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

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How to store extra, unused brine?

I followed a brining recipe tonight for the first time. I added water, salt, sugar, worcestershire, and various dried seasoning to a saucepan, brought to a rapid boil, let cool, then refrigerated. I ...
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Can string cheese be frozen?

Is it okay to freeze individually packaged string cheese? I'm less concerned about what it does to the taste of the cheese, and more concerned about the safety of freezing the cheese with the ...
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Used warm setting by accident [duplicate]

I put some uncooked stew meat and veggies on this morning and left for 5 hours. When I came home I realized it was only set on warm. Is my meat safe to eat? I have now put it on the stove to cook.
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Frozen pizza kept at room temp (23 C) for 48 hours - safe to use?

I bought a salami pizza and a Hawaii pizza (ham & pineapple) the night before yesterday, but forgot to put them in the freezer. This is the latter, soggy part removed: Normally they should cook ...
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where to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe

Where is the best place to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe? I know the unopened one is okay on the counter but what about when you open the can to use half of it?
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Are special recipes needed to preserve using a pressure canner?

I know that it's best practice to use tested and true recipes for water bath canning due to botulism risk, but is it necessary to find special recipes for use in a pressure canner? edit: What I mean ...
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Safety of vacuum packed smoked salmon in turned off fridge?

I have a piece of cold smoked salmon, vacuum packed, in my fridge. Unfortunately when leaving the house I turned the fridge off accidentally and left the house for 8 days. The house was unheated and ...
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Is a black coating dangerous when cooking on cast iron?

A lot of times when I use my cast iron pan, I'll sometimes get some "black stuff" which I assume is gristle on my food. It doesn't taste bad, it's not a "TON" - I'm assuming it's a combo of ...
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How to recognize that a hard cheese is mouldy?

I have a piece of comte (French hard cheese) open for some time (1 week or so). How do I recognize that it's moldy and therefore not good to eat? There're a thin non-connected layer flour on the piece ...
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What is the shelf life of homemade peanut butter in winters and summers?

Assumptions: The peanut butter contains ONLY peanuts and peanut oil. The peanut butter contains ONLY peanuts, peanut oil, honey, and salt. Winter room temperature can be between 16 to 20 ...
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Is old barbeque sauce safe to eat?

Last summer I made a batch of BBQ sauce. The recipe contains bourbon, lemon juice, Worcestershire, vinegar and dark molasses. It was simmered before being bottled. It's been sitting in a capped jar ...
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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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How long can milk be stored in the refrigerator after boiled and put in a Ball jar?

I've finally gotten my steel-cut oats recipe nearly perfect and I'm trying to figure out how long I can store them (so I know how much I can make at once). Basically I'm doing a double-boiler setup in ...
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Can an open package of sausage lead to contamination of other foods?

My roommate has a pack of sausages in the fridge that has been in there for a week. They opened the package tonight and left it in the fridge opened. I don't know if I should throw it out or not? ...
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How to fix ghee which partly turned white and smells rancidly?

A friend of mine has mistakenly stored his ghee in a bowl which was not quite hermetic hence exposed to oxygen and the sun light. The result is that the ghee turned white and is rancid. See the ...
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How does the glue of bamboo cutting boards get in the food and how to prevent this?

http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/07/bamboo_cutting_board.php Some bamboo cutting boards are glued together with adhesives that have formaldehyde in them — which could eventually leak into and ...
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Refreezing already thawed bread

I bought a loaf of bread some weeks ago, which the lady behind the counter explained was frozen (because it was leftover). This was okay for me. The bread was still frozen when I bought it and I let ...
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Is it safe to eat freezer food with bad odours?

I accidentaly switched my freezer off for a week. This lead to spoilage of food, pool of blood inside freezer etc. Trays are unremovable and difficult to clean. I have thrown everything away and ...
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Is there a table that shows the cooking temperature and the duration for different meat types and its bones?

Just wondering if there is a table (similar to the one below - including a example) that can shows the cooking temperature and the duration to cook different types of meat (and/or its bones) in ...
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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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Is there a table showing the shelf life of basic food at room temperature?

Probably a table showing the shelf life at room temperature for food like bread, peanut butter, butter, sausage, ham, chicken nuggets, fish filet, etc
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Is a broccoli that already turned yellow anyhow harmful?

After I bought a broccoli I placed it into my fridge. Today I rediscovered it and wanted to eat it. Now the crown of the broccoli already turned yellowish (it's actually a yellowish-greenish-brownish ...
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Soy chicken on a backpacking trip

I'm planning a long distance hike and I would like to add some variety to my meal planning. Does soy chicken need refrigeration? Does it keep for a couple days?
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Fermented rice horchata

I have been making some horchata (using white rice, cinnamon and water). I left it for a day and when I returned, it looked slightly fermented (a stream of bubbles were coming out of it and it was ...
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Can one get sick from drinking too much home made Water Kefir? [closed]

Using well water and some Odwalla orange juice.. What is the maximum amount that is safe for consumption daily?
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Buying chocolate transfer sheet

I've just found my new-found love for making chocolate cups. And on one of the videos of how to make chocolate cups, the lady used a chocolate transfer sheet to get a really pretty chocolate cup, ...
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Safety of old, unopened bottles of ketchup

I just found two bottles of unopened ketchup dating back several years. One says "Best used by September 19, 2008," and the other says "Best used by May 10, 2010." I think I should throw them both ...
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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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Is raw coconut safe to eat?

I recently came across this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC546945/?page=1 and I am worried about potential salmonella infection in raw coconut meat and whole coconut picked up ...
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How long would fruit in a water bottle last?

I have a plastic, refillable water bottle that I fill with water from our purifying pitcher. I have recently begun adding sliced fresh fruits, like strawberries and kiwis, inside the bottle to give ...
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Can I use a yoghurt marinade in sous-vide cooking?

I want to cook a Indian-inspired chicken dish. The recipe calls for yoghurt in a marinade for the chicken. I am fine with the marinade, but I also want to cook the chicken sous-vide. I now wonder ...
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Are there unnoticable effects of cooked food going bad? [closed]

I've seen and heard the statement that bacteria will create toxins that will remain, despite reheating. (eg How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature?) I get all of that, and ...
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How would I quickly defrost chicken if it's going to be cooked in a crock pot?

I've read that it is O.K. to defrost chicken via the microwave or in a sink of cold water, but only if you're planning to cook the chicken right away. (How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?) I'm ...
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Cooking raw chicken beside heating quesadillas

In a kitchen that has only a flat top to cook with, is it safe to cook raw chicken on it and at the same time heat a quesadillas on the same surface but on opposite side of the flat top?
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Food Safety mould on raw beets

I opened my bag of beets and there is a bit of mold on some of them. Are they safe to cook and eat. Also are they safe to use for pickled beets?
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Storage of Pickle Brine (Without Cucumbers)

How long can you keep sweet pickle brine without cucumbers in it? Or can you even do this? I use sweet pickle brine in many of my recipes.
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Letting Chicken thaw in fridge? [duplicate]

So here's the scenario: Bought chicken and put immediately in the freezer like 3-4 weeks ago. I pulled the chicken out yesterday afternoon and put it in the fridge to let it thaw to let it cook for ...
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How do I know if condiments in refrigarator are good?

no not about cooking my refrige broke getting a new one tomorrow at what point does all the condiments start to go bad its at 60 degrees and has been for several hours just wondering if I have to ...
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How long can milk products be frozen before spoiling? [duplicate]

I made a sauce for macaroni and cheese about 6 months ago and froze the excess sauce. It is basically a bechamel sauce with a fair amount of cheese melted in. I realize that if I thaw and re-heat ...
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shelf life for chocolate chips

Have some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Been in a bag inside a plastic container in a cupboard for 2 years but expiration date on the bag says that's one year too many. What's the shelf life for ...
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Is a partially frozen chicken safe if not immediately cooked at the proper temperature?

I put a partially frozen (inside) chicken in my convection oven, set it to what I thought was 400ºF (200ºC) and left the room with a timer on. An hour later it was discovered the temperature was only ...
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leaving steak out over night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it dangerous to eat meat which has been left out and then cooked? Around 3pm I took out steak to thaw, the steak was wrap in foil and plastic wrap and i stuck it ...
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What is the shelf life of Ultra Clear rice protein powder?

I have some Ultra Clear rice protein powder that is a few years old that has never been opened and has been constantly refrigerated. Is it still safe to use? I am nervous about using it, but the ...
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Is it safe to eat a non-refrigerated store-bought pizza base?

We bought some pizza bases the other day and I just realized the package says to store below 4°C (39°F). We didn't store them in the fridge. Will these be safe to eat? They contain wheat flour and ...
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Refrigerator Life Of Cooked Clams

I steamed some clams seven days ago, and not all of them were eaten. I removed the shells and stored the flesh in a plastic container in the refrigerator. After seven days are they still safe to eat, ...
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References on food safety?

I'm looking for good, authoritative references on food safety topics. In particular I'd like to learn more about the different parts of various meats and fish, which parts are safe to eat, and what ...
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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 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 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.
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How can I check if the milk I bought is made from rehydrated milk powder?

I am afraid the milk I buy may not be fresh, but created from milk powder. How to check it?