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

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Comparable ingredients in butter and mayonaise

What ingredients (all) are shared between butter and mayonaise?
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What makes lye food grade?

I've been looking around for lye to make pretzels and found few solutions for food grade lye. I want to continue using lye in my baking and would like to make my own lye going forward. The process ...
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Spilled vegetable oil

Oil that had dripped from a bottle of vegetable oil got on the shelf of my kitchen cupboard. I didn't notice it then put a tray on top, several months later I find a sticky mess under the tray. Is ...
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Searing stew meat the night before

I read the question (and all of the answers) Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before. I can see how it might be conceived as a duplicate, but I'm not meaning for my question to be. It ...
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Cooking smoke safety

Whenever I make burgers (stovetop with cast iron), they produce a high amount of smoke. I usually take extra precautions to ensure adequate ventilation, but I end up inhaling quite a bit a smoke. ...
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Is a steak OK to eat if it fell down, but I cooked it afterwards?

If I am cooking steaks at a grill and one of them accidentally falls down on the floor/ground, is it safe for me to wipe it and cook it for a certain amount of time (till it is pretty well done) and ...
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How long can I keep a dessert out of the fridge?

Recently an uncle of mine taught me how to make Γαλακτομπούρεκο, which contains eggs and milk. When I asked him how many hours after it is baked should I put it the fridge, he said that it is Ok for a ...
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Hot Peppers in Olive Oil Safe? [duplicate]

I chopped up some raw assorted hot peppers, covered them with olive oil and then refrigerated them immediately. How long will they keep in the fridge?
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If bacon tastes like fish, is it still good to eat?

I've had some bacon in the freezer for a few weeks, got it out and fried it up today, and it tastes like fish. Is it still good to eat? No, there was no fish in the freezer No, there was no fish ...
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Do liquorice roots expire?

Four years ago I have harvested some liquorice roots in a field. After a brief cleaning with fresh water I have sun dried these roots for a day. These were very tasty. I kept these in a cardboard box. ...
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Do “Best by: XX-XX-XX” foods have an expiration date?

How long will foods that have "Best by: XX-XX-XX" on the product last past that date? I have tried looking online, and all I can find is anecdotal evidence, which isn't very assuring for me since ...
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What to do with dehydrated potatoes tainted black?

I had many potatoes I wanted to preserve for a long time. Usually the potatoes I keep in my kitchen get rotten after a month or two (and I don't have a cellar to keep them cool), I decided to ...
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Sausage grease in fridge

I forgot a pan with a little sausage grease in the fridge (1 1/2 to 2 weeks). The pork sausages had peppers, herbs and maybe onions in them, the grease is orange from the chilis and peppers. If I ...
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Safe Chicken Liver?

Are chicken livers safe to eat cooked slightly pink? Is "chopped liver" safe when using schmaltz as an ingredient?
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When do you hear the Ping sound of the lid sealing?

I am new to canning. I made applesauce this morning and I pulled them out of the water bath and put them on a towel on my counter to seal, but I never heard the "ping" sound of them sealing shut. When ...
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Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?

I know that leaving raw fish out of the fridge for more than a couple hours makes it totally unsafe to eat. Most cooked meats are okay to pack in a lunchbox and hold at room temperature for the hours ...
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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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How does irradiated beef spoil?

So I usually buy irradiated beef. From what I understand, the beef is packaged, sealed, and the absolutely blasted with radiation. I'm a nuclear engineer for a living, so I know that most things ...
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How many hours can you store raw eggs in warm car?

I many times wonder if I can buy eggs now because not going directly to home. The temperature in cars is often very high (probably more than 40 C at direct sunlight). This answer talks about ...
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What are the fault tolerances on the FDA food handling guidelines?

Sometimes I have suggested that food that sat out a little longer than optimal may be safe to eat. Granted, this is based on my experience, and I always qualify that it shouldn't be served to ...
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Is old brewed coffee too unsafe to drink?

So, yesterday i accidentally left a cup of Dunkin Donuts Coffee (with cream and maybe milk) on my bathroom windowsill while i went to work for at least 8 hours, then refrigerated it when i got home. ...
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Is it safe to eat chicken that is still frozen?

I ate half of a pre-packed chicken sandwich before realizing it was still partially frozen. Is there anything to worry about, and can I eat the rest?
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Should I taste-test food before serving it?

Do all chefs sample food before serving it? I ask because I feel like there is a huge sanitary problem here. If the chef gets a taste of the food, doesn't he risk his saliva getting into the food ...
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Is there a table showing the shelf life of basic food at room temperature?

Probably a table showing the shelf life at room temperature for food like bread, peanut butter, butter, sausage, ham, chicken nuggets, fish filet, etc
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Is raw coconut safe to eat?

I recently came across this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC546945/?page=1 and I am worried about potential salmonella infection in raw coconut meat and whole coconut picked up ...
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Why is it advised to freeze meat before eating as opposed to eating it fresh?

I am not sure, is it right to wrong "It is not good to eat meat just after killing, it should be stored and deep freezed for at least 24 hours". But I had heard same like this through national media. ...
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Homemade Vinegar Safe?

There's a recipe for homemade vinegar that's basically water, brown sugar, and pineapple peels. Is this safe? I'm thinking that there'll be some mold, etc. or even methanol.
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I bought Cod fish on Sunday afternoon and cooked it Tuesday night… It was a little chewy, was that because it was bad?

I bought the fish from Whole Foods, so I assume it was good quality. The recipe that I used said to cut the fish into strips and cook 2 mins per side. I wasn't sure if that meant top and bottom or ...
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Are these eggs safe to eat?

I like to hard boil eggs because they are one of very few foods that help when my sugar levels are too low. But now Im a little paranoid. The other week I read online that if you take an egg out of ...
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Are steaks I had in a cooler over the weekend ok to eat?

Over the Fourth of July weekend, we took steaks camping to BBQ but the ziplock bag I kept them in got water in it. They were kept on constant ice and never got warm, but they sat in a bag full of ice ...
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Is it ok to freeze miso paste?

Recently, I bought a pack of miso paste. It contains 1kg, far more than I actually need. Is it ok to freeze what I don't need? If so, how long could I keep it frozen?
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Can half cooked pork chops be cooled then fully cooked later?

I started baking pork chops at about 2pm. 30 mins into cooking I had to leave. I turned off oven and left. It's now 640pm and I'm just getting home. The pan is still slightly warm. Are the pork chops ...
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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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How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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Is smell a bad way of determining whether meat is still good?

I have always relied on my sense of smell to determine whether meat (most often chicken) is bad and I thought it was reliable. However, I have just heard that [1] smell is not always reliable, since ...
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Canning Hot Peppers

This is my recipe for canning peppers. I bring 3 gal vinegar, 1 gal water and 1 lb canning salt to a boil. Let cool down a bit then pour into 1 qrt large mouth with peppers, garlic and pickling ...
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Leaving buttermilk out overnight, recipe for food poisoning?

In the recipe for corn bread in The Bread Baker's Apprentice, the first instruction reads: "The night before baking the corn bread, soak the cornmeal (1 cup) in the buttermilk (2 cups). Cover and ...
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Is an unrefrigerated canned ham safe to eat?

I just cooked a canned ham for my family. It was fully cooked, and I reheated it well. The problem is that we ate it and then I realized it was supposed to be refrigerated. I had kept it on the shelf. ...
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Homemade Preserves

I was given 3 different jars of preserves. They left the jars in the car for 2 days in the heat of Nevada and when they gave to me you could see the jams had turned to liquid. After leaving on the ...
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Orange spots on dry chickpea

I have had some dry chickpeas for quite some time (~6-12 months) in my pantry and now I'm looking to cook them. Most of them have some orange spots, which I'm not sure are normal (See picture ...
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Beef discoloration on parts not in contact with air

I have bought a pack of sliced beef and opened it up as soon as I got home. Judging by the date on a package, it was packed on the same day I bought it. It was red on the outside, but dark and ...
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Browning Beef in Beef Stew?

So im going to be making beef stew again, and most recipes call for it to be browned. (This is going in a cast iron OLD dutch oven, so maximum season!) That being said the Dutch oven itself ...
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How can I reassure myself a given food is not a botulism risk?

Ever since a man has died (in my country) because of eating home-made ham contaminated with botulism, I'm really concerned about it and I see risks everywhere. I have 2 questions related to it, and I ...
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Frozen pizza kept at room temp (23 C) for 48 hours - safe to use?

I bought a salami pizza and a Hawaii pizza (ham & pineapple) the night before yesterday, but forgot to put them in the freezer. This is the latter, soggy part removed: Normally they should cook ...
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where to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe

Where is the best place to keep an opened can of condensed milk safe? I know the unopened one is okay on the counter but what about when you open the can to use half of it?
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What is the best way to get rid of the ants from the box of clarified butter?

The clarified butter is in a semi solid state in a transparent plastic box covered with a screw type lid. I don't know how the ants went inside but now I can see those ants roaming inside the box - ...
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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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Modernist Cuisine-style BBQ brisket safety

I am going to try Nathan Myhrvold's 2-step BBQ brisket recipe: Smoke at 149F for 7 hrs, then vacuum seal and sous vide at 146F for 72 hrs. However, (due to travel for work) I won't be able to complete ...
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Hot tea to iced. Safe?

I want to boil tap water and use tea bags but since summer is coming I want to make it cold. Is it safe if I let it to get to room temperature and then put it in the fridge?
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Is re-freezing the same beans bad?

I have a bunch of frozen beans in the freeze and I found out that pouring hot water on them is easier to take them out of their container with a measuring cup. But them I re-freeze them. Is this a bad ...