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

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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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Home-made Barbecue sauce [closed]

I made from scratch barbecue sauce 6 weeks ago. It's been stored in a sterile mason jar since then in the refrigerator and unopened. Is it safe eat? Should I bring it to a full boil before using?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does cooking reset the expiry date of ingredients?

Assume I have the following ingredient all expiring tomorrow: Mushrooms Paneer (Cottage cheese) Basmati rice If I make a dish with these 3 ingredients (basically put rice, chopped ...
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Does vegetable soup made with chicken stock last longer if the stock was made fresh vs from a stock cube?

My son made some vegetable soup at school this morning and it's been sitting unrefrigerated in a sealed container all day (~10 hours). The soup used chicken stock as a base. In trying to determine ...
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Cooking potato same day you dig up

Could you cook and eat potatoes the same day you dig them up?
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re:salad dressing shelf storage [duplicate]

can I process salad dressing for shelf life in a water bath or pressure canner and if I can how long is the process time, I can't find out anything about it please help.
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Moldy bread smell but no mold?

I have Nickles brand multigrain bread. 2 slices of it are just stale. The others though smell moldy but I don't see any mold whatsoever on any of the slices. They taste strange too. This I know ...
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Food safety with broken glass in dried tomatoes

I have a very large jar of dried tomatoes and somehow the lid broke so that broken glass fell into the tomatoes. Is there any safe way to be able to eat them?
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How much citric acid should I use to preserve mayonnaise on a cups/ml ratio?

I was thinking of making mayo for sandwiches to get me through the winter and was wondering if I could make fairly large batches that would keep for a long period of time with the aid food grade ...
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Hot pink spots on surface of ham steak

I bought a frozen ham steak (natural pork from local farm/meat processor), and noticed when I went to cook it that there is a bit of very bright, hot pink on the surface. Is this safe?
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Is it safe to boil water in a microwave?

Our electric kettle broke. So this morning I used the microwave to boil water for the first cup of coffee. Only thing is - the water in south Africa is not really the best of quality when you get it ...
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if uncooked rice is soaked for 2 day, is it still safe to eat (after it's cooked)?

i completely forgot i soaked the rice on Monday night. It was completely submerged in water. Left in room temperature. If i cook it now, would it be safe to eat?
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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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Can cashew milk go bad, and how do you tell?

How can you tell if your cashew milk has gone bad? If it is past the freshness code on package?
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Refrigerator in garage was turned off [duplicate]

We just realized that our garage refrigerator/freezer was not on. The eggs are still cold to the touch but the vegetables, rice w/shrimp and meatballs in the freezer are not frozen but still cold. The ...
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Preserving eggnog

I make a great eggnog concentrate that can be thinned out with either milk or whiskey for your personal drinking/sipping pleasure. I would like to can the concentrate so it will keep longer and I ...
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Pressure cooking green beens

I am canning my green beans and I have my camp chef in the garage that I am pressuring them on. So I go distracted and didn't realize they had already met their 13 lbs and had been there for... I ...
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Clam shell safety

We have steamed clams and want to save the clam shells to use for baked clams at a later date.Is there a way to clean the shells so they can be used. I don't like using the tin shells.
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Can I prepare and eat dried oyster mushrooms that are four year old?

Can I prepare and eat dried oyster mushrooms that are four (4) years old?