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

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Sloppy joe mix cooked with hamburger and was left on the counter for 2 hours…should i throw it away? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature? I made a large pot of sloppy joe mix with hamburger in it and after it was cooked put it in my ...
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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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How long can I keep eggs past the sell by date and still eat them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I keep eggs in the refrigerator? I've got some eggs in a carton (regular Grade A eggs) in the refrigerator. The "sell by" date on them is October 2nd. ...
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Is it safe to store unopened metal cans in the refrigerator?

A co-worker and I are having a disagreement on whether or not it's okay to put unopened cans of pizza sauce in a refrigerator. I say it's not, because the acidity in the tomatoes in the can will make ...
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Will liquid keep longer if I boil it and then leave the lid on?

Basically I boiled a turkey carcass on Thanksgiving night for about an hour. I then turned off the heat and left the lid on (never took it off). Since then it has been sitting on my stove for the ...
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Should flour be thrown out past its expiry date?

As the title says, is it safe to consume flour once its past its expiry date or should it be thrown away?
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Why are standard cast iron maintenance practices compatible with food safety?

How on earth is not washing a cast iron with soap not harmful? Since even if you wash it good with hot water and Salt, wouldn't there still be a possibility of harmful bacteria and such left in the ...
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Is it safe to use a tea kettle with black dots on the bottom?

My tea kettle has a bunch of black dots all over the inside bottom part of it. I tried washing it and using a scrub sponge to scrub it off but it won't come off. Is it safe to continue using it or ...
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Saw this at my local chinese grocery

This was near the seafood section in a big vat of ice at my local chinese grocery. What the heck is this?
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How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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After how long is boiled milk tea consumable?

I made tea with milk in the morning and had it in the evening. Is it is safe? After how much time, does it become unconsumable?
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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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How many hours can you store raw eggs in warm car?

I many times wonder if I can buy eggs now because not going directly to home. The temperature in cars is often very high (probably more than 40 C at direct sunlight). This answer talks about ...
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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 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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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 ...