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

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I bite my nails. How can I keep proper hygiene in the kitchen?

I'm not a professional chef, but I think someone will have this issue, somewhere, and is a chef. A similar question asked about having a cold, but nail biting is much worse due to the obvious amount ...
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Covering food while cooling

Is it a good or a bad idea to cover food that is cooling? For example I have bolognese cooling in a tupperware container but don't know whether I should cover it and refrigerate or leave uncovered out ...
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Safe to wash rice the night before and leave overnight before cooking?

I'm trying to figure out a convenient way to bring fresh rice for lunch. Cooking it the night before and leaving it in the fridge causes it to become dry and hard and unpleasant, and I've read that ...
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Is it safe to eat butter after it has crossed its expiration date? Does butter ever spoil in fridge?

I just came back from a long trip and I was cleaning out my fridge, and I noticed that there is an expiration date on the butter. It expired about two months from when I bought it. The butter doesn't ...
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Storing rice krispie treats

Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature? I'd like to know both whether leaving them out is safe, and whether refrigeration will affect their flavor ...
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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 ...
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Can a blood orange be half bloody?

I've got a "sanguino moro" (blood/red) orange, but it appears to be only half-bloody, as in the photo below. However all figures I've found on the internet show oranges that are purely red inside, for ...
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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.
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Can we digest raw starch? [on hold]

One of the wisdoms passed on early in my family is not to eat certain types of food raw, because they will cause bellyache. It is regarded common sense on par with not to touch a hot stove because it ...
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Are carrots safe to eat after they have turned black?

I recently got a bag of carrots out of the fridge, and find that most of them had turned black. What causes this, and are they safe to eat (with or without peeling)?
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At what point should carrots be thrown away?

We tend to buy a big bag of carrots from the supermarket (mainly because it's cheaper than a small bag), but usually these are starting to go soft halfway through the week. My current rule of thumb ...
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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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Can I use the leftover pickling brine?

I have some leftover brine that was leftover from making canned pickles, it was heated up to put in the canned pickles to make them. Can I use this brine again to make more canned pickles? The brine ...
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What does it mean if human DNA is in hot dogs?

According to this report on hot dogs by Clear Food, some hot dogs have human DNA in them. 2% of the overall samples had human DNA present. What would cause human DNA to end up in the hot dogs? ...
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How long does grease take to go bad/rancid when sitting out?

If I make a skillet full of bacon, how long can I leave the grease sitting out before it is unsafe/rancid? Is the answer different for ground beef grease?
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Do Ice Wands have an advantage over a homemade solution?

It's recently come to my attention that I've been flirting with disaster by regularly cooling large pots of stock (~2 or 3 quarts at a time) by moving them straight from high temperature (>180F) to ...
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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?
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Is Yellow coloring inside a fish normal?

I recently purchased a Bronzini fish from a local market. From the outside it looks great. But on the inside, a portion of the fish is a mucusy yellow The other side looks normal ...
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Raw roast beef on the edge of safe? [duplicate]

I'm disabled and have a person help with groceries and meals. Today, she bought roast beef at the grocery store and immediately put together a beef stew for me (no time in fridge at home), but she ...
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What ingredients can you have in Hot Sauce?

I'm researching in doing a hot sauce company. its been a constant struggle for me to find some answers so Ill go ahead and pitch them here Assuming that I use a good amount of vinegar and sugar for ...
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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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Cooking in painted metal pots

Is it safe to expose a painted metal mug/pot to high heat for cooking or, even more frequently, boil water? My concern is how the paint responds to heat and whether it affects the food safety.
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What is the shelf life for chocolate chips?

Have some semi-sweet chocolate chips. They have been in a bag inside a plastic container in a cupboard for 2 years but expiration date on the bag says that's one year too much. What's the shelf life ...
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When curing sausage, which is more important temperature or humidity?

I am curing sausages, pork salami in hog casing to be precise. I am having a hard time maintaining both the temperature and the humidity necessary. I have no trouble controlling temperature 60F/15C. ...
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Does wax on citrus fruit make the zest unsafe to eat or compromise its flavor?

A number of (chiefly British) recipes specify unwaxed lemons for zesting. Unwaxed citrus fruit are not widely available here in Sweden, so I have to make do by attempting to remove the wax before ...
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Mould on top and bottom of white wine vinegar.

I didn't realize there was mold on the top and bottom of my white wine vinegar until I had added a teaspoon into the ingredients for Tzatziki. Is it OK to use or should it be discarded?
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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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Veal chops left in car in cool bag [duplicate]

We left grocery store packaged veal chops in our cool bag in our car in the garage for 5 hours. Is it safe to eat ?
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Forgot to put the slow cooker on [duplicate]

I put a joint of beef brisket in the slow cooker with hot stock and forgot to put the slow cooker on. It's been in there for 1 hour and 15 mins with the lid. Do you think it's still safe to cook on ...
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Botulism, Garlic, Cold pressed Olive oil and mason jars

I make a product I invented called Maybe It's Marinade. Cold pressed extra virgin olive olive, pressed garlic as the base in three varieties, AoliOliO, Dill and Cayenne Pepper, garlic powder, and ...
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Corned Silverside [duplicate]

I put a corned silver in the slow cooker with some cold water and hot water and turned it on,I went back two hours later to check on it and the plug was out of the wall a little, is the corned silver ...
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Soaking potatoes more than 24 hours [duplicate]

Is it okay to soak peeled potatoes in the fridge for more than 24 hours food safety-wise? It's only about 30 hours so far but everything I've read says they are okay up to 24 hours. (I didn't intend ...
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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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Should I peel kiwifruit?

What should I do with the kiwi peel? I've got no problem with its taste and feel and eat them whole when I'm by myself. Is it in any way bad for my health?
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Delay time in cooking brined meat [duplicate]

I'm taking my day and a half brined chicken breast out of the brine today. Unfortunately I can't cook them for 2 days since I won't be home. Is it okay to cook brined meat at a later date?
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Turkey Meatloaf Safety [duplicate]

I cooked a turkey loaf. Covered it with foil and placed it in the cool oven to allow it to cool before placing in the fridge. That was around 6:30 pm yesterday. I remembered that I forgot to put it ...
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Is there such a thing as “food grade CO2”?

I'm thinking about building a setup to make my own carbonated water. Should I be concerned that I'll be filling up my CO2 tank at Dick's Sporting Goods?
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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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My ginger is blueish… is it safe?

I bought ginger at the grocery store last week and kept it, unpeeled, in the fridge. Today I sliced it open and there is a ring of a blueish colour, instead of the yellow I was expecting. The ginger ...
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Is it safe to eat raw green beans which have been in brine at room temperature?

I've had some raw green beans in a brine solution for about one week at room temperature. Are they at risk for botulism? Can I put them into a vinegar solution and pickle them, or should I cook them ...
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Would cooked quinoa stay overnight? [duplicate]

I cooked quinoa like rice and ate half of it. I am planning to have the other half for breakfast. Is it safe to leave it in room temperature overnight (I don't have a refrigerator)?
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Separate cutting boards: Cooked vs Uncooked meat

I know it is common knowledge that one should using different cutting boards for meat and vegetables (cross contamination), but should you also use a different cutting board for raw/cooked meat? Or at ...
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Are garbage cans food safe, or made of food grade plastic?

At Mann Lake you can buy two kinds of honey extractors: Stainless steel Plastic The first is more expensive than the second, and the second is waaay more expensive than the third option: ...
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How to know when bread/cake is bad

I have recently opened a air tight package of castella. It, however, is expired by about a year and a half, but, other than being a little bit dry, it tastes fine. I have only tried a little bit. Is ...
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How do I know if food left at room temperature is still safe to eat?

If I left food out of the refrigerator for some period of time, is it still safe? If I left it out too long, can I salvage it by cooking it more?
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Groceries left in car overnight [duplicate]

Help. I left two bags of groceries in the car overnight. A beef shoulder roast, a pork loin, pack of ground beef and some smoked sausage. They were cool to the touch. That was our food for the week. ...
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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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Safety with vacuum packed food [duplicate]

I left a vacuum packed chicken casserole from Whole Food out four hours. Is it safe? The car ride from store is included in the time. Our house is not freezing nor too hot.
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Could I get sick from accidentally cooking an olive can metal lid in my spaghetti sauce?

I accidentally cooked a metal lid from an olive can in my spaghetti, but didn't find it until everyone had already eaten. Could my family get sick from it?
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Can I un-seal canned tomato sauce, and re-seal after further cooking?

If I canned tomato sauce and all the jars sealed perfectly, can I open them, cook the sauce a little more, and do the process over again? I had some of the sauce today and I think it needed a little ...