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

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What to do with dehydrated potatoes tainted black?

I had many potatoes I wanted to preserve for a long time. Usually the potatoes I keep in my kitchen get rotten after a month or two (and I don't have a cellar to keep them cool), I decided to ...
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Soppressata, prosciutto, and other meats; how is it safe?

Call me naive, but isn't this essentially uncooked meat? Reading how prosciutto is prepared now, and I don't see any cooking involved, just salting, pressing, and letting sit, sometimes for years. ...
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Chicken breast sous vide: Time in fridge matters?

I have kept a chicken breast, packed in plastic (possibly in a near-vacuum environment) in my fridge for more than a week. The best-before-date is tomorrow. I am considering cooking this breast sous ...
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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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Test if whitish chocolate has bloom or is spoiled

My friend (who lives in a warm, humid climate) often has issues with chocolate, due to the formation of a light-colored coating on it. I believe it is just chocolate bloom, but she thinks it's mold ...
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How long does hot chocolate stay good?

My resource for food shelf life is usually stilltasty.com . However, I can't find hot chocolate on the list. I'm talking about a small pot of hot chocolate - milk, cocoa, sugar, water. Is the ...
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At what concentration is sodium bicarbonate a sanitizing solution?

I can't find an authoritative answer to the question @rumtscho asked me here about the concentration of sodium bicarbonate, mixtures of which I've come to rely on as a cleaning and sanitizing solution ...
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Spoiled garlic ok to use?

I bought a 3 pound bag of peeled garlic. Some of them have white mold on them. Should I throw the lot away or pick through the bad ones & discard?
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Cooked chicken on bone - how to refrigerate and reheat some

I've made a cooked chicken on the bone (Coq Au Vin), however some guests couldn't attend, so two Chicken legs are left over. I'm planning to cool then refrigerate these and then re-heat in a pan ...
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What can I add to Splenda solution to prevent spoilage?

Trying to save some money on buying Splenda packets by buying sucralose powder and mixing with water. This works great and is waaaay cheaper - 10x cheaper than buying the packets! However, after two ...
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Reusing marinade

I've always been told you can't reuse marinade, so I always throw it out. But this evening, I marinated chicken, and then I took the chicken out (this was around ten minutes ago). Can I put a piece of ...
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Are bell peppers with brown seeds safe to eat?

Sometimes when cooking with bell peppers, the seeds on the inside are brown (instead of white). What causes this, and are the peppers safe to eat?
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power failure and a slow cooker

I put a beef stew recipe in to my crock pot this morning at 7 am and set it for 8 hours on low. At 1 pm, the power went out for a few minutes. When power was restored, the slow cooker did not come ...
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Uncooked chicken burgers in the oven, thawed, then put into the fridge

So I took uncooked, frozen chicken burgers and put them in the oven at about 350 and left them for about 15 minutes. But then I had to leave my apartment so I took them out. They were warm and ...
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How to authenticate food products?

I recently encountered some sellers trying to pass off what probably was counterfeit food at my supermarket. The counterfeiting was easy to detect. Some products had labels that were faded and not as ...
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Modernist Cuisine-style BBQ brisket safety

I am going to try Nathan Myhrvold's 2-step BBQ brisket recipe: Smoke at 149F for 7 hrs, then vacuum seal and sous vide at 146F for 72 hrs. However, (due to travel for work) I won't be able to complete ...
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How to dethaw multiple pieces of steak when not planning to use them all at once

I had bought six pieces of steak and forgot to refrigerate them. They were in a bag overnight and the next morning when I realized what had happened I quickly put them all in the freezer. They are not ...
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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Dry cured chicken with bad odor

I dry cured some chicken for three weeks: I cut chicken breasts into 1 inch slices, usee 10-20% salt and rubbed thoroughly. I left it to dry cure for 2-3 weeks. I did this however I forgot to remove ...
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Freezing bones for stock

Is it ok to freeze a chicken carcass to make stock with another time? And if so, after I make the stock with it, is it ok to then freeze some of that stock or would that be refreezing & thus ...
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What kind of food should be stored in a refrigerator's “snack pan” drawer?

(This may be a silly question, but I'll ask anyway since I am curious about this.) We have an older fridge and it has a drawer labeled "snack pan." I'm not sure how to understand "snack" here. ...
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de-parasiting mackerel for sushi

We've bought some fresh sushi-grade mackerel, and would like to make saba sushi from it. We were told that we should treat it with vinegar to kill any parasites. Some online recipes I've seen ...
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Can condensed milk be safely used after it's 'best before' date?

It's just that I have an unopened tin of condensed milk which is a couple of months past it's best before date. And I don't feel like throwing it away :(
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How long can you keep chocolate in the freezer?

We get lots of gifts of chocolate and due to health reasons, we can't finish all the chocolate. So we store it in the freezer. How long can or should you store chocolate in the freezer before it's ...
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Extra Firm Tofu past expiration date: safe, but for how long?

How long past the expiration date is pre-packaged extra-firm tofu safe, tasty and wholesome. Generally, expiration dates are for sissies, but something about the tofu made me think twice. I've seen ...
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Is it safe to use unwashed barbeque grill utensils?

I had a fit when my husband said he never washes the tongs spatula or meat fork after cooking on the outside barbeque grill. He just let's them hang out there dirty (ugh) & uses them again without ...
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Am I able to put uncooked chicken back in my fridge for a day? [duplicate]

I just took my chicken breast out of the packet and cut it up to make schnitzel then realised I had no oil. Is it safe to put it back in my fridge for a day?
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Is safe to eat jerky with white mold?

I recently ate a jerky with white mold on it (see below), I donot know if I should be okay with that? The mold grew on jerky because I placed it in a moist environment days before.
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Golden Syrup best before date [duplicate]

I have some golden syrup in a plastic bottle, all looks normal. It has a best before date Feb 2010. Is it still ok to feed to kids on pancake day February 2015??
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How long can I keep unleavened dough at room temperature?

Can a dough of only flour and water stay usable indefinitely (as in between a few days and a few weeks) when stored covered at room temperature? I made a batch of dough last week and ended up with a ...
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Is it safe to microwave Pyrex containers immediately after removing them from the freezer and removing the plastic lid?

I am attempting to bulk prep some frozen convenience food and have determined that a standard Pyrex glass container would be ideal for freezing (non-liquid) meals (think burritos or tacos), but I want ...
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Earthy tasting frozen salmon

I got out some wild sockeye salmon that had been in the freezer for quite a while (several months at least, not more than a year). It was vacuum-packed, no freezer burn, sealed properly, etc. I cooked ...
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Does the quality of garlic degrades if I chopped, fried then use it after a week?

Here in the Philippines, most of the viands uses garlic, specially whenever we sauteing. Due to this I've found a shortcut in order to reduce the time I need whenever I cook. Instead of peeling the ...
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Is it safe to eat chicken that is still frozen?

I ate half of a pre-packed chicken sandwich before realizing it was still partially frozen. Is there anything to worry about, and can I eat the rest?
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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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Why is it advised to freeze meat before eating as opposed to eating it fresh?

I am not sure, is it right to wrong "It is not good to eat meat just after killing, it should be stored and deep freezed for at least 24 hours". But I had heard same like this through national media. ...
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Cooking safety and cricket flour

I'm looking into starting to cook with cricket flour as a way to easily consume protein on the go. I'm currently considering various options such a smoothies, muffins and/or granola bars. However, I ...
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Tiny bit of mold on maple syrup—can I still bottle it?

If there's a tiny bit of mold on nearly-finished maple syrup (like, a tiny patch in a pot of 1.5 gal), and it's removed and the syrup is brought back to a boil, is there any particular pathogen that ...
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Is it a problem that the same flipper that touched raw blood touches the finished meat? [duplicate]

I noticed that when I was cooking stir fry, I used the same flipper throughout. This means when I put the meat in, the flipper came in contact with the uncooked meat and got some blood on it. Is this ...
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Baked apple that was left out overnight?

I made a baked apple recipe with a crumb stuffing (recipe here), and then accidentally left one of them out in the dish overnight. Is it safe to eat? (Checked stilltasty.com, my reference for such ...
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Can you cook chicken breasts frozen on the George Foreman Grill?

Can you cook chicken breasts frozen on the George Foreman Grill? Is it safe? Will it work well?
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Can a cream cheese cake be left out and for how long?

I have an awesome cream cheese and blueberry pound cake recipe that I love to bake. Can it be left on the counter and for how long?
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travelling with cooked chickens

I want to cook some chickens in the morning, and then travel about 2 hours in a car later in the day. Should I cool the chickens in the fridge after cooking them, or just wrap the hot chickens in tin ...
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What is the shelf life of homemade compote?

I made a cooked compote with dried fruit and am wondering what safe refrigerated life I can expect. Ideally, please provide some reasonable rationale or reference for the advice.
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Safety of coffee in thermal flask, long periods of time

How long is it safe to hold coffee in a thermal flask? Is coffee (prepared in a cezve, Turkish method, no sugar) carried in a thermal flask for 24 or 48 hours still safe? I'm asking because black ...
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What method for advance prep of seitan prevents deterioration of texture and preserves flavor while protecting from spoilage?

Tonight, I am hoping to cook up three to four loaves of seitan for final prep three days from now. My intent is to form the dough, simmer in stock or steam, and then refrigerate. In three days I hope ...
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Which part of blue fish is not edible?

I bought a blue fish caught in Maryland. Can I eat the entire fish, or are there some parts of it which are not edible?
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Do you need to cook a casserole with raw eggs before you freeze it?

I made a casserole yesterday that contains cooked pasta, cooked quinoa, dairy products, spinach and raw eggs. It is assembled and the baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I am planning on making it again ...
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Is my Citrus Sugar still good?

So I made citrus sugar about a month ago... and in the process of deciding how to give it away I realized that I have been storing it wrong. During the last month it has been stored in a dark area in ...
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How can I safely transport cooked food in warm weather? [duplicate]

I've a factory of 300 people and I serve them lunch everyday. At the moment the kitchen is adjust-en with the factory but I have to move the kitchen asap to a place around 20kls. far from my factory. ...