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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.
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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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Safety of "more or less" cured pancetta? [duplicate]

I bought a non-dried pancetta and wanted to prepare a pasta recipe that involved cured pancetta. Since it was the weekend and I wouldn't be able to go to the market to get one, I heavily seasoned it ...
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Chicken breast out of oven after cooking a while; can I return it to the oven to continue cooking?

I cooked boneless chicken breast at 350 F (175 C) for 30 min, then took it out of the oven. I left it out for 30 mins or so; the temperature was 104. Can I return it to the oven to cook to a ...
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Eggs whites on top and side of yolk

When I make a sunny side egg, I notice that the yolk can be sunny side up and ready to eat, yet sometimes there is what seems to be a "ring" of egg white around the perimeter of the yolk and ...
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Really pink Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu): Safe to eat?

I know Chinese BBQ Pork is definitely red/pink on the outside extending into the meat somewhat, and I know that the USDA now says that pink pork is safe to eat (another taboo from my youth gone) - but ...
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Do I need to re-pasteurize my soft serve mix?

I'm using all prepackaged ingredients, and following good sanitization (QA) procedures of utensils and work area. Do I need to re-pasteurize my mix before feeding it into the machine? The machine has ...
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Are tuna pouches still good after being in fridge?

I have unopened pouches of tuna in the fridge with expiration date of 9/1/23. My question is, are they still good if I take them out of fridge and store at room temperature? We are moving and I have ...
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Can I eat kidney bean leaves?

Are kidney bean leaves safe to eat? Are there limits as to what stage they become unsafe? Like, I can eat them young but not old? Can I eat them raw or must I cook them?
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Is safe to thaw frozen salmon or tuna to 3-4°C and keep it for 14-15 hours before cooking? [duplicate]

I wish to add salmon or tuna (packaged pieces, not whole fish) as regular part of my diet, and I am currently experimenting with finding a way to cook them that works best for me from a point of time ...
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Costco vacuum sealed pre-cooked rotisserie chicken [duplicate]

I purchased vacuum sealed pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at Costco. Once opened, how long is it safe in refrigerator
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Old kombucha scoby

I have some kombucha scoby that I haven’t been taking care of and has been doing it’s own thing for almost a year. It seems to still be alive. Is it still safe to use and will it still make kombucha?
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Using the plastic tray liner from meat packaging as a cooking aid

My wife says that she has gotten advice on Facebook that using the plastic absorbent liner from packaging can also be used in the oven to distribute the heat more evenly. I am hesitant to put plastic ...
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Bourboning up a ganache

I'm making this bete noire for tomorrow: La Bete Noire I have yet to screw up this recipe. It's easy, and will satisfy most hedonists. It is a little one-note though. I'd like to add some bourbon to ...
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Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs in the freezer?

Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs, like those you get shipped with electronics, into a working freezer to help prevent it from frosting up inside? I open our freezer quite often, and the humid ...
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Clams frozen before purging

I got excited to find out my friends family vacation home is on a river where a ton of delicious clams live. TI caught a bunch of live clams, then hastily put the whole lot in a bag of water and threw ...
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Is it safe to consume expired Perilla seed oil? [duplicate]

My parents bought a few perilla seed oil that I had no awareness of and found that it is expired already by around 1 year 1 month. I tried to smell it, it still smells good without any rancid odour. ...
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Cooking a Lean Cuisine frozen pizza in a toaster oven or regular oven instead of microwave

I know it says in the directions to use microwave only. But I am more curious than anything else. Is it a food safety issue perhaps? I generally put olive oil around the crust of any frozen pizza to ...
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Mold on Canned Cherry pie filling

I have cherry pie filling (from a can) which grew some mold. Can I remove the mold and eat the rest?
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How dangerous is sautéed chopped garlic sitting at room temperature for a week or more? [duplicate]

About a week ago I sautéed garlic in butter on a skillet. I then poured out the sautéed garlic and butter into some pasta. However, there were still a few buttery garlic pieces stuck to the skillet, ...
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Kimchi air bubble removal

I'm making Kimchi for the first time and I have two questions about air bubble removal. First, all the recipes I've seen say to press the Kimchi down to remove air bubbles. My batch had a few small ...
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Is the water released from mushrooms during stir-frying edible?

After I wash mushrooms in salt water, I dry them in a salad spinner. Then I insert the spinned mushrooms into my wok, that's hot with safflower oil. At this point, the wok has no water. After 3 mins. ...

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