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

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How do you properly clean a cutting board and knife to prevent cross contamination?

I have one very nice cutting board that I like to use with my chef's knife. Because I only use this single cutting board and chef's knife, if I have a recipe that calls for cutting raw meat as well ...
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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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How long does it take for buttermilk to go bad?

I love making buttermilk pancakes but I can never seem to use up my buttermilk before it passes the expiration date. The thing is, if I take a solid whiff of the "expired" buttermilk it smells great ...
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Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
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Moldy black truffles-are they edible?

Help! My friend brought me 3 Italian black truffles in brine (according to the label), packed by the producer in a glass jar. When I received them they weren't actually in liquid. I didn't realize ...
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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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I left a fully cooked honeybaked ham out overnight, and i am planning on making it into soup-is that ok? [duplicate]

I plan to make soup out of fully cured ham that was left out overnight-since it will cook another two hours, should it be safe to eat ?
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Cooking a large pork roast in a slow cooker

I need to cook a 9 pound pork roast in a crock pot/slow cooker. How long do I need to cook it? I have a recipe for a 3-4 pound roast; is there any way to adjust it for a larger roast?
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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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Frying Oil Reuse

What are some guidelines or rules with regard to filtering and reusing (vegetable/canola/sunflower) oil that has been used for deep frying? Is it safe and acceptable under some circumstances to ...
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Is the white hemolymph that comes out of a lobster (when boiling) edible?

I know most parts of a lobster are edible except for what was afore mentioned in your content. But there is no mention of the hemolymph, the white substance that comes out of a fresh, live lobster ...
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How can I tell whether beetroot is still edible?

I have some raw beetroot I bought about a week ago, having stored them at room temperature since. It's the first time I bought it raw, and I'm unsure whether it's still edible. It is already soft, ...
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Can grilled steak be eaten next day if refrigerated and the heated in the oven?

I grilled a few beef steaks on the electric grill and then kept it in the freezer. Can it be eaten for next few days , by heating in the oven? Thanks! FF
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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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Is it ok to store open cans in the fridge?

I'd been taught growing up that you should never store canned food in the fridge in the open can. Is there any scientific basis to this, or is it just an old wives tale? What types of foods should ...
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Is it safe to microwave Pyrex containers immediately after removing them from the freezer and removing the plastic lid?

I am attempting to bulk prep some frozen convenience food and have determined that a standard Pyrex glass container would be ideal for freezing (non-liquid) meals (think burritos or tacos), but I want ...
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Fell asleep with slow cooker on warm for 9 - 10 hours? Still good? [duplicate]

Making applesauce in slow cooker. Was supposed to put it on 4.5 hrs on high but cooked it 4.5 hrs on low. It then switched to warm and sat on warm for 8 hours. I'm planning to turn it back on high ...
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How long is garlic butter safe, and why is it not a botulism risk like garlic in oil?

I've been making garlic butter for years, storing it for months at a time. When I read that garlic-in-oil can grow dangerous amounts of botulinum toxins after similar lengths of time, I wondered how ...
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Use by date on cacao butter

I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was. Is it OK to eat? ...
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Is it safe to eat smoked bacon without grilling?

The reason I ask this is due to the fact nothing on the bacon packaging indicates it can or cannot be eaten 'raw' and in general eating raw meat is a bad idea.
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Fresh deer meat at room temprature still ok? [duplicate]

I bought 40kg of deer from professional hunter. He kept it in cold storage for 2 days after he shot it, then we cut it into small parts together in cold room. Then I took it to my home to put it into ...
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Fully cooked ham left out for 10 hours, is it still safe to eat? [duplicate]

I received a fully cooked 13 pound pit ham from work at 12 noon. It was refrigerated when I got it. I made it home 4 hours later after running errands and it was 38 degrees outside and the ham was in ...
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How do I maximize the shelf life of my homemade hot sauce?

I am planning on putting this year's crop of hot peppers to use by trying my hand at making my own hot sauces. I've never tried this before, but I've found a number of recipes on the Internet. ...
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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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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 ...