so cold outside it froze, can I still use it?
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Black Coalish Thing In Orange

I recently found a piece of black substance in my Navel Orange. When I rubbed it against my finger, the blacked thing smeared on my finger like coal. It was less the 1 cm wide and kind of look like a ...
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refrigerating meat after cooking

I've heard that you need to let meat cool down after cooking before you store in in refrigeration, something about bacteria building up when you do that. Any idea if that's true?
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Is it safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge?

Simply, as the title says I’d like to know if it is safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge. Given the ready-made pies still need to be cooked to a high ...
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How to store parts of whole chicken for long time?

I bought cooked whole chicken. According to stilltasty.com and with my experience, for more than 1-2 days, I have to place it in the freezer. But then if I want to eat a part of it, I have to thaw it ...
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How long will previously-frozen vacuum-packed chicken last in the fridge?

A similar question about fish was all I found, but fish is not chicken and they have different considerations. I buy chicken from Whole Foods that comes already sealed, and is labeled as "Air ...
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Can wine gone bad be bad for you?

Unfortunately, wine will eventually go bad. The time this takes can vary from a few years to many decades, but most wines eventually will get there; and things can always be sped up by improper ...
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Pasteurized milk that has gone sour

I have 1/2 gallon of milk (not raw) that turned sour in fridge (not curdled). Hate to throw it away. Can I safely use it to make cottage cheese or put into a chocolate cake?
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At what point (after clams die) are they ok to eat

I bought clams yesterday they were all closed. I put them in room temperature water overnight (with 3% salt). Not in fridge. Now 50% are open. 50% have their tongues hanging out. The main question ...
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My soup tastes tart… Is it safe to eat?

My soup tastes almost like someone poured some lemon juice into it. It smells fine, and other than being a little lemony, tastes OK. When I put it in the fridge a week ago, it didn't have that tart ...
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What are the culinary differences between Chinese Mitten Crabs and Blue Crabs?

I wonder why Chinese mitten crabs are a delicacy in Chinese food, while most people in Europe and US don't eat them even though there are many of them now in these two places? For example, in ...
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Are these beets still edible?

I boiled some beets last weekend but then had to travel unexpectedly. They have been in the fridge in a container. They have some light purple watery droplets on them now. Are they still edible? ...
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How long does a fruit and sugar mixture last?

I made a sauce with frozen rhubarb and raspberry mixed with sugar and reduced it until there is hardly any juice left. I put the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Would this still be ...
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Soppressata, prosciutto, and other meats; how is it safe?

Call me naive, but isn't this essentially uncooked meat? Reading how prosciutto is prepared now, and I don't see any cooking involved, just salting, pressing, and letting sit, sometimes for years. ...
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Chicken breast sous vide: Time in fridge matters?

I have kept a chicken breast, packed in plastic (possibly in a near-vacuum environment) in my fridge for more than a week. The best-before-date is tomorrow. I am considering cooking this breast sous ...
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Test if whitish chocolate has bloom or is spoiled

My friend (who lives in a warm, humid climate) often has issues with chocolate, due to the formation of a light-colored coating on it. I believe it is just chocolate bloom, but she thinks it's mold ...
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How long does hot chocolate stay good?

My resource for food shelf life is usually stilltasty.com . However, I can't find hot chocolate on the list. I'm talking about a small pot of hot chocolate - milk, cocoa, sugar, water. Is the ...
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At what concentration is sodium bicarbonate a sanitizing solution?

I can't find an authoritative answer to the question @rumtscho asked me here about the concentration of sodium bicarbonate, mixtures of which I've come to rely on as a cleaning and sanitizing solution ...
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Cooked chicken on bone - how to refrigerate and reheat some

I've made a cooked chicken on the bone (Coq Au Vin), however some guests couldn't attend, so two Chicken legs are left over. I'm planning to cool then refrigerate these and then re-heat in a pan ...
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Modernist Cuisine-style BBQ brisket safety

I am going to try Nathan Myhrvold's 2-step BBQ brisket recipe: Smoke at 149F for 7 hrs, then vacuum seal and sous vide at 146F for 72 hrs. However, (due to travel for work) I won't be able to complete ...
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Safe to buy food baked in plastic containers:

I recently bought some baked goods (corn break I think) from Fred Meyers, and it seesm to be baked right in the plastic container it came in. Is this safe? This question makes it seems like this is ...
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Why exactly is thawing via hot water bad?

I read all over the internet and labels that you shouldn't thaw with hot water? however tons of people leave meat to get to room temp how is thawing with hot water bad? Like for instance I go to get ...
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How to dethaw multiple pieces of steak when not planning to use them all at once

I had bought six pieces of steak and forgot to refrigerate them. They were in a bag overnight and the next morning when I realized what had happened I quickly put them all in the freezer. They are not ...
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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Dry cured chicken with bad odor

I dry cured some chicken for three weeks: I cut chicken breasts into 1 inch slices, usee 10-20% salt and rubbed thoroughly. I left it to dry cure for 2-3 weeks. I did this however I forgot to remove ...
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Freezing bones for stock

Is it ok to freeze a chicken carcass to make stock with another time? And if so, after I make the stock with it, is it ok to then freeze some of that stock or would that be refreezing & thus ...
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What kind of food should be stored in a refrigerator's “snack pan” drawer?

(This may be a silly question, but I'll ask anyway since I am curious about this.) We have an older fridge and it has a drawer labeled "snack pan." I'm not sure how to understand "snack" here. ...
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Spoiled garlic ok to use?

I bought a 3 pound bag of peeled garlic. Some of them have white mold on them. Should I throw the lot away or pick through the bad ones & discard?
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Can I still use frozen beef brisket left out at room temperature for 12 hours? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? I left out 2 raw but frozen 6 lbs beef briskets in the sink at 7PM to thaw out because they were ...
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Can condensed milk be safely used after it's 'best before' date?

It's just that I have an unopened tin of condensed milk which is a couple of months past it's best before date. And I don't feel like throwing it away :(
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How long can you keep chocolate in the freezer?

We get lots of gifts of chocolate and due to health reasons, we can't finish all the chocolate. So we store it in the freezer. How long can or should you store chocolate in the freezer before it's ...
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Extra Firm Tofu past expiration date: safe, but for how long?

How long past the expiration date is pre-packaged extra-firm tofu safe, tasty and wholesome. Generally, expiration dates are for sissies, but something about the tofu made me think twice. I've seen ...
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Cooking safety and cricket flour

I'm looking into starting to cook with cricket flour as a way to easily consume protein on the go. I'm currently considering various options such a smoothies, muffins and/or granola bars. However, I ...
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Is slow cooking in an oven safe with long cooking times

I've been reading about slow cooking in an oven and I have some questions. We cook meat until it reaches a certain temperature; we can assume this temperature is deemed safe by food experts! However, ...
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Tiny bit of mold on maple syrup—can I still bottle it?

If there's a tiny bit of mold on nearly-finished maple syrup (like, a tiny patch in a pot of 1.5 gal), and it's removed and the syrup is brought back to a boil, is there any particular pathogen that ...
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Is it a problem that the same flipper that touched raw blood touches the finished meat? [duplicate]

I noticed that when I was cooking stir fry, I used the same flipper throughout. This means when I put the meat in, the flipper came in contact with the uncooked meat and got some blood on it. Is this ...
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Baked apple that was left out overnight?

I made a baked apple recipe with a crumb stuffing (recipe here), and then accidentally left one of them out in the dish overnight. Is it safe to eat? (Checked stilltasty.com, my reference for such ...
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Can you cook chicken breasts frozen on the George Foreman Grill?

Can you cook chicken breasts frozen on the George Foreman Grill? Is it safe? Will it work well?