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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 reddy/...
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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?
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to tell when bacon is cooked enough?

I've been experimenting cooking bacon on the George Foreman grill. I'm trying it out a little less cooked and was wondering, how do I know if it's cooked enough to be safe to eat? Recently I've tried ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Should dry salami develop green mould?

I recently (5 weeks ago), purchased a set of dry salami from a food festival. I kept them in the plastic bag that they came in; however, when I recently checked them, they were completely covered with ...
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i have a question about food safety [duplicate]

I cooked some soup sunday night in an electric pressure cooker, I left it on keep warm all night. Last night, I added tomato soup to it and we ate some. I left it on keep warm all night again last ...
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Is it ok to include garlic when I can hot peppers?

I followed the Ball Blue Book recipe for canning hot vinegared peppers. I left the peppers whole, and forgot to discard the garlic from the vinegar recipe before I filled the quart size jars & ...
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Cracked Eggs & Safety

I bought some fresh eggs the other day which don't expire until next month. They've remained in the fridge in their carton. I just realised that a few of the eggs are cracked. Is it still safe to ...
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What is the minimum processing time for salsas?

I found a recipe (Wonderful Salsa at Food.com) that called for it to be processed for 10 minutes. I'm seeing now that other salsa recipes call for 15 or more minutes. Is this true for all salsas, or ...
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Only the core of my banana is black. Is it safe to eat?

This banana had a bit of bruising I wasn't too concerned until I noticed the core (and only the core) was dark brown/black in color. In addition, it's somewhat dry and hollow, unlike normal banana ...
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Storing and Transporting cooked fish

I need to take fish to a cooking challenge and the fish has to be cooked, kept hot and then stored and not eaten for possibly 10 hours. Is there are way to do this without changing the flavor, ...
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Refrigerate cooked mung bean porridge

How long can I refrigerate cooked mung bean porridge with coconut cream? This is the recipe I used, with 1/4 the sugar suggested. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/04/mung-bean-porridge-in-...
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How long will Sake last in the fridge?

We've had Sake chilling in our fridge for about a year now. It has been opened. Is this still safe to drink or is it time to throw it out?
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Is hot water bath canning really necessary?

I made a barbecue sauce that I want to send to a friend (internationally). I bought some mason jars, and was planning to just put the barbecue sauce in there, tighten the lids back on, and ship it off....
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Is it safe to cook in a clean Teflon pot if the inside bottom has blistered and peeled from exposure to high heat?

Is it safe to cook in a Teflon pot that has blistered and peeled and produced fumes from previously being heated too high? This is what the bottom of the pot looks like
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Cloudy white vinegar

We had some fairly new white vinegar get cloudy white strands in it. Wasn't much left in the plastic gallon bottle so we tossed it. Only thing I can figure is that it was too close to the oven and may ...
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Refreeze Sherbet

Can you eat Sherbet once it has completely thawed and then frozen again? Mine was left out over night in about 65 degree room. Is it okay to freeze it again and eat it. I put it back in the freezer in ...
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Browning beef for beef stew?

I'm following this recipe. When they say "brown it," are they saying to just brown the edges....or all the way through? Assuming I just sorta brown the outside (but it's not cooked all the way though)...
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Soon-to-be cultured milk with fresh fruit safe for consumption?

Recently my cousin started to make yogurt. She told me that she puts diced, fresh fruit (strawberries, peaches) into the inoculated milk (pasteurized or sterilized, I don't know. 1) and then let this ...
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Poured boiling water over pork belly and then refrigerated

I read about a method of preparing pork belly in the below article that involved pouring boiling water over the rind of belly pork, then refrigerating it over night(so it has a chance to dry before ...