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

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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 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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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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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!
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button mushrooms turned red while frying in butter

I fried fresh sliced button mushrooms in butter over low heat with no other ingredients. After a short while dark red areas started to appear on the sides of several slices. I never noticed anything ...
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Can I let food be tested for spoilage after freezer power outage?

We had a chest freezer filled with beef get disconnected from power for some period of time. Reconnected and refroze the meat. I don't know how long it was without power. Packets of hamburger were ...
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Can kefir whey be refrigerated before being used to ferment other foods?

Is it okay to refrigerate kefir whey for a few days before fermenting other foods with it (i.e., almond butter http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/fermented-almond-butter-16/ ), or will this ...
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Why did pork tenderloin go pink in the fridge?

I cooked a pork tenderloin to at least 165 degrees F, maybe 180. The thermometer was in a pretty thick part of the meat and it was pretty much grey. Two days later it is pink in parts inside. I was ...
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How long can I leave the fridge open?

How long can I leave the fridge open without it affecting the food inside? How often? Is it just the temperature or are there other factors (moisture?) as well? Also my fridge has a light that gets ...
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Safety question for defrosting and refreezing chicken breasts [duplicate]

I want to defrost a bulk bag of boneless chicken breasts....while they are still VERY cold I want to marinade them and refreeze to use in a few days and have them already in the marinade to save me ...
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Use of braiser for frying

In our large commercial kitchen, which is seldom used, how long can we keep the oil in the large tilt braiser that is used for French fries and fried fish? Can this oil then be disposed of in the ...
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Is it safe to par-boil chicken legs, (unthawed), then finish cooking them later?

I boiled four chicken legs for 25 mins, put them in the fridge then took them back out to finish boiling them four hours later, is this safe?
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Unrefrigerated Mashed Bananas: Are they safe to bake with?

If mashed bananas are accidentally left on the counter overnight can they still be used for baking?
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Forgot to turn the crockpot on with pork in it

I put 2.5 lbs of salted raw pork shoulder in the crockpot, then added boiling hot liquid to the crockpot. I forgot to turn it on, and noticed an hour later. Then I turned it on. Is the meat still ...
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prepared meals and storage time in fridge before delivering them to clients [duplicate]

my daughter prepares meals for her small catering business. After she prepares them and stores them in plastic containers she stores them in our fridge which is taking up too mush space. They foods ...
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What has happened to today's chicken compared to the chicken in the 1950's - 80's?

In the 1960's, 70's and up until now, my dear parents prepared their chicken the same way as have I. We bought it, washed it, cut it up, cooked it and served to family and friends who never got sick ...
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Bbq pork ribs accidentally started cooking in crock pot on warm for 2 1/2 hours before noticed [duplicate]

I put country style pork ribs in my crock pot this morning with bbq sauce and didn't realize I set the control to only warm. It was not noticed until it had been on warm for about 2 1/2 hours. I ...
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What can I add to Splenda solution to prevent spoilage?

Trying to save some money on buying Splenda packets by buying sucralose powder and mixing with water. This works great and is waaaay cheaper - 10x cheaper than buying the packets! However, after two ...
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Pickling Frozen Fish

As someone with few opportunities to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I try to do as much preparatory work as possible on my day off and then just have things I can throw together and stick in the ...
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Using soft apples to make apple juice

My question is a kind of follow-up to this. When apples have turned soft or have started to shrivel, is it possible / advisable to but them through a juicer? From the linked question is would appear ...
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Does “boiling milk” always mean pasteurization, especially in Mongolia?

The Lonely Planet guide for Mongolia uses "boiling milk" and pasteurization interchangeably: TB is a bacterial infection usually transmitted from person by coughing, but which may be transmitted ...