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

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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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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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What happens to an acorn squash when its skin turns orange?

I purchased an acorn squash at the farmer's market quite a while ago and its skin was initially dark green with a small patch of orange. I have been keeping it in my pantry. Over time the skin has ...
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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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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 ...
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Food safe airbrushing

I've been hand painting colored cocoa butter into chocolates molds for a while now, but I'd like to try airbrushing the molds instead, since I've seen some impressive results. I can't figure out a ...
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How to tell if frozen mussels are good?

I live a far distance from any body of salt water, so the only mussels available are packaged frozen mussels. I have always heard that cooked mussels must open or they are not good to eat, but when ...
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Can a Toddler Eat Food Cooked With Honey in it?

One of the recommendations for enabling a young child to pick up some of the more slippery foods is to coat them with bread crumbs or graham cracker crumbs. While looking for graham crackers at the ...
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licking spoon and putting back in the food

Recently had some guest at my house - while I was in another room one of the guest was sampling the food repeatedly and put the spoon from mouth back in the food. Is this a health concern? Does the ...
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Pork sausage - difference in food guidelines

I'm wondering why Still Tasty says that fresh pork breakfast sausage lasts 1-2 days refrigerated but the company that I talked to that makes sausages say eight days from the packing date. ...
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Safety of adding dried hot pepper to opened jar of pickles

I have a particular brand of jarred pickles I buy from a local supplier. They're some kind of beer pickle, and the brine has a vinegar and IPA type of taste, and it's loaded with garlic and dill. Very ...
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Are these eggs rotten?

I have a carton of fresh eggs here. They don't expire until this time next month. They don't float in a large bowl of water. But many of these ones after being hard boiled have a very strong sulfur ...
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Lightly defrost chicken in microwave to separate them

I had two pieces of chicken breast in a tupperware container in my freezer. I wanted to separate them and put one in the fridge below, so I put it in the microwave on defrost (fairly weak machine, and ...
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Refrigerating warm potato salad 13 hours after dinner

I prepared warm potato salad last night for dinner. We finished around 7:00 pm and I forgot to refrigerate it until 8:30 this am. Therefore, it was left out for approx. 13 and1/2 hours. When I felt it ...
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Proper use of Rhubarb

What is the proper way to prepare rhubarb as to not poison anyone? What parts of the plant is poisonous? and what general precautions should be done when making food involving rhubarb?
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How long can a packet of sliced ham be used once opened? [duplicate]

When buying ham slices from supermarket, I get like 10 slices in them. I want to use it for a week. But the packing says when once opened it should be used within 2 days. So it seems like the 8 ...
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How can I tell if homemade ginger syrup has gone bad?

I made some Ginger syrup using the liquid I boiled the root in for candy. It's just water and sugar. I put it in a plastic liter bottle (from soda water) in the refrigerator. How long can I keep it ...
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Can I sterilize homemade mustard jars in the oven?

I make home made mustard and sell at market stalls. It's been interesting - and growing. I am trying to fine tune my process. The mustard is a fermented product (can be sitting doing its thing for ...
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When do you hear the Ping sound of the lid sealing?

I am new to canning. I made applesauce this morning and I pulled them out of the water bath and put them on a towel on my counter to seal, but I never heard the "ping" sound of them sealing shut. When ...
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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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Frozen canned soup

I recently moved, and during the process I stored some things (canned soup for one) in a non temperature-controlled storage unit. As you know this winter has been science fiction cold, and the cans ...
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Safe fenugreek sprouting in a jar?

I am the new proud owner of more fenugreek seeds than I will ever use as a spice, so I thought I'd try my hand at sprouting. I have no idea if I will enjoy sprouting or if I will like fenugreek ...
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Canning chow chow

I canned 5 jars of chow chow about 1 1/2 weeks ago and just realized I forget to put them in a water bath after the canning process. Should I through them out? They did seal.
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raw chicken in an “off” crockpot

I put chicken in a crock pot and thought it was on low. It was off. It's been two hours. Do I need to throw out the chicken? It was fairly cold because it was mixed with a cold teriyaki sauce among ...
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homemade chilli oil

I am making chilli oil using light olive oil, crushed chilli, dried garlic, dried fennel seeds and parsley. I have been making this for years. I am concerned about this Botulinum business. Should I ...
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Conservation of ground beef

We planned to eat hamburgers tonight, so I bought 1.5 Kg of fresh ground beef at my store, at 3 PM. But then, we decided to postpone that to tomorrow night. Ground beef can be kept for at most 24 ...
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Dangerous pathogens capable of growing in acidic environments

Imagine this scenario: You've cooked up a batch of chili peppers (or cucumbers, or anything, really), put them in a clean container, filled it with vinegar, and refrigerated it. As with most things ...
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Is it safe to keep Carpaccio in a refrigerator for 24 hours?

I have just made some home-made Carpaccio from thinly sliced beef rump, lemon juice, olive oil and Parmigiano. Is it safe to keep the Carpaccio in the fridge for 24 hours?
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How long is sugar (mixed with minor ingredients) good for?

Over a year ago I made flavored sugars and have recently remembered them. They are basically a sealed container (canning jar) with a cinnamon stick, lemon/orange zest, vanilla bean/pod, or a ...
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How long will roux keep?

I've made roux some time ago. Forgot to put the date on the container. How long will it keep in the fridge? I'll be making a sauce in a day or two...
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Is it safe to store batter/dough that contains eggs?

I sometimes like to make a large batch of pancake butter or cornbread dough, and fry/bake it whenever I want some freshly made pancakes or cornbread. Both these liquids contain eggs. Is is safe to ...
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Cooking defrosted then rechilled beef in a slow cooker

Is it safe to cook 500 grams of browned diced beef in a slow cooker? This beef was defrosted in the fridge, browned and placed back in the fridge overnight to place in the slow cooker the next ...
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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 ...