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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
2answers
157 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
167 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
73 views

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 ?
1
vote
1answer
93 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
52 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
357 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
188 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
106 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
102 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
555 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
118 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
150 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
16 views

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
3
votes
1answer
347 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
345 views

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? ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
313 views

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?
0
votes
3answers
99 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
605 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
103 views

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? ...
7
votes
3answers
701 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
45 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
109 views

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 ...
-6
votes
1answer
157 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
438 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
123 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
162 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
299 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
714 views

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?
3
votes
1answer
244 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
125 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
45 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
22 views

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
0
votes
0answers
15 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
81 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
128 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
622 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
291 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Mold forms on sweet miso — can I still use the miso?

We have a jar of sweet miso that has been in our fridge for several months. I know that miso keeps practically forever, and that is naturally fermented. But I was surprised to find when I opened it ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

To bake a chicken in the oven [duplicate]

Is it safe to cook a chicken for 20 minutes at 250 degrees, Then take it out of oven and put back in refrigerator and then cook it thourghly the next day.
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Manwiches made on the stove [duplicate]

I am making manwiches for Halloween, how long can I keep it warm on the stove so that the kids can eat off and on during the day?