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Well, I can tell you with absolute authority that polystyrene melts in the microwave. Here's a chunk of polystyrene cut from a foam shipping container. I double checked with the website (Propak), and the stuff is polystyrene. I placed a random chunk of chicken on the cube, and microwaved on high for 1 minute. So yeah, it melts. Is it toxic if it ...


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Polystyrene is a thermoplastic polymer with a glassy state at 100°C and a melting point of 240°C. It is this that makes it recyclable as it can be heated and remoulded into new items. Before the melting the polystyrene will start to break down as bonds start to break and all kinds of nasty gasses are released. The fact it melts at all at such a low ...


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I would absolutely not risk any health issues over it. I'd recommend tossing it out entirely and shopping at a new store. Your current rice supplier obviously has some issues of their own if there are bugs, rodents, etc. getting into their foods. While these moths are indeed mostly harmless, contaminated and infested food should be thrown out. Period. The ...


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Use only the stalks; the leaves are poisonous (or at least toxic if eating in high quantity) Cut up the stalks in chunks from the bottom up to the where it becomes green (to keep the result as pink as possible) and cook down with sugar and enjoy in a crumble or a pie (with strawberries). I've ate raw stalk dipped in sugar when I was a kid. from ...


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The important temperature would be what temperature it was at when the power was turned back on. The official recommendations are to keep high risk foods out of the 'danger zone' of 40°F to 140°F for longer than 2hrs (cumulative). If portions of the pot were at 140°F after being heated for an hour, and there was the time for it to cool down. (and the time ...


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I haven't had that happen since the 1980's. Sound like the Flour Moth. Freezing Rice or Flour for 3-4 days will kill the eggs. I usually freeze local flour/rice for a few days so that I don't have to deal with any potential problem. If you have pantry moths, or other moths that have hatched, you may need to take extra measures to get rid of them. Once they ...


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How long this will last depends largely on the ratio of sugar to water in the final syrup. Sugar can inhibit the growth of microbes by reducing the water activity of the solution, but this is dependent on the amount of sugar. According to a book that I consider quite reliable on these matters, a syrup composed of equal parts sugar and water (by mass, not ...


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Does the quality degrade? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Garlic (like onions and other members of the allium family) begins to undergo chemical changes the moment you cut into it. It's the same phenomenon that causes you to tear up when you cut into an onion. Quoting liberally from Wikipedia's article here... The phytochemicals responsible for the ...


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When you buy the sliced meat, take out what you'll use in two days and freeze the rest. If you put wax paper in between portions that you would eat in one serving, or use separate baggies, you only need to pull out what you need. The package might recommend against freezing (for best quality, not safety), but a week or two in the freezer will cause no harm ...


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Can you put polystyrene in the microwave oven Yes, when done under correct instruction. The answer to this question is more complicated than just putting a piece of chicken on a block of packing foams. Polystyrene does not contain water molecules, so it does not heat up when microwaved. Any heating of polystyrene in a microwave is due to indirect ...


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If they are completely dry, that's fine; you can buy hard dried tteok and they are shelf stable. But if they are moist, that seems very unsafe to have sitting out at room temperature for an indeterminate period of time.


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When they say "probiotic", what they mean is that there are microbe cultures present in the kombucha. It's really nothing more than a sweetened tea which has been fermented by a symbiotic mix of yeast and bacteria. The odor and distinctive flavor is the result of a low alcohol content and acetic acid (the same acid found in vinegar) produced by the ...


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I would suggest to reduce the juice as much es possible (to safe space later on in the freezer or shelf) and either freeze it or can it (see here and here for canning with a pressure cooker and here for canning with an oven) Just putting the juice into the fridge is not sufficient. Neither just boiling the juice and filling it into a jar is sufficient ...


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It may be fine if you eat the ham after two days but there might be a slightly higher risk to get food poisoning. There is a question/answer here in Seasoned Advice which deals with shelf lives of food in general and luncheon meat in particular, too. It says that the meat is fine after a week.


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A Coupl of years ago there was acase of a guy who to show his machismo gave himself and his girl some raw snails and a few weeks later they died from having their brains eaten away, cook creepy crawlies. quote: Tests found that his meningitis was caused by a worm normally seen in rat lungs, but also carried in slugs and snails. He was hospitalized for 17 ...


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Kidney beans have high levels of phytohaemagglutinin, which is a protein that can mess with cell walls and cell metabolism. If you don't cook the beans enough, this protein can make you really sick. The good news is that boiling kidney beans for 10 minutes takes care of the problem. The protein breaks down and leaves your beans perfectly safe to eat. So ...



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