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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

43
votes
4answers
123k views

Why is it dangerous to eat meat which has been left out and then cooked?

If cooking meat kills bacteria, and bacteria are responsible for problems with eating meat which has been left out, then why is it dangerous to eat meat which has been left out at room temperature and ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Are my patially green and budded potatoes safe to eat? [duplicate]

I got some potatoes. Some are partially budded, some are partially green. Are they safe to eat?
0
votes
3answers
234 views

Should hands be washed after touching the outside of an egg shell?(UK)

Say someone was to remove some eggs from their box to place them in the fridge. Assume this is in Britain(where eggs aren't cleaned before sold, I believe). Is there a risk of salmonella spreading if ...
7
votes
5answers
11k views

How to safely handle raw milk?

I have a couple of questions how to use fresh milk (not pasteurized) coming directly from cow in village (in traditional way, of course). How long it should be boiled before usage? Is it better to ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

Green streaks on raw meat: is it safe?

Here is a picture of raw "reserve beef for stew" that we just bought at our local (nation-wide chain) supermarket: Where do these green streaks on the meat come from ? Is it normal and safe to cook ...
0
votes
0answers
87 views

Jicama moldy on the outside but white inside, is this safe to eat?

My jicama has mold on the outside. If I cut off the outside part, the inside part looks okay. Can I still eat it?
16
votes
3answers
3k views

Metal dust/shavings in food from knife wear?

I've been wondering about this for a while, since getting interested in knife sharpening. When using a knife, it will get duller. One (the primary) reason being that you "bend" the edge. You fix this ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

Mayo-Herring in fridge [duplicate]

I make a non-dairy cream sauce out of mayonnaise and sugar that I use for my standard pickled herring. My wife is nervous that the pickling agent causes the mayo to go bad rather quickly, even though ...
0
votes
2answers
119 views

What is the real risk of salmonella with modern food cleaning standards?

I was always taught that chicken and eggs, if consumed raw, will lead to salmonella 100% of the time. In my experience I have found this to be patently untrue (not surprisingly). While I always ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

How long can microwavable dinners containing meat and cheese be left out of the freezer for? [duplicate]

I purchased some microwavable Stouffers with Salisbury steak and macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately I left them on my kitchen counter over night without remembering to place them in the freezer. They ...
9
votes
6answers
185k views

Is it bad to leave the crock pot on “warm” (not low) all day?

I just bought all the ingredients to make a soup in the crock pot. I was planning on having it cook all day, but I just realized the recipe only calls for it to cook on low for 3-4 hours. If I cook it ...
1
vote
4answers
20k views

Is it safe to defrost cooked meat and eat it (without reheating)

Say for example I had some marinated cooked chicken that I put in the freezer. Would it be safe to defrost this cooked chicken and put it in a sandwich without reheating it through first? I know it's ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

Portable lunch ideas [closed]

I was thinking about cooking my lunch early in the morning (6 or 7 AM) and then taking it with me and consuming it outdoors (around 1 PM). The reason for this is that I will be spending about 8 hours ...
11
votes
2answers
4k views

Safe pH range (acid vs base) for food

One of my molecular cookbooks goes into the use of acidity / alkalinity in cooking. What it doesn't describe is what safe pH values are that you can still serve food at. Note: I am not looking for ...
1
vote
2answers
63 views

Will cannes food tops melt if dropped in boiling soup?

I may have dropped a can food top in my soup but i am not sure. It's not in the soup but could it have melted ?
1
vote
2answers
49 views

Prepped beef mixed with other ingredients before tomorrow's stew

I'm prepping for stew. I'm cutting "beef for stew" into smaller pieces. I put it in a Pyrex tupperware container. Then I chop mushrooms and add them to the tupperware container on top of the raw ...
2
votes
1answer
348 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
11k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
97 views

Cooking duck Chinese style

A Chinese style recipe for duck calls for seasoning the duck with salt, pepper and stuffing with ginger and scallion. Then, hanging to dry at room temperature overnight before cooking. Is this ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Which fuels (burning materials) are healthy safe in a wood fired oven?

I have recently made a brick wood fired oven. It's a black / dirt / Roman / traditional type of oven: where you burn the fuel (typically wood) in the same chamber where you put the food to be cooked. ...
11
votes
5answers
19k views

Is it safe to eat green onion slime?

I just harvested some scallions from the garden, where it's getting bit chilly (late November in Seattle). After chopping them, I realized that their insides were covered in a gelatinous, slippery, ...
1
vote
3answers
117 views

Best way to clean a countertop if you are preparing food on it

Just had my kitchen remodeled and this is the first time I've had a kitchen with enough counter space that it's big enough to roll dough etc on. Plus it's the first time it's not a tile countertop so ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Concern about my health. Mothballs contaminates my food [duplicate]

I stored some moth balls inside my cabinet for 3week awhile ago I took the noodle inside the cabinet then cooked it, after cooking it I eat the noodle with rice, something is different it was like ...
0
votes
0answers
62 views

Can I reheat a frozen creamy mushroom sauce twice?

Two months ago, I cooked a huge portion of a creamy mushroom sauce. Since I couldn't eat all of it, I froze a big portion. Today, I reheated the frozen sauce and still couldn't eat all of it. So I put ...
11
votes
6answers
56k views

Can chicken not completely cooked then cooled be fully cooked later?

I cooked some chicken but didn't realise it hadn't completely cooked through. It then went in the fridge and a day later I cut through it to discover the problem. Is it now safe to put that chicken ...
-1
votes
1answer
86 views

Lemon juice as drinking water preservative

I drink water at work from a plastic bottle, refilled at cooler. I wonder if putting lemon cuts (0.25 lemon/L) in it will preserve it and decent way to keep water safe. Is there a chance that lemon ...
2
votes
2answers
95 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
8k views

Food safety issues related to eating raw frozen vegetables

I just pulled out a package of frozen spinach and noticed a warning "Cook from frozen, product must be cooked before consumption". I found the same on a package of frozen baby peas and I'm sure I've ...
5
votes
3answers
20k views

Egg safety. When to eat and when to not eat

I have a question about eggs and when it is safe to eat them. I've read online that there are 2 ways to test if an egg is safe to eat or not (without cracking it open): Float test: Get a massive ...
7
votes
4answers
6k views

Do I have to discard leftover sushi?

We had a party Monday night and ordered Sushi for 20 people - about 25 percent of the Sushi went uneaten, mostly plain rolls like tuna and yellow tail. I would hate to throw out 10+ rolls - any ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

Can I cook a thawed turkey?

I bought a PC stuffed turkey roll. It said keep frozen but I accidently left it in the fridge for two days. Is it still safe to cook from its defrosted state? It is small and stuffed.
18
votes
7answers
5k views

Should I taste-test food before serving it?

Do all chefs sample food before serving it? I ask because I feel like there is a huge sanitary problem here. If the chef gets a taste of the food, doesn't he risk his saliva getting into the food ...
8
votes
4answers
12k views

Are these worms in my black eyed peas/beans?

I was cooking some organic black eyed peas earlier today and I found what appeared to be worms. I had the peas for about 1.5 weeks before I cooked them. Is this common? I did rinse the peas before ...
3
votes
1answer
23k views

How to tell if frozen mussels are good?

I live a far distance from any body of salt water, so the only mussels available are packaged frozen mussels. I have always heard that cooked mussels must open or they are not good to eat, but when ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

ham broth left out overnight [duplicate]

i boiled ham bones down and accidentally it left out overnight. Is is safe to use in soup? I had removed all of the fat/skin, etc. just juice in container. in 60 degree room for approx 8 hours
3
votes
1answer
108 views

Unopened shredded cheese gets soggy in the fridge

I just moved out of my parents house and I'm fairly new to cooking and how to store stuff. I bought a package of shredded mozzarella like a week or so ago and put it in the fridge. Today I was ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

Fully cooked sealed ham [duplicate]

I have a "sealed" fully cooked ham that was stored in a 55 degree room for 7 days. would it still be OK to bake and eat?
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Chewy meat on poultry (duck) bones

Now, I think we have all heard of this method of telling that poultry is done: "When the meat pulls away from the bone easily." How true is this? Might the meat be overcooked in some cases. Now my ...
0
votes
0answers
85 views

Why are there white spots appearing on segments of canned tangerines?

I recently opened a tin can of tangerine segments, only to find that the segments contained little white spots throughout the segments. Can anyone tell me more in regards to what the white spots are? ...
0
votes
1answer
67 views

DIY Pot Noodle safe ingredients

I'm looking to make some of these DIY pot noodles or "pot ramen" or whatever folk might call them. I've got a load of ideas for what to put in them but no idea how safe it will be to eat given the ...
16
votes
8answers
11k views

Do I have to peel red potatoes before baking them?

I recently made some potato wedges in the oven. I shared this recipe with my relative, who admonished me for not properly peeling the red potatoes before baking them. She claims that there are ...
6
votes
2answers
43k views

How long will fresh scallops keep in the refrigerator?

Today I bought one pound of fresh scallops from the seafood counter at the local market, but my dinner plans have changed - I am no longer planning to cook the scallops this evening and I don't ...
12
votes
5answers
18k views

The art of Sushi: using wasabi to kill parasites

I've been to many sushi places and last night I went to a place that I've been to before (not that long ago either). When the sushi came, we noticed that it had wasabi spread on the rice, under the ...
6
votes
12answers
15k views

Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
5
votes
3answers
746 views

Sous vide whole salmon at what temperature?

If I'm doing salmon fillets then I'll normally do 50c for 25 minutes, but a whole salmon is a different kettle of fish. I've done sous vide whole salmon on several occasions and I do 55c for 3 hours ...
23
votes
8answers
31k views

Will spoiled food always make you sick?

Kind of a strange question, but say something has spoiled, i.e. smells bad, tastes bad, etc. Will it actually always make you sick? Like for instance spoiled dressing, let's say it tastes sour, ...
7
votes
3answers
8k views

Safety of glues in wooden chopping boards

It seems to be becoming more difficult over time to get a wooden chopping board that isn't made of separate pieces of wood that are glued together. I did find some sites discussing how to choose a ...
7
votes
3answers
18k views

Lunch meat is slimy on outside?

Sometimes when I buy lunch meat cuts, from the supermarket, they quickly get slimy on the outside. Regardless of the date which is indicated by the sticker. I perform taste, smell, and visual checks ...
12
votes
3answers
111k views

Is it safe to eat sprouted onions?

I opened my onion rack lately to find onions that had sprouted several-inch-long green roots... It made me extremely queasy and I threw them out. But I was wondering - would it be safe to eat them / ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Squishy raw pork - gone bad?

I bought some pork loin chops and went to open the package and part of the meat was really squishy. I repackaged it and put it in the freezer to throw away later. I didn't notice any smell but didn't ...