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

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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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Coins in bread?

Is it customary, in Greek or any other cuisine, to put a nickel (or any other coin) inside the bread? I know it is tradition to bake an inedible baby figure into Mardi Gras "King Cake:" but I had ...
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Does jerky need to be preserved with nitrites?

I found some chicken jerky in the store that does not contain nitrites/nitrates or celery extract. Is it safe that way? Is it because it is dried? Thank you! These are the ingredients from their ...
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How long can I cook beef or pork without becoming toxic? [duplicate]

Started pork at 4:30 pm on Friday, ate and checked on sat at 0430 am, and was good then left on from continuous cooking to Sunday at 1100 am and wondered at what point does this become toxic, can I ...
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Refreezing Fish? Safe? [duplicate]

So I bought some Atlantic salmon 2 days ago and put it in the freezer soon as we got it from the grocery. Anyways last night I put it in the fridge to thaw out for today, well today's plan's got ...
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How long will vacuum sealed grilled lemons keep in the refrigerator?

I have cut in half and grilled lemons, then marinated with sugar, herbs and a little oil... All of which have been vacuum sealed in my fridge for about two months.
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Shelf life of open jarred anchovies and anchovy paste in the fridge?

I like having anchovies in some form or another around, and whenever I buy them (in paste or jarred form), I end up with extras and store them in the fridge. Searching around on the Web has a mix of ...
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Is there anything wrong with rubbing a stick of butter on the pan?

I find it easier to just rub the stick of butter onto a hot pan to grease the pan instead of cutting off a piece and putting it in. However this would heat up some of the butter on the stick. Would ...
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Can old eggs affect my Creme Brulee?

I have about a dozen eggs which are very near the expiration date and about half a dozen week or so old eggs. Now I thought I could either take advantage and whip up a Creme Brulee. My question is, ...
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Can I heat and then cool Shiitake mushrooms, and eat cold one day later?

I want to cook them, then keep them in the fridge and eat them cold one day later. I have heard of some mushrooms becoming poisonous one day after heating, and you cannot eat Shiitakes raw. Will it ...
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Is it unsafe to eat lasagna that has been out of the freezer more than 3/4 days? Lasagna Leftover Safety [duplicate]

We made a homemade lasagna, cooked it, and I put the leftovers in the freezer for later meals. I took out those leftovers (put in fridge) to cook one night and we ended up not eating it. Our family ...
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Cooked chicken boiled in packaged broth for 2 hours; left on the stove for 7 hours. Is it safe? [duplicate]

I cooked an organic chicken which was frozen for about 1 year in my freezer on top of the stove in organic (store bought) broth. I boiled and simmered for about 2 hours, then left it on the stove to ...
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Why do fridge temperature standards between US and other countries differ?

US recommendations always go for +4°C at most, and this would correlate with how the danger zone is defined in the pertinent literature. In Germany, most literature (and also the specification next ...
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Are my patially green and budded potatoes safe to eat? [duplicate]

I got some potatoes. Some are partially budded, some are partially green. Are they safe to eat?
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

I make sushi often, and i never use sushi-grade fish...i simply buy fresh fish from the market. I know the requisites of frozen for 20 hours etc., but I know for sure there are many restaurants in ...
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Mayo-Herring in fridge [duplicate]

I make a non-dairy cream sauce out of mayonnaise and sugar that I use for my standard pickled herring. My wife is nervous that the pickling agent causes the mayo to go bad rather quickly, even though ...
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How long can microwavable dinners containing meat and cheese be left out of the freezer for? [duplicate]

I purchased some microwavable Stouffers with Salisbury steak and macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately I left them on my kitchen counter over night without remembering to place them in the freezer. They ...
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Jicama moldy on the outside but white inside, is this safe to eat?

My jicama has mold on the outside. If I cut off the outside part, the inside part looks okay. Can I still eat it?
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What is the real risk of salmonella with modern food cleaning standards?

I was always taught that chicken and eggs, if consumed raw, will lead to salmonella 100% of the time. In my experience I have found this to be patently untrue (not surprisingly). While I always ...
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Sushi in lunch box? Sushi rice preservation

I want to make maki rolls for my 10 year old's lunch box. As I will be making the sushi rice the evening before, I will be refrigerating it until the next morning when I will do the maki rolls with ...
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Will cannes food tops melt if dropped in boiling soup?

I may have dropped a can food top in my soup but i am not sure. It's not in the soup but could it have melted ?
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Cure #1 in Brine for Brisket

I'm trying for the first time to cure a second cut brisket (1.8 lbs.) to make pastrami (after curing the meat I will smoke it and then steam it). I followed a recipe from the Stanley Marianski book ...
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Prepped beef mixed with other ingredients before tomorrow's stew

I'm prepping for stew. I'm cutting "beef for stew" into smaller pieces. I put it in a Pyrex tupperware container. Then I chop mushrooms and add them to the tupperware container on top of the raw ...
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Weird problem with curry sauce

For a family get-together, I bought 20 large containers of curry sauce from my favourite Indian restaurant - 15 Dansak and 5 Korma. I collected the sauces on Thursday evening. The containers were all ...
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Best way to clean a countertop if you are preparing food on it

Just had my kitchen remodeled and this is the first time I've had a kitchen with enough counter space that it's big enough to roll dough etc on. Plus it's the first time it's not a tile countertop so ...
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Cooking duck Chinese style

A Chinese style recipe for duck calls for seasoning the duck with salt, pepper and stuffing with ginger and scallion. Then, hanging to dry at room temperature overnight before cooking. Is this ...
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Concern about my health. Mothballs contaminates my food [duplicate]

I stored some moth balls inside my cabinet for 3week awhile ago I took the noodle inside the cabinet then cooked it, after cooking it I eat the noodle with rice, something is different it was like ...
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Can I reheat a frozen creamy mushroom sauce twice?

Two months ago, I cooked a huge portion of a creamy mushroom sauce. Since I couldn't eat all of it, I froze a big portion. Today, I reheated the frozen sauce and still couldn't eat all of it. So I put ...
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Should hands be washed after touching the outside of an egg shell?(UK)

Say someone was to remove some eggs from their box to place them in the fridge. Assume this is in Britain(where eggs aren't cleaned before sold, I believe). Is there a risk of salmonella spreading if ...
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Lemon juice as drinking water preservative

I drink water at work from a plastic bottle, refilled at cooler. I wonder if putting lemon cuts (0.25 lemon/L) in it will preserve it and decent way to keep water safe. Is there a chance that lemon ...
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What exactly does cooking meat do as far as sanitation goes?

I know there are government recommendations for foods to reach certain internal temperatures so that they are "safe to eat". But if the meat has spoiled already, or has been dropped on the floor or ...
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Can I cook a thawed turkey?

I bought a PC stuffed turkey roll. It said keep frozen but I accidently left it in the fridge for two days. Is it still safe to cook from its defrosted state? It is small and stuffed.
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ham broth left out overnight [duplicate]

i boiled ham bones down and accidentally it left out overnight. Is is safe to use in soup? I had removed all of the fat/skin, etc. just juice in container. in 60 degree room for approx 8 hours
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Unopened shredded cheese gets soggy in the fridge

I just moved out of my parents house and I'm fairly new to cooking and how to store stuff. I bought a package of shredded mozzarella like a week or so ago and put it in the fridge. Today I was ...
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Fully cooked sealed ham [duplicate]

I have a "sealed" fully cooked ham that was stored in a 55 degree room for 7 days. would it still be OK to bake and eat?
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Why are there white spots appearing on segments of canned tangerines?

I recently opened a tin can of tangerine segments, only to find that the segments contained little white spots throughout the segments. Can anyone tell me more in regards to what the white spots are? ...
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Chewy meat on poultry (duck) bones

Now, I think we have all heard of this method of telling that poultry is done: "When the meat pulls away from the bone easily." How true is this? Might the meat be overcooked in some cases. Now my ...
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DIY Pot Noodle safe ingredients

I'm looking to make some of these DIY pot noodles or "pot ramen" or whatever folk might call them. I've got a load of ideas for what to put in them but no idea how safe it will be to eat given the ...
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preparing lupini beans?

Lupini beans are an ancient and delicious snack food widely consumed around the Mediterranean and elsewhere. But they naturally contain high levels of toxic alkaloids, so they require special ...
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Squishy raw pork - gone bad?

I bought some pork loin chops and went to open the package and part of the meat was really squishy. I repackaged it and put it in the freezer to throw away later. I didn't notice any smell but didn't ...
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Whole chicken in Dutch oven [duplicate]

I prepared a whole organic chicken in my Dutch oven with garlic, lemon, salt, pepper etc. I covered it, then put it in the oven, then set my electric range to start around 4 p.m., so it would be done ...
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Vacuum sealed ham left out for 9 hours, is it still safe to eat? [duplicate]

I accidentally left a vacuum sealed ham steak out on the counter for 9 hours. If I reheat it is it still safe to eat?
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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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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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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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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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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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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?