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

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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Are there carcinogens in grilled foods?

I do a lot of grilling (various vegetables and meats), but was recently told this will have similar effects to smoking. Is there much merit to the concerns over grilled foods containing carcinogens?
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creme fraiche 1 month out of date!

I was just cooking some soup and added some creme fraiche (I smelt it before and it smelt fine, force of habit) Once I had mixed it in - I noticed that the sell by date was the 15th of January! I ...
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Fajitas: Marinade Vegetables With Chicken

My local grocery store prepares a chicken fajita blend that has the chicken, marinade, onions, and peppers all mixed together. It's simply for convenience. Buy x amount of the mixture, go home, ...
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Can grilled steak be eaten next day if refrigerated and the heated in the oven?

I grilled a few beef steaks on the electric grill and then kept it in the freezer. Can it be eaten for next few days , by heating in the oven? Thanks! FF
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Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?

I know that leaving raw fish out of the fridge for more than a couple hours makes it totally unsafe to eat. Most cooked meats are okay to pack in a lunchbox and hold at room temperature for the hours ...
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Green streaks on raw meat: is it safe?

Here is a picture of raw "reserve beef for stew" that we just bought at our local (nation-wide chain) supermarket: Where do these green streaks on the meat come from ? Is it normal and safe to cook ...
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When baking meatballs for a soup, do I have to bake until the meat is fully cooked?

I'm making Italian Wedding Soup, and my recipe calls for oven-baking the meatballs for 7-9 minutes before adding them to the soup and boil/simmer for 5 minutes. Maybe I made the meatballs a bit too ...
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What is the shelf-life of home-made tomato sauce?

My husband made home-made tomato sauce two years ago that we still have on the shelf. It's stored in air tight mason jars and smells fine. Can we still eat this?
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How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...
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Why would roast beef broth turn white?

It had nothing added to it. I always boil the roast to tenderize. The broth is a milky white and I have never seen this happen before. Is it safe to eat?
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Fondant recipe with egg white. Are there health risks?

I use this fondant recipe to make Peppermint creams. The mixture uses one egg white to make 35 candies. The candies are left in the fridge for 24 hours to set. Questions 1) What makes the candies ...
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Refrigerating after reheating?

Yesterday, I got a calzone from a pizzeria, took it home and refrigerated it immediately. This morning, I reheated it in the microwave and ate some. Then, I put it back in the fridge. Later today, I ...
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Safety of Calphalon pots and pans

I hear so many thoughts on Calphalon hard anodized pots and pans. Are these safe to use?
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Is it safe to cook chicken soup if the water doesn't quite cover it?

So, being dumb, I got my chicken all thawed out before I remembered that my friend still has my soup pot. I got the chicken crammed into a smaller pot, but I can't get the water to quite cover it. I ...
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Soaking pulses overnight: safety vs refrigeration

When soaking pulses for long periods, is refrigeration required? Specifically: I have a large volume of dried red kidney beans I will be cooking with tomorrow. The refrigerator is already filled with ...
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How to quickly prepare snails?

How to quickly prepare fresh snails? I've heard snails must be soaked in salted water for a few hours in order to remove the mucus but a friend of mine suggested that the ones in shells can be simply ...
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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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Is food with hair in it (or food which had hair in it) safe to eat?

Occasionally I'll find a hair in my food. If I find one in say a restaurant, I won't eat my food, but I can't just throw out an entire platter of food if at home where my own grandma worked hard to ...
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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 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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Refrigerating Clam Juice

Most store-bought stock/broth packaging contains some claim like "refrigerate after opening, and use within 7-10 days". My bottle of clam juice makes no claims whatsoever about refrigeration or shelf ...