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

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What happens if I brine my turkey for 2 days?

I have a logistical problem that leaves me with no fridge room for 2 days before Thanksgiving... I always brine my turkey, so I don't have any questions about that, but typically it's only an 8 - 10 ...
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Why can food be left out to cool (140F to 40F in < 6h) but not to defrost?

Local government food safety guidelines for storing foods (p26) which have already been cooked stipulate food internal temperature must be brought from above 140F (serving temperature) to 70F in less ...
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Can most sour fruits be jelled by cooking with sugar?

I make jam all the time, using pectin. But the recipes only list a few dozen common fruits. Recently, I wanted to make crabapple jam or jelly, and I found a recipe that essentially had me cook the ...
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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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How can I tell when chicken thighs are sufficiently cooked to eat?

Last night I was grilling chicken thighs on a barbecue and I was told that if there was any pink inside them, they are not safe to eat. My question is twofold: (a) Is this true? (b) Is there a way ...
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Is the rapid ice bath chill post-sous vide actually necessary when putting the meat/fish in the freezer?

In the past, I would frequently cook (in the oven) 6+ lbs (3+ kg) of salmon fillets (usually took ~25 min) to an internal temp of 145-150 F (62.5-65 C), take them out, let them set on the counter for ...
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How to preserve home-made salad dressing, without using bad preservatives? [closed]

I want to start making my own salad dressing because I don't like all of the stuff they put in processed food. However, I still would like my dressings to last more than just a few days in the fridge. ...
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Frozen prawns - blue dye

I'v been given some prawns from parents where they bought in bulk. The prawns leak a blue dye? Does anyone know if this is normal?
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Why isn't a Sourdough starter unsanitary?

Letting a bowl of flour and water go bad in a warm corner seems problematic at best. I'm willing to believe there is some process that goes on to limit pathogens, but reading around this doesn't seem ...
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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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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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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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Can I safely clean/eat harvested foods that have aphids on them?

So a friend of mine went to harvest some spinach and lettuce she planted, only to find lots of aphids. Assuming she can clear off the aphids is there anything preventing her from eating the produce? ...
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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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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 long can I keep thawed vacuum-packed fish in the fridge?

I know that for fresh fish, or fish that was previously frozen without special storage, you should use it the same day. If I thawed too much, does the fact that it was vacuum-packed add to the time I ...
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Is my fancy cheese still safe to eat?

A few weeks ago, I went to Amsterdam and bought several pounds of cheese, including one massive (3 pound) round of Edam. It was wrapped in wax paper and was told that I could leave it out on cold, ...
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Which container to use for combined milk?

My local supermarket was out of 1% milk today, so I decided to get half a gallon of 2% and half a gallon of skim milk and combine the two at home. Now I'm wondering in what I should store the combined ...
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Is it safe to eat pumpkins grown specifically for carving?

As it is coming up to Halloween, there is an abundance of cheap pumpkins in the shops now. I quite like to eat pumpkin rather than carve them. Are the large round orange pumpkins good to eat are are ...
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What is the preferred method for sanitizing the kitchen?

I'm aware of a number of ways for sanitizing. Soap. Ammoniac. Bleach. Sodium bicarbonate. Which of these is the preferred method of sanitation? Which concentrations are recommended? How can you ...
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Can you use marinade twice if it was first used on precooked meat?

I made precooked frozen meatballs in the crockpot with jelly and honey BBQ sauce. It was really yummy and was wondering if the sauce that's leftover would be ok to marinate some ribs in?
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How long can olives be left out of the refrigerator?

I left a bottle of garlic stuffed olives out overnight. Are these still safe to eat?
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Is mustard oil safe for consumption?

Some Indian cuisines require mustard oil as an ingredient. However, I cannot find any FDA approved mustard oil, and most of the bottles quote "for external use only." Is it possible to find FDA ...
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Is there anything wrong with soft shrimp?

Once in a while when I'm thawing and prepping frozen shrimp, I'll come across one that's quite a bit softer than the others. The flesh is a bit floppy and not firm like the others, and even the shell ...
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What are the grey-black specks that appear when whipping cream in stainless steel bowl?

When we whip cream by hand in a stainless steel bowl, with a metal whisk, small grey specks, ~0.5-1mm in size, appear in the cream. The specks are squishy and can easily be smeared out. See attached ...
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How to clean utensils used to cook raw ground beef that have been left in the sink overnight?

I cooked some ground beef yesterday and by the time evening came was too zonked to do the dishes. Now it's the following evening and they are still in the sink. How do I clean the stainless steel pan, ...
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My sauerkraut was left with dark mold covering the surface, is it ok?

I had a batch of sauerkraut fermenting in the basement. During the fermentation I had to leave for over a week and left my roommates with the basic instructions to check it a couple times and skim ...
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Which fuels (burning materials) are healthy safe in a wood fired oven?

I have recently made a brick wood fired oven. It's a black / dirt / Roman / traditional type of oven: where you burn the fuel (typically wood) in the same chamber where you put the food to be cooked. ...
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Is it safe to eat a pork loin that has been refrigerated for 6 days?

I've accidentally left a pork tenderloin marinating in the fridge for the past six days. Is it still safe to cook and eat? I'm not sure how it will taste, but I'd hate to waste a good tenderloin. The ...
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What are these spots on my butternut squash?

I just roasted a bunch of butternut squash for dinner and am getting to puree, but am noticing that some of the pieces have weird glue-looking spots. It sort of looks like when water weeps out of the ...
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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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How safe is it to harvest wild sassafras?

I am interested in trying to incorporate wild sassafras (roots, mostly) into my cooking. I have established definitively that the plants are sassafras, and not something else, so I'm not worried ...
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How long do you have to cook wild morel mushrooms for them to be safe?

I have recently been given some wild black morel mushrooms. I know that you aren't supposed to eat them raw, as they contain toxins which must be cooked out (at least now I know that... good thing I ...
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Why are these mushroom stems leaving a long, skinny fiber behind on the cap?

I was pulling the stems out of some mushroom caps today - we save the stems and make broth out of them - when I discovered that some stems weren't coming out all the way. Have a look: Mushroom ...
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Calcium chloride as substitute for sodium chloride

My husband is on a low sodium diet. I have been thinking that Calcium chloride might work for making pickles, smoked fish, etc, because the sodium is the bad actor, not the chloride. Who knows about ...
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What do green spots on the inside of a butternut squash indicate?

When I was cutting a butternut squash, I noticed a greenish discoloration near around third of the seed pocket. I scraped it off, but I was wondering if it would have been safe for a young toddler ...
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Black residue inside frying pan

I left my stainless steel frying pan on the hob empty for a while by mistake. It got very hot indeed, I ran it carefully under the tap to cool it down, which took a while - lots of steam. Now, there's ...
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Can you safely can homemade caramel/butterscotch syrup?

I've done canning of jams and jellies. I would like to make caramel and butterscotch syrups and jar them to give away, too, but I'm not sure if this is do-able since they contain butter and cream. Can ...
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How long does shrimp paste last in the fridge?

Basically, I have some shrimp paste, it's a nice, very dark purple colour, and I keep it in the fridge. It's not "dry", but it's dry enough to be extremely firm when I take some out of the jar with a ...
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How long does raw ground meat last in the fridge?

Does it make a difference if it's raw ground pork or raw ground veal? There is no sell-by date since I got it at the butcher.
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Is there additional risk in cooking meat sous-vide from frozen?

I am aware of the additional cooking time required when cooking frozen meat sous-vide. Beyond that, is there additional risk in cooking meat sous-vide from frozen?
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My ginger is moist and floppy… has it spoiled?

I have a piece of raw ginger root which I bought a couple of weeks ago and stored in the produce drawer of my fridge. I always store my ginger root this way, and it remains usable for weeks. Today I ...
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Is it safe to eat dog food in regular diet? [closed]

In our animal science class, we were fed dog food (dog cookies) by our professor who claimed that if we were ever at war and had a shortage of food, we should keep water and dry dog food on hand ...
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Sugar for babies food [closed]

Is it true that adding sugar to babies under one year food are not safe? If so what can I use instead of sugar to make healthy and tasty food for my child.
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Why would pork cause upset stomach in two out of three people that ate it? [closed]

I recently cooked a delicious meal of roasted pork shoulder with apples and cranberries for my husband and a friend. All three of us ate it. My husband and friend complained of stomach trouble ...
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At what point is eating left-overs or perishables not just daring but dumb?

I am a college student who is sometimes a foodie, sometimes a garbage disposal. There is plenty of good food that some of my peers would turn their noses up at. But sometimes I wonder if this is not ...
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Is it safe to eat food that was heated in plastic wrap to the point the plastic wrap flamed?

I accidentally used plastic wrap instead of foil wrap over the salmon in the toaster oven. There was a flame. When i checked the salmon, the cling wrap was gone. Did it melt into thge salmon? Is the ...
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How do I know by taste, if ham is bad. I have had pre cooked ham cooking in a slow cooker on warm for 3 days

My boyfriend has been using this idea, for a long time. He makes bean soup, with just ham and beans.. maybe a onion, then it sits in the crockpot on warm until digested, by us. LOL. well today. I ...
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I bite my nails. How can I keep proper hygiene in the kitchen?

I'm not a professional chef, but I think someone will have this issue, somewhere, and is a chef. A similar question asked about having a cold, but nail biting is much worse due to the obvious amount ...
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how long to cook a turkey per pound

I'm cooking a turkey for thanksgiving for the first time. I've got a beautiful 11 lb turkey and according to the websites I found, I should cook it for about three hours. When I asked my girlfriend's ...