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

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How do you tell if pickles/cucumbers have gone bad

We're in the process of making 4-day sweet gerkins and after the second day of soaking overnight the brine solution was foamy and has an unpleasant odor. Does this mean the pickles have gone bad?
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Can salmonella show up in a raw-egg product once it has already been made?

I know raw eggs should be avoided, especially by sensitive people (children, pregnant women), as they may contain salmonella. Let's say I make a big tub of ice cream, with raw eggs, and several people ...
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Can meat and cheese be stored together?

My husband is constantly storing opened blocks of cheese in the same container as his summer sausage, also opened. He insists that they don't need to be separated and that I am being paranoid. I say ...
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Dangers associated with sous-vide temperature and time

What's the risk associated with leaving pork (vacuum sealed) in water at 35 °C (95 °F) for 12 hours? It's probably a common mistake with sous vide cooking, forgetting to turn the bath on.
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Is raw honey safe to consume?

I recently purchased a jar of Very Raw Honey from my local market. I purchased it because it was on sale, but eventually I looked up whether it was safe or not to eat and came across articles such as ...
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Italian Sausage still a little pink?

So im a little scared, I was cooking some italian sausage links on my cast iron skillet. I cooked them 8-10 min a side on medium , then turned to low and cooked 7-8 minutes a side. I checked the ...
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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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Thoroughly cooking stuffing in a Turkey

I like to cook stuffing in the bird because I think it imparts flavors you just can't achieve cooking it out of the bird. The problem is, it's virtually impossible to get the stuffing to 165F/74C ...
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How do kosher food preparation requirements compare with what is known by modern science to make food safe for eating?

As discussed in What are the requirements for a dish to be kosher?, kosher food must follow various rules and procedures. I noticed a pattern in these rules which suggests some consistency with modern ...
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Is it safe to eat a lump of Jamon that grew some mold?

A lump of Jamon in my fridge grew some white mold. Is it safe to eat if I scrape all the mold away? Edit: this is white mold, of the sort that grows on Camambert cheese, or so it appears. Not green ...
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Is it safe to “salt bake” using ice cream rock salt?

Salt baking requires a lot of salt. I want to use ice cream rock salt for salt baking because it normally comes in bulk size. But I've been told that the rock salt used for ice cream is not fit for ...
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How long will a shooter's sandwich keep?

A shooter's sandwich is intended to be eaten a long time after it is made. I understand that it originated, pre-refrigeration, as a meal that could be prepared the night before and taken on a hunt 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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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 should I store homemade salad dressing?

I have a recipe for a homemade salad dressing, with the following ingredients: 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon dry mustard 2 teaspoons celery seed 1/2 cup sugar 1 ...
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What would cause maple syrup bottles to bulge?

This year a lot of our maple syrup bulged out the bottles and almost blew the tops off when loosened. There were particles found in the syrup. What is going on??
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Brined cheese behaves almost as if carbonated

I bought (at least what I thought was) some Bulgarian/Turkish-style brined soft cheese today, and when I got home I noticed the container seemed over-pressurised (it's sold in a kind of tall tin ...
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Raw Eggs, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough…And Freezing

I have often heard the warning that one should not eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough which contains raw eggs, due to the risk (however slight) of salmonella. (I should also say I have not always ...
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Is it safe to freeze soup that uses previously frozen stock?

I have a lot of frozen stock. I would like to use that stock to make a tomato, leek and basil soup which will be eaten one or two days later. Is it safe to re-freeze the soup that contains the ...
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How long does parmesan sprinkle cheese last in the refrigerator?

My boyfriend says parmesan sprinkle cheese is bad because it has been in the refrigerator for a long time. But I still use it long past it's date and don't seem to have any problems with it. What do ...
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Can lemon juice concentrate be used after the use-by-date?

My lemon juice concentrate's use by date passed a few months ago. It was kept it in the fridge the whole time. Is it still safe to use it?
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How do food producers determine expiration dates on products and ingredients?

It is well known that food expiration dates are somewhat arbitrary. For some foods, they are much more important than others -- for example, you can pretty easily tell on your own if milk has gone bad ...
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Is marinade safe if it has had incidental contact with meat?

I just made a batch of soy based marinade, I then used a spoon to pour said marinade over some chicken, swirled it about, and mistakenly double dipped (put it back in the marinade). The marinade was ...
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pieces of wood in cinnamon

I recently bought some organic cinnamon (not ground, broken pieces for a hand mill) and saw what looks like pieces of wood in the mix (they don't have the same color as the rest of the pieces). Is ...
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Can I make a pot roast in a foil roasting pan with lid?

Can I prepare a pot roast in a foil container a few days before cooking? I also want to brown the meat and veggies, and add the stock and wine. Then place it in a foil roasting pan with the foil ...
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Can I grill a chicken/turkey breast in the night and eat it 12:00 and 18:00?

First of all, I'm sorry for my English, I'm not fluent. I'm on a diet where I can eat only chicken breast and ground muscle (don't know the right word for this but I tried) as the meat (and fish, but ...
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What does flour smell like when it goes bad?

I've got about 15lbs of saphire unbleached white flour left from my 25lb bulk purchase from 2 weeks ago. While preparing a wonderful zucchini bread recipe I noticed a "sour" smell from my flour. ...
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Does food get spoilt if it catches moisture?

Sometimes, if you leave something like chips out in the open, it catches moisture from the air and is not as crisp after that. Is the food good to consume even after that?
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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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Out of Date Vine Leaves - are they safe to eat? [duplicate]

I bought vacuum packed vine leaves quite some time ago. Stupidly didn't get round to using them so they are still in the fridge. They are well passed their sell by date of March 2011. Should I just ...
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Is sterilized milk safe to use with a breadmaker's timer function?

I recently started making bread with a breadmaker and was wondering if it's safe to keep sterilized milk in the machine for a few hours before the program starts. I'm using the timer function to have ...
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How long does lotus root stay fresh?

I've got some lotus root that I had in the fridge about a week before I opened it. I left the lotus root in the water in which it was packaged and I'm wondering how long it stays fresh. It still ...
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Canning in a Pressure Cooker

Well, unfortunately the present my mom got me last Christmas turned out to be a pressure cooker and not a pressure canner. I've read that it is unsafe to can low acid foods using a pressure cooker. ...
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Does chocolate syrup need to be refrigerated?

Hershey's chocolate syrup recommends that you "refrigerate after opening", but unlike many other sauces with this recommendation (e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce etc.) chocolate syrup bottles are ...
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leaving oil on a frying pan for use later

I live alone, so I cook for myself. And often times I cook steaks/burgers on a pan, and later in the same day would return to use the same pan/oil without washing/using new oil. Is this safe, or ...
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What's an appropriate shelf-life for refrigerated pre-peeled garlic?

Buying pre-peeled/crushed/sliced garlic is great because it saves so much time during prep -- hand-peeling and crushing garlic in the midst of of everything else is a big time sink. However, I've been ...
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Does cooking raw meat/poulty extend its shelf life?

I pulled a chicken out of the freezer a couple of days ago with the intention of making stock/soup. It's defrosted now and ready to go, but I don't have the mirepoix ingredients and I'm too lazy to go ...
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Is it safe to re-heat food twice in a short time span?

Imagine the following scenario. You make some food, and put part of it in the fridge relatively quickly (often before I eat, so I save e.g. half for later). Some time later, usually dinner the same ...
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food safety regarding re freezing twice cooked chicken

I am defrosting a cooked chicken to use in a curry it will be thoroughly heated at a high temperature. If I have too much curry will i be able to freeze it, as the cooked chicken was frozen before?
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Can I leave a cake / cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting out on the counter?

I need to frost a cake and cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for a late morning party tomorrow. I do not do a lot of baking so I'm concerned about when I should frost the cakes. For the sake of ...
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Eucalyptus tea: is it safe to drink?

I have a big Eucalyptus Gunnii (If I am not mistaken) tree just out my door. It smells splendid and I have always wanted to know if I could make tea out of its leaves. However, something stops me: I ...
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Is the root/rhizomes of ground elder edible?

Ground elder is a terrible weed with delicious leaves. But is the root edible too? Wikipedia: Aegopodium podagraria, commonly called ground elder, herb gerard, bishop's weed, goutweed, and ...
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How long can I safely keep a thawing pork shoulder in the fridge?

I purchased a rock-hard, six-pound pork shoulder at the farmers' market on Sunday and have been thawing it in the fridge since then. As of this afternoon, it's still not completely thawed, and I'm ...
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Is it safe to vacuum seal shredded Parmesan?

I was trying to think of a way to more efficiently storing parmesan for quick access. I realized I could shred a batch and vacuum seal it in a jar to better preserve the flavor after shedding. ...
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Should you store cutlery upside down?

I try to touch only the handles of my cutlery (as recommended here), but I have one doubt. After washing, I place the cutlery upside down in a plastic basket. This way the handle is 'handy'. Is this ...
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Reheating boiled eggs for scotch eggs

I recently boiled a duck egg for 7 mins and then immediately placed into iced water, where I let it sit for 10 mins. I then proceeded to place the cold egg into a water bath set at a temperature of ...
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How long in fridge for sushi steaks?

I ordered some sushi grade steaks online. They came frozen, as they were shipped with dry ice to keep them nice and cold. Frozen, I cut them into pieces and put them back in the freezer, taking out ...
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How should I store herb butter?

I tried just keeping it in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, but soon it was moldy. I've read this question, which seems to indicate that ordinary butter should keep safely for weeks ...
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Is there a definitive way to know if a tin can is lined with BPA?

Many tin cans are lined with BPA which has been connected with various health issues in various studies. Is there a way to determine whether a can of food contains BPA lining? Can the place of ...
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How long can century eggs last refrigerated and unrefrigerated?

How long can century eggs last for refrigerated and unrefrigerated? I have some slightly cracked eggs from a friend who has stored it for months in his refrigerator. A few comments from this blog ...