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

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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 temperature, so how is thawing with hot water bad? For instance, when ...
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Can I store suet or home-rendered tallow at room temperature for a year?

This weekend I will be in possession of 100 lbs of beef suet (which I'll be getting from a butcher friend) and plan to render it into tallow. I can't even begin to imagine exactly what this amount of ...
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Refreeze a standing rib roast left out at room temperature [duplicate]

I left a roast on the counter by accident. Inside meat temperature 54°F. Can I refreeze it? Would it be safe for Christmas dinner?
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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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Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?

I know that leaving raw fish out of the fridge for more than a couple hours makes it totally unsafe to eat. Most cooked meats are okay to pack in a lunchbox and hold at room temperature for the hours ...
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How to avoid getting arm hair in food?

Sorry if this question is slightly gross. I happen to have a significant amount of hair on my arms and the back of my hands. When preparing food using my hands (e.g. kneading dough), sometimes hair ...
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Mold on Vinegar Batch?

About 2-3 months ago I decided to start my own batch of vinegar. I started with some Braggs apple cider vinegar which contains the mother, and I added some old wine and some fruit juice to the mix. ...
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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. Why is ...
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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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Is hot tap water safe for cooking?

I'll typically bring hot water from the tap to the boil instead of waiting longer for cold water. This hot water comes from water heater with a large storage tank. Is this considered safe? For ...
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Egg Integrity/safety

I cracked and egg to make scrambled eggs. the egg looked weird. The yolk was sort of orange, and looked kind of mosaic like, and seemed to be sort of congealed. I thought maybe it had frozen a bit on ...
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How can I safely re-heat a chicken pie without burning the crust?

Last night I made a chicken pie with ham, cheese and other awesomeness inside. However, I'm worried about re-heating it safely for consumption. I estimate there are two servings (so today's and ...
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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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Which tools can be used to safely cut bone?

I need to cut various types of bone for its marrow (ie, leg of lamb, or pork bone). I'm wondering what type of tool would accomplish this safely. I've considered bolt cutters, saws, large cleavers, ...
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red spots on the chicken

Are those red spots on the chicken ok? or does it mean chicken has got some bacteria or it is not fresh?
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Does chocolate syrup need to be refrigerated?

Hershey's chocolate syrup recommends that you "refrigerate after opening", but unlike many other sauces with this recommendation (e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce etc.) chocolate syrup bottles are ...
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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 carnival glass safe for serving food?

My grandmother-in-law left us a very large collection of carnival glass. This has led to a mild debate over whether it is safe to use. Are there foods that shouldn't be served on carnival glass? What ...
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What caused my homemade “Nutella” to go bad?

I had a first try on a self-made recipe for a chocolate-hazelnut cream, in short Nutella. Question Even though I used ingredients that wouldn't have gone bad singularly, the cream as a whole had an ...
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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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Safety storage of raw chicken [duplicate]

I purchased a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. We traveled straight home from the store (about 15 minutes). It was about 5:00 pm. Heat was on in the van but chicken was in the very ...
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How long does a stew stay ok to eat when not stored in a fridge? [duplicate]

My wife makes a nice stew and then stores it for up to three days in a cast iron cooking bowl with a heavy lid (in the oven usually). Assuming it is reheated to "hot", is it still safe to eat after 2 ...
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Thanksgiving leftovers out all night [duplicate]

I packed all my leftovers in tupperware, and accidentally left them all out on the table overnight -turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables. Do I have to throw everything away?
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Is it safe to deep fry two turkeys in the same oil for Thanksgiving?

Should you deep fry two turkeys in the same oil or is it better to use fresh oil for the second turkey?
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How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?

What is the safest, quick way to defrost chicken? Microwave? Running water over it?
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How (or is) “low & slow” turkey safe?

If I slow-cook a turkey over low, low heat for 12-18 hours, how does it stay "safe" when the turkey has been in the danger zone for a large majority of the cooking time? I've been slow-cooking ...
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How long does it take to cook ground meat on a skillet?

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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How keep prepared courgette fresh?

I am making a pasta dish at school that has courgette in it. The recipe says grate the courgette and because I don't have much time at school to do it, I want to do it at home. I do not know how to ...
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Does frozen broccoli need to be cooked to be eaten safely?

I bought a different brand of frozen broccoli and the package says, "For food safety, cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees". The previous brand didn't have any such warning. My questions: ...
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Is it safe to make chicken stock, forgot to turn crock pot on!

I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot today and then put all of the veggies/herbs in to make stock from the bones. I just realized I forgot to turn it on for the stock and it's 5.5 hours later. Is ...
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Best pan to use for cooking in olive oil?

I have just bought a Tefal Pan with nonstick Teflon coating. The instruction manual says that using olive oil to cook will gradually ruin the nonstick coating. What are the best options for buying a ...
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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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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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uncooked pork left out overnight in original packaging [duplicate]

My kids helped unpack groceries last night and left a bag of uncooked pork chops in the original packaging out overnight. They were still in the shopping bag on the floor of the kitchen. There was ...
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How long could a meat-based broth be held safely near 180F/82C?

This question is the flip-side of the commonly asked food temperature safety concerns. I'd like to know, if a meat-based soup stock (chicken/pork/beef/etc) were to be held constantly at a safe hot ...
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How long does parmesan sprinkle cheese last in the refrigerator?

My boyfriend says parmesan sprinkle cheese is bad because it has been in the refrigerator for a long time. But I still use it long past it's date and don't seem to have any problems with it. What do ...
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Can I heat frozen waffles in the oven without a baking sheet?

Where I live I currently don't have a toaster, baking sheet, pan, or really anything that I could use as a container in the oven. I'm starving and I'd like to heat up some frozen waffles and was ...
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Should brussel sprouts ever taste chemically?

So I got a bunch of what I thought were locally grown organic brussel sprouts from the local coop the other day. They came in an unlabeled zip lock bag, which usually means small local farm. I ...
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Earthy tasting frozen salmon

I got out some wild sockeye salmon that had been in the freezer for quite a while (several months at least, not more than a year). It was vacuum-packed, no freezer burn, sealed properly, etc. I cooked ...
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Can you refreeze chicken after it has been cooked from frozen

I buy chicken breasts already frozen from my local supermarket. I want to let them defrost naturally (IE leave the breasts out until thawed at room temperate) and then cook them in a fruit sauce. At ...
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Baileys best before date [closed]

I'm the bar manager at Taj Bengal, Kolkata, India. Just wanted to enquire if it's okay to serve Baileys Irish Cream after the "best before" date listed on the bottle. I would be glad if I can get ...
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Are these worms in my black eyed peas/beans?

I was cooking some organic black eyed peas earlier today and I found what appeared to be worms. I had the peas for about 1.5 weeks before I cooked them. Is this common? I did rinse the peas before ...
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Is ionized water safe to drink? [closed]

I was searching around the internet and I found this: http://www.thehealthleader.com/health-benefits-alkaline-water-videos/ Is this type of water safe?
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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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Refrigerating warm potato salad 13 hours after dinner

I prepared warm potato salad last night for dinner. We finished around 7:00 pm and I forgot to refrigerate it until 8:30 this am. Therefore, it was left out for approx. 13 and1/2 hours. When I felt it ...
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What the advantage of a 'bakers couche' for proofing bread and is it safe?

A bakers couch is just floured fabric, whats the advantage to using it? King Arthur's site says that it promotes chewy, crunchy crust - how's that? If I'm just keeping it floured and not washed all ...
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Raw chicken 2 hour/4 hour time

I left raw chicken in my car for just under two hours at 11 degrees Celsius (51.8 F) by accident. Apparently this is safe (?) as it is under two hours and the temperature outside is not high. I put it ...
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Rust on unknown metal cooking mold

I followed the cooking instructions from a Julia Child's book for making a plum pudding including "Use a special pan made for this purpose....with a very tight lid," "Let the pudding cool in its ...
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Are bell peppers with brown seeds safe to eat?

Sometimes when cooking with bell peppers, the seeds on the inside are brown (instead of white). What causes this, and are the peppers safe to eat?