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

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How to safely grill meat/fruit/veggie skewers

This weekend we grilled kebabs with steak, onions, peppers, and big pineapple spears. No ill effects, but I noticed that the pineapple was still cool where it was touching the meat, and the meat ...
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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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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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Detergent Contamination of Processed Foods

Today I bought a Jack Links beef jerky from a vending machine, and when I bit into it I got a distinct taste of something acrid and soapy. As far as I could tell the packaging was not damaged and the ...
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How long can I soak dried beans before they are considered inedible?

How long (days/weeks) can beans that have only been soaked in the refrigerator last before they are considered inedible/spoiled? I found black beans in the fridge that had been soaking for approx 3 ...
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What are the guidelines for creating a canning recipe?

I am looking for the criteria that make an acceptable recipe for canning. Most sites say to only use approved canning recipes and not make substitutions, which is totally understandable, but surely ...
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How do you know when mussels are done?

I bought 1/2 pound of mussels and cooked them in a cast iron skillet with a little white wine and some shrimp stock on boiling heat. Almost all of them opened after about 15 minutes, some did not. ...
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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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Meals safe in danger zone [closed]

I'm on campus for most of the day, and since eating on campus is expensive, I would bring leftover dinners with me. Since they would sit in my backpack for several hours before eating, I would use one ...
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What to do about beetle infestation of wheat products? How do we prevent reinfestation?

Today my wife went to make some bread. She noticed some very small insects in the whole wheat and regular flour. Upon further inspection, many of our wheat based products were infested with these ...
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Does microwaving eggs kill salmonella?

If eggs are thoroughly washed and of course beaten before microwaving, and after the process I can find no liquid, is there a possibility that salmonella is still there, or does it die from high ...
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How to protect hand skin when preparing food

My hand skin is extremely dry due to exposure to water. But when cooking, it is inevitable to submerge my hands in water, for example, to wash food. So I was wondering generally how to protect my ...
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Are fresh, raw cashews different from store-bought?

I have a pen pal in Brazil (is it still a pen pal if we e-mail? anyway...) and knowing that I like nuts sent me some cashews. Apparently there is a cashew farm near enough to her that she went right ...
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Are vegetables poisonous if they have roots, are sprouting or are many weeks old?

Can I use sprouting vegetables? Are they poisonous? When cooked, does the sprouting have an effect to foods taste? Can I use my potatoes or carrots if they already has some roots...? How about when ...
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Does grenadine need to be refrigerated?

I've been looking for a bottle of Rose's Grenadine for quite a while without luck, so when I saw a big ol' liter of Llord's at the liquor store, I grabbed it. I'm not sure I want to allocate that much ...
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Sea Salt and Mercury

I've heard that sea salt is more flavorful than iodized table salt, but was wondering about its mercury content. Due to the mercury level in oceans, nutritionists are recomending to limit sea food ...
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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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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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How to thaw a bottle of beer that got frozen accidentally without exploding the bottle

Recently I had occasion to put @Kevin Selker 's answer to the test in terms of rapidly chilling beer. However, we uncovered a problem the next morning where people had taken beer and thrown it in the ...
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How long can I keep a chicken carcass and still make stock from it?

I bought a whole chicken for dinner two days ago. Immediately after quartering it, I put it back into a zip-top bag and put it in the bottom of the fridge. So, roughly around 40 hours ago. I'd like ...
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Is it safe to eat an apple cooked inside poultry?

My guess is that yes, you can; however, my mother always set them aside, not to be eaten. Any ideas?
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Testicles as food?

When I read that you can buy and eat testicles I wondered whether I should try it once, since I'm basically open to anything that tastes good. I wonder how I should prepare them. If I buy testicles ...
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A question of Fishmonger basics and fish processing and handling?

I went to a fishmonger for the first time yesterday and I have a few basic questions. Should the place smell like fish? I have been informed that it should not smell like fish and if it did they did ...
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Cooking with a cut or burn on my hands

I know from this question that I should avoid cooking (at least without gloves) if I have an open cut. However, once a cut starts to heal, how can I tell if it's safe to cook without gloves? Are ...
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Do I need to use sterilized jars straight away?

When making jams and preserves you obviously need to sterilize the jars. After the jars have been sterilized do you need to use them straight away or can you sterilize them in advance and keep them ...
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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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Is it okay to eat silver

One of my friends recently went to India and brought back some sweets today. These sweets have a silver layer on top. Therefore, I'm quite curious as to whether or not it is safe to eat silver. As ...
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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 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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The bottom of my black cheap pan has worn off and I can now see the metal below where food would go. Is that pan safe to use anymore?

As part of my "kitchen inventory package" my short stay agency gave me for my cooking, there's a pan. After a couple of mistakes (cough using it to heat sauce without adding oil (as instructed!) then ...
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

I make sushi often, and i never use sushi-grade fish...i simply buy fresh fish from the market. I know the requisites of frozen for 20 hours etc., but I know for sure there are many restaurants in ...
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Is it ok to include garlic when I can hot peppers?

I followed the Ball Blue Book recipe for canning hot vinegared peppers. I left the peppers whole, and forgot to discard the garlic from the vinegar recipe before I filled the quart size jars & ...
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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 can I safely reuse tea?

I regularly reuse my tea bags, sometimes over as much as a five hour span. I am sure that there are limits to the safe re-use of tea, but I can't find any USDA or other authoritative guidance. ...
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I left stock out to cool overnight. Is it safe to use?

I made a Peking duck stock, strained it while hot, then left it to cool overnight. My apartment is 24 degrees C. In the morning, I divided it into smaller portions and refrigerated it. I'd never made ...
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Can I use a reused can for serving food

Since 1919, tin cans have been the symbol of the Tin Can Tourists organization (vintage trailer enthusiasts). I want to serve red beans & rice in a recycled can (actually cleaned all-meat cat food ...
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How deep do you need to insert the probe in a piece of meat to guarantee accuracy?

I have a wired thermometer that I mainly use for roasts, which can support the entire probe inside the meat. However, I used it last night to cook some country style ribs (pork) and was only able to ...
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Is it ok to keep reusing a water bottle indefinitely?

I have a 1.5 liter plastic water bottle (the disposable kind) that I keep on a shelf by my bed. I fill it every night before bed, and generally nearly finish it by the morning and refill it when I ...
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Can you refreeze chicken after it has been cooked from frozen

I buy chicken breasts already frozen from my local supermarket. I want to let them defrost naturally (IE leave the breasts out until thawed at room temperate) and then cook them in a fruit sauce. At ...
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Can steaming cans of jams be safely used instead of boiling to sterilise?

Can i sterilise my filled jars of marmalade, raspberry and cherry jam in a steamer unit, such as those used to steam vegetables or baby bottles? I usually make batches of 15 jars so its difficult for ...
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Can a few bad (dead) mussels harm a larger batch?

I realize there are numerous related questions on freshness of mussels: Fresh mussels, or are they? How do I determine if my mussels are fresh? I couldn't find exactly what I'm looking for. So ...
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What is the impact of repeated cooling and reheating of maple syrup?

Today I discovered a 1/4-full bottle of pure maple syrup had gotten moldy, so searched this site and came across this question: Should maple syrup be stored in the refrigerator? My follow-up question ...
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Safety of Egg Yolk Glaze

Yesterday I baked a special loaf of bread with an egg yolk glaze. After it was mostly cooled I covered it with plastic wrap and set it on the counter to be served today. I am now concerned that I ...
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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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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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Is rare pheasant safe?

I'm planning to cook pheasant breast this evening and want to know if I can have it rare, as I would with duck breast. I know most government food agencies err on the side of caution (cook until all ...
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Sous vide whole salmon at what temperature?

If I'm doing salmon fillets then I'll normally do 50c for 25 minutes, but a whole salmon is a different kettle of fish. I've done sous vide whole salmon on several occasions and I do 55c for 3 hours ...
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Why cook green plantains?

Many cookbooks and chefs recommend cooking green plantains before eating them. Is it just because of all the starch? Or are there any toxins as in sprouting potatoes? Does the ratio of amylose to ...
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Stainless steel cookware scratches

Is it true that one should not use stainless steel utensils on a stainless steel pot or pan? I had to get rid of some old pots because my food started have a metallic taste to it. I always see on ...
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Is extremely young meat indigestible?

Extensive rewrite: Young meat is considered unfit for human consumption by the European Union: "derives from animals which are dead before slaughter, stillborn, unborn or slaughtered under the age ...