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

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Is this tenderloin safe to use? [duplicate]

I have a vacuum sealed 8 lb. beef tenderloin that was in my refrigerator. The door was not closed completely and the refrigerator warmed to 42 degrees just at the beginning of the danger zone. The ...
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Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature?

Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature? If so, for how long is it safe to keep it out?
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How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it?

How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it, e.g. to a friend's house or a potluck? I usually just give up and take cold food, but I'd like to have more options.
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Chocolate spread preservation

I have tried and made chocolate spread at home. I made it using a melted milk chocolate slab added to boiled Amul fresh cream. After a few days, it grew some fungus. How can its life be increased? ...
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How to keep my (deep frying) oil usable as long as possible?

I have a new deep fryer. I am pleased with its results so far. I am not a 'heavy user' though - say once every 2-3 weeks. I want to re-use the oil a couple of times. The deep fryer is covered but not ...
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Green and white mold on dry part of onion only. What to do?

My girlfriend and I purchased a bunch of red onions and then went a week or two without using them. When we went to use them last night, we discovered that most of them had grown lots of green and ...
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How do I know if my salmon fish is cooked properly?

I intend to cook some salmon fish over this weekend so that I can treat my friends and relatives. However, I saw this article - ...
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Is it true cooked food cannot be left in room temperature for longer than 4 hours?

I have only recently discovered that cooked food shouldn't be left in room temperature for longer than 2/4 hours. I lived in a tropical country which is warm and humid and I have been growing up ...
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Can I transfer opened vacuum pack chicken to the freezer? [duplicate]

I recently bought a bag of sealed chicken breasts (around 18) and took them home to freeze them individually in bags. Is this OK?
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Sealed package beef steaks [duplicate]

I left a box of sealed beef steaks out overnight! Can I refreeze them and are they safe to eat again? Are they safe also to cook today?
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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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Is rare pheasant safe?

I'm planning to cook pheasant breast this evening and want to know if I can have it rare, as I would with duck breast. I know most government food agencies err on the side of caution (cook until all ...
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Is kangaroo meat safe to eat raw such as kangaroo tartare?

I know that kangaroo meat is usually cooked rare because it's so low in fat. I also know that certain meats are not safe unless well cooked, such as chicken and pork. But what about kangaroo? For me ...
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Does cinnamon “spoil”?

When cinnamon (or other spices) is past its "best by" date, I know that the flavor and potency will be less strong. However, is it still safe to use it on food? (This came up because a co-worker ...
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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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Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?

I heard that putting really warm food in the fridge right after cooking it is not the right thing to do. It might cause bacterial growth? Is this true?
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Are reddish egg whites safe to eat?

5 minutes ago I cracked an egg and was surprised with an orange, reddish egg white. It has the color of light fish sauce. The chalazae is red. I would assume that the reddish color comes from the ...
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Cooking a large pork roast in a slow cooker

I need to cook a 9 pound pork roast in a crock pot/slow cooker. How long do I need to cook it? I have a recipe for a 3-4 pound roast; is there any way to adjust it for a larger roast?
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Microwave Food started smoking

I heated food in my microwave on a paper plate and it started to smoke. I had a ton of smoke in my house but now it is cleared. Should I be worried about the microwave? Is it still safe to use?
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Is it safe to eat smoked bacon without grilling?

The reason I ask this is due to the fact nothing on the bacon packaging indicates it can or cannot be eaten 'raw' and in general eating raw meat is a bad idea.
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Sous Vide Interrupted

I'm trying to cook beef short-ribs sous-vide at 140° for 72 hours. Imagine my shock this morning when I went into the kitchen and found the machine had turned itself off! It could not have been for ...
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packaging an uncooked/raw hot sauce

I make a hot sauce with peppers,parsley,garlic,salt and olive oil. I have to freeze it in jars otherwise it ferments. Is there a way to package a raw/ uncooked product without fermentation?
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refrigerating meat after cooking

I've heard that you need to let meat cool down after cooking before you store in in refrigeration, something about bacteria building up when you do that. Any idea if that's true?
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Freezing a chicken in a bag

I bought a chicken that you cook in the bag. I put it in the freezer, when I took it out to thaw, I read on bag "Do not freeze". Will it be safe to eat?
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Can lemon juice concentrate be used after the use-by-date?

My lemon juice concentrate's use by date passed a few months ago. It was kept it in the fridge the whole time. Is it still safe to use it?
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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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How long can I reuse this delicious bacon grease for cooking?

I cooked some bacon about a week ago and left the grease in the pan. I've used it the last two nights with great success for cooking other meals. How long is it safe to reuse? I figure since I'm ...
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Will I definitely get food poisoning from unrefrigerated meat?

I took a piece of beef steak out of the freezer yesterday at 4pm. I left it on the windowsill until 11am this morning. It stayed pretty chilled because the temperature here is below freezing, but it ...
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What happens if I brine my turkey for 2 days?

I have a logistical problem that leaves me with no fridge room for 2 days before Thanksgiving... I always brine my turkey, so I don't have any questions about that, but typically it's only an 8 - 10 ...
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Is it safe to use plastic wrap in boiling water?

While I've come across one or two recipes that call for using plastic wrap in pots of boiling water (for example, to cook eggs), I've always been a bit wary of putting the wrap in boiling water. Can ...
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Are Gem Squash Edible After the Green Rind Turns Yellow/Orange?

We've had these squash for a while. I've cut them open and they appear to be OK, but I want to be sure.
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How can I effectively time a short thawing and brining of a a turkey?

I have a 14 lb. frozen turkey. It has been in the refrigerator for 12 hours now but there is not enough time to thaw it completely in the fridge before cooking it in the turkey fryer. Could I safely ...
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Can I store a fresh turkey in my garage for a few days?

I have a 25 lb. fresh turkey and would like to store it in my garage if possible. It's 43F during the day, and 33F at night - will it be safe to do that?
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I didn't put the lid on my slow cooker(crockpot) for first hour of beef stew. Will it still be safe to eat?

I didn't put the lid on the slow cooker (crockpot) properly for first hour of beef stew. It's on high now with the lid on, will it still be safe to eat?
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How long in fridge for sushi steaks?

I ordered some sushi grade steaks online. They came frozen, as they were shipped with dry ice to keep them nice and cold. Frozen, I cut them into pieces and put them back in the freezer, taking out ...
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Can you use bread flour that is 2 months past the best use by date? [duplicate]

I've got some bread flour that has been in the refrigerator that has a best use date of Sept. 2015, and it's now Nov. 2015, is it okay to still bake with it?
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Is a reddy/brown coloured cod fillet ok to use?

I did an online shop last week and when it arrived the cod fillet that I had asked for looked slightly red so I asked for another packet but that was slightly off colour too looking slightly ...
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Can I finish cooking a stuffed pork roast if I turn it off for a while?

I am cooking a pork sirloin stuffed roast. It's been in the oven for 20 minutes but I have to leave the house for no longer then 1 hour and a half. Can I continue to cook it when I get back?
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Is it safe to eat raw fish?

Raw chicken is generally considered not safe to eat. A lot of people eat sushi/sashimi though, and that's raw fish. So, how come that's safe (if it is)?
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can I eat a cryovaced cured ham left in car for 24 hours? [duplicate]

can I eat a cryovaced cured ham left in car for 24 hours? put in car at midnight and taken out the following midnight - mid day temps around 80
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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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Potato Soup; Left Out Overnight, Refrigerated ~10 Days; Safe to Eat? [duplicate]

Most of the answers I'm seeing on this and other sites tend to address the question of food safety from a meats and/or canning standpoint. None of them appear to answer this question from a ...
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Not sure my meat spent long enough on high in the crock pot?

Last night, I was making chili and realized I'd forgotten to thaw the meat. I was most of the way through putting the veggies and sweet potatoes in, so I put them on high and let the meat thaw in the ...
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Will meat cook inside of a rice cooker?

I would like to use my rice cooker to cook one of those pre-packaged jambalaya mixes, and I've had good success with using prepackaged rice packets in my rice cooker. Sometimes there is a bit of ...
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How to tell when bacon is cooked enough?

I've been experimenting cooking bacon on the George Foreman grill. I'm trying it out a little less cooked and was wondering, how do I know if it's cooked enough to be safe to eat? Recently I've tried ...
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How long does it take to cook ground meat on a skillet? [closed]

I was wondering how long it exactly takes to cook ground meat in a skillet on the stove on medium heat for these meats? 1) pork 2) bison 3) beef 4) chicken
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Accidently reduced salt in pickling recipe - are these pickles still safe?

A dill pickle recipe called for 1.5 cups vinegar, 1.5 cups water, and 2 tablespoons salt. I doubled the bring, but forgot to double the salt before canning my pickles. I ended up with: 3 cups Apple ...
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Does store-bought Kombucha spoil? If so, how can I tell?

I recently bought Ginger Kombucha for the first time in a reputable health food store. I'd never heard of it, but my doctor feels the probiotics will help my chronic digestive problem. Because of the ...
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Should maple syrup be stored in the refrigerator?

Is there any reason to store maple syrup in the refrigerator? It tastes better when it's a little warmer.
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How long can you keep tuna in jar with olive oil

Someone sent me tuna in olive oil from a delicatessen shop via post in a box. When I received the package the safety button of the jar was off (you could squeeze it). Due to this I was hesitant to eat ...