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

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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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How can you tell if a freezer rose above freezing?

How can one tell, after a power failure, if the contents of a freezer warmed above freezing? Knowing this, and knowing the actual temperature in the freezer, will help decide whether food can be ...
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Can I put frozen meat in a slow cooker?

I was wondering if I can put meat directly from the freezer into a slow-cooker. I want to be able to put chicken in the slow-cooker without having to let it defrost for a whole day in the fridge. It ...
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Is it safe to eat potatoes which have sprouted?

I'm talking about potatoes which have gone somewhat soft and put out shoots about 10cm long. Other online discussions suggest it's reasonably safe and the majority of us have been peeling and eating ...
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Are edible skins of supermarket fruits safe to eat, or are residues a problem?

Ideally, if fruits are grown without chemicals and pesticides, all of them should be edible. Here I am talking about fruits I can buy from supermarkets in US. If considering remains of chemicals ...
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How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...
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Pasteurizing frozen milk

I normally pasteurize my goats milk before I freeze it, however I also freeze some Raw milk. Can I pasteurize my goat milk after I have frozen it raw?
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How can I know whether a potato is too old?

I have many kilograms of potatoes that are turning bad, I don't want to throw them away. The term "turning bad" means that the best-before days on the products vary between 1-4 weeks i.e. they are old ...
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How do food producers determine expiration dates on products and ingredients?

It is well known that food expiration dates are somewhat arbitrary. For some foods, they are much more important than others -- for example, you can pretty easily tell on your own if milk has gone bad ...
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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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Cryovac tenderloin left in trunk of my car [duplicate]

I unintentionally left a whole cryovac tenderloin roast in the trunk of my car for 36 hours, big mistake I know! The temperature range during that time was between 25 - 55 degress, mostly in the 35 - ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I know by taste, if ham is bad. I have had pre cooked ham cooking in a slow cooker on warm for 3 days

My boyfriend has been using this idea, for a long time. He makes bean soup, with just ham and beans.. maybe a onion, then it sits in the crockpot on warm until digested, by us. LOL. well today. I ...
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How long can century eggs last refrigerated and unrefrigerated?

How long can century eggs last for refrigerated and unrefrigerated? I have some slightly cracked eggs from a friend who has stored it for months in his refrigerator. A few comments from this blog ...
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How would I quickly defrost chicken if it's going to be cooked in a crock pot?

I've read that it is O.K. to defrost chicken via the microwave or in a sink of cold water, but only if you're planning to cook the chicken right away. (How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?) I'm ...
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What is the shelf-life of home-made tomato sauce?

My husband made home-made tomato sauce two years ago that we still have on the shelf. It's stored in air tight mason jars and smells fine. Can we still eat this?
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Beef dripping - how long can it safely be kept for in the fridge [duplicate]

I buy beef dripping in tubs from the butcher - usually use a teaspoon when making a roast or a cottage pie. It never seems to change colour, or smell; so how long is it safe to keep for?
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Is raw honey safe to consume?

I recently purchased a jar of Very Raw Honey from my local market. I purchased it because it was on sale, but eventually I looked up whether it was safe or not to eat and came across articles such as ...
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cooking raw chicken beside heating quesadillas

in a kitchen that has only a flat top to cook with, can you cook raw chicken on it and at the same time heating a quesadillas on the same surface but on opposite side of flat top
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What are the safety considerations in making pine needle tea?

Living in a northerly climate, I have often speculated about how aboriginal people avoided diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies like scurvy (no imported citrus in those days.) According to ...
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Is it safe to vacuum seal shredded Parmesan?

I was trying to think of a way to more efficiently storing parmesan for quick access. I realized I could shred a batch and vacuum seal it in a jar to better preserve the flavor after shedding. ...
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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 ...
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What is the danger in cross contamination?

This question was prompted by this one on how to clean tools to prevent cross contamination. I wanted to ask it in the comments but realized it might be better as a separate question. Do I need to be ...
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Is soaking beans 24 hours unrefrigerated safe?

It strikes me as an unsafe food practice to follow Cook's Illustrated's advice for soaking dried beans for 24 hours unrefrigerated. I've also seen them suggest you soak steel-cut oats unrefrigerated ...
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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 ...
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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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Help - Thawed frozen Lasagne issues

My wife purchased 2 M&M Family Frozen Meat Lasagnes and left them in a thermal freezer bag in the rear of the Escape. I found them two days later as I was taking her vehicle in for service, and ...
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Is slow cooking for 24+ hours safe?

I've been cooking a 15 lb (7 Kg) pork shoulder for 24 hours, and the temperature has been around 140°F (60°C) for both meat and liquid. I didn't realize the temp was so low until just now when I stuck ...
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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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Cooked whole chicken has congealed blood around joints and bones, should I worry?

So I just roasted a whole chicken and finished carving/cleaning the carcass today. I discovered a great deal of congealed red matter surrounding many of the joints and bones. Looks like congealed ...
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Covering food while cooling

Is it a good or a bad idea to cover food that is cooling? For example I have bolognese cooling in a tupperware container but don't know whether I should cover it and refrigerate or leave uncovered out ...
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Are carrots safe to eat after they have turned black?

I recently got a bag of carrots out of the fridge, and find that most of them had turned black. What causes this, and are they safe to eat (with or without peeling)?
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Is it best to just cook with the oil that has the highest smoking point?

I was recently at my locals farmers market and someone was handing out samples (cooked) of what they were selling. The guy cooking said to never use olive oil and use grapeseed oil instead because ...
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Do I need to freeze this puree and syrup?

Related questions: What causes a cake to sink in the center? and How can I get the maximum flavor from orange peels? I ended up simmering the zest of 6 oranges (peeled with a vegetable peeler, so ...
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Best chopping board material for meat

I've heard that using a wooden chopping board for cutting meat is not very hygienic as it is a porous material. If that is the case, then what would a chopping board ideally be made out of when ...
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I left fully cooked lasagna out all night [duplicate]

I left fully cooked lasagna out on the counter all night. My house is 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Is it safe to reheat and eat?
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Better kinds of knives for elderly persons?

I'm doing research for my culminating undergrad project on what kind of knives are appropriate for elderly persons, aged about 65-75 years old, and I've got three main questions: A gerontologist ...
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How to make garlic oil in a safe way…tomorrow

I am planning on making some garlic oil for a friend of mine as a birthday present. Her birthday is tomorrow, so this question is a bit urgent. I've read a few of the posts that indicate that ...
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How can tuna/bonito be tested for histamine?

I think I suffered scombroid food poisoning, together with some other people. I actually got the worst of it. The others experienced pain in the mouth. I had facial flushing and tachycardia as well. ...
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How long is it safe to drink coffee after brewed?

How many hours/days would you recommend to drink coffee (after brewed) and consider it safe? (For example if you don't want to waste it). What is the difference if it is refrigerated or not? The ...
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Safe to wash rice the night before and leave overnight before cooking?

I'm trying to figure out a convenient way to bring fresh rice for lunch. Cooking it the night before and leaving it in the fridge causes it to become dry and hard and unpleasant, and I've read that ...
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Why would roast beef broth turn white?

It had nothing added to it. I always boil the roast to tenderize. The broth is a milky white and I have never seen this happen before. Is it safe to eat?
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How long is coffee with creamer added safe in a thermos?

I'm not sure if this or this questions' answers satisfactorily cover my question but I am seeing a lot of answers that talk about the shelf-life of coffee and say things just "change" when adding ...
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Is there a definitive way to know if a tin can is lined with BPA?

Many tin cans are lined with BPA which has been connected with various health issues in various studies. Is there a way to determine whether a can of food contains BPA lining? Can the place of ...
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Are smoked pork chops from the butcher safe to eat without any further cooking?

I bought a smoked pork chop from the butcher yesterday, and assumed I would cook it like any other pork chop, but after looking at it, it seems like it may be edible as is. The appearance is close to ...
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Why exactly is thawing via hot water bad?

I read all over the internet and labels that you shouldn't thaw with hot water? however tons of people leave meat to get to room temp how is thawing with hot water bad? Like for instance I go to get ...
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Is there a problem with defrosting meat on the counter?

I generally defrost meat on the kitchen counter. A friend of mine suggested that this was dangerous and suggested that I defrost meat in the refrigerator. I am no biologist but it seems to me that as ...
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Eating food from a slightly rusting cast iron dutch oven…is it safe?

I have a cast iron dutch oven. It has a self-basting lid, basically it has a grid of little cone shapes on the underside of the lid. The idea is that liquid condenses on underside of the lid and these ...
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What's an appropriate shelf-life for refrigerated pre-peeled garlic?

Buying pre-peeled/crushed/sliced garlic is great because it saves so much time during prep -- hand-peeling and crushing garlic in the midst of of everything else is a big time sink. However, I've been ...