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

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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 ...
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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 mushroom,...
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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 don'...
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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?
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White threads on top of mushrooms?

I just opened a pack of baby bella mushrooms that I bought yesterday. They were firm and in good condition, but the one on the bottom had wispy white threads growing out of the top. I thought it could ...
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Can I put any kind of bowl into a steam/rice cooker?

due to some paranoia issues with the microwave, I would like to heat up my food using a steam/rice cooker instead. Can I just put all my refrigerated food in a bowl and just put it in the cooker, add ...
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Can mashed bananas be bagged and then frozen?

Our family goes in spirts in the banana department. It seems the only time they want them is when there isn't any, leaving the ones in the fruit bowl very lonely. Can they be mashed into recipe ...
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Do sprats need to be gutted?

Do you need to gut sprats before cooking & eating them? i.e. is it safe to eat them (so long as they're cooked). do they taste ok (to the average non-squeamish person happy with a bit of fish ...
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packaging an uncooked/raw hot sauce

I make a hot sauce with peppers,parsley,garlic,salt and olive oil. I have to freeze it in jars otherwise it ferments. Is there a way to package a raw/ uncooked product without fermentation?
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Is eating uncooked spaghetti dangerous?

Sometimes I like to eat some (15 to 20 pieces) uncooked and dry spaghetti from the store as a snack. Still, I am worried a little about salmonella and other such things, so my question: How safe is ...
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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Guacamole Sitting out?

So I find it odd, that every site says "Don't leave guac sitting out more than 2 hours or you'll get sick!" But a lot of recipes (like alton browns for instance) actually say to let it sit out for a ...
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Is it possible to determine if fish caught from fishing is safe to make into sashimi or sushi?

I know that fish bought from a grocery store isn't always great quality or safe to consume raw and this was elaborated in this question. However, is it generally safe (if prepared properly) to turn ...
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Food safety for ricotta cheese cake left out overnight [duplicate]

I left a baked cake with ricotta cheese in it cooling for 5 1/2 hours before refrigerating it. Is it safe to eat?
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Bananas are radioactive…so how many exactly would you have eat to die? Is it possible to calculate? [closed]

Today a friend told me something disturbing... Bananas are radioactive. Found it hard to believe. But when googeling a bit it seems true. Only thing on the internet that is not consistent is how many ...
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my freezer popped open without my knowlege

my freezer popped open without my knowledge, not sure when, but it was no longer than a day and a half, there was ice formed on the roof and the sides, is it safe to refreeze? I had hamburger, steak ...
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how long can I keep thawed corned beef in my refrigerator?

I took a corned beef out of the freezer and thawed it in my fridge. How long can I keep it before it has to be cooked.
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Can crumbled feta cheese last almost a year?

This question talks about feta cheese in a brine or milk bath lasting up to three months. What about crumbled feta? I was looking through the fridge, and found a 1/2 pound open container of crumbled ...
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Color changes in ground beef?

So this sounds lame, but I have never cooked burgers before. Well my dad came over and since it's my first house I purchased we did the traditional grill out. I bought a charcoal grill and he showed ...
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(Is it safe?) Preparing Breakfast in Bulk

Seasoned Advice-Givers, I make an excellent breakfast, but would like to prepare a 7-day supply in bulk, to eliminate the preparation time I expend every weeknight. The ingredients are: 3 Cups ...
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Is it safe to eat the clam that didn't open?

I am steaming clams today and I recall my friend warning me under no circumstances should I eat any of clams that remain unopened after steaming. He told me to throw those stubborn clams out, but I ...
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How can I keep food hot for extended periods without an active heat source?

Say I have a hot dish, and I want to keep it hot and safe (i.e. >140F) without any heat source (no electricity, no fire) for as long as possible, say morning to evening, or even over a day. Just using ...
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Food Safe 3D printed Jello Molds

I am purchasing a PLA/ABS/etc. 3D printer for various projects and a friend asked me to make a Jell-O mold. I am aware that PLA degrades into harmless lactic acid and there are Food Grade varieties ...
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Do you cook in oven before dehydrating Venison Jerky to kill possible bacteria?

I am getting mixed advice on preparing venison jerky at home. Some people/sites advise to cook venison to internal 160 degrees in oven prior to dehydrating to kill any potential bacteria that may be ...
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Food Safety on Meat in crock pot [duplicate]

Ok so this evening close to 12 i put a pork butt in my crock pot. I returned to check on it about 6:30 it was unplugged. Around 3 either my husband or his dad unplugged the crock pot. So as soon as i ...
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Botulisum and Food safety

Should i worry? We just had a vinagret made with olive oil, crushed garlic, white wine vinager, dijon and chives. It was on the counter in air tight container for 6 hours and then stored in fridge for ...
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Is it safe to reuse water used to steam corn?

Now that the corn season is underway, someone in the house is steaming corn almost on a daily basis. Is it safe to leave the pot on the stove(covered) with the water in it and reuse it 2 or 3 times ...
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food safety after leaving out all night -soup [duplicate]

We made shrimp posole last night - fully cooked and then forgot it on the stove all night.If we boil it for 10", will it be safe to eat? House has been 70' all night.
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Blending pineapples and coconuts whole, safety and experience?

A coconut and a pineapple are blended in their entirety, shell, leaves and all. Resulting in a smoothie like drink. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XbKCA1KUeqQ Is this safe? As for example, it ...