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

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Fiddlehead toxicity

I'm curious if anyone has some experience with fiddlehead toxicity. Wikipedia has it listed as "may harbour microbes, and should be washed and cooked before eating." Most reports I'm reading online ...
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What are the grey-black specks that appear when whipping cream in stainless steel bowl?

When we whip cream by hand in a stainless steel bowl, with a metal whisk, small grey specks, ~0.5-1mm in size, appear in the cream. The specks are squishy and can easily be smeared out. See attached ...
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What are the acceptable methods to thaw food items?

What are the proper ways to thaw foods? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to them?
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Silverfish in a restaurant

If I'm eating at a restaurant and a silverfish scuttles across the table top, what should I reasonably conclude? Should I be concerned about the food hygiene?
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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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Are insects bought as pet food safe for human consumption?

I want to try some cooking with insects. So far I found no shop in my town selling insects for human consumption, and online shops I found (so far) where really expensive (10-40€/100g!). So I'm ...
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Do frozen Lima Beans contain Cyanide?

I often buy frozen vegetables, defrost and eat them. Recently, I came across an article that says Lima Beans contain Cyanide, should be thoroughly cooked and then eaten. Do frozen Lima Beans come ...
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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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Is there any harm to eat cooked renal pelvis in lamb kidney?

I googled many forums listed in google and found people just say that cooked renal pelvis in lamb kidneys are stringy and chewy. That sounds to me like people already consider its edible, but it's ...
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Why do chefs use salt and pepper bowl after touching raw foods [duplicate]

When I see chefs on tv handling raw chicken or such and then stick their fingers in a salt bowl to seasoning them why is the salt in the bowl not contaminated too. I see this all the time on cooking ...
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Refreeze ground hamburger as hamburgers after thawing?

Can I thaw ground hamburger, make hamburger patties, and then refreeze them? I am thawing then on the counter in their original packaging. It is from a half cow that I bought.
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For patting dry meat, what is a substitute for paper towels?

Patting dry with paper towels is really wasteful. I would like to pat dry meat with something reusable like a kitchen towel, yet I fear some of the bacteria will remain on it and make it contaminated. ...
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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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Is it safe to eat sprouted onions?

I opened my onion rack lately to find onions that had sprouted several-inch-long green roots... It made me extremely queasy and I threw them out. But I was wondering - would it be safe to eat them / ...
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How can I safely store or dry wet sugar?

I recently transferred a batch of home-made vanilla extract to a smaller bottle. I shook out the vanilla beans left in the original bottle into a container with white granulated sugar as there was a ...
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Food safety when tasting from dish

When making a dish, I of course taste it through out the process of cooking until its done. I have been extra careful - Each time I taste from the dish I use a new spoon - This means that I have to ...
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Do you use paper or cloth towel for patting a meat dry before frying?

It is advised to pat a steak dry before frying. I've used paper towels in the past for this, but sometimes parts of them stick to meat. Now and then I've used a clean cloth kitchen towel for patting ...
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How can I tell if vitelottes/purple potatoes have “green flesh”?

I know not to eat white-fleshed potatoes if the skin/flesh is turning green. Is there any way to tell with purple potatoes? I know this variety is darker purple all the way through, unlike some... so ...
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What is the correct procedure for cooling and reheating leftovers?

After a nights meal I have the tendency to always make more than enough food. Most of the time there are 2 – 3 portions of leftovers after everyone’s had enough to eat. I always trough them away being ...
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A gallon jug of milk was left in the car overnight. Is it still safe to consume? [duplicate]

My son left a gallon (in the plastic jug) of whole milk in the trunk from 5pm yesterday till 8 45 today. The weather was pretty chilly outside, is it safe to drink? We had just bought it from the ...
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Is Salmonella from eggs a US-only problem?

A google for "Europe egg wash" will show up a lot of interesting results about differences in Egg processing and storage. NPR says European chickens are vaccinated against Salmonella; and that US ...
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How long does cooked garlic keep in fridge?

I was wondering how long cooked garlic (in this case with pasta and a tiny bit of olive oil) keeps in the fridge. I always wonder about garlic (or onion) with oil but it was only a little oil. Still ...
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Bacteria in maple syrup

I started to process some syrup..got sidetracked and came back a few days later. I had left it in a mason jar on the counter with the lid on. Today..it's all gelatinous. It is clear with no visible ...
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Can baked savory pastries with ham or bacon be left at room temperature? [duplicate]

I am going to be traveling with pastries that will be served the next day. I will not have a good way to keep them cold. I was wondering if ham and/or bacon are okay at room temperature (for 24 hours) ...
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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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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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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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Proper kitchen temperature for doing “fermentation”

I am looking at the Saveur magazine annual 100 issue. There are a couple of items related to fermentation; and I am intrigued. The recipes instruct to let the mixtures to stand at room temperature ...
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Is it safe to store unopened metal cans in the refrigerator?

A co-worker and I are having a disagreement on whether or not it's okay to put unopened cans of pizza sauce in a refrigerator. I say it's not, because the acidity in the tomatoes in the can will make ...
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How long does it take to cook eggs safely as a function of temperature?

The FDA recommends cooking eggs (or dishes containing them) to 160°F (71°C) for safety. However, I know it's possible to make them safe by cooking for a longer period of time at a lower temperature. ...
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Safety of white canned beans

What is the slight pink color on white canned beans? I am concerned they may have spoiled and I should not use them.
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What is the meaning of the numbers on the back of green tea boxes?

There are 4 or 5 digit numbers on the back of each green tea box. I know they are used to classify the type of tea and its quality, but I have never found how to read them. How do I figure out which ...
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Is eating rice well after its use-by date a bad idea? [duplicate]

I got a "Paella kit" for my birthday recently. It consists of a pan, some rice, some spices, and some instructions. Unfortunately, upon inspecting the rice packet I see that its "best before" date ...
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Are areas filled with an oily texture common in jamon serrano

I bought a whole jamon serrano right before christmas and have kept in at approx. 20°C and between 55-65% humidity. I have enjoyed every slice of delicious meat and have now started to cut the last ...
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Should I taste-test food before serving it?

Do all chefs sample food before serving it? I ask because I feel like there is a huge sanitary problem here. If the chef gets a taste of the food, doesn't he risk his saliva getting into the food ...
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Can chicken not completely cooked then cooled be fully cooked later?

I cooked some chicken but didn't realise it hadn't completely cooked through. It then went in the fridge and a day later I cut through it to discover the problem. Is it now safe to put that chicken ...
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Why doesn't Bailey's go bad?

I realize it can go bad after a long time, but why does it take so much longer than other dairy products? Does it have to do with the alcohol content? If so, what is the process that is happening?
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Restaurant: How long can prepped food (cut vegetables, garnishes, etc) be stored before it has to be thrown out?

I am interested to find out if line cooks or prep cooks will prep more than what is needed in a given day for a restaurant, and then just keep the extras in the fridge? Or is food prepped and used or ...
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What is the recommended temperature for cooking eggs?

Omelette, scrambled eggs etc. Are there any visual cues by which you could know if the eggs are "Safely cooked"?
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What does it mean when a jar lid pops?

When opening a glass jar of prepared spaghetti sauce, (with the seal flat), and it makes a loud sound when opened, is that bad or good?
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Will the bean salad dressing that I made ahead of time still work?

I have been making bean salad for a long time. Recently I mixed together the vinegar, oil, sugar and black pepper for the dressing, and put it in a pint sized canning jar with 2-pc lid and ...
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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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Could chicken meat ever be safe when pink? [duplicate]

I have cooked chicken breasts today and they read 83c (safe is 73c) with a ThermoWorks Thermopop (best company in the industry). When I sliced them they had small pink strips on the inside. What does ...
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Reuse of Food Grade Tins

I am interested in using a food grade tin (such as this) to store small amounts of food, in particular for storing summer sausage or cheese for short periods of time (1-2 days). What are the food ...
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Stew in a sealed container left unrefridgerated overnight - OK to eat? [duplicate]

My wife used the slow cooker to make a beef stew - once it was done she put it in a sealed container and then left it in a cold bowl of water to cool before putting it in the fridge. Except she forgot ...
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Slow Cooker Curried Vegetables turned off! [duplicate]

First post! I try to do a lot of my cooking on my days off being a bit time poor. We are also in a shared living situation with limited kitchen facilities (limited fridge/storage space, no oven). We'...
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How should I interpret this expiry date?

I have a just opened plastic 4L container of cranberry juice that I bought several months ago. The expiry date on the container is 14 DE 15. I don't know if that should be interpreted as 14 Dec 2015, ...
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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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What do I need to know about temperature and food safety?

What general rules do I need to follow to keep my food safe? How do I know what temperature to cook something to, or whether my food is safe at room temperature?
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Why is expired frozen chicken safe to eat?

It seems to be a widely held belief that that freezing chicken, and then defrosting, cooking, and eating it much later (well past the expiration date) is a perfectly fine thing to do. What makes it ...