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

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Is it safe to not wash mushrooms?

Most chefs stress the fact that white button mushrooms, and others, should not be washed to be cleaned. They say to either lightly brush them or just pat them with a cloth or paper towel to get the ...
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How should I interpret this expiry date?

I have a just opened plastic 4L container of cranberry juice that I bought several months ago. The expiry date on the container is 14 DE 15. I don't know if that should be interpreted as 14 Dec 2015, ...
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Expiration Date on Milk

What does the expiration date on milk cartons mean? I have different experiences with the date: There is still about a week before the expiration date but the milk has gone bad It is 1-2 days ...
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Is frozen vacuum packed hamburger safe to eat after thawing to room temperature? [duplicate]

We left a frozen pound of vacuum packed organic ground beef on the counter for eight hours (thought we would be back home in a couple of hours). When we arrived home it was completely thawed and at ...
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Why did my storebought spaghetti sauce bubble out of the jar?

Tonight we were having meatball subs we open store bought spaghetti sauce and put it on our subs. We just spooned it out of the jar, no heating. We looked away for a moment, then once we started ...
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Is this chicken safe? silkie chicken edition

First off, I am a pastry chef, and my first thought is, when in doubt, toss it out. I have very little experience with chicken. I am also obsessed with trying new things, in this case silkie chicken. ...
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Fajitas: Marinade Vegetables With Chicken

My local grocery store prepares a chicken fajita blend that has the chicken, marinade, onions, and peppers all mixed together. It's simply for convenience. Buy x amount of the mixture, go home, ...
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Does having spoiling food in your fridge cause other food to spoil faster?

We all have forgotten remnants that get pushed to the back of the fridge and eventually become science experiments. Does the presence of such items (assuming they're left in a non-air tight container) ...
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Why is expired frozen chicken safe to eat?

It seems to be a widely held belief that that freezing chicken, and then defrosting, cooking, and eating it much later (well past the expiration date) is a perfectly fine thing to do. What makes it ...
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OK to “recook” partially cooked poultry?

Cooking a leftover turkey. Took it out because it looked done and meat thermometer said it was done. It was sitting on the counter resting for about an hour, and when I carved it the meat at the very ...
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What determines if the handle of a pan gets hot while in use?

About three years ago, we replaced a one 10" skillet with another, both Macy's Tools of the Trade anodized aluminum teflon skillets. (The teflon coating didn't last on the old pan.) The old pan had ...
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Worried about dangers of rotten food (including smell)

Today I found out I had rotten food (bread and meat) inside a closed (I think) container inside a bag. The bag had been smelly but I couldn't find the source until today. I immediately threw it away, ...
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How long can I reuse this delicious bacon grease for cooking?

I cooked some bacon about a week ago and left the grease in the pan. I've used it the last two nights with great success for cooking other meals. How long is it safe to reuse? I figure since I'm ...
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whats the best way to bottle home made condiments and spice rubs? [duplicate]

A jar of harissa made by me just exploded at a friends house, why would this happen?
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How do you wash fruit and veggies effectively?

When eating or preparing fruit and vegetables, you should wash them beforehand to get rid of pesticides, bacterias, fertilizers, etc. However, I notice that I (and others I know), just put the thing ...
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Is a jug of milk left out for 12 hours at room temperature safe to drink? [duplicate]

I left milk out in a jug, bought brand new, for twelve hours. Is it still safe to drink?
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Packed meat unrefrigerated storage [duplicate]

I have a 1kg beef brisket, still in store packaging, sitting at room temp for 24 hours. Is it safe?
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Is it bad to eat cheese after its expiry date?

I accidentally ate some packaged shredded cheese without knowing its expiration date. It expired in December and it is now February. it tasted fine, and it wasn't moldy. will I be okay? or should I ...
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Is unopened mascarpone cheese still good if not refrigerated?

I bought a new unopened package of mascarpone cheese yesterday and forgot to put it in the refrigerator overnight. Is it still good to use?
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Golden Syrup best before date [duplicate]

I have some golden syrup in a plastic bottle, all looks normal. It has a best before date Feb 2010. Is it still ok to feed to kids on pancake day February 2015??
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Are there carcinogens in grilled foods?

I do a lot of grilling (various vegetables and meats), but was recently told this will have similar effects to smoking. Is there much merit to the concerns over grilled foods containing carcinogens?
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What does a meat thermometer display if the meat temperature is uneven?

Let's say I'm cooking a piece of meat and the whose outside temperature is higher than its inside temperature. If I stick a meat thermometer through the piece of meat so that part of the needle is at ...
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Is Beer Can Chicken safe?

Some time ago I've read about Beer Can Chicken. I've never heard of this in my area, but it seems (and looks) tasty! So I would like to give it a try. There is just one thing that worries me: Is it ...
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Storing lamb shanks [duplicate]

I had some organic lamb shanks in the fridge. I forgot to freeze them by the "use or freeze by" date. It's 5 days past the date. Are they still good?
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Lightly defrost chicken in microwave to separate them

I had two pieces of chicken breast in a tupperware container in my freezer. I wanted to separate them and put one in the fridge below, so I put it in the microwave on defrost (fairly weak machine, and ...
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Are bunya-bunya nuts safe to eat if the shells are moldy?

We recently harvested a bunch of bunya-bunya cones and set them aside for a while to wait for them to split open. Unfortunately, we forgot about them for a while and it rained in the meantime, so not ...
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Does cooking raw meat/poulty extend its shelf life?

I pulled a chicken out of the freezer a couple of days ago with the intention of making stock/soup. It's defrosted now and ready to go, but I don't have the mirepoix ingredients and I'm too lazy to go ...
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Does cooking a meat that's about to expire lengthen how long it's “good” for? [duplicate]

So like, if have a meat that has a particular "use by" date, and I cook it - I will kill a lot of the bacteria. Then if I refrigerate reasonably fast, will it last longer than it would've if I just ...
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Using Unused Pickling Juice

2 weeks ago I made 10 gallons of pickling juice for vegetables and only used 7 gallons. Today I decided to use the 3 remaining gallons of juice. I boiled the juice I made which was water, white ...
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Waxed or unwaxed lemons? [duplicate]

I use a lot of whole lemons in cooking and not sure whether waxed or unwaxed lemons are best. I have used both but concerned about both coatings on lemons. I stopped using waxed lemons when I found ...
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What do I need to know about temperature and food safety?

What general rules do I need to follow to keep my food safe? How do I know what temperature to cook something to, or whether my food is safe at room temperature?
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How long can eggs be unrefrigerated before becoming unsafe to eat?

A friend of mine accidentally left a carton of eggs on her counter, unrefrigerated, for three days. The eggs had been previously refrigerated both at the store and at home. Now she's planning to do ...
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Refreezing cooked chicken [duplicate]

My cooked, prepared, and frozen chicken crepes thawed when the freezer door was not completely closed. I have refrozen them. Are they safe to serve?
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Kebab cooking rules

What are rules about cooking lamb and chicken doner kebab? How many times can the spit be put in the fridge, then cooked again the next day? I have been to a kebab shop where the cook put a huge lamb ...
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Pressure canning stock

I used egg whites to clarify chicken stock. I filtered the stock through cheese cloth and fine mesh colander two times. After I pressure canned them I noticed that there was egg white on the bottom ...
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Chicken stock in slow cooker - danger zone?

How does one know if slow cookers are holding foods in the danger zone too long? I cooked chicken stock on high (a bit too full, water one inch from the top) but it wouldn't simmer, it seemed like 2-3 ...
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Lasagne package says cook from frozen

The package says cook from frozen, do not thaw first, but the lasagne is thawed (my daughter brought it up for us) and has been refrigerated for a couple of days. Is it safe to cook and eat?
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Is hardware store blowtorch propane safe for grilling? [duplicate]

I bought some 1lb propane tanks at a hardware store for an LP grill unknowning that it says for propane blowtorches only (not sure if that implies to not use it with non-propane torches or to not use ...
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Are refrigerated hard boild eggs really unsafe after a week?

Most sites that I've googled (such as http://www.ochef.com/1009.htm, and http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/eggs2.htm) say that refrigerated hard-boiled eggs need to be eaten within one week. I'm a ...
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Which foods are certain to never cause food poisoning?

After a nasty bout of food poisoning lasting nearly 5 days (rare I know) my trust levels and appetite for certain foods have dropped considerably however my inquisitiveness kicked in... ...from a ...
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How long can I keep unleavened dough at room temperature?

Can a dough of only flour and water stay usable indefinitely (as in between a few days and a few weeks) when stored covered at room temperature? I made a batch of dough last week and ended up with a ...
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Is it safe to drink from a mug that has a hole in the glazing and was made in China? [closed]

Is it safe to drink from a ceramic mug that has a hole in the glazing at the bottom and was made in China?
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Chicken breasts, frozen then thawed in refrigerator [duplicate]

Is it safe to cook and eat chicken breasts that have been thawed in the refrigerator for 4 days after they have been frozen in our deep freezer for a lengthy time? I believe that the thawed ground ...
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How long can a pitcher of tap water be left out, and still be drinkable?

My parents say that flies can lay eggs in the water (we do have flies occassionally buzzing around in our apartment). Is this true? If so, what is the longest time that a pitcher of tap water could be ...
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shelf life for chocolate chips

Have some semi-sweet chocolate chips. 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 many. What's the shelf life for ...
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Are slightly moldy beets edible after boiling?

I have some beets with mold on the stems and top which is hardly visible but has a noticeable smell. If I cook them for 60 minutes and then peel them, will the beets then be edible?
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Food Poisoning Prevention [duplicate]

How long is it till the chicken spoils I'm trying to Prevent Poising my family an others .how long would it be till the chicken is bad,?
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Sous Vide long cook meat prep?

Do I need to do anything special to prep a flat iron steak for an overnight SV bath? I have seen some references to dunking in boiling water for anti microbial effect, but am not sure what the best ...
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Frozen bread dough that has been thawed out in the refrigerator for five days

Is it safe to use frozen bread dough that has been thawed in the refrigerator for five days? It was on a metal tray and dough covered with wax paper to keep it from drying out. It did rise already ...
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How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature?

If I leave fully-cooked food (particularly meat) out at warm temperature - say on the counter or in a crock pot that's been turned off - how long will it stay safe to eat? Does it make any ...