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

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Can I cook (boil) vegetables in the same pot two times in a row without washing the pot? [duplicate]

If I cook a bunch of different vegetables in the pot, is it safe to just get them out of the pot and fill the pot with water for the next round of cooking a bunch of vegetables? I know there are ...
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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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How to wash vegetables without running water?

I live in a subtropical climate where most people cook vegetables, rather than eat them raw, so when making green salads, I must be careful to ensure that everything is clean. I have seen ...
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Washing Vegetables With And Storing Lemon Essential Oil?

According to this article it is better to use lemon essential oil when washing vegetables. It is said to add prepared mixture to spray bottle but nothing about if it is possible to store spray bottle ...
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How do you wash fruit and veggies effectively?

When eating or preparing fruit and vegetables, you should wash them beforehand to get rid of pesticides, bacterias, fertilizers, etc. However, I notice that I (and others I know), just put the thing ...
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Should I wash my pre-washed greens?

This sounds so silly writing it out. I frequently buy Olivia's organic spring mix salad which says it's "triple washed." Out of habit, I guess, I wash / spin each serving before I eat it. Should I ...
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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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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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If I vacuum seal a food product like beef stew then boil it in the bag, would it keep un-refrigerated?

I'm wondering if after vacuum sealing something then boiling it, if that would act as sterilization allowing the product to remain safe without being refrigerated.
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Cooked hamburger [duplicate]

I cooked hamburger and onion about 7:00 P.M. One night to freeze and use later, after it cooled a bit I put it in freezer bags and laid it on the counter to cool before putting it in the refrigerator ....
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Grape Juice left out overnight, now has fizz

So I left some grape juice out overnight, I forget how long, but now it has developed a "fizzy" taste. Also when you open the bottle you can hear the fizz escape. I've put it back in the refrigerator, ...
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What should I do with my leftover bench flour?

I make bread/pizza quite often, up to a few times per week. I work on a wooden surface for forming the dough and use a flour dredge to spread about 1 cup of flour per session on my surface. I would ...
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Do some breeds of chicken have particularly red meat when cooked?

Tonight, my friend and I ordered a fried chicken special at a restaurant with a local food theme. It was a great dish. Both of us got very pink chicken. I am pretty sure that my plate had three ...
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Pressure cooked stock out overnight, still safe?

I see a question here about stock out overnight, but in my case it's a bit different in that I used a pressure cooker. My question is, is there anything that could possibly have survived an hour of ...
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How long can baked vegetarian lasagna be left out? [duplicate]

I made an amazing vegan lasagna last night but it got left out for 4 hours after we ate it before I refrigerated it. It contained lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, tofu, vegan cream cheese, eggplant , ...
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Can you thaw pork chops at room temperature and then refreeze them again? [duplicate]

Can you thaw (frozen) pork chops at room temperature and then refreeze them?
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How necessary is it to marinade meat before making jerkies?

So I just got myself a dehydrator, for the purpose of making jerkies. I was thinking of just seasoning the meat lightly instead of marinating them, which takes considerably more time, needs more ...
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Is it contaminating the spice to touch it after touching raw meat?

When I cook raw meat, especially chicken strips, I have it spread out on the chopping board with a few bags and containers of spice to the side. I don't actually use too many shakers for spice. Since ...
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Can dry ice in a liquid poison you?

I remember hearing a long time ago that putting dry ice into a liquid that is then consumed by people could potentially poison them. I was just looking at halloween drink recipes and a few of them ...
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How long do you need to cook chicken thigh? [duplicate]

How long do I need to bake a chicken leg (with thigh) and at what temperature in order to retain moisture but kill off dangerous bacteria?
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Is safe to eat jerky with white mold?

I recently ate a jerky with white mold on it (see below), I donot know if I should be okay with that? The mold grew on jerky because I placed it in a moist environment days before.
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How can I prove ganache is safe at room temperature?

Ganache I make is a ratio of 2:1, cream is boiled 3 times to reduce water content, chocolate is a mixture of dark and milk. Upto 50g of glucose syrup is added as a preservative. I know the ganache ...
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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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How long does raw ground meat last in the fridge?

Does it make a difference if it's raw ground pork or raw ground veal? There is no sell-by date since I got it at the butcher.
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Ceramic made from alumina poisonous?

I was searching for ceramic knife and learned they can be made from Zirconia or Alumina. Some cheap ones could be from the latter because material is cheaper. Isn't Aluminum Oxide poisonous to human ...
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When is the expiry date? [closed]

Honest to god, I tried so hard to identify it. I do see JAN 17 but I'm not sure if its January of 2017 or January the 17th. Plus I see 00:42 there but I'm not sure what it means, but I have a feeling ...
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Are there food combinations that are dangerous?

Is there a combination of ingredients that will chemically interact to create poison? I am interested in whether this possible with any common preparation method (e.g. via cooking, blending, whisking,...
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Should I throw away sesames with moths?

I found pantry moths in my sesames, and their webs between the sesames on the top part. Should I throw them out? Are they still edible or useful in other ways? Thanks.
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How to safely cook a lamb's head?

I saw at the butcher's shop today that they sold the head of the lamb, cut in half down the middle. I became really interested because the brain was fresh, and I believed it to be really nutritious. ...
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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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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How do you avoid getting burnt by hot oil?

I find myself getting hit too much by boiling oil. Even when I keep my face really far from the pan it hits me. Are there any general guidelines or best practices to avoid getting hit by boiling oil?
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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

Everyone on the internet says you should never thaw meat outside of the fridge. My fridge is about 40f cold, and meat NEVER thaws in it. Its always at least -4f even after sitting in fridge overnight. ...
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How do I minimize the risk of bacteria growth in bean sprouts?

I have been experimenting with sprouts lately. Most recently I've been sprouting mung beans. Last week I had a salad with a larger than usual portion of bean sprouts. I spent the next day with a ...
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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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Can cashews go bad? If so, how do you tell?

We have a tub of cashews that seems "off:" they smell a little different and taste a little different than we're used to. They don't smell or taste rancid (to us, I don't think I've ever tried ...
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How prevalent was foodborne botulism before stricter food safety guidelines?

Nowadays, foodborne botulism seems to be quite rare, even from potentially high-risk things like home canned goods. (The CDC Botulism Surveillance reports indicate on the scale of tens of confirmed ...
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Shipping Homemade Mozzarella

I would like to ship homemade mozzarella. I'm considering purchasing a vacuum packaging system to preserve it for the 2-3 day trip. Is this recommended? If not, are there any alternatives?
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Why does my milk bottle lid have two dates

I'm living in Switzerland at the moment. I've just come back from a short holiday and realise I've left some milk in the fridge. The top oddly has two dates. One marked a which was yesterday and one ...
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Are the white crystals on my American Cheese safe to eat?

I have some American Cheese with fine white crystals on the outside of each slice. They have a gritty texture. Is this a sign that the cheese is spoiled, or just lactic acid salts like aged cheese ...
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Baking granbarksost (spruce bark cheese) (Brie) with little mould

We have this amazing cheese from Sweden just like Brie cheese but surrounded by tree bark and meant for baking. Should I remove the little bits of green mould from the outside of the cheese before ...
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How do we keep our roasted cashews from smelling bad eventually?

We are from a small manufacturing unit and do roasting and packing of cashews. After roasting we pack them in polypropylene pouches with nitrogen flushing. But after 2-3 months cashews are smelling ...
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Should I continue to cook Chicken which has only started to cook briefly then cooled by mistake

I started to cook chicken casserole in the slow cooker, for about 20 minutes on high so that I could then turn it down to low and leave cooking. However, I accidently turned the slow cooker off and so ...
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Is it safe to eat expired hollandaise sauce mix

I have a really old packet of McCormick Hollandaise sauce mix - it's 5 years expired. Is it safe to use and eat? Main ingredients are Wheat starch, maltodextrin, egg solids, soy lecithin, etc..
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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 burnt+...
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Why does food spoil in the freezer?

Many recipes suggest storing perishable food, such as left-over chicken stock, in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Why could one not store it frozen for longer, surely bacteria and mould cannot grow ...
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if uncooked rice is soaked for 2 day, is it still safe to eat (after it's cooked)?

i completely forgot i soaked the rice on Monday night. It was completely submerged in water. Left in room temperature. If i cook it now, would it be safe to eat?
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White bristles on carrots

I've had carrots in a plastic bag in the fridge for a few weeks and when I went to use them today, I noticed there are what I can best describe as white bristles or whiskers coming out of them. I've ...
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What are the guidelines for creating a canning recipe?

I am looking for the criteria that make an acceptable recipe for canning. Most sites say to only use approved canning recipes and not make substitutions, which is totally understandable, but surely ...
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Is eating uncooked spaghetti dangerous?

Sometimes I like to eat some (15 to 20 pieces) uncooked and dry spaghetti from the store as a snack. Still, I am worried a little about salmonella and other such things, so my question: How safe is ...