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

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How long is too long to cook meatballs in sauce?

We use ground Chuck for the meatballs when making meatball subs. No spices or chopped onion, just meat and the meat sauce is a basic tomato based concoction. Then we cook the meatballs(raw) in the ...
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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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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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Canning Hot Peppers

This is my recipe for canning peppers. I bring 3 gal vinegar, 1 gal water and 1 lb canning salt to a boil. Let cool down a bit then pour into 1 qrt large mouth with peppers, garlic and pickling ...
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My ginger is blueish… is it safe?

I bought ginger at the grocery store last week and kept it, unpeeled, in the fridge. Today I sliced it open and there is a ring of a blueish colour, instead of the yellow I was expecting. The ginger ...
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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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Frozen prawns - blue dye

I'v been given some prawns from parents where they bought in bulk. The prawns leak a blue dye? Does anyone know if this is normal?
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Is an unrefrigerated canned ham safe to eat?

I just cooked a canned ham for my family. It was fully cooked, and I reheated it well. The problem is that we ate it and then I realized it was supposed to be refrigerated. I had kept it on the shelf. ...
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How long do you have to cook wild morel mushrooms for them to be safe?

I have recently been given some wild black morel mushrooms. I know that you aren't supposed to eat them raw, as they contain toxins which must be cooked out (at least now I know that... good thing I ...
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Curious mold growth in a sealled BBQ, how does one avoid it?

When finished cooking with the BBQ and cleaning the grill, I leave it running for a bit then shut off the intake and cap the exhaust (it's a Big Green Egg). At this point the BBQ is essentially ...
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How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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Is smell a bad way of determining whether meat is still good?

I have always relied on my sense of smell to determine whether meat (most often chicken) is bad and I thought it was reliable. However, I have just heard that [1] smell is not always reliable, since ...
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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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What does flour smell like when it goes bad?

I've got about 15lbs of saphire unbleached white flour left from my 25lb bulk purchase from 2 weeks ago. While preparing a wonderful zucchini bread recipe I noticed a "sour" smell from my flour. ...
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Leaving buttermilk out overnight, recipe for food poisoning?

In the recipe for corn bread in The Bread Baker's Apprentice, the first instruction reads: "The night before baking the corn bread, soak the cornmeal (1 cup) in the buttermilk (2 cups). Cover and ...
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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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Can I still eat this fish?

I just found a couple of salmon fillets in my freezer that seem to have been there for about two years. Are they still edible, or should I bin them?
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Is there such a thing as “food grade CO2”?

I'm thinking about building a setup to make my own carbonated water. Should I be concerned that I'll be filling up my CO2 tank at Dick's Sporting Goods?
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How do I stop my fire alarm from going off when I cook?

My fire alarm always goes off when I cook, even when the food is not burning. Because of this, I have never been able to keep batteries in my fire alarms. How can I stop this from happening?
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How can I tell if a mushroom is poisonous?

Assume I have found and want to eat a to me unknown kind of mushroom. Is there some way to find out if that mushroom is poisonous by looking/smelling/soaking it?
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At what point should carrots be thrown away?

We tend to buy a big bag of carrots from the supermarket (mainly because it's cheaper than a small bag), but usually these are starting to go soft halfway through the week. My current rule of thumb ...
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How long does it take for milk to spoil unrefrigerated?

A half gallon of milk (in the paper carton, not plastic) got left in the car for 1.5 hours in about 80 degree (~27 °C) weather (evening so no direct sunlight). Is it still probably safe to eat if one ...
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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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After how long is boiled milk tea consumable?

I made tea with milk in the morning and had it in the evening. Is it is safe? After how much time, does it become unconsumable?
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Cooking raw chicken beside heating quesadillas

In a kitchen that has only a flat top to cook with, is it safe to cook raw chicken on it and at the same time heat a quesadillas on the same surface but on opposite side of the flat top?
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Is rare duck breast safe?

Other forms of poultry are regarded as undercooked at the slightest sign of pink juices and yet it is common practice to cook duck so that it's medium rare. Is the risk of food poisoning significantly ...
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Beef discoloration on parts not in contact with air

I have bought a pack of sliced beef and opened it up as soon as I got home. Judging by the date on a package, it was packed on the same day I bought it. It was red on the outside, but dark and ...
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Chicken thighs that don't seem right

I bought chicken thighs from a large super market, portioned them and froze them for future use. (bought 2 weeks ago) I defrosted a pound in the fridge today, and as I was getting ready to trim the ...
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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 ...
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Do Bouillon Cubes/Powder go bad?

I just found an old jar of Beef Bouillon cubes and although there is no expiration date, I'm a bit skeptical about using them - do they go bad?
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Chicken smells like eggs

I purchased some fresh chicken a few weeks ago and immediately froze it. Today I took it out and put it into boiling water to start making soup. Before I added anything else, the whole room started to ...
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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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Does meat need to be washed before preparation?

I don't even remember where I have learned that, but I've always thought it common knowledge: Before a piece of meat gets seasoned, or malleted for tenderizing (sorry, don't know the English word for ...
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Is it safe to eat freezer food with bad odours?

I accidentaly switched my freezer off for a week. This lead to spoilage of food, pool of blood inside freezer etc. Trays are unremovable and difficult to clean. I have thrown everything away and ...
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How can I reassure myself a given food is not a botulism risk?

Ever since a man has died (in my country) because of eating home-made ham contaminated with botulism, I'm really concerned about it and I see risks everywhere. I have 2 questions related to it, and I ...
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Frozen pizza kept at room temp (23 C) for 48 hours - safe to use?

I bought a salami pizza and a Hawaii pizza (ham & pineapple) the night before yesterday, but forgot to put them in the freezer. This is the latter, soggy part removed: Normally they should cook ...
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where to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe

Where is the best place to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe? I know the unopened one is okay on the counter but what about when you open the can to use half of it?
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What is the best way to get rid of the ants from the box of clarified butter?

The clarified butter is in a semi solid state in a transparent plastic box covered with a screw type lid. I don't know how the ants went inside but now I can see those ants roaming inside the box - ...
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Is it safe to leave cooked poultry at room temperature overnight?

Assuming that I've already cooked the poultry (or eggs) to recommended temperatures - does it need to be refrigerated immediately, or is it safe to eat if it's been left at room temperature overnight? ...
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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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Can you reuse marinade used with raw chicken?

I marinated chicken a couple weeks ago, and stored the marinade afterwards in a jar. Can it be reused, or is that dangerous? I've been told conflicting stories here. The marinade is mostly teriyaki if ...
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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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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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Hot tea to iced. Safe?

I want to boil tap water and use tea bags but since summer is coming I want to make it cold. Is it safe if I let it to get to room temperature and then put it in the fridge?
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Are special recipes needed to preserve using a pressure canner?

I know that it's best practice to use tested and true recipes for water bath canning due to botulism risk, but is it necessary to find special recipes for use in a pressure canner? edit: What I mean ...
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Is re-freezing the same beans bad?

I have a bunch of frozen beans in the freeze and I found out that pouring hot water on them is easier to take them out of their container with a measuring cup. But them I re-freeze them. Is this a bad ...
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What parasites are problematic in sous vide?

Obviously, one should use only clean ingredients. However, especially with game and river/lake fish that's rather difficult. What are parasites that should be taken into account in sous vide ...
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Is it safe to eat butter after it has crossed its expiration date? Does butter ever spoil in fridge?

I just came back from a long trip and I was cleaning out my fridge, and I noticed that there is an expiration date on the butter. It expired about two months from when I bought it. The butter doesn't ...
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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 ...