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Are grocery store tuna steaks safe if cooked but rare?

We got 2 tuna steaks from a grocery store, and we are pretty sure they they are NOT sushi grade. We cooked them tonight for a bit, and left the middle of the steak pretty rare. How safe is this? I ...
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How long does coconut curry last in the fridge? [duplicate]

I have three day old green coconut chicken curry in the fridge and am wondering if coconut milk goes bad very quickly. (This is complicated slightly by the power cut we had two days ago for 12 hours. ...
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Is it safe to eat homemade yogurt after a sugar ant fell in it?

I'm so frustrated right now. I just made a gallon of homemade yogurt, only to find a tiny sugar ant has been marinading in it at the top for 24 hours(it's a 24 hour ferment). Is the whole batch ...
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How to (Safely) prepare brine for corned beef?

I have a brisket flat in my freezer, and I'd love to make corned beef. It would be my first time. When I searched the internet for preparation ideas, I found preparation instructions that called for ...
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Composition/safety of cherry pits

I'd like to prepare cherry preserves (/marmalade), but I'd like to save on the time it takes to remove the pits. I'm considering cooking them whole, with gentle mashing, then removing the pits once at ...
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Is it safe to boil sweetened condensed milk in the can to make duche de leche?

Is it? I am talking about metal poisoning not the explosion risk, will the can leak dangerous metals into the dulche de leche product when boiled or is it safe to eat? (I am hoping it is because it is ...
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If milk bottle says BEST BY JUNE 10/22 , how long does it last in the fridge if the bottle is opened and unopened?

Google says all opened milk lasts 4-7 days. It also says all unopened milk lasts 5-7 days. But my bottle has a BEST BY date of JUNE 10/22 , that is 5 months. Both can't be right, Either the article is ...
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How does bacterial contamination grow on food, and is the standard advice to cook your food to a high internal temperature wrong?

The standard advice, for both steak and fish is to cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees to kill any bacterial contamination. Is this overly simplistic advice that's mostly incorrect? ...
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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 use frozen fish in a fish pie suitable for home freezing?

In the UK (and probably elsewhere), frozen fish is considerably cheaper and more common than fresh fish. In an ideal world, I would use fresh fish along with a cream or milk based bechamel sauce, ...
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Is it safe to cook wine or vinegar in cast iron?

I want to cook a beef brisket, following a recipe that suggests baking it on a bed of onions and red wine, or red wine vinegar. I'd like to use a cast iron dutch oven, but am concerned about the ...
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Is this safe to eat? (Egg) [duplicate]

5 organic medium egg yolks + 80g organic cow butter. Stirred on LOWEST heat. First its very liquid, then it thickens as you can see here https://emalm.com/?v=Fn4vm If I continue stirring, I get tired, ...
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Turkey crown cooked to temperature but pink juices after resting [duplicate]

I cooked a boneless 1.8kg Turkey crown at 170C (340F) fan for 90 minutes with foil on top to protect the skin from burning. I removed the foil and cooked uncovered for another 30 minutes, this brought ...
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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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Is this butter ok to eat?

It was white when I bought it 2 weeks ago. I didn't open it up yet. I was gonna open it up just now but I saw new yellow stuff and some green/grey stuff on it. Should I open this up and eat it or ...
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Standing rib roast and safety standards collision

Some seemingly respectable sources (e.g. this and this) recommend bringing the meat to room temperature for as long as four hours. They then instruct you to slow roast it to the internal temperature ...
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What should I do if I bought prime rib roast too early?

I have just purchased my Christmas prime rib from Costco (boneless). We are 13 days away from Christmas, so I think I bought it too early. Should I freeze it or dry age it on a rack in the coldest ...
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Is the milk spoiled when a thin layered textured appears in the bottom of pan?

I use Pasteurized Amul milk (see here). Last time, I purchased it on May 3rd and has expiry as today, 05-05-19. (Outside temperate in our area is around 35-40 degrees) I keep it (packaged when not ...
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Dirty sheet pan left in oven for over a month. Is the oven safe to use?

I just discovered a sheet pan in my oven that must have been there for well over a month or more. It looked like it had been used to bake chicken and there was a burnt outline of the pieces, but ...
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Is this layer on top of my fermented peppers mold? If it is not, is it still 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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The container of my food is domed/bulged, is it spoiled?

This happens every now and then. It can be a package of fresh mozzarella, or a jar of marmelade, or something else. The packaging used to be flat, now it is plump. Is this a sign of spoilage or not? ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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How (or is) "low & slow" turkey safe?

If I slow-cook a turkey over low, low heat for 12-18 hours, how does it stay "safe" when the turkey has been in the danger zone for a large majority of the cooking time? I've been slow-cooking ...
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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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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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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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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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Are avocado seeds edible?

I've seen article about great benefits of eating avocado seeds. And another here. Does it mean avocado seeds are edible? How do you eat it then? On Wikipedia page we can read: Avocado leaves, ...
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Preparing pine and fir needles collected in the wild

I live near a small patch of forest that features various pines and firs. I have been thinking to use their needles for home-made gravlax. What would be the safest way to prepare them in a way that ...
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Coins in bread?

Is it customary, in Greek or any other cuisine, to put a nickel (or any other coin) inside the bread? I know it is tradition to bake an inedible baby figure into Mardi Gras "King Cake:" but I had ...
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Orange juice preservation by chemical presevatives

How much Sodium Benzoate should I add to preserve 200ml of Orange juice?
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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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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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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 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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Fruit Flies and Storage of Fresh Produce

What is a good way of keeping fresh produce (in particular, from the garden) and herbs in the kitchen without attracting fruit flies? We dispose of tomatoes etc as soon as they start to go bad, but it ...
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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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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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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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