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

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Mothballs in the pantry: is it safe to keep food there?

My roommate put some mothballs in the pantry and when I came home and saw them, I took them out. They were probably only there for a few hours, but is it safe to store food in there? Should I throw ...
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How to get ants out of bread loaves?

So, yesterday I forgot bread loaves on a table and in the evening found tiny red ants crawling on the loaves all over. I tried to dust them off, but some of them went into hiding in pits of the ...
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Best pan to use for cooking in olive oil?

I have just bought a Tefal Pan with nonstick Teflon coating. The instruction manual says that using olive oil to cook will gradually ruin the nonstick coating. What are the best options for buying a ...
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Rice with worm and possibly their eggs

I bought a bag of brown rice from a store. After having opened and used for a while, I found there were moths flying in the house. At the same time, I found worms in the rice. I suspect that the moths ...
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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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Can I still use meat left out in the trunk

I accidentally left meat in the trunk of my car, it's so cold outside it froze, can I still use it?
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Black Coalish Thing In Orange

I recently found a piece of black substance in my Navel Orange. When I rubbed it against my finger, the blacked thing smeared on my finger like coal. It was less the 1 cm wide and kind of look like a ...
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Are heads of shrimps safe to eat in US?

I wonder if heads of shrimps bought from US grocery stores are safe to eat.
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Dough safety and viability after overproofing

We made dough using the below recipe last night, and realised this morning that we had left it at ~70°F (covered) for ~15 hours. Questions: What would be the symptoms of dough going "bad"? How ...
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What does a meat thermometer display if the meat temperature is uneven?

Let's say I'm cooking a piece of meat and the whose outside temperature is higher than its inside temperature. If I stick a meat thermometer through the piece of meat so that part of the needle is at ...
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Jar opened once - is it still good for pickling?

I have recently been making pickled beetroots and they mostly came out fine except for one jar which has failed to get a vacuum seal. Now I put it back in the pan and simmered the jar for a good half ...
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Pasteurized milk that has gone sour

I have 1/2 gallon of milk (not raw) that turned sour in fridge (not curdled). Hate to throw it away. Can I safely use it to make cottage cheese or put into a chocolate cake?
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refrigerating meat after cooking

I've heard that you need to let meat cool down after cooking before you store in in refrigeration, something about bacteria building up when you do that. Any idea if that's true?
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Is it safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge?

Simply, as the title says I’d like to know if it is safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge. Given the ready-made pies still need to be cooked to a high ...
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How to store parts of whole chicken for long time?

I bought cooked whole chicken. According to stilltasty.com and with my experience, for more than 1-2 days, I have to place it in the freezer. But then if I want to eat a part of it, I have to thaw it ...
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Can wine gone bad be bad for you?

Unfortunately, wine will eventually go bad. The time this takes can vary from a few years to many decades, but most wines eventually will get there; and things can always be sped up by improper ...
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How to make sure teapot is safe after being on fire without water

I left my teapot on the stove for about 30 minutes by accident. By the time I noticed, all the water had boiled out. So, I turned off the stove and let it cool. When I went to put water in it again, ...
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Is there a safety issue with freezing raw chicken with raw stuffing?

I was planning on making stuffed chicken capons and freezing them raw. This is with fresh raw chicken and raw stuffing (no eggs), and then freezing the chicken stuffed with stuffing and defrosting and ...
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Does frozen broccoli need to be cooked to be eaten safely?

I bought a different brand of frozen broccoli and the package says, "For food safety, cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees". The previous brand didn't have any such warning. My questions: ...
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Browning Beef in Beef Stew?

So im going to be making beef stew again, and most recipes call for it to be browned. (This is going in a cast iron OLD dutch oven, so maximum season!) That being said the Dutch oven itself ...
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At what point (after clams die) are they ok to eat

I bought clams yesterday they were all closed. I put them in room temperature water overnight (with 3% salt). Not in fridge. Now 50% are open. 50% have their tongues hanging out. The main question ...
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My soup tastes tart… Is it safe to eat?

My soup tastes almost like someone poured some lemon juice into it. It smells fine, and other than being a little lemony, tastes OK. When I put it in the fridge a week ago, it didn't have that tart ...
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What are the culinary differences between Chinese Mitten Crabs and Blue Crabs?

I wonder why Chinese mitten crabs are a delicacy in Chinese food, while most people in Europe and US don't eat them even though there are many of them now in these two places? For example, in ...
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Are these beets still edible?

I boiled some beets last weekend but then had to travel unexpectedly. They have been in the fridge in a container. They have some light purple watery droplets on them now. Are they still edible? ...
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How long does a fruit and sugar mixture last?

I made a sauce with frozen rhubarb and raspberry mixed with sugar and reduced it until there is hardly any juice left. I put the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Would this still be ...
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How long is marinated raw chicken breast good for after it's been vacuum sealed?

I have been marinating a large batch of chicken breast in eggs and spices. I'm going to put bread crumbs on them before cooking. I'm wondering, if I were to bread them and then seal them in vacuum ...
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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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Blending pineapples and coconuts whole, safety and experience?

A coconut and a pineapple and blended in their entirety, shell, leaves and all. Resulting in a smoothie like drink. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XbKCA1KUeqQ Is this safe? As for example, it ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 :(