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botulism risk with refrigerated items

SO, a bit of a longer one: Is there any risk of botulism from refrigerator pickling or brining? (referring to both meat and slices of vegetables/fruit) I've read around the subject a fair bit and ...
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Is it safe to reheat old water in an electric kettle?

I usually throw away the remaining water in the electric kettle before refilling it if the water is more than about a day old. In theory wouldn't boiling kill any impurities the old water might have? ...
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How long can fish be left out?

I was defrosting fish and forgot about it. It has been left out for a long time. How long can fish actually be left out before it goes bad?
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Why can food be left out to cool (140F to 40F in < 6h) but not to defrost?

Local government food safety guidelines for storing foods (p26) which have already been cooked stipulate food internal temperature must be brought from above 140F (serving temperature) to 70F in less ...
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Will my pasta taste fine 5 days later? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long does cooked pasta last in the fridge? I work Monday to Friday, and dont pack very good lunches, I recently bought a bunch of pasta and sauce, my plan is to make ...
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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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Is refreezing a meal safe?

I know there have been questions on refreezing meat, which apparently is not safe to do. My understanding from those posts was that it was referring to raw meat. My question is slightly different. I ...
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Is kangaroo meat safe to eat raw such as kangaroo tartare?

I know that kangaroo meat is usually cooked rare because it's so low in fat. I also know that certain meats are not safe unless well cooked, such as chicken and pork. But what about kangaroo? For me ...
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I left yogurt on my desk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you know when a cultured item is no longer safe to consume? I left yogurt on my desk for about 4 hours before I realized it (left my desk for some meetings), just ...
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Are heads of shrimps safe to eat in US?

I wonder if heads of shrimps bought from US grocery stores are safe to eat.
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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 should I store herb butter?

I tried just keeping it in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, but soon it was moldy. I've read this question, which seems to indicate that ordinary butter should keep safely for weeks ...
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What is the impact of repeated cooling and reheating of maple syrup?

Today I discovered a 1/4-full bottle of pure maple syrup had gotten moldy, so searched this site and came across this question: Should maple syrup be stored in the refrigerator? My follow-up question ...
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Are my capers still good?

I have a bottle of green capers in brine in the fridge, opened. About half of the capers are sitting on the bottom of the jar, and another half are floating. Have the floating ones turned bad? Or ...
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How can I make yogurt at home?

What are the requirements for making yogurt at home. Is there a solid recipe for making yogurt?
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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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The Mother Dough Blues

I wanted to expand my answer to this question by adding info about the color blue. Both mother and sour doughs are very stable, but can be 'invaded' by a bacteria that'll give it a bluish taint. I'd ...
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Is it okay to eat gorgonzola cheese mold?

My pack of Gorgonzola came with greenish/blue mold. is it okay to eat that mold? I intend to eat the cheese by itself.
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How long can I reuse this delicious bacon grease for cooking?

I cooked some bacon about a week ago and left the grease in the pan. I've used it the last two nights with great success for cooking other meals. How long is it safe to reuse? I figure since I'm ...
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Is smoked beef cooked 100%

For the first time in my life I tasted smoked beef. It tasted mostly like ash. It didn't have any raw taste but just wondering when meat is smoked, does it get cooked thoroughly?
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How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature?

If I leave fully-cooked food (particularly meat) out at warm temperature - say on the counter or in a crock pot that's been turned off - how long will it stay safe to eat? Does it make any ...
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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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Is it safe to prepare Chicken Tartare?

I know that raw chicken generally has a lot of safety concerns. Is there anyway that I can source the chicken to minimize these worries? What are the general concerns? How can I combat them? Are there ...
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How should I manage my fridge?

I try to be careful, I really do, but I found a week old cod smelling 'fishy' in my fridge. Normally, I put the date on the package, so at least I know how long things 'last' in there (lost and ...
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Is my food spoiled after a power outage?

My power went out for about 20 hours today, from 1am to 9pm. I'm wondering if the food in my refrigerator and freezer are spoiled. Here's some info: High temperature was about 100F outside, but only ...
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What are the 'natural flavors' in a fruit drink that contains no juice?

When a fruit (flavored) beverage says it contains all natural flavors but no juice, where is the flavor coming from? Is it possible there are man-made additives being thrown in that can be technically ...
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Is it possible to overmarinade a steak?

I know it won't spoil; the spoil by date is next week. I'm cooking it in 48 hours (Friday Evening). It'll rest in the lowest part of my fridge as well. My marinade consists of vinegar and salt. ...
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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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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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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 can tuna/bonito be tested for histamine?

I think I suffered scombroid food poisoning, together with some other people. I actually got the worst of it. The others experienced pain in the mouth. I had facial flushing and tachycardia as well. ...
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What types of food are safe for short-term room-temperature storage?

Federal food safety guidelines advise against leaving food in the "danger zone" (4-60° C / 40-140° F) for more than 2 cumulative hours. However, not all food needs refrigeration; some obvious ...
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I left fully cooked lasagna out all night [duplicate]

I left fully cooked lasagna out on the counter all night. My house is 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Is it safe to reheat and eat?
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Leaving the food out to cool off after cooking

After cooking, if the food is hot I heard it is better to leave it out until it cools. Why? Because if you place it hot in the refrigerator, the bacteria will grow there. On the other hand, I think ...
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Meals safe in danger zone

I'm on campus for most of the day, and since eating on campus is expensive, I would bring leftover dinners with me. Since they would sit in my backpack for several hours before eating, I would use one ...
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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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Can we digest raw starch?

One of the wisdoms passed on early in my family is not to eat certain types of food raw, because they will cause bellyache. It is regarded common sense on par with not to touch a hot stove because it ...
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Can one preserve food by periodically heating it?

I get that keeping food temperature low will slow down chemical reactions and preserve food, but sometimes my sister preserves food by heating it every 6 hours or so (up to 1-2 days). Does this help ...
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What are the safety considerations in making pine needle tea?

Living in a northerly climate, I have often speculated about how aboriginal people avoided diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies like scurvy (no imported citrus in those days.) According to ...
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How to preserve home-made salad dressing, without using bad preservatives? [closed]

I want to start making my own salad dressing because I don't like all of the stuff they put in processed food. However, I still would like my dressings to last more than just a few days in the fridge. ...
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Is it really necessary to wash a skillet that will be heated up again soon?

I made some eggs in a cast iron skillet yesterday and didn't wash the skillet. Today I want to make eggs again. Is it really necessary for me to wash the skillet before making more eggs? It would ...
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Does pesto go bad?

I have some basil pesto but I'm not sure how long its fridge life is. It is in a sealed container. How long does it last before it is not safe to eat anymore?
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The art of Sushi: using wasabi to kill parasites

I've been to many sushi places and last night I went to a place that I've been to before (not that long ago either). When the sushi came, we noticed that it had wasabi spread on the rice, under the ...
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Is boiling water poured over frozen berries enough vs. bacteria?

I often like to make smoothies where I among other things add frozen berries. I boil some water in my tea-boiler and pour it over the berries before I add them to the smoothie mix. Is this enough to ...
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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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How does meat nutritional profile change in freezing?

My teacher said that you cannot stop fats going bad with freezing. So fatty meat is not good idea to freeze over a long time. Are there other factors to consider in freezing meat?
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How many times is it safe to reheat chicken?

I thought I remembered hearing the food agency Evira say that you should never reheat chicken meat after the initial cooking. However, I cannot find the statement of it anymore. Now I'm starting to ...
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How long can you store the bones of a chicken in the refrigerator?

No odours can enter the place where I am keeping the bones in the refrigerator so contamination is minimized.