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Roast Turkey - rinse or not? [duplicate]

I usually use the roasting bag for the turkey. I always rinse & pat dry before baking, but I read a recipe in a grocery store magazine that said not to rinse it; just pat it dry. Seems to go ...
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Is this pumpkin with black growth safe to eat?

My wife cut open a pumpkin that she was intending to make a pie out of, but she found a blackish growth in the guts. As you can see from the image, the discoloration is localized to the "guts&...
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Is it harmful to heat a whetstone?

I am cooking a pressed apple terrine (a derived version of this one from Raymond Blanc) where I need a weight to put on the apples during cooking. Problem is, the only weight fitting I have that fits ...
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Can I pre-smoke a brisket safely?

For Thanksgiving, I was planning on slow-cooking a brisket in a smoker. However, I have learned somewhat last minute that instead of my family coming to my place for dinner, I will be going to their ...
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Is this coffee maker safe to use?

I pulled down my bialetti Moka to make some coffee and found it like this: Is the coffee maker safe to use? Does it need cleaning? How should I clean it?
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Ensuring dry-brined turkey process is safe

I put my 22lb turkey in the fridge to start thawing last Tuesday in the evening. I took it out today and spatchcocked it and salted it all over with an herb/salt mixture and popped it back in the ...
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is it ok to eat spaghetti sauce that had mold on rim of jar?

I opened a new jar of spaghetti sauce and there was a dark hard substance like old mold on the rim. There was none inside the jar and the jar seemed to have been sealed properly. Is the sauce safe ...
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What is the expiration on Morton salt substitute?

From what I read it says online the use by date is 5 years. It is composed of potassium chloride, fumeric acid, tricalcium phosphate and monocalcium phosphate. I don't understand how these chemicals ...
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Are fermented peppers with mold and/or yeast safe to eat?

I'm fermenting my home grown scotch bonnets, and I'm concerned that they're molding and are no longer edible. My setup was an open container, with a relatively high salt to water concentration (I don'...
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I depressurized my canner and reprocessed jars with lids sealed. Will the food be ok?

The canner began coming to pressure, steam started shooting under the pressure gauge. The jars began to seal when I opened the canner to fix the gasket. I reprocessed them all without putting new lids ...
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Can a beef and pork mix burger be served medium

I have seen many record state a burger can be served a little pink. Even 'medium'. I understand what this means. My question is about food safety: Is this also safe if the patty was a mix of beef and ...
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Wooden butter knife sanding?

I received a wooden butter knife in the mail fairly recently: now my only question is this, will it need sanding to maintain its food worthiness or does it require something else to keep it food safe? ...
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Safe temperature for fridge [duplicate]

I bought a fridge thermometer for my new fridge and the temperature has been fluctuating between 5 and 6.5 degrees celsius... this is whilst being on the max setting. I would have thought it would be ...
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Is it safe to continue using a pot that has steamed dry?

I was making steamed chicken soup in a clay pot, and think I may have steamed/simmered the larger stock pot dry. My arrangement was like so: I had a large stock pot with a few cups of water in it (an ...
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Does store bought fully cooked rotisserie chicken need to be reheated to 165 degrees?

A little confusion on my part: I have a fully cooked whole rotisserie chicken which I put in the fridge. I read or google that when reheating to serve I should make sure it reaches 165 degrees. Since ...
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A Carton With Broken and Unbroken Eggs [duplicate]

I am asking a repeat question because nobody is answering it. I know to not eat broken or cracked eggs. But does one or two broken eggs spoil/contaminate the carton containing other eggs which are ...
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how long is vacuum sealed meat safe at room temperature before spoiling [duplicate]

I've seen several great posts about food safety, such as: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/34671 https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/17550 This includes the "safe limit for raw or cooked ...
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How safe is the patina layer on seasoned cast iron or carbon steel cookingware?

How safe are iron and carbonsteel pans? Or can they be misused making them unsafe? For instance, have food safety authorities already reviewed this? Is there a regulation or at least a published ...
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Is it safe to use raw eggs in icecream as in the Dukan recipe? [duplicate]

I've seen Dukan's icecream recipe on several sites and nowhere they say to boil or otherwise cook the eggs, only to mix the yolks with the sweetener, and to whip the whites. I thought it isn't safe to ...
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Adding dairy to non-perishable sauce

I am making cocktail sauce from mayo ketchup and pickle juice. I store it in room temp for months. Now I have an idea of adding some yogurt to it. Can I still consider it non-perishable? [Edit] ...
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Defrosting meat in the refrigerator causes it to have dark spots

I defrost about 40g of meat a few times a day for my cat. I take the meat out of the freezer and put it into a small sealed container which sits in the refrigerator for a few hours. Sometimes the meet ...
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What done-ness is safe, but still juicy, to order wild boar cooked to?

I recently went to a restaurant here that claims to offer local fair. It was in a super touristy area so I have my doubts, but it plays the part well. Anyway, what I ordered was the Shogun Farms Wild ...
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Defrosting Waitrose Chilled Chicken Kiev [duplicate]

I had Essential Waitrose Chilled chicken Kiev’s in the freezer for three months and then defrosted them in 8 hours and cooked them. Is it safe to eat them after being defrosted and then cooked like ...
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Are these mushrooms safe to eat?

I was chopping up some portabella mushrooms (purchased at Costco) for a stir fry and noticed that the flesh of some of the mushrooms turned a dark brown (left): It has a slightly rougher texture, ...
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What is this brown mass on this egg?

I boiled an egg and while eating it I found this brown mass. It's not gooey - I tested whether I could squeeze it out, but it just ripped with the rest of the egg white. Update: another egg in this ...
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White texture on natto

I'm making first time natto in natto/black garlic pot. So I go by the recepie. First soak beans for 24h then steam to be softer. Put natto starter inside small amount of water and mix it with soya. ...
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I am making duck confit this weekend and will refrigerate it. I am curious though; what are the concerns for leaving it in a cool room?

I've made duck confit many times before and used it fresh. This time, though, I'd like to try to age it in the fridge a bit to see if I notice a difference. To do this I've purchased some earthenware ...
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How long should one steam food to reheat safely?

One of the big problems with reheating food in a microwave or an oven is that it dries out the dish. To safely eat reheated food, it requires to be brought up to 165F or 75C. How long on average, ...
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Thawing frozen meat: How long in fridge? [duplicate]

So I had a 4-5 lb chunk of chuck roast sitting in the freezer for a few weeks, it was obviously frozen solid at that point. I wanted to eventually make some roast in the slow cooker but I figured I ...
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Can my freezer be too cold?

The FDA recommends a freezer temperature of 0˚F (-18˚C). Warmer temperatures risk bacterial growth and quality problems. But what are the reasons not to set the freezer colder? My Bosch freezer can be ...
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Why is thawing in warm water bad for fish and meat [duplicate]

This question has been asked before but no one addresses this point: If I defrost meat or fish, say salmon fillets, and cook them directly after, wouldn't that kill the bacteria that might have grown ...
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I am concerned that some cooked food I left out overnight on the counter could contain botulism [duplicate]

I accidentally left some cooked summer squash and red peppers lightly coated with olive oil in a pan wrapped loosely in foil on the stove overnight. My boyfriend didn't notice it and set a cookie ...
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Aluminum foil changed color after wrapping cooked corn

I cooked some corn in boiling water today, and immediately wrapped it in aluminum foil after taking out of water. 5 mins later, I found out the colour of the foil changed, I'm not sure whether the ...
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Why would plant-based cookie dough packaging say "Do not consume raw dough"?

I just bought some Kroger Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I always prefer to eat raw dough rather than bake the cookies. But this packaging says: DO NOT CONSUME RAW DOUGH Why ...
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is my bacon cooked?

I cut up 1 lb of bacon and cook it for 30 min, at the 10 min mark I add sausage and at 20 mins some vegetables, it looks soggy just wondering if it is cooked?
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What is the best culinary practice surrounding the water used to soak beans, pulses and rice?

Both my mother and grandmother, both now long passed away, would be horrified if when soaking beans, pulses, barley, lentils or rice etc. overnight for a soup or stew, the soaking liquid was used in ...
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Sparkling strawberries in glass

I made several glasses of whole strawberries in syrup. Normally I do this: sterilize the glass and the screw cap with boiling water carefully wash and sort strawberries make a syrup 300g of sugar to ...
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Should I absolutely prepare raw chilled vacuum-packed meat immediately after opening?

When you open a pack of raw chilled (not frozen) vacuum-packed meat, should you prepare the whole pack once it's opened? Can you prepare some of it when you open it and prepare the rest later or is ...
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How can I unstick frozen fish/food quickly?

I have 3-4 kg size fish in my non-frost-free deep freezer. They always stick very hard to the base of the freezer and it takes me hours to get the fish out. I have to keep the freezer turned off, ...
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Strawberry sauce fermented in fridge?

I left a tiny plastic take-out container of strawberry or raspberry sauce for cheesecake from a restaurant in the fridge a little too long and it was bulging and leaking. I am not eating it but ...
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When ingredients float to the top when deep fried is this an accurate indication they are cooked?

When deep frying sausages, chips, small pieces of coated chicken breast etc, a good rule of thumb seems to be when they are nicely browned and float to the top of the oil, that they are totally cooked ...
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Is it safe to drink Lipton green tea (tea bag) that has a production date of November 2018?

I have Lipton green tea that has a production date: October 2018. The box has 4 plastic bags, each contain 20 tea bags inside. Haven't open any of it...Is it safe to consume? If yes, when is the best ...
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lactofermenting blueberries have hardly produced any liquid - is this safe?

I've begun a batch of lactofermented blueberries, following the recipe in The Noma Guide To Fermentation. I mixed the salt and blueberries, and poured them into jar, where they've been sitting for a ...
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Is a partially translucent banana safe to cook with?

I let my bananas get very ripe prior to making banana bread with them. This time one of the bananas had become translucent at the top towards the stem. See attached photo. Is this banana still safe to ...
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How to neutralize spicy vapors if inhaled during cooking to stop nostril burning sensation and coughing?

Yesterday I did something wrong when adding some pepper flakes into an extremely hot pan with oil. The air around me instantly got spicy, and everyone standing in my kitchen or within its vicinity ...
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Had my frozen hot dogs gone rancid?

Where I live is currently in Covid lockdown, so when I was cooking dinner tonight, I decided to pull some old hot dogs out of my freezer and boil them. However, rather than sinking to the bottom of ...
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Do you need to put canned chili sauce in the refrigerator after it is opened? [duplicate]

New (sealed) chili sauce doesn't need to be put in the refrigerator. After unsealing, do you need to put it in the refrigerator after the lid is tightened?
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(How) Have I ruined my titanium pan?

I have a Zwilling Forte titanium pan with a five-layer T-Ix non-stick coating (which I understand is just the name of the titanium Layers). According to description it's supposed to be super durable (...
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Tomato sauce lids didnt seal [duplicate]

I processed tomato sauce last night and 2 lids weren't sealed in the morning. They all seemed sealed last night.. Can I safely reprocess them this morning even though its been 8 hrs that they sat ...
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How far can I stretch the "Use within X days of opening" warning?

Many refrigerated products (Bacon, ham, black pudding etc.) have this warning on the packs. I assume this is due to being packed in a protective atmosphere. Provided I wrap the remainder securely in ...

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