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

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Sodium benzoate the correct amount

I would like to know the ratio for using sodium benzoate as a preservative in our jams and relishes. We state on our product that it's home made and no added preservatives are added, would this be ...
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Is this moldy vinegar salvageable?

I started making apple cider vinegar using the second method listed on http://thehealthyeatingsite.com/apple-cider-vinegar-recipe/ It's been little over 4 months and my mix is looking really weird. ...
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How long is it safe to marinate meat?

I started marinating some almost-thawed chicken and skirt steak in the refrigerator on Monday. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten around to cooking the meat. Is the meat still safe to cook ...
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Can pasteurized milk turn into yogurt by itself?

During the winter, I often leave milk on my porch to make room in my refrigerator. During a recent warm spell, I had an unopened gallon of pasteurized milk on the porch for two days around 50 ...
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Crockpot soup issue [duplicate]

I fried hamburger up and planned on making hamburger macaroni soup in my crockpot. I put the cooked hamburger in the crockpot, added uncooked noodles and the tomato sauce. Turned crockpot on low ...
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half and half cups refrigerator to table?

I have a case of half and half cups in the refirgerator at work that nobody uses because they don't know they are in there. Can we put them on the counter with the others creamers or once cold do they ...
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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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Sprouts and “better-to-cut-out-parts” in vegetables

A while ago I read that "all the green parts in tomatoes" actually contain a not so healthy "active ingredient" which would be better not to eat. What I knew was that we couldn't digest those parts ...
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Use by date on cacao butter

I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was. Is it OK to eat? ...
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How long can fish be left out?

I was defrosting fish and forgot about it. It has been left out for a long time. How long can fish actually be left out before it goes bad?
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Does soy sauce expire?

Being mostly made of salt, I often used soy sauce well beyond (as in "two years and more") its expiration date without ever having a problem. Is that a bad idea, and did I actually take some health ...
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Sliced white American cheese [duplicate]

I left a 5 pound block of sliced white American cheese in my car all day it was hot out like 75/80 it was very soft I put it in the frig is it still good to eat
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Bottling cream-based salad dressing. Preservative advice?

I would like to bottle my home made salad dressing that is mayo- and cream-based. I was wondering what kind of preservatives I could use to lengthen shelf life. Also, I am using garlic powder as an ...
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How can I safely transport cooked food in warm weather? [duplicate]

I've a factory of 300 people and I serve them lunch everyday. At the moment the kitchen is adjust-en with the factory but I have to move the kitchen asap to a place around 20kls. far from my factory. ...
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how long before bacteria set in already cooked food? [duplicate]

My boyfriend buys precook food all the time, and thinks you can let it sit out for hours and is eatable! I've tried telling him that is why we always have the runs! How long do we have before it's not ...
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Is it normal for the colour of the cooked lentils to change overnight even when they were kept in fridge?

Last night we cooked the lentils in a pressure cooker 20:00. They were on the kitchen shelf for about 3 hours before I put them in fridge. I took them out in the morning at 9:30, and took them to ...
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Coconut Water from White vs Brown Coconuts

The warning label on each coconut describes how to treat the water within each. The water on the brown coconut is to be discarded; the water on the white coconut is safe for consumption. In what ...
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Bbq pork ribs accidentally started cooking in crock pot on warm for 2 1/2 hours before noticed [duplicate]

I put country style pork ribs in my crock pot this morning with bbq sauce and didn't realize I set the control to only warm. It was not noticed until it had been on warm for about 2 1/2 hours. I ...
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Sausage grease in fridge

I forgot a pan with a little sausage grease in the fridge (1 1/2 to 2 weeks). The pork sausages had peppers, herbs and maybe onions in them, the grease is orange from the chilis and peppers. If I ...
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Can adequate heating transform spoiled food into safe food?

Suppose I have some food that became unsafe or contaminated by any means besides explicitly adding dangerous substances. It could be past the expiration date, or handled unsafely by leaving at room ...
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Can I use a yoghurt marinade in sous-vide cooking?

I want to cook a Indian-inspired chicken dish. The recipe calls for yoghurt in a marinade for the chicken. I am fine with the marinade, but I also want to cook the chicken sous-vide. I now wonder ...
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How long can rye bread last?

A while ago, I obtained, on a Friday afternoon, a bag of pareve rye bread from the supermarket. The ingredient listing was: high gluten flour, rye flour, water, yeast, salt The bread was also ...
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Is a steak OK to eat if it fell down, but I cooked it afterwards?

If I am cooking steaks at a grill and one of them accidentally falls down on the floor/ground, is it safe for me to wipe it and cook it for a certain amount of time (till it is pretty well done) and ...
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Does incorporating whipping cream in a chocolate syrup extend its shelf life?

We bought a box/carton of whipping cream a few months ago and it sat on the freezer for some time and we used it earlier to create a chocolate sauce/syrup for a cake. However, we didn't need ...
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what is canned flour's shelf life?

So, I have canned flour from 1991. It's been airtight and in our food storage. There is no bugs and it smells fine, is it good to use?
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Why do Duck eggs have longer expiry than Chicken Eggs?

Duck eggs seem to get about a 6-week extension on their expiry date over Chicken eggs. (the latest pack I bought yesterday expire May 25th, where as the Chicken Eggs at best were Mid-April). Why is ...
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What is the impact of repeated cooling and reheating of maple syrup?

Today I discovered a 1/4-full bottle of pure maple syrup had gotten moldy, so searched this site and came across this question: Should maple syrup be stored in the refrigerator? My follow-up question ...
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Is polyamide food safe?

I got a nylon bag which is marked 'PA' in the label, which I think is polyamide. I plan to use it for mashing barley grains in homebrewing ( 62C to 78C, PH ~ 5, 90 minutes ). The bag is black and ...
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Buttermilk / Cream Cheese glaze – food safety

I am baking some cinnamon rolls for a party. The glaze consists of cream cheese, powdered sugar and buttermilk. Since the party will be held outside, I am a bit worried about food safety here. What ...
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Are these eggs rotten?

I have a carton of fresh eggs here. They don't expire until this time next month. They don't float in a large bowl of water. But many of these ones after being hard boiled have a very strong sulfur ...
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Using minced onion instead of powder onion, will it change the expiration date of the final product?

I produce a product using onion powder which gives me 6 months before it expires. Will that 6 months decrease if I use fresh powder during the production? The cooking proccess includes pasteurizing ...
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Food Safety of “Scavenged” Chicken Stock

I happened upon an article entitled "Please Pass the Scavenged Bone Stock" and discovered that there are many different opinions out there about the propriety of saving chicken bones for stock. The ...
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Can I let food be tested for spoilage after freezer power outage?

We had a chest freezer filled with beef get disconnected from power for some period of time. Reconnected and refroze the meat. I don't know how long it was without power. Packets of hamburger were ...
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button mushrooms turned red while frying in butter

I fried fresh sliced button mushrooms in butter over low heat with no other ingredients. After a short while dark red areas started to appear on the sides of several slices. I never noticed anything ...
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Is it safe to drink the water that basil seeds are soaked in?

Is it safe to drink the water that basil seeds are soaked in? Also would it be okay to drink that water with and/or without removing the soaked seeds? Thanks and regards :-)
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Can I eat Acai if left out of the fridge? [duplicate]

I was given two packages of Acai that are supposed to stay in the fridge, but the person didn't let me know, and they were left at room temperature overnight. Can I still eat them if I refreeze them?
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Why did pork tenderloin go pink in the fridge?

I cooked a pork tenderloin to at least 165 degrees F, maybe 180. The thermometer was in a pretty thick part of the meat and it was pretty much grey. Two days later it is pink in parts inside. I was ...
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How long can I leave the fridge open?

How long can I leave the fridge open without it affecting the food inside? How often? Is it just the temperature or are there other factors (moisture?) as well? Also my fridge has a light that gets ...
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What has happened to today's chicken compared to the chicken in the 1950's - 80's?

In the 1960's, 70's and up until now, my dear parents prepared their chicken the same way as have I. We bought it, washed it, cut it up, cooked it and served to family and friends who never got sick ...
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Is it safe to eat potatoes that have sprouted?

I'm talking about potatoes that 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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Use of braiser for frying

In our large commercial kitchen, which is seldom used, how long can we keep the oil in the large tilt braiser that is used for French fries and fried fish? Can this oil then be disposed of in the ...
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Is it safe to par-boil chicken legs, (unthawed), then finish cooking them later?

I boiled four chicken legs for 25 mins, put them in the fridge then took them back out to finish boiling them four hours later, is this safe?
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Unrefrigerated Mashed Bananas: Are they safe to bake with?

If mashed bananas are accidentally left on the counter overnight can they still be used for baking?
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Forgot to turn the crockpot on with pork in it

I put 2.5 lbs of salted raw pork shoulder in the crockpot, then added boiling hot liquid to the crockpot. I forgot to turn it on, and noticed an hour later. Then I turned it on. Is the meat still ...
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When did the US start refrigerating eggs on a regular basis?

Does anyone recall when refrigerated eggs became the norm in the US? I seem to remember buying eggs in the large grocery stores off the shelf--not refrigerated--as recently as the 1990s. I lived in ...
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prepared meals and storage time in fridge before delivering them to clients [duplicate]

my daughter prepares meals for her small catering business. After she prepares them and stores them in plastic containers she stores them in our fridge which is taking up too mush space. They foods ...
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Does “boiling milk” always mean pasteurization, especially in Mongolia?

The Lonely Planet guide for Mongolia uses "boiling milk" and pasteurization interchangeably: TB is a bacterial infection usually transmitted from person by coughing, but which may be transmitted ...
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What can I add to Splenda solution to prevent spoilage?

Trying to save some money on buying Splenda packets by buying sucralose powder and mixing with water. This works great and is waaaay cheaper - 10x cheaper than buying the packets! However, after two ...
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Effects of elevated storage temperature on bread quality

It's pretty well-known and scientifically established that rather cool temperatures are bad for bread: putting your bread in the refrigerator will tend to dry it out and accelerate chemical reactions ...
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Pickling Frozen Fish

As someone with few opportunities to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I try to do as much preparatory work as possible on my day off and then just have things I can throw together and stick in the ...