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

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Clam shell safety

We have steamed clams and want to save the clam shells to use for baked clams at a later date.Is there a way to clean the shells so they can be used. I don't like using the tin shells.
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Can I prepare and eat dried oyster mushrooms that are four year old?

Can I prepare and eat dried oyster mushrooms that are four (4) years old?
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How long does grease take to go bad/rancid when sitting out?

If I make a skillet full of bacon, how long can I leave the grease sitting out before it is unsafe/rancid? Is the answer different for ground beef grease?
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Can I put any kind of bowl into a steam/rice cooker?

due to some paranoia issues with the microwave, I would like to heat up my food using a steam/rice cooker instead. Can I just put all my refrigerated food in a bowl and just put it in the cooker, add ...
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How do I maximize the shelf life of my homemade hot sauce?

I am planning on putting this year's crop of hot peppers to use by trying my hand at making my own hot sauces. I've never tried this before, but I've found a number of recipes on the Internet. ...
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Storing rice krispie treats

Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature? I'd like to know both whether leaving them out is safe, and whether refrigeration will affect their flavor ...
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Can mashed bananas be bagged and then frozen?

Our family goes in spirts in the banana department. It seems the only time they want them is when there isn't any, leaving the ones in the fruit bowl very lonely. Can they be mashed into recipe ...
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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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Do sprats need to be gutted?

Do you need to gut sprats before cooking & eating them? i.e. is it safe to eat them (so long as they're cooked). do they taste ok (to the average non-squeamish person happy with a bit of fish ...
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Are Gem Squash Edible After the Green Rind Turns Yellow/Orange?

We've had these squash for a while. I've cut them open and they appear to be OK, but I want to be sure.
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Is eating uncooked spaghetti dangerous?

Sometimes I like to eat some (15 to 20 pieces) uncooked and dry spaghetti from the store as a snack. Still, I am worried a little about salmonella and other such things, so my question: How safe is ...
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packaging an uncooked/raw hot sauce

I make a hot sauce with peppers,parsley,garlic,salt and olive oil. I have to freeze it in jars otherwise it ferments. Is there a way to package a raw/ uncooked product without fermentation?
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Is it safe to eat the white “dots” in peaches?

As you can see there are white "dots" where the seed used to be. Is it OK to eat them? What are they, anyway? (I was worried they're some parasite or disease of the fruit)
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For how long are frozen ribs safe to eat? [duplicate]

I am cooking baby back ribs I froze three years ago, are they still safe to eat?
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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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Guacamole Sitting out?

So I find it odd, that every site says "Don't leave guac sitting out more than 2 hours or you'll get sick!" But a lot of recipes (like alton browns for instance) actually say to let it sit out for a ...
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Can we digest raw starch?

One of the wisdoms passed on early in my family is not to eat certain types of food raw, because they will cause bellyache. It is regarded common sense on par with not to touch a hot stove because it ...
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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E.Coli Temperature death rate?

Since I've seen the Salmonella version of the chart that basically shows the cooking time for Poultry for salmonella to die at lower temperatures (just takes longer) is there an E.Coli version? I ...
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Is it safe to eat green onion slime?

I just harvested some scallions from the garden, where it's getting bit chilly (late November in Seattle). After chopping them, I realized that their insides were covered in a gelatinous, slippery, ...
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Is it possible to determine if fish caught from fishing is safe to make into sashimi or sushi?

I know that fish bought from a grocery store isn't always great quality or safe to consume raw and this was elaborated in this question. However, is it generally safe (if prepared properly) to turn ...
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Food safety for ricotta cheese cake left out overnight [duplicate]

I left a baked cake with ricotta cheese in it cooling for 5 1/2 hours before refrigerating it. Is it safe to eat?
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Is it safe to use plastic wrap in boiling water?

While I've come across one or two recipes that call for using plastic wrap in pots of boiling water (for example, to cook eggs), I've always been a bit wary of putting the wrap in boiling water. Can ...
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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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How to cook the food such that no acrylamide is formed?

How to cook the food such that Maillard reaction doesn't form acrylamide? http://sciencefare.org/2011/06/01/maillard-reaction/ When food is cooked quickly at a high temperature, the Maillard ...
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Does store-bought Kombucha spoil? If so, how can I tell?

I recently bought Ginger Kombucha for the first time in a reputable health food store. I'd never heard of it, but my doctor feels the probiotics will help my chronic digestive problem. Because of the ...
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...
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What happens to an acorn squash when its skin turns orange?

I purchased an acorn squash at the farmer's market quite a while ago and its skin was initially dark green with a small patch of orange. I have been keeping it in my pantry. Over time the skin has ...
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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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Safety of Blue / Green Garlic

My mother pickled a bunch of garlic recently and it turned blue soon after. She has had this happen once or twice before where some turned green, but this time all of them turned really blue. I tried ...
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Marinated Chicken [duplicate]

I bought chicken breast on Friday afternoon to marinate in orange juice. I marinated it but I haven't grilled it yet. Would it still be good for Sunday to grill it?
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refriged eggs for 2plus months, are they still good? [duplicate]

I have 2 to 3 dozens eggs in frig for about 2 months are they still good? lost power for about 6 hours during that time. do I keep them or not? the frig was never opened all during that time.
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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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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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Can cashews go bad? If so, how do you tell?

We have a tub of cashews that seems "off:" they smell a little different and taste a little different than we're used to. They don't smell or taste rancid (to us, I don't think I've ever tried ...
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Bananas are radioactive…so how many exactly would you have eat to die? Is it possible to calculate? [closed]

Today a friend told me something disturbing... Bananas are radioactive. Found it hard to believe. But when googeling a bit it seems true. Only thing on the internet that is not consistent is how many ...
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How can I keep food hot for extended periods without an active heat source?

Say I have a hot dish, and I want to keep it hot and safe (i.e. >140F) without any heat source (no electricity, no fire) for as long as possible, say morning to evening, or even over a day. Just using ...
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Never ending soup; is it actually safe?

In the poor student or youth worker days it was popular to have never ending soup; a large pot on the stove that was topped up with new and leftover ingredients when available. Normally the pot was ...
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Is it safe to eat the clam that didn't open?

I am steaming clams today and I recall my friend warning me under no circumstances should I eat any of clams that remain unopened after steaming. He told me to throw those stubborn clams out, but I ...
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my freezer popped open without my knowlege

my freezer popped open without my knowledge, not sure when, but it was no longer than a day and a half, there was ice formed on the roof and the sides, is it safe to refreeze? I had hamburger, steak ...
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Can crumbled feta cheese last almost a year?

This question talks about feta cheese in a brine or milk bath lasting up to three months. What about crumbled feta? I was looking through the fridge, and found a 1/2 pound open container of crumbled ...
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Is it ok to store open cans in the fridge?

I'd been taught growing up that you should never store canned food in the fridge in the open can. Is there any scientific basis to this, or is it just an old wives tale? What types of foods should ...
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how long can I keep thawed corned beef in my refrigerator?

I took a corned beef out of the freezer and thawed it in my fridge. How long can I keep it before it has to be cooked.
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Baking granbarksost ( spruce bark cheese) (Brie) with little mould

We have this amazing cheese from sweden just like Brie cheese but surrounded by tree bark and meant for baking. Should I remove the little bits of green mould from the outside of the cheese before ...
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Is it bad to leave the crock pot on “warm” (not low) all day?

I just bought all the ingredients to make a soup in the crock pot. I was planning on having it cook all day, but I just realized the recipe only calls for it to cook on low for 3-4 hours. If I cook it ...
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Color changes in ground beef?

So this sounds lame, but I have never cooked burgers before. Well my dad came over and since it's my first house I purchased we did the traditional grill out. I bought a charcoal grill and he showed ...
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Can store bought salmon be used for sashimi?

Is it safe to consume raw fish purchased at the fish counter of a typical suburban grocery store? If not, do you have any tips for finding sushi grade fish.
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Is it safe to eat raw eggs?

I have a friend that is training for a marathon and he drinks 6 raw eggs before running (Yes, like Rocky) - is this safe?
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(Is it safe?) Preparing Breakfast in Bulk

Seasoned Advice-Givers, I make an excellent breakfast, but would like to prepare a 7-day supply in bulk, to eliminate the preparation time I expend every weeknight. The ingredients are: 3 Cups ...
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Egg safety. When to eat and when to not eat

I have a question about Eggs and when it is safe to eat them. I'm not sure if this is on topic or not so sorry if it isn't. I've read online that there are 2 ways to test if an egg is safe to eat or ...