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

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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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If bacon tastes like fish, is it still good to eat?

I've had some bacon in the freezer for a few weeks, got it out and fried it up today, and it tastes like fish. Is it still good to eat? No, there was no fish in the freezer No, there was no fish ...
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Does liquorice roots expire?

Four years ago I have harvested some liquorice roots in a field. After a brief cleaning with fresh water I have sun dried these roots for a day. These were very tasty. I kept these in a cardboard box. ...
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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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bq beef left out in cool room for 6-7 he's [duplicate]

We left out on accident the bq beef that I cooked for today. That was 3big roasts slow cooked in awesome juice, then shredded and bq sauce added. Please tell me Can We Eat it or do We Throw it away?
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is my curry salvagable? [duplicate]

So I was asked to make curry last for dinner tonight, I prepared it last night and left it outside to cool with a net over it. Everything looked fine when I saw it this morning, it was still slightly ...
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Shaved Ham left in cooler [duplicate]

I brought a pound of shaved ham home in my lunch cooler, no ice. Forgot it and was left for 5 hours not refrigerated. Is it still ok to eat?
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Cryovac tenderloin left in trunk of my car [duplicate]

I unintentionally left a whole cryovac tenderloin roast in the trunk of my car for 36 hours, big mistake I know! The temperature range during that time was between 25 - 55 degress, mostly in the 35 - ...
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Beef dripping - how long can it safely be kept for in the fridge [duplicate]

I buy beef dripping in tubs from the butcher - usually use a teaspoon when making a roast or a cottage pie. It never seems to change colour, or smell; so how long is it safe to keep for?
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Eggs & Expiration Dates [duplicate]

So typically how long are eggs good for after their expiration date? I've bought a couple different brands and usually they just have a sell by date on them, not an actual expiration date.
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Do I need to freeze this puree and syrup?

Related questions: What causes a cake to sink in the center? and How can I get the maximum flavor from orange peels? I ended up simmering the zest of 6 oranges (peeled with a vegetable peeler, so ...
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Cooked meat stored in frig, how long will it be good? [duplicate]

Our frig stays pretty cold all the time, sometimes too cold, as we've had our mik and eggs freeze to the point of having to throw them away! So if I cooked pork, chicken and sausage with onions, ...
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Is it safe to eat fish that has been left out in the cold overnight? [duplicate]

It's snowing over here, and we had made a fish delivery that we assumed had been canceled. (The fish store didn't answer their phone yesterday and most schools and businesses were closed.) However, it ...
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How long is it safe to keep sausage? [duplicate]

I bought a one-pound tube of pork sausage. After opening it, and putting it in a zip-lock bag (weeks before the sell-by date), the remainder turned gray on the outside the next day. I understand that ...
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Is it safe to eat a pork roast that was left out of the refrigerator for more than 3 hours? [duplicate]

I put a frozen pork roast out to thaw, forgot about it, it was out for quite a while, is it still safe to eat?
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Uncooked pot roast [duplicate]

I purchased a big roast and accidentially left it out for 3+ hours from the refrigerator. It was still cool in the wrapped package. Is this okay or should I toss?
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I left crockpot in Freezing car [duplicate]

I accidently, left a hot crockpot of turkey chili in a freezing car last night. Is the food still safe to re-heat and eat?
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Will boiling raw chicken that sat out all night kill bacteria? [duplicate]

I want to boil chicken legs that I accidentally left out all night. This will be for a broth that I make for my dogs. I boil and then simmer the broth for about 12 hours. It sits out overnight and ...
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Raw Meat left in a slow cooker [duplicate]

Ok so I left about 6 hours ago with raw meat left in the slow cooker along with some broth and raw onions. I thought it was turned on, only to come back 6 hours later to find that it wasn't on the ...
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How long can meat loaf that has been covered with plastic wrap be left out and still be safe to reheat? [duplicate]

How long can meat loaf that has been covered with plastic wrap be left out and still be safe to reheat? It was cooked at 8:30 and cooled before covering completely at 10 ish.
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Chicken left out overnight [duplicate]

We crock pot cooked chicken for 10 hours on a slow cook/low heat. The breasts went from the grocer, to the fridge, then the next morning (7AM) into the crock pot. At 5PM the chicken was removed from ...
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Is it safe to eat sauteed onions left at room temperature?

I made a big pot of sauteed onions and garlic (~9 onions and a head and a half of garlic), and forgot to put it away overnight. It was probably off the fire for around 8-10 hours... Is it safe to ...
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Is the smoked ham safe to eat? [duplicate]

I cooked a small boneless smoked ham after wrapping in foil about 2 hours and forgot and left it in the oven for about 12 hours after turning off the oven. Then I put it in fridge. Is it safe to eat? ...
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Is my maple syrup still good? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should maple syrup be stored in the refrigerator? I have pure maple syrup and it has only been opened for maybe 5 days or so. I do keep it in the fridge but the other ...
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Corned beef on warm for 2 hr before cooking

I had my corned beef in the slow cooker on warm for 2 and a quarter hours before I saw it was not on high. I then turned it to high and continued to cook it. Is it still safe to eat?
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How long will sealed chicken keep?

For example if I seal chicken in the morning by cooking it on just the outside, is it safe to cook that night all the way through if kept refrigerated during the day?
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Why is a 4 lb bag of sugar at the grocery store hard as a rock?

When I purchase sugar the bags are often brick hard. How does this happen? Is the sugar 'damaged' some how? Is it safe to use?
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Should I continue to cook Chicken which has only started to cook briefly then cooled by mistake

I started to cook chicken casserole in the slow cooker, for about 20 minutes on high so that I could then turn it down to low and leave cooking. However, I accidently turned the slow cooker off and so ...
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Is old brewed coffee too unsafe to drink?

So, yesterday i accidentally left a cup of Dunkin Donuts Coffee (with cream and maybe milk) on my bathroom windowsill while i went to work for at least 8 hours, then refrigerated it when i got home. ...
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Is it safe to eat chicken stored below 0c for about 8 days? If not what are the dangers? [duplicate]

Suppose I left some chicken in the freezer for 8 days and the freezer was set to go from 0c to -5c over those 8 days. Since the air temperature was still below 0, is it safe to eat that particular ...
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Slow cooked lamb [closed]

I have accidentely put a whole leg of lamb in slow cooker and turned to warm. It took 6 hours until I noticed. Is it safe to eat if I either cook on high or put in preheated oven?
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What ingredients do you add to your meat to help to reduce (bad) bacteria?

I've heard that adding lemon juice to your cooked meat can help to reduce bad bacteria. Is that true? What other ingredients that one can add to meat to reduce bacteria?
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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 high gelatin concentration in cheesecake unsafe?

I made a home made no bake cheesecake tonight. The cream would not thicken so I added extra gelatin. Is it safe to eat? How long can I keep it in the fridge? The ingredients are: 1 egg white ...
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Is unopened mascarpone cheese still good if not refrigerated?

I bought a new unopened package of mascarpone cheese yesterday and forgot to put it in the refrigerator overnight. Is it still good to use?
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Used Pan… Old Oil… Can this pose a risk before washing?

After frying Pierogies in oil in frying pan for dinner Wednesday evening, I left pan on the stove to cool and meaning to wash later. Got caught up with different things and went to bed. The next day ...
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Will using 4 year old unsalted butter make one sick?

I just made twice baked potatoes - and started by adding 3 tsps. of unsalted butter to the meat of 5 large baking potatoes. After adding the butter and starting to mash some of the potatoes, I did a ...
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Alkaline tasting bacon - is it safe?

I have some old bacon that has developed alkaline tasting crystals. Is it safe? It's been kept in the fridge, and it's perhaps 2 or 3 weeks old.
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Creating meal plans [closed]

I really do not know where to place this question but since this is food related might as well post it here. I am currently making a web application regarding meal plans where the User will input his ...
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Refrigerate Cod After Cooking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for reheatable meals, specifically fish? How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? Is it okay to refrigerate Cod (and other kinds ...
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Are edible skins of supermarket fruits safe to eat, or are residues a problem?

Ideally, if fruits are grown without chemicals and pesticides, all of them should be edible. Here I am talking about fruits I can buy from supermarkets in US. If considering remains of chemicals ...