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How to thaw a bottle of beer that got frozen accidentally without exploding the bottle

Recently I had occasion to put @Kevin Selker 's answer to the test in terms of rapidly chilling beer. However, we uncovered a problem the next morning where people had taken beer and thrown it in the ...
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What spices need to be cooked before use due to food safety concerns?

I recently purchased a home curry kit which comprised of various powdered spices (including chilli, cumin, coriander etc.) and a separate curry sauce. To use, the meat or veg is fried until browned, ...
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Avoiding poisonous quince juice

I'm cooking jelly from quinces, with core housing and seeds. I try to remove sliced seeds. From the leftover mass I prepare delicious quince bread by passing it through a food mill ("Flotte Lotte&...
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Classico Pesto left outside for a week, used in recipe, still safe?

So I thought I didn’t open my jar of pesto(on the counter) and used it in a recipe, but I just realized I used it before for the first time around a week ago. So it’s been sitting on the countertop, ...
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I accidentally sprayed bleach on some apples. Is this dangerous?

When I was bleaching towels, I accidentally sprayed some on apples nearby. The next day, to be safe, I washed these apples for about 15 seconds. Are these apples safe to eat Could someone get sick? ...
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Are pig testicles edible?

I’m just asking a question about a part of the animals anatomy. I’m watching something on the discovery channel and where they are located they stated that, people in this part of the village eat ...
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Testicles as food?

When I read that you can buy and eat testicles I wondered whether I should try it once, since I'm basically open to anything that tastes good. I wonder how I should prepare them. If I buy testicles ...
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What are "processed dates", are they ready to eat or just easy to wash?

I got a package of dates, an oval long one, with an interesting-looking spoon/stick inside of the package along with dates. It is not stated on the package if they are ready to eat or not, but they ...
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Can warm pecorino grow listeria?

So my mom ordered some pecorino Romano and it came wrapped in insulated bags, foil and ice packs that had melted. The cheese appeared wet inside the vacuum sealed bag Can pecorino grow listeria after ...
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Are carrots safe to eat after they have turned black?

I recently got a bag of carrots out of the fridge, and find that most of them had turned black. What causes this, and are they safe to eat (with or without peeling)?
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Why must fermenting meat be kept cold, but not vegetables?

This is a somewhat unique question, so I'll start by stating my assumptions that I understand to be "widely known" among food preservation enthusiasts. If any of these are not accurate, ...
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Is it safe to "salt bake" using ice cream rock salt?

Salt baking requires a lot of salt. I want to use ice cream rock salt for salt baking because it normally comes in bulk size. But I've been told that the rock salt used for ice cream is not fit for ...
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Beef mince (ground beef) smells like vinegar

My wife bought some beef mince (ground beef) from a shop. It looked red. When she fried it, it give off an aroma of vinegar. Is it spoiled?
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Is eating road kill a health-hazard?

I read this recent news story about a Kentucky Chinese restaurant dragging road kill into their restaurant and the town became skittish and shut the restaurant down. Is eating road-killed venison a ...
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My applesauce has fermented, is it safe to bake with?

I don't have access to refrigeration, so I use applesauce as an egg substitute. I have a plastic can (it's got a metal & rubber lid like a Mason jar but the container is plastic) of store bought ...
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Pressure canning tomatoes without added acid

I'd like to pressure can tomatoes without adding acid as recommended by the USDA (and outlined here). The reason being is, imo, the additional acid ruins the flavor. My understanding of the official ...
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Is my powdered milk still ok after being in a 100 ° hot trailer for 3 weeks?

I was out of my trailer for 3 weeks here in Yuma AZ. Temps reached 100 degrees in trailer. I had powdered milk (Augason Farms brand) left behind. The milk is unopened. Is it still safe?
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Rice dish left out of fridge overnight - safe to eat? [duplicate]

So, being the chronicly forgetful person I am, yesterday evening I cooked a rice dish, left on the kitchen table to cool, and forgot about it until this morning. It spent 12-13 hours at room ...
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Are shrivelled chilis safe to eat and process into chili flakes?

I home-grow chillis (Capsicum annuum, "Guarda Cielo") on my windowsill. This year, some of them began to have fruits very early (February to March). I left some of them on the plant for too ...
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Dark grey residue from newly purchased stainless steel kitchen items?

I have had this happen a few times now. What happens is that I purchase a new kitchen item made of stainless steel. When cleaning it, I find out that there is some kind of dark grey residue that comes ...
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Time and temperature required to kill parasites in fish?

There's a lot of incomplete information floating around the internet about food safety with regards to fish, sous vide, and sushi. For example, plenty of sources say that cooking at 60C / 140F for 1 ...
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Milk seal didn't break

I had a jug of Milk todaynand I was trying to open it ... instead of the seal breaking ... the whole lid mechanism popped off. It made a cracking noise so I'm sure the thing was sealed . It wasn't ...
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I seared pork butt in the oven but left it in the crock pot unplugged for about 6 hours before I realized no cooking. Is it safe to now cook? [duplicate]

I cooked a 5 lb pork butt for 20 min at 500 degrees to sear it in the oven before putting in the crockpot. Just realized crock pot was not plugged in. Has been easily 6-7 hours. Is it safe to start ...
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i have a 1980's teamade, something is all over the bottom, i can't get it off/out, would you consider this safe to drink from? what is it? fixable?

as you can see, something is all over the place in the bottom of the kettle around the edges? can i remove them, can this be fixed? its great and i have been drinking from it every morning but i ...
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Dented can botulism possibility?

So this evening I made some chili the cans I bought were perfectly fine no dents or anything, I go to open the diced tomatoes and realize my can opener made a dent while opening the can I went ahead ...
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Canned food delivered in hot weather, is it still safe to eat

I had a couple canned campbell soup items delivered from amazon at 130pm to our door way. It was not brought inside till 730pm. And while it was in the shade the entire 6 hours, it is also about 110f ...
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Is it safe to put silica gel packets in spices?

I know it's pretty safe (even recommended) to store food in cabinets that have silica gel packs. I'm wondering if it is safe (and a good idea) to put the sealed silica gel packets directly into the ...
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Packaging/Bottling and Uncooked Hot Sauce

Forgive me for the post being long! I make a buffalo sauce/marinade that all my friends and family rave about. I’d love to be able to give some to them to keep in the pantry, especially the ones that ...
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Can you make fries with coconut oil?

I have seen some recipes saying you can cook fries with coconut oil. The temperature for fries seems to be 350f however this is also the smoking point for unrefined coconut oil. Does this mean you ...
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Is rare duck breast safe?

Other forms of poultry are regarded as undercooked at the slightest sign of pink juices and yet it is common practice to cook duck so that it's medium rare. Is the risk of food poisoning significantly ...
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Can I reuse marinade used to marinate tofu?

I already found lots of questions on this site with answers advising not to reuse marinade used to marinate meat. Which I understand, because meat poisoning is no laughing matter. But what about ...
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Hot holding brisket elote/cream corn

So we serve on our food truck a awesome brisket elote cup creamed corn with a Mayo/sour cream base. On the truck we smoke the corn put a dollop of the dressing in the bottom of the cup top that with ...
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Blue spots in omelette?

My sister made me an omelette earlier, and when I dug into it I noticed several blue spots inside it, resembling mold or dye. It tasted perfectly fine, but just looked odd. She assured me that they ...
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Can you steam eggs with other food? Is this healthy? [duplicate]

I cooked eggs on top of potatoes and I was wondering if this was a wrong thing to do. Edit: it isn't duplicate, it is about steaming not boiling.
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Worried about my potatoes and botulism

I made mash potatoes two nights ago and I left the pot that I made them in on top of the stove for two days before washing it. I’ve been sick and got around to it today. The majority of the potato had ...
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Black stains developed on the bottom on stainless steel pot

Black stains developed on the bottom on stainless steel pot. These are coming back after cleaning the pot when I cook chicken. What are these, whether it is possible to get rid of these and it is it ...
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Help, i accidentally used a dirty measuring cup [closed]

I accidentally used a dirty measuring cup that was in sink to fill my pot to make mac n cheese, I thought I washed it good but after eating I seen sediment at the bottom of it, the water boiled for ...
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Chicken leg cooked but not in joints [duplicate]

I cooked chicken legs to over 165 degrees F and checked in several places but later saw red juices. I checked inside and the meat around the joints was clearly raw. The chicken had been mostly ...
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DIY Frozen boil in the bag meals

I am hoping to replicate the commercial "Frozen boil in the bag" meals for consumption at home. These seem to be mainly fish in sauce these days, but I vaguely remember meat dishes of this ...
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Resealing canned food in Aluminum bags?

I'm a person who goes on long outdoor expeditions and there are many canned foods that I would like to bring with me but the weight of the can is just too much. I would like to be able to open a can ...
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Is there a way to safely can pesto sauce?

I grow basil and I have enough that I would like to can some pesto sauce. I have tried to find a way to can it but I keep hitting a wall. I would like to give a few cans of pesto to people for ...
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What is the real risk of salmonella with modern food cleaning standards?

I was always taught that chicken and eggs, if consumed raw, will lead to salmonella 100% of the time. In my experience I have found this to be patently untrue (not surprisingly). While I always ...
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What are these dark spots on my walnut kerns? Are they safe to eat?

Sometimes, when I'm eating walnuts, I'll find one with some dark spots on the kern surface, as shown in the photograph below. I normally prefer to err on the side of caution (I think I read somewhere ...
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What are the dark brown streaks on the surface of the cheese that suddenly appeared within one day?

The cheese was stored in the refrigerator. On the previous day none of the brown streaks were there and some cheese was cut off with a knife.
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Are heads of shrimps safe to eat in US?

I wonder if heads of shrimps bought from US grocery stores are safe to eat.
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Waterbath canning chow chow

I waterbath canned some chow chow on Wednesday. It was cabbage, cauliflower, red pepper, green peppers, and (was suppose to add green tomatoes and forgot) can I open them, add tomatoes and can again?...
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Are the white crystals on my American Cheese safe to eat?

I have some American Cheese with fine white crystals on the outside of each slice. They have a gritty texture. Is this a sign that the cheese is spoiled, or just lactic acid salts like aged cheese ...
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How to Use Frozen Bones for Bone Broth?

I've watched lots of videos on how to prepare bone broths. However, I haven't found much information about making it directly from frozen bones. I have understood that I should move frozen bones from ...
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Black Spot on Ground Beef?

So I bought some Lean Organic Ground Beef about a week ago, went straight into the Freezer. Used 3/4 of it for Hamburger helper, cooked all the way through...smelled fine and looked fine. However I ...
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Is this beef rib ok?

I am cooking beef ribs for a chemo patient and don't want to take any chances. The fat on the ribs is bluish greenish. See the photo. Is it normal or rotten? The meat looks good. Imgur pics

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