Questions tagged [food-safety]

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

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How do commercial operations defrost large amounts

I know the basic health regulations but practically what do large scale operations do to defrost chicken/meats? Trying to defrost it all in the fridge takes approximately forever, and doing it all ...
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Fermenting by accident

I had made some lemonade for a party and now having some leftovers sitting on a counter for a few days it has started to ferment. The containers were all sterilized with bleach, produce was washed and ...
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Why don't some Italian tomato sauces and pastes use citric acid?

I bought tomato paste that came from Italy that just contains tomatoes and no citric acid. Another jar of tomato passata also only contained tomatoes. Are Italian tomatoes more acidic or is there a ...
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How does the food industry know the expiration date?

I always have this question in mind whenever I see the EXP date on different products. I wonder how they can know a chocolate bar will spoil after 1 year or 6 months, and why they have such longer ...
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Why exactly is thawing via hot water bad?

I read all over the internet and labels that you shouldn't thaw with hot water? However, tons of people leave meat to get to room temperature, so how is thawing with hot water bad? For instance, when ...
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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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When curing sausage, which is more important temperature or humidity?

I am curing sausages, pork salami in hog casing to be precise. I am having a hard time maintaining both the temperature and the humidity necessary. I have no trouble controlling temperature 60F/15C. ...
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What's the difference between natural honey and supermarket honey? [closed]

Would either one affect glycemic index for consumption purpose? Are they the same in terms of food safety for normal people and diabetics.
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Combining batches of sauerkraut

I make sauerkraut regularly, this last batch has too much celery seed. I use celery seed instead of caraway. I like the flavor better. I have 2 quarts left. Can I make a new batch of sauerkraut and ...
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How to soak rolled oats properly?

I understood that grains should be soaked to activate the phytase enzyme and neutralize the phytic acid. I also heard that oats are relatively high in phytic acid, but low in phytase, so soaking them ...
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Risks of allergen cross-contamination (and how to avoid)

Is there any evidence regarding the risks of allergen cross-contamination in a typical residential kitchen environment? Specifically, I'm wondering about situations like: 1) If a seasoned cast-iron ...
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Are these mushrooms still edible?

Are these mushrooms still edible? The colour of the gills changed. I'm not sure what kind of mushrooms they are. They're not store-bought though, my mother picked them from the forest. She also ...
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Cooked ham left out overnight [duplicate]

I forgot to put the rest of the ham we ate for dinner in the fridge last night and didn't realize it until this morning. Heat wasn't on but it was probably around 57-60 degrees overnight. If I ...
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Bones left out, still safe? [duplicate]

Maybe a silly question, but I figured I’d ask...I left some beef bones completely submerged in water with some vinegar at 50 degrees for 24 hours. Is it possible that it might still be safe to make ...
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Food safety for pork

My boss wants me to half cook bacon, then finish cooking it the next day to serve our customers at breakfast. Is this safe?
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Is it safe to store dry, uncooked rice with cleaning products?

So, I opened up a 30-lb bag of dry, uncooked jasmine rice last week in our outside shed / storage (apartment storage - it is dry, like an indoor closet but has an outdoor entrance). I was in a hurry ...
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Kefir grains are producing “milk beer”

I recently received from a friend a batch of live kefir grains, by mail. The grains were packaged for a few days in a little jar filled with water. As soon as I received them, I put them in some half-...
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Can I safely prepare these dishes ahead of time? [duplicate]

I'm making some dishes for an event. Due to constraints in my schedule I'm thinking of making them ahead of time. The first is a Buffalo Chicken Dip, it is mainly a bought cooked rotisserie chicken ...
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When smoking, is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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How to store onions [duplicate]

I stored a freshly cut onion with butter spread over the top and wrapped it with aluminum foil. It stayed fresh for three weeks. Is this a safe way to store onions
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Replacing red wine by vinegar to do a beef salami

is it safe to replace wine by vinegar, rice vinegar or apple cider to do a homemade Salami?
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Am I at risk for botulism?

I am a little.paranoid because just today my son had some fried rice he was going to bring to school in a thermos like container. The food wasn't really that hot and I explained to him by the time he ...
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Why don't I have to refrigerate store-bought baby food but have to refrigerate home-made purees?

If I make an apple (or fruit) puree at home, the internet says I have to refrigerate it and then only have a couple of days to feed it to my child. But I can go buy a jar of Gerber baby puree off the ...
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Why does milk turn yellow in a silver glass?

I boiled some milk and started to poured it in a silver cup by mistake. There was just some drops in it. The glass was clean and nothing was added to it. But after an hour, I found that the milk ...
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Should I use raw turmeric that turned rubbery?

I have some raw turmeric, which has become rubbery lying in the deep freeze. Can it be used for cooking? If yes, does it require any special processing first?
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Reheating potentially unsafe canned goods unsafe? [duplicate]

I am into home brewing and one of the popular practices is for people to can wort - this is basically a sugary barley like tea- for growing yeast. A lot of people simply can wort in a pressure cooker ...
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Super tiny bugs in store bought raspberries

For a while now, I've been seeing incredibly tiny bugs in store bought raspberries. They survive refrigeration and I can rinse them off (I think, can't be sure due to their size). They are really ...
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How long is coffee with creamer added safe in a thermos?

I'm not sure if this or this questions' answers satisfactorily cover my question but I am seeing a lot of answers that talk about the shelf-life of coffee and say things just "change" when adding ...
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bread made with egg safe to leave outside?

I have some bread that has egg in it. Safe to leave the bread at room temp after baking? Im asking because I wouldn't leave scrambled eggs at room temp but is bread ok?
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Safety: Keeping sous-vide cooked chicken in vacuum

My Problem I have sous-vide cooked some chicken breast, forgot about it, and kept it in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. The chicken breast was thoroughly cooked (63c for 1 hour) and kept in good vacuum....
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Should I peel kiwifruit?

What should I do with the kiwi peel? I've got no problem with its taste and feel and eat them whole when I'm by myself. Is it in any way bad for my health?
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Are residues from seasoning coating harmful when using carbon steel pan?

I seasoned this carbon steel pan a few months ago, but after several times I cooked, the seasoning coating started to flake. I wonder are the residues harmful? Can I remain the way it is or should I ...
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Food safety concerns regarding cooked steak stored in the fridge

I'm thinking of cooking some steak and storing it for later use in a cold salad. If I cook it to medium rare and cut it into strips and store it in the firdge, will it be safe to eat later? I know any ...
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Soaked chickpeas overnight 12 hours not plump

The dried chickpeas had two methods for soaking. Boiling and soaking, about 2hrs, and soaking overnight. I placed chickpeas in bowl of water overnight in fridge for about 12 hrs. They still seam "...
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Safety of candies with cat in house?

I had several candies in individual plastic bags. I assembled paper bags to group together various candies to give to my classmates. I did this on a carpeted floor, with the plastic bags of candy over ...
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Is liquid seeping from the fish normal when making gravlax?

I'm currently trying to make gravlax for the first time! I bought about 2 lbs of fish, specifying that I wanted to eat it raw so they gave me something appropriate for that. I put lots of salt, a bit ...
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Packaged fish in lots of liquid - is it safe

I was unable to get to fish mongers, and so bought 2 sealed packs of cod from the chilled section in a local supermarket (each pack had 2 loins, a total of 280g per pack). They were not purchased ...
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Unopened shredded cheese gets soggy in the fridge

I just moved out of my parents house and I'm fairly new to cooking and how to store stuff. I bought a package of shredded mozzarella like a week or so ago and put it in the fridge. Today I was ...
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Calculating Salt/Sugar additions for Mushroom based Jerky

I'm working on a mushroom based jerky recipe and there are a couple questions about water activity that I am having trouble finding answers to. What salt and sugar content should I be aiming for to ...
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My date has some black powder in it. Is it safe to eat?

Im cooking a Blue Apron dish that uses Medjool dates. One of the ones I chopped has a very fine black powder in it. Is it safe to eat?
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Black mold inside Misto oil sprayer collar

There is some black mold I can see inside my sealed Misto internal clear plastic air collar that is just below the sprayer and around the sprayer tube when the sprayer mechanism is unscrewed. I ...
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Do I have to discard leftover sushi?

We had a party Monday night and ordered Sushi for 20 people - about 25 percent of the Sushi went uneaten, mostly plain rolls like tuna and yellow tail. I would hate to throw out 10+ rolls - any ...
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How to make sure teapot is safe after being on fire without water

I left my teapot on the stove for about 30 minutes by accident. By the time I noticed, all the water had boiled out. So, I turned off the stove and let it cool. When I went to put water in it again, ...
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Is it safe to eat not refrigerated plastic sealed ham for 1 week? [duplicate]

I bought plastic sealed glazed ham for my friend. Unfortunately, it was too late for me to know that they don't have a fridge. Would it still be safe to eat the ham left not refrigerated for at least ...
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Can mold spread to unopened butter?

My daughter left a crockpot of food in the refrigerator for over a month. Mold was crazy bad in the crockpot. 3 packages of unopened butter were in the refrigerator also. Should they be thrown out?
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I decorated a gingerbread house. Is it safe to eat it, now? [duplicate]

Weird question, uh? So just to do something different I bought a kit for a gingerbread houses. It didn't include any decoration, which is not a big deal: eggs white, a pinch of salt, powder sugar and ...
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Baking and a rotten egg was cracked into mix :(

I was mixing together my batter for gluten free cinnamon rolls (aka- using really expensive flour!), I broke an egg into the mix and the yolk looked almost like it was hard boiled... it had not been! ...
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Accidentally turned off the crockpot for two hours [duplicate]

This morning put chicken chili in the crockpot on low. I think it had come to full heat when I accidentally unplugged and it was unplugged for two hours. How do I know if it's safe?
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Help - Thawed frozen Lasagne issues [duplicate]

My wife purchased 2 M&M Family Frozen Meat Lasagnes and left them in a thermal freezer bag in the rear of the Escape. I found them two days later as I was taking her vehicle in for service, and ...

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