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

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Can I heat and then cool Shiitake mushrooms, and eat cold one day later?

I want to cook them, then keep them in the fridge and eat them cold one day later. I have heard of some mushrooms becoming poisonous one day after heating, and you cannot eat Shiitakes raw. Will it ...
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Weird problem with curry sauce

For a family get-together, I bought 20 large containers of curry sauce from my favourite Indian restaurant - 15 Dansak and 5 Korma. I collected the sauces on Thursday evening. The containers were all ...
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What's the difference between heirloom and direct-set yogurt cultures?

Yogurt cultures seem to come in two varieties: heirloom and direct-set. The difference between the varieties is that one is a carefully selected mix of bacterial strains (direct-set), and the other ...
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Is hot water bath canning really necessary?

I made a barbecue sauce that I want to send to a friend (internationally). I bought some mason jars, and was planning to just put the barbecue sauce in there, tighten the lids back on, and ship it off....
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Can I cook duck breast a day before?

I have to serve a 'carpaccio' of roasted duck breast tomorrow, but I'd like to prepare it today. I want to serve the duck breast on room temperature, after cooking it medium rare or medium. Can I ...
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Spilled vegetable oil

Oil that had dripped from a bottle of vegetable oil got on the shelf of my kitchen cupboard. I didn't notice it then put a tray on top, several months later I find a sticky mess under the tray. Is ...
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Searing stew meat the night before

I read the question (and all of the answers) Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before. I can see how it might be conceived as a duplicate, but I'm not meaning for my question to be. It ...
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Cooking smoke safety

Whenever I make burgers (stovetop with cast iron), they produce a high amount of smoke. I usually take extra precautions to ensure adequate ventilation, but I end up inhaling quite a bit a smoke. ...
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Is it ok to freeze miso paste?

Recently, I bought a pack of miso paste. It contains 1kg, far more than I actually need. Is it ok to freeze what I don't need? If so, how long could I keep it frozen?
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Can half cooked pork chops be cooled then fully cooked later?

I started baking pork chops at about 2pm. 30 mins into cooking I had to leave. I turned off oven and left. It's now 640pm and I'm just getting home. The pan is still slightly warm. Are the pork chops ...
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Homemade Preserves

I was given 3 different jars of preserves. They left the jars in the car for 2 days in the heat of Nevada and when they gave to me you could see the jams had turned to liquid. After leaving on the ...
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Why does Tomato Sauce (ketchup) require refrigeration but Barbecue sauce (like Worcestershire sauce) does not?

We have two types of sauce we put on our sausages. Tomato Sauce (Australian - ketchup equivalent) and Barbecue Sauce (Australian - mix of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce). The Tomato sauce indicates ...
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Should eggnog be chunky?

So I was making a little holiday drink. Little nutmeg, cinnamon, a shot of brandy, and eggnog. The eggnog was brand new, but when I poured it, I noticed it was chunky =/ I did not shake it before ...
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Reusing marinade JUST used for raw chicken [duplicate]

Can I take raw chicken out of a mainade that consist of soy sauce, vinegar and other things and put ribs into it to marinade as well? Its a couple days old and been in the fridge the whole time.
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How can I prepare dried minced garlic?

I have a container of minced garlic similar to this: My question is can I mince fresh garlic, then allow it to dry on a plate and add it to the container? Or is there a special way of preparing ...
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Cooking with Plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How dangerous is it to bake food with plastic? I baked a cake with a piece of plastic in the oven. Is the cake safe to eat? Were the dangerous chemicals in melted plastic ...
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What is the shelf life of my syrup?

This is a continuation of my last question. the recipe I have is: 2 1/2 cups water 2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 moist vanilla bean, preferably Mexican or Bourbon (Madagascar) ...
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How much sorrel is safe to eat, and does cooking affect this amount?

I have been given different accounts on the edible-ness of sorrel. Some people/sellers/books do not give you any information about how much it is safe to eat, whilst others tell you to just use a few ...
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Is it feasible to smoke meat with spruce needles?

I am thinking of constructing a makeshift smoker and smoke some meat out in the woods this weekend. When burning spruce needles they produce a lot of smoke; is it suitable to smoke meat with spruce ...
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Restaurant: How long can prepped food (cut vegetables, garnishes, etc) be stored before it has to be thrown out?

I am interested to find out if line cooks or prep cooks will prep more than what is needed in a given day for a restaurant, and then just keep the extras in the fridge? Or is food prepped and used or ...
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Clean fridge shelves which can't be removed?

What's the best way to clean out the parts of a fridge that can't be removed? I found that on my fridge, for whatever reason, some shelves on the inside of the door can't be taken out. Is there a ...
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Defrosting meat/fish in warm water

I have found warm water to be a great way to quickly defrost meat and fish as opposed to just letting it sit outside the freezer, which is what my mom does. But I wonder if there are any negative ...
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Is slow cooking in an oven safe with long cooking times

I've been reading about slow cooking in an oven and I have some questions. We cook meat until it reaches a certain temperature; we can assume this temperature is deemed safe by food experts! However, ...
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What are the consequences of leaving the fridge 2 inches open overnight?

My girlfriend accidentally didn't close the fridge properly and left it open 2 inches all night (more than 8 hours). I had a lot of raw chicken breast and raw salmon in there. Is it still edible? When ...
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Safe to buy food baked in plastic containers:

I recently bought some baked goods (corn break I think) from Fred Meyers, and it seesm to be baked right in the plastic container it came in. Is this safe? This question makes it seems like this is ...
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Sous vide vegetables packed in advance?

Is there a reason to not dice vacuum pack vegetables and keep them in the fridge for å few days before cooking them sous vide?
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Is storing homeade dressing with garlic powder safe?

I would like to make a salad dressing with apple cider vinegar, evoo, maple syrup, mustard, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, and italian seasoning. I know nothing about food safety, is it safe to ...
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Dangerous pathogens capable of growing in acidic environments

Imagine this scenario: You've cooked up a batch of chili peppers (or cucumbers, or anything, really), put them in a clean container, filled it with vinegar, and refrigerated it. As with most things ...
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Soaking liver in milk: in or out of the fridge?

When soaking pork liver in milk for 2 hours, should I place it in the fridge or at room temperature? I'm worried it might go bad, as my room is pretty hot in the summer...
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What happens to an acorn squash when its skin turns orange?

I purchased an acorn squash at the farmer's market quite a while ago and its skin was initially dark green with a small patch of orange. I have been keeping it in my pantry. Over time the skin has ...
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Can I still use frozen beef brisket left out at room temperature for 12 hours? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? I left out 2 raw but frozen 6 lbs beef briskets in the sink at 7PM to thaw out because they were rock ...
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Can a Toddler Eat Food Cooked With Honey in it?

One of the recommendations for enabling a young child to pick up some of the more slippery foods is to coat them with bread crumbs or graham cracker crumbs. While looking for graham crackers at the ...
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creme fraiche 1 month out of date!

I was just cooking some soup and added some creme fraiche (I smelt it before and it smelt fine, force of habit) Once I had mixed it in - I noticed that the sell by date was the 15th of January! I ...
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How do I know if escargot is fully cooked?

I recently had escargot the first time at at buffet. It wasn't piping hot but I was able to pull the meat out of the shell easily and it was chewy. There are bits of black here and there on the meat. ...
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Do frozen Lima Beans contain Cyanide?

I often buy frozen vegetables, defrost and eat them. Recently, I came across an article that says Lima Beans contain Cyanide, should be thoroughly cooked and then eaten. Do frozen Lima Beans come ...
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How long will vacuum sealed grilled lemons keep in the refrigerator?

I have cut in half and grilled lemons, then marinated with sugar, herbs and a little oil... All of which have been vacuum sealed in my fridge for about two months.
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What exactly does cooking meat do as far as sanitation goes?

I know there are government recommendations for foods to reach certain internal temperatures so that they are "safe to eat". But if the meat has spoiled already, or has been dropped on the floor or ...
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Does vegetable soup made with chicken stock last longer if the stock was made fresh vs from a stock cube?

My son made some vegetable soup at school this morning and it's been sitting unrefrigerated in a sealed container all day (~10 hours). The soup used chicken stock as a base. In trying to determine ...
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Clam shell safety

We have steamed clams and want to save the clam shells to use for baked clams at a later date.Is there a way to clean the shells so they can be used. I don't like using the tin shells.
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licking spoon and putting back in the food

Recently had some guest at my house - while I was in another room one of the guest was sampling the food repeatedly and put the spoon from mouth back in the food. Is this a health concern? Does the ...
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Storing rice krispie treats

Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature? I'd like to know both whether leaving them out is safe, and whether refrigeration will affect their flavor ...
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Safety of adding dried hot pepper to opened jar of pickles

I have a particular brand of jarred pickles I buy from a local supplier. They're some kind of beer pickle, and the brine has a vinegar and IPA type of taste, and it's loaded with garlic and dill. Very ...
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Lightly defrost chicken in microwave to separate them

I had two pieces of chicken breast in a tupperware container in my freezer. I wanted to separate them and put one in the fridge below, so I put it in the microwave on defrost (fairly weak machine, and ...
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Refrigerating warm potato salad 13 hours after dinner

I prepared warm potato salad last night for dinner. We finished around 7:00 pm and I forgot to refrigerate it until 8:30 this am. Therefore, it was left out for approx. 13 and1/2 hours. When I felt it ...
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Proper use of Rhubarb

What is the proper way to prepare rhubarb as to not poison anyone? What parts of the plant is poisonous? and what general precautions should be done when making food involving rhubarb?
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How long can a packet of sliced ham be used once opened? [duplicate]

When buying ham slices from supermarket, I get like 10 slices in them. I want to use it for a week. But the packing says when once opened it should be used within 2 days. So it seems like the 8 ...
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Can I sterilize homemade mustard jars in the oven?

I make home made mustard and sell at market stalls. It's been interesting - and growing. I am trying to fine tune my process. The mustard is a fermented product (can be sitting doing its thing for ...
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When do you hear the Ping sound of the lid sealing?

I am new to canning. I made applesauce this morning and I pulled them out of the water bath and put them on a towel on my counter to seal, but I never heard the "ping" sound of them sealing shut. When ...
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Frozen canned soup

I recently moved, and during the process I stored some things (canned soup for one) in a non temperature-controlled storage unit. As you know this winter has been science fiction cold, and the cans ...
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Safe fenugreek sprouting in a jar?

I am the new proud owner of more fenugreek seeds than I will ever use as a spice, so I thought I'd try my hand at sprouting. I have no idea if I will enjoy sprouting or if I will like fenugreek ...