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

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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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When smoking is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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Can I eat white vinegar if it has tons of deposits in it?

I have a bottle of white vinegar on which it says that the presence of deposits is normal. My problem/concern is that there are LOTS of deposits. What are they? Is there any danger associated with ...
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Is it safe to eat the white “dots” in peaches?

(full size image) As you can see there are white "dots" where the seed used to be. Is it OK to eat them? What are they, anyway? (I was worried they're some parasite or disease of the fruit)
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How long can meat loaf that has been covered with plastic wrap be left out and still be safe to reheat? [duplicate]

How long can meat loaf that has been covered with plastic wrap be left out and still be safe to reheat? It was cooked at 8:30 and cooled before covering completely at 10 ish.
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Chicken left out overnight [duplicate]

We crock pot cooked chicken for 10 hours on a slow cook/low heat. The breasts went from the grocer, to the fridge, then the next morning (7AM) into the crock pot. At 5PM the chicken was removed from ...
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Does freezing non-freezable liquids affect life span

I've created my own sauce, bagged it and left in the freezer for many days. It is still not frozen stiff (details to follow). I'm struggling to know how to phrase this question but, I'm concerned that ...
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Is regular unsweetened cocoa powder safe uncooked?

Presumably, the cocoa isn't raw. I can't find anything on the safety of consuming it uncooked. I see here the questions on how to make it dissolve in cold milk, but would prefer a stronger ...
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refrigerating meat after cooking

I've heard that you need to let meat cool down after cooking before you store in in refrigeration, something about bacteria building up when you do that. Any idea if that's true?
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Can I RE-freeze chicken soup after it has thawed?

Can I RE-freeze chicken soup after it has been thawed and heated?
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Why is a 4 lb bag of sugar at the grocery store hard as a rock?

When I purchase sugar the bags are often brick hard. How does this happen? Is the sugar 'damaged' some how? Is it safe to use?
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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Is titanium cookware safe?

I haven't been able to find much in regards to titanium cookware and its possible interactions with the human body. Please provide academic/peer-reviewed/scientific articles if possible.
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Is marinade safe if it has had incidental contact with meat?

I just made a batch of soy based marinade, I then used a spoon to pour said marinade over some chicken, swirled it about, and mistakenly double dipped (put it back in the marinade). The marinade was ...
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Test if whitish chocolate has bloom or is spoiled

My friend (who lives in a warm, humid climate) often has issues with chocolate, due to the formation of a light-colored coating on it. I believe it is just chocolate bloom, but she thinks it's mold ...
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...
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How can I prepare dried minced garlic?

I have a container of minced garlic similar to this: My question is can I mince fresh garlic, then allow it to dry on a plate and add it to the container? Or is there a special way of preparing ...
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Canning chow chow

I canned 5 jars of chow chow about 1 1/2 weeks ago and just realized I forget to put them in a water bath after the canning process. Should I through them out? They did seal.
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travelling with cooked chickens

I want to cook some chickens in the morning, and then travel about 2 hours in a car later in the day. Should I cool the chickens in the fridge after cooking them, or just wrap the hot chickens in tin ...
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Botulinum Toxin in Home-Canned Green Beans

I was given a jar of home-canned green beans. The method of canning is unknown. Wikipedia says: Botulinum toxin is denatured at temperatures greater than 80 °C (176 °F).[27] Proper ...
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What part of the squid is edible?

Is the part of the squid right above the tentacles edible? I think it's the bottom of the body, I've never cooked squid before. I washed it under cold water and felt it carefully with my fingers and I ...
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Dry cured chicken with bad odor

I dry cured some chicken for three weeks: I cut chicken breasts into 1 inch slices, usee 10-20% salt and rubbed thoroughly. I left it to dry cure for 2-3 weeks. I did this however I forgot to remove ...
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Stainless steel cookware scratches

Is it true that one should not use stainless steel utensils on a stainless steel pot or pan? I had to get rid of some old pots because my food started have a metallic taste to it. I always see on ...
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Out of Date Vine Leaves - are they safe to eat? [duplicate]

I bought vacuum packed vine leaves quite some time ago. Stupidly didn't get round to using them so they are still in the fridge. They are well passed their sell by date of March 2011. Should I just ...
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What are some techniques to cool down a dish so that we can store it in the refrigerator safely?

My wife just cooked some 'plof' (an Ashkenazi Jewish recipe). A one pot chicken, rice, onion, carrots dish. All those are in their respective layers. She just finished cooking it. We're going to go ...
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Why let your pie cool instead of eating it hot?

I like most of my foods nice and hot. Is there a culinary reason for waiting for your pie to cool before serving? Or is it just to prevent burns?
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Why do chefs use salt and pepper bowl after touching raw foods

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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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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Is sterilized milk safe to use with a breadmaker's timer function?

I recently started making bread with a breadmaker and was wondering if it's safe to keep sterilized milk in the machine for a few hours before the program starts. I'm using the timer function to have ...
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Can buttermilk be frozen successfully?

Can I freeze unused buttermilk bought at the supermarket for later use? Can it later on be thawed and used safely?
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Brined cheese behaves almost as if carbonated

I bought (at least what I thought was) some Bulgarian/Turkish-style brined soft cheese today, and when I got home I noticed the container seemed over-pressurised (it's sold in a kind of tall tin ...
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Can you refreeze chicken after it has been cooked from frozen

I buy chicken breasts already frozen from my local supermarket. I want to let them defrost naturally (IE leave the breasts out until thawed at room temperate) and then cook them in a fruit sauce. At ...
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Fermented rice horchata

I have been making some horchata (using white rice, cinnamon and water). I left it for a day and when I returned, it looked slightly fermented (a stream of bubbles were coming out of it and it was ...
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Raw Eggs, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough…And Freezing

I have often heard the warning that one should not eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough which contains raw eggs, due to the risk (however slight) of salmonella. (I should also say I have not always ...
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Is storing homeade dressing with garlic powder safe?

I would like to make a salad dressing with apple cider vinegar, evoo, maple syrup, mustard, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, and italian seasoning. I know nothing about food safety, is it safe to ...
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Is there anything special about fugu meat?

I know that fugu is fairly well known both inside and outside Japan, and wild versions of the fish contains a toxin 1200 times more potent than cyanide. (Fun fact: one species is also the second ...
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Can one become ill from consuming food smoked with wood that contains a common fungus?

If someone used common wood (oak, hickory, etc) from the woodpile, which had been sitting in the rain and weather for some moderate time and, consequently, may be harboring some common fungi, could ...
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Is jerky safe concerning parasites?

In the commercial production of beef (or any meat) jerky, how is the threat of parasites handled? The at-home recipes are simply soaking the meat in a salt solution, then drying. Is this sufficient ...
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Do restaurants regularly disinfect baskets and trays?

I certainly hope the answer to this question is yes, but do restaurants regularly disinfect baskets and trays? Even if they are covered with paper wrappers or placemats? Are there fairly universal ...
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How long does hot chocolate stay good?

My resource for food shelf life is usually stilltasty.com . However, I can't find hot chocolate on the list. I'm talking about a small pot of hot chocolate - milk, cocoa, sugar, water. Is the ...
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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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raw chicken in an “off” crockpot

I put chicken in a crock pot and thought it was on low. It was off. It's been two hours. Do I need to throw out the chicken? It was fairly cold because it was mixed with a cold teriyaki sauce among ...
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Where can I find the apron/towel worn by the America's Test Kitchen staff?

On America's Test Kitchen, I've seen them wearing a towel around their waist that is somehow attached to an apron. Is there a name for this? Or are they just somehow tucking the towel into a ...
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How long can milk products be frozen before spoiling? [duplicate]

I made a sauce for macaroni and cheese about 6 months ago and froze the excess sauce. It is basically a bechamel sauce with a fair amount of cheese melted in. I realize that if I thaw and re-heat ...
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Razor clams good or bad?

I bought some razor clams today and all of them were open with their "tongue" or meat coming out of the shell. When I got home I noticed they had a really strong smell to them. This is the first time ...
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How to safely handle raw milk?

I have a couple of questions how to use fresh milk (not pasteurized) coming directly from cow in village (in traditional way, of course). How long it should be boiled before usage? Is it better to ...
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How does the glue of bamboo cutting boards get in the food and how to prevent this?

http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/07/bamboo_cutting_board.php Some bamboo cutting boards are glued together with adhesives that have formaldehyde in them — which could eventually leak into and ...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

Taste aside, is it safe for drinking? Whiskey that was left inside a stainless steel flask?
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Is it dangerous or unhygienic to deshell an egg over the bin?

I have been reprimanded at work for de-shelling egg over an open bin. My hand is not touching the bin, as it is opened via the foot pedal. So is it dangerous or unhygienic to deshell an egg over the ...
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Possible internal contamination from soaking or scalding slaughtered chicken in hot water to ease plucking

I understand that a slaughtered chicken may become externally contaminated due to the impurities present in water. Over the course of a processing day and despite scald tank temperatures of ...