Questions tagged [food-safety]

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

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With few items, it easier/safer to use the fridge for everything, are there trade offs?

I don't keep much food in the house, and generally use the fridge as a general purpose store for all kinds of food, as a way to slow down chemical reactions and lifeform growth alike, as well as ...
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What brands of tomato paste do not taste like a tin-can? [closed]

What brands of tomato paste in cans are properly lined so that the metal does not leach into the tomato paste? Are there any jarred brands? Lots of people write about how to "fix" the ...
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From a food safety perspective, what's the difference between a dish I ate in and rinsed off afterward vs. a dish with food that I didn't eat in?

I have asked the following question before: Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container? I've gotten some great answers to it which help me further ...
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Is it okay to eat fish with an isopod parasite on it?

I bought some frozen Hairtail fish (Chinese: 帶魚) and one of them had some kind of isopod on it. I already removed the bug and threw it out, but after some research it looks a lot like the image here: ...
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Can I add fresh minced garlic to a jar of Huy Fong chili paste without risking botulism?

Can I add fresh minced garlic to a jar of Huy Fong chili paste without risking botulism? Ingredients: Chili, salt, acetic acid, potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite as preservatives, xanthan gum.
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Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container?

I like to eat off silicone containers. I've noticed that if I rinse them right away after eating, there will be basically no visible residue left on the surface. Now let's say that, err, I had a ...
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Does freezing raw milk kills harmful bacteria present in the milk?

I have been drinking shakes made from frozen raw milk; just wondering that could it lead to any illness. Does freezing raw milk kills harmful bacteria present in the milk?
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Is cured meat broth edible?

We bought a chunk of raw beef in brine in the store. I was marked "fully cured,... boiling will develop pink color". After adding some water and slow cooking it overnight it turned into ...
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Is yoghurt mixed with milk safe?

I have always been told that you shouldn't drink milk and eat yoghurt together. So today in the kitchen channel when they made a smoothie with milk and yoghurt I was shocked. Since I couldn't find ...
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Is it safe to wash meat packaging before throwing it away?

Is it recommended to wash plastic packaging for raw meat before disposing of it? I see advice to just rinse it with soap in the sink to prevent the bin from smelling. However, I also see it is usually ...
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Dried garbanzo beans not expanding when soaked

I recently tried soaking dried garbanzo beans for the first time. The 'quick soak' method which involved boiling them for 5 minutes and then letting them sit an hour didn't seen to change their ...
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Sage - how much can you eat fresh?

I have just bought a flowerpot of sage - Salvia officinalis. I know that the leaves can be used for tea. But can they also be eaten fresh, as a snack or as part of the salad? Is there any limit on the ...
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Can meat spoil outside the fridge if it's baked into bread as a filling?

I made some meat buns tonight (that is, buns with cooked chicken stuffed inside them before being baked), and I'm wondering if I should bother keeping the buns inside the fridge, because that would ...
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Raw Frogs Legs pink liquid - Still safe to eat? [duplicate]

I have some raw, commercially packed and frozen frogs legs that I thawed overnight in the fridge about 4-5 days ago. I noticed a lot of pinkish liquid inside the packaging. Is it still safe to eat ...
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Lamb half cook then recook next day

Is it safe to half cook a lamb roast and the recook the roast the next day?
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How can I clean chia seeds?

I'm wondering about how to properly clean chia seeds since they cannot be washed in water as other seeds. I've read that they need not to be washed, but then how to clean them?
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Is it safe to cook pancakes on a copper surface?

I've read a lot about copper cookware and how it's useful for heat management and its non-stick qualities, as long as it is tinned. But after watching this video showing a Korean restaurant preparing ...
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Is mechanically separated beef legal in products in the U.S.?

I was shopping on line at a major supermarket and noticed items from major brands that the ingredients list lists mechanically separated pork and chicken. I don't know about the pork or chicken but ...
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Use of thawed Beef blood

I recently thawed a roast and put blood aside to use to add to gravy mix. Was this dangerous to do? It was brought to a boil.
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If one tomato had molded, is the rest of the pack safe to eat?

Yesterday I bought a pack of cherry tomatoes and after arriving home I discovered that one of them had developed some impressive black mold (it was bigger than the tomato itself!). Of course, I tossed ...
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Food safety and botulism indicators for pressure canned goods

Several months ago I canned some ham and pea soup, following this recipe verbatim. All went well and the jars have been sitting in my dark pantry ever since. This was my very first time (ever) using a ...
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What makes it possible to store this uncooked fish product in the fridge for up to a month?

I have bought what looks to be a defrosted raw salmon product in airtight packaging: On the back of the package, it is written that this product can be stored in the fridge for up to a month from the ...
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Storing lemon juice with crushed mint

I really enjoy grinding mint with lemon, then adding that to various drinks. I buy fresh mint but mint leaves wither pretty fast. I thought about grinding the entire mint bundle in lemon juice at once ...
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Verdigris on copper-bottomed pan

I have a small stainless steel pan with a copper bottom. The diameter is around 4in or 10cm, so it is really small. I use it exclusively for tempering or what is known in India as tadka. That is, I ...
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Cooking a mix of raw and cooked meat

I have cooked meat that is fully prepared, I like its taste but not its texture. I want to mince it, add it to some raw minced meat and prepare something from the entire mass. What is the correct way ...
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Orange juice preservation by chemical presevatives

How much Sodium Benzoate should I add to preserve 200ml Orange juice?
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How to clean/wash (Sichuan) peppercorns?

Tragically, I spilled over a bottle of Sichuan peppercorns on the kitchen floor, which is fairly dirty (we walk on it with outdoor shoes, and if you wipe at the floor with a cloth it will pick up a ...
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Brownie batter left out [duplicate]

I had my brownie batter in the pan to bake, put it in the oven for 5 minutes, then had to take it out due to an emergency. I left it out for about 2 hours before I got back. I then put it in the ...
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Is there any botulism risk in homemade cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee is known to be less acidic and it stays airtight in fridge overnight. It's not heated before consumption. There are news on the internet about a well known coffee producer recalling ...
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Eating dehydrated uncooked red potato

I sliced some red potatoes and put them, without any prior processing (no cooking, no frying etc.), in a dehydrator at 45 celsius. Several hours later, they came out crispy and tasty. However, when I ...
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How long can flour dough sit on counter?

I'm making flour tortillas with all purpose flour, butter, water, and baking powder. How long can the dough sit on counter?
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Pasteurized milk boiling dilemma

Experts tell drinking pasteurized milk from carton is fine. But sometimes, when I boil refrigerated previously opened milk carton with oats, it curdles. Does that mean it is not safe to drink milk ...
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Temperature logger shows fridge temperature at coolest shelf between -1.5C and +10.0C. Is this intentional algorithm (fridge set to +4)?

Our Temperature is set to +4C. I'm aware that food temperature has some latency and air at +10C doesn't mean all of food is at +10. Chart below, however, still looks concerning.
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How to safely refreeze cooked beans? [duplicate]

I have cooked a kilo of black eye beans and made a meal with half of them. I intend to freeze the rest (the other half) to make another meal next week and freeze them for later meals. This last step ...
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Are there any health risks when making vegetable stock from kitchen leftovers?

I have seen, that many people use kitchen scraps for making broth (eg. onion root and scraps) or that they just crush garlic, but still keep it in its skin or that people even do not peel carrots. I ...
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Can I skim mold off verjus?

I recently bought a bottle of verjus and used a little of it as part of a non-alcoholic cocktail recipe. I assumed that, due to its high acid content, it would be shelf-stable like vinegar. Turns ...
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Why does my red palm oil seem to have such a low smoke point?

I bought some red palm oil from an African grocer (no brand... it just comes in an unlabeled plastic milk jug), and it seems to have the lowest smoke point of any oil I've used despite every online ...
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Are sprouting wheat berries safe?

I soaked some wheat berries for a bit more than 24 hours and now some white stuff comes out of it. Is it safe if I boil and eat it as I usually do?
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Does this tinned food need to be cooked?

I’ve recently started eating tinned chicken, specifically the Roberts brand as shown below. When I open the can, it looks kind of raw and kind of tastes as such, but that could just be my imagination. ...
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Is it safe to use 'food safe' hard plastic for hot liquids? [duplicate]

Searching the internet, I found a lot of sites and articles saying that you should not use plastic containers for hot liquids, like plastic cups for coffee. But I was not able to find an answer for ...
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Commerial-grade packaging (long shelf-life) for my cookie-like pastry

I have a cookie-like pastry that I would like to put in a commercial-grade packaging so that it can sold in stores. How are products such as dates, nuts and cookies packaged so that they have a shelf-...
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How long can anchovies under olive oil stay in fridge? [duplicate]

I have some anchovies dipped in olive oil and parsley. How long can they stay in fridge before going bad?
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How long does sealed unagi eel last in refrigerator? [duplicate]

So I defrosted the sealed cooked unagi eel from the store like a week ago and left it in the refrigerator. It says I should keep it frozen. How long do you think it's safe to eat if I kept it in the ...
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Are these green areas on my cured ham a health problem?

In below images I highlighted a green coloration on my cured boar ham. It cured for 5 days in an open plastic box in my cellar. I put a lot of salt around it and a weight on top (it was maybe 75% ...
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Sous vide stopped heating water overnight, is it still safe to eat? [duplicate]

Started some beef short ribs yesterday morning at 185f for 24 hours, went to bed with about 11 hours left on the sous vide but when I woke up this morning the water was only at 133f according to the ...
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Cheese delayed in the mail

My nephew sent Truffle Gouda & Herve Mons Gabietou along with some Genoa Salami and bread via USPS overnight mail on Weds, 12/23. However, it did not arrive until today, 12/26. Would the cheese ...
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IS octopus still good to cook? [duplicate]

I got 1.08 kg of octopus that I thawed out at room temp for about 4.5hrs (I know bad idea, only found out after). Then, I used defrost on microwave to thaw the rest of it. I saw a post about not ...
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Can I ship my quick pickle by post?

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCQYBW0AZQB/ My quick pickle is a vegetable pickle. All 3 lbs are cut into sticks and squares, blanched in vinegar and then dried over the kitchen counter over night. I ...
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Should I seal my hot leftovers before putting them in the fridge?

I understand that I should put my hot leftovers straight into the fridge, to best avoid spoilage. And that if there are lots of leftovers, I should divide them into smaller containers to help them ...
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Detergent fragrance tasting bread

A friend of a friend gave me some bread for a thank you present. But it tastes like detergent fragrance! Why does this happen? Is it safe to eat? I only use unscented products in my home. And in my ...

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