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

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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 ...
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Brown Coconut water safety issue? [duplicate]

If you like sour and the water is not rancid is there any danger in drinking the water? If so what is the danger? I grew up drinking it and it was delightful. There were never any warnings against ...
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Thawing haggis safely [duplicate]

I have a large frozen haggis that I'd like to use for dinner Saturday night. when do i start to thaw it, and whats the safest method of thawing to prevent both food borne illness and to preserve ...
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Refreezing bacon

I used FULLY COOKED frozen bacon inside fresh beef rouladen (thinly sliced beef rolled with onion, mustard and bacon). I then browned the beef rolls, cooled them and then froze them for later use. ...
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Individually wrapped frozen steaks have thawed over 18 hours - are they safe? [duplicate]

I bought individually wrapped steaks from Walmart, and I accidentally left them out of the freezer for about 18 hours. I don't know if they had completely thawed or not. I didn't open the box to ...
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Are garbage cans food safe, or made of food grade plastic?

At Mann Lake you can buy two kinds of honey extractors: Stainless steel Plastic The first is more expensive than the second, and the second is waaay more expensive than the third option: ...
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USDA or Food Labeling?

I have some bacon I took out of the freezer and put directly into the fridge to use this past weekend. Unfortunately, the weekend came and went without me cooking said bacon. It has been sitting in my ...
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How do I prevent jams from turning brown?

I have been a jam maker for years. We live in an area of fresh fruit so it's always naturally sweet. I decrease the sugar in each recipe by at least 1 cup and I always add fresh lemon juice. My ...
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Sour butter from freezer?

Earlier today, I defrosted two different sticks of butter from my freezer. Both tasted sour. Neither had expired. The manufacturers were different, so it wasn't the same batch. Has anybody run into ...
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Are you supposed to throw away old non-refrigerated yoghurt and cheese? [duplicate]

Pretty much every resource out there says that you can only store food like yoghurt or cheese refrigerated at X temperature for X days, and must throw away any leftovers etc. What if you don't follow ...
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Pineapple store bought can pops when opening, is it safe?

When opening a store bought can of pineapple, it popped loudly. Is it safe to eat?
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licking spoon and putting back in the food

Recently had some guest at my house - while I was in another room one of the guest was sampling the food repeatedly and put the spoon from mouth back in the food. Is this a health concern? Does the ...
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Cut Onion Safety

I was dehydrating some diced onions overnight on my patio. When I got up I noticed the dehydrator was not running and the onions were not dry as we had a power outage overnight. Will it be safe to go ...
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Food stored in a warm freezer [duplicate]

My self-defrosting freezer appears to have gotten stuck in defrost mode for the past three weeks. The internal temperature is around 25F rather than the ideal 0F, but nothing seems to have thawed. ...
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Chicken stock safety [duplicate]

I thawed one quart of homemade chicken to make French onion soup. Can I now freeze the soup? I have not tried doing this yet for food safety reasons.
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Using frozen mince beef [duplicate]

I forgot to get my mince beef out of the freezer to cook tonight, so it's still frozen...Can I cook it straight from frozen or does it need to fully defrost?
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What foods are safe to leave in the car over a long period of time? [duplicate]

I'm going on a long distance permanent relocation road trip and have some random stuff left at home that I can either throw out or bring along. What foods are safe to leave in the car over a long ...
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Can instant oatmeal really expire?

I ask because I ate a package of Quaker instant oatmeal (maple/brown sugar) at work today, it was just kinda a single package sitting in our "snack pantry". I looked for a date and it didn't have one. ...
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Can I use the leftover pickling brine?

I have some leftover brine that was leftover from making canned pickles, it was heated up to put in the canned pickles to make them. Can I use this brine again to make more canned pickles? The brine ...
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Reuse of Food Grade Tins

I am interested in using a food grade tin (such as this) to store small amounts of food, in particular for storing summer sausage or cheese for short periods of time (1-2 days). What are the food ...
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Sodium benzoate the correct amount

I would like to know the ratio for using sodium benzoate as a preservative in our jams and relishes. We state on our product that it's home made and no added preservatives are added, would this be ...
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Is this moldy vinegar salvageable?

I started making apple cider vinegar using the second method listed on http://thehealthyeatingsite.com/apple-cider-vinegar-recipe/ It's been little over 4 months and my mix is looking really weird. ...
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Supply of Boiling water without power outlet

This weekend coming some friends and I will be running a cake stall at a local vintage fare. We would also like to sell hot beverages such as tea and coffee. How can we cheaply and easily heat water ...
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Could I get sick from accidentally cooking an olive can metal lid in my spaghetti sauce?

I accidentally cooked a metal lid from an olive can in my spaghetti, but didn't find it until everyone had already eaten. Could my family get sick from it?
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Crockpot soup issue [duplicate]

I fried hamburger up and planned on making hamburger macaroni soup in my crockpot. I put the cooked hamburger in the crockpot, added uncooked noodles and the tomato sauce. Turned crockpot on low ...
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half and half cups refrigerator to table?

I have a case of half and half cups in the refirgerator at work that nobody uses because they don't know they are in there. Can we put them on the counter with the others creamers or once cold do they ...
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Transporting chicken between refrigerators - how long is too long? [duplicate]

My work lunch routine currently consists of cooking chicken over the weekend and refrigerating it, then cutting up a piece and adding it with rice and vegetables in a refrigerated, sealed tupperware ...
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Sprouts and “better-to-cut-out-parts” in vegetables

A while ago I read that "all the green parts in tomatoes" actually contain a not so healthy "active ingredient" which would be better not to eat. What I knew was that we couldn't digest those parts ...
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Sliced white American cheese [duplicate]

I left a 5 pound block of sliced white American cheese in my car all day it was hot out like 75/80 it was very soft I put it in the frig is it still good to eat
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Bottling cream-based salad dressing. Preservative advice?

I would like to bottle my home made salad dressing that is mayo- and cream-based. I was wondering what kind of preservatives I could use to lengthen shelf life. Also, I am using garlic powder as an ...
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Does soy sauce expire?

Being mostly made of salt, I often used soy sauce well beyond (as in "two years and more") its expiration date without ever having a problem. Is that a bad idea, and did I actually take some health ...
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Why does some frozen food puff up when defrosting?

I know freezing is supposed to make foods expand but it seems that two pre-packaged sealed food items that I have in my freezer seem a bit puffy (chicken curry and chicken dumplings with cabbage) ...
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how long before bacteria set in already cooked food? [duplicate]

My boyfriend buys precook food all the time, and thinks you can let it sit out for hours and is eatable! I've tried telling him that is why we always have the runs! How long do we have before it's not ...
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How can I safely transport cooked food in warm weather? [duplicate]

I've a factory of 300 people and I serve them lunch everyday. At the moment the kitchen is adjust-en with the factory but I have to move the kitchen asap to a place around 20kls. far from my factory. ...
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Is it normal for the colour of the cooked lentils to change overnight even when they were kept in fridge?

Last night we cooked the lentils in a pressure cooker 20:00. They were on the kitchen shelf for about 3 hours before I put them in fridge. I took them out in the morning at 9:30, and took them to ...
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Traveling with food just cooked [duplicate]

We were in a hurry to leave or home and had just taken food out of oven.was it ok to travel our should we have gotten it cold first and then added it to a chest with ice. Two he travel, and not going ...
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How long can rye bread last?

A while ago, I obtained, on a Friday afternoon, a bag of pareve rye bread from the supermarket. The ingredient listing was: high gluten flour, rye flour, water, yeast, salt The bread was also ...
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what is canned flour's shelf life?

So, I have canned flour from 1991. It's been airtight and in our food storage. There is no bugs and it smells fine, is it good to use?
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Why did my sponge cake go moldy so quickly?

I made a no-oil sponge cake for a swiss roll. I filled it with fresh whipped cream and then stored the cake in the fridge. It has gone moldy within 4 days of filling it. Since filling it, it has been ...
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Put two pork roasts in a crockpot overnight and forgot to plug it in [duplicate]

I cooked a couple pork roasts earlier and took them out of the crock pot and then added two more in the still hot water/ juices etc.. Went to bed. Realized I must have unplugged the crockpot the night ...
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Buttermilk / Cream Cheese glaze – food safety

I am baking some cinnamon rolls for a party. The glaze consists of cream cheese, powdered sugar and buttermilk. Since the party will be held outside, I am a bit worried about food safety here. What ...
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Using minced onion instead of powder onion, will it change the expiration date of the final product?

I produce a product using onion powder which gives me 6 months before it expires. Will that 6 months decrease if I use fresh powder during the production? The cooking proccess includes pasteurizing ...
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How can I safely jar up my homemade salad dressing?

I'm wanting to jar up my favorite House dressing made with miracle whip, so I can sell it and give it away. I want to make sure I do it safely!