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

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Reconciling Food Safety Tips: Food vs Water

I've never understood why water found in the wild should reach a temperature of about 200 to be safe, but food leftovers only need to reach 165 to be considered safe. Does someone know the reason for ...
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How to get rids of flies and ants after you put cooked meals on the table?

From my understanding, I tried using vinegar and draw a loop around my meals to prevent attracting the ants. As to prevent the flies, I use another plate to cover my meals. This can be a hard time for ...
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Covering food while cooling

Is it a good or a bad idea to cover food that is cooling? For example I have bolognese cooling in a tupperware container but don't know whether I should cover it and refrigerate or leave uncovered out ...
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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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Should brussel sprouts ever taste chemically?

So I got a bunch of what I thought were locally grown organic brussel sprouts from the local coop the other day. They came in an unlabeled zip lock bag, which usually means small local farm. I ...
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Lasagne package says cook from frozen

The package says cook from frozen, do not thaw first, but the lasagne is thawed (my daughter brought it up for us) and has been refrigerated for a couple of days. Is it safe to cook and eat?
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Homemade Vinegar Safe?

There's a recipe for homemade vinegar that's basically water, brown sugar, and pineapple peels. Is this safe? I'm thinking that there'll be some mold, etc. or even methanol.
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Leaving buttermilk out overnight, recipe for food poisoning?

In the recipe for corn bread in The Bread Baker's Apprentice, the first instruction reads: "The night before baking the corn bread, soak the cornmeal (1 cup) in the buttermilk (2 cups). Cover and ...
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How long is coffee with creamer added safe in a thermos?

I'm not sure if this or this questions' answers satisfactorily cover my question but I am seeing a lot of answers that talk about the shelf-life of coffee and say things just "change" when adding ...
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...
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What part of the squid is edible?

Is the part of the squid right above the tentacles edible? I think it's the bottom of the body, I've never cooked squid before. I washed it under cold water and felt it carefully with my fingers and I ...
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How long does it take botulism spores to germinate in the fridge?

Based on this question, I started wondering how long I could keep an anerobic food in the fridge before I have to worry about botulism colonization. 1 day? 3 days? 2 months? Clearly it's not a ...
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How long does grease take to go bad/rancid when sitting out?

If I make a skillet full of bacon, how long can I leave the grease sitting out before it is unsafe/rancid? Is the answer different for ground beef grease?
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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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Is it safe to eat marinated beef that has been frozen for three days?

What if I marinated beef with oyster sauce, salt, sugar, soy sauce, garlic and onion but put into freezer for 3 days. Is it still good to eat?
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Is cooking a raw steak in the microwave safe?

I only have a microwave in my room and I'm moving away in a month, so I don't want to buy an oven or any kitchen appliances, but I still want a steak, is it safe to cook it in the microwave?
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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Most chefs stress the fact that white button mushrooms, and others, should not be washed to be cleaned. They say to either lightly brush them or just pat them with a cloth or paper towel to get the ...
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What is the best way to get rid of the ants from the box of clarified butter?

The clarified butter is in a semi solid state in a transparent plastic box covered with a screw type lid. I don't know how the ants went inside but now I can see those ants roaming inside the box - ...
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How long can frosting with butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk, that is covered with fondant be left out of the refrigerator?

I'm making a 9x13 chocolate cake, frosted with a vanilla buttercream, (not filled) and covered with black Fondarific fondant. Here's the ingredients for the frosting: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1-2 ...
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Is it safe to consume packed tea leaves after their expiry?

Is it safe to consume packed tea leaves after their expiry? After all they might have lost their flavor, but can they be harmful in any way?
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Storing Green Onions?

What is the proper method to store green onions? Additionally, how long can it be stored in the chill chest?
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Salmon with green back

I've just found some deep frozen salmon in my freezer but I'm unsure if it's still eatable though the package says it still should. The case is that the salmon is still pink as it should be but it's ...
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Does chili paste require refrigeration?

A recipe I am planning to make calls for chili paste, which I have never used before. I found some in the grocery store (it is Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste), which seems to be more liquidy ...
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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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Can I cook duck breast a day before?

I have to serve a 'carpaccio' of roasted duck breast tomorrow, but I'd like to prepare it today. I want to serve the duck breast on room temperature, after cooking it medium rare or medium. Can I ...
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Can a bloody orange be half bloody?

I've got a "sanguino moro" (bloody/red) orange, but it appears to be only half-bloody, as in the photo below. However all figures I've found on the internet show oranges that are purely red inside, ...
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Does store-bought Kombucha spoil? If so, how can I tell?

I recently bought Ginger Kombucha for the first time in a reputable health food store. I'd never heard of it, but my doctor feels the probiotics will help my chronic digestive problem. Because of the ...
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What makes lye food grade?

I've been looking around for lye to make pretzels and found few solutions for food grade lye. I want to continue using lye in my baking and would like to make my own lye going forward. The process ...
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Spilled vegetable oil

Oil that had dripped from a bottle of vegetable oil got on the shelf of my kitchen cupboard. I didn't notice it then put a tray on top, several months later I find a sticky mess under the tray. Is ...
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Searing stew meat the night before

I read the question (and all of the answers) Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before. I can see how it might be conceived as a duplicate, but I'm not meaning for my question to be. It ...
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Cooking smoke safety

Whenever I make burgers (stovetop with cast iron), they produce a high amount of smoke. I usually take extra precautions to ensure adequate ventilation, but I end up inhaling quite a bit a smoke. ...
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Is it ok to freeze miso paste?

Recently, I bought a pack of miso paste. It contains 1kg, far more than I actually need. Is it ok to freeze what I don't need? If so, how long could I keep it frozen?
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Can half cooked pork chops be cooled then fully cooked later?

I started baking pork chops at about 2pm. 30 mins into cooking I had to leave. I turned off oven and left. It's now 640pm and I'm just getting home. The pan is still slightly warm. Are the pork chops ...
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Homemade Preserves

I was given 3 different jars of preserves. They left the jars in the car for 2 days in the heat of Nevada and when they gave to me you could see the jams had turned to liquid. After leaving on the ...
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Why does Tomato Sauce (ketchup) require refrigeration but Barbecue sauce (like Worcestershire sauce) does not?

We have two types of sauce we put on our sausages. Tomato Sauce (Australian - ketchup equivalent) and Barbecue Sauce (Australian - mix of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce). The Tomato sauce indicates ...
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Should eggnog be chunky?

So I was making a little holiday drink. Little nutmeg, cinnamon, a shot of brandy, and eggnog. The eggnog was brand new, but when I poured it, I noticed it was chunky =/ I did not shake it before ...
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Reusing marinade JUST used for raw chicken [duplicate]

Can I take raw chicken out of a mainade that consist of soy sauce, vinegar and other things and put ribs into it to marinade as well? Its a couple days old and been in the fridge the whole time.
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How can I prepare dried minced garlic?

I have a container of minced garlic similar to this: My question is can I mince fresh garlic, then allow it to dry on a plate and add it to the container? Or is there a special way of preparing ...
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Clean fridge shelves which can't be removed?

What's the best way to clean out the parts of a fridge that can't be removed? I found that on my fridge, for whatever reason, some shelves on the inside of the door can't be taken out. Is there a ...
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Defrosting meat/fish in warm water

I have found warm water to be a great way to quickly defrost meat and fish as opposed to just letting it sit outside the freezer, which is what my mom does. But I wonder if there are any negative ...
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Is it bad to eat cheese after its expiry date?

I accidentally ate some packaged shredded cheese without knowing its expiration date. It expired in December and it is now February. it tasted fine, and it wasn't moldy. will I be okay? or should I ...
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Why do frozen foods that are fully cooked still need to be heated to the same temperature raw items require?

Do they put it on the boxes just in case they didn't really cook it through?
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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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Sous vide vegetables packed in advance?

Is there a reason to not dice vacuum pack vegetables and keep them in the fridge for å few days before cooking them sous vide?
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Is storing homeade dressing with garlic powder safe?

I would like to make a salad dressing with apple cider vinegar, evoo, maple syrup, mustard, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, and italian seasoning. I know nothing about food safety, is it safe to ...
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What is the shelf life of my syrup?

This is a continuation of my last question. the recipe I have is: 2 1/2 cups water 2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 moist vanilla bean, preferably Mexican or Bourbon (Madagascar) ...
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Soaking liver in milk: in or out of the fridge?

When soaking pork liver in milk for 2 hours, should I place it in the fridge or at room temperature? I'm worried it might go bad, as my room is pretty hot in the summer...
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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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Mascarpone left outside fridge overnight - still usable?

I forgot the mascarpone yesterday, so it sat in my bad in the living room for half a day and the night, instead of in the fridge. The question is, of course, is it still ok to use? It looks fine, of ...
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How often is it safe to eat sushi?

Assuming the fish is prepared properly and is sushi grade, how many times per week can I eat sushi without having to worry about mercury poisoning and/or health concerns? I'm not sure if the kind of ...