Questions tagged [food-safety]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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White Stilton cheese wet and soggy

I bought white Stilton cheese with mango and ginger and the package looks fine but the cheese is wet and soggy. Is it still safe to eat soggy cheese, especially since it has dried fruit in it? I read ...
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Food safety of low temperatures like sous vide and slow cooking [duplicate]

While I really like low temperature cooked dishes, I ask myself whether all microorganisms are killed with these methods. I'm worried that not all parasites and bacteria are killed at 60-70°C. Is ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

I pan fried chicken cutlets and stuck the thermometer in the thickest part and it read 165 degrees but when I ate a bit there was a small spot of pink, slightly raw tasting chicken, kind of on the ...
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What are the visual signs of uncontaminated margarine spoilage? [closed]

What are the safety thresholds for uncontaminated margarine? How does the type of emulsion system affect its shelf life?
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Safety of cake in oven with faulty thermostat

My new apartment's electric oven has a faulty thermostat. I made a cake from scratch, which took two hours to bake. Yesterday, I made a box mix cake as a gift, which took well over an hour to bake. ...
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Does instant pot cook meat thoroughly?

I forgot to use a thermometer to check my pork stew. I guess most people don't bother but now worried since I didn't check it after cooking. It looked very well done but had cooled down a bit after ...
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Is adding garlic powder to pasta with oil safe?

Semi-food related but wasn't sure where else to post it. I was just cooking up a quick late night meal and ended up throwing a little garlic powder onto my pasta (which already had a small amount of ...
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Glass bowl safe in pressure cooker?

I have this Anchor Hocking glass bowl that I am thinking of using in my pressure cooker, curious if its safe or not? I used it in the microwave no issues. I plan to throw some chicken in it with no ...
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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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Lead residue on stainless steel skewer?

I recently purchased some stainless steel kabob skewers from Amazon, similar to the ones listed here at the Webstaurant Store. They look and feel like stainless steel, however they appear to have ...
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Reheat chicken twice? [duplicate]

I pan fried chicken today... then it sat out on the counter for an hour before I popped it in the microwave. It was not eaten then either so I put it in the fridge... can I reheat and eat it again ...
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I accidentally left the brown sugar out of my caramel sauce

I made “caramel” popcorn crunch which called for butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, vanilla and baking soda. I cooked it to the soft boil stage then coated the popcorn and cereal mixture and ...
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How long does fresh salmon last in the freezer? [duplicate]

I bought salmon 2 weeks ago, and left it in my freezer. Is it still safe to consume it? what about consuming it raw?
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Is there a maximum amount of time heavy cream can be fermented?

I want to ferment some heavy cream and was wondering how long can it be fermented for? Side question does reducing the ph of the cream mean it can be fermented longer?
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Matzoon and lactose chemistry

Could you make matzoon from lactose free milk? Or, are sour bacteria eating it away to unproblematic amount in terms of lactose intolerance? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matzoon
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Should there be any problem cooling Mysore Pak outside a refrigerator?

I am interested to make Mysore Pak, the Indian sub-continent lightly-roasted Besan (Chickpea flour) based cake. I can indeed lightly-roast one cup of Besan, add one cup of sugar directly together ...
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How long to boil curry sauce left sealed in fridge three weeks to make safe [duplicate]

Please this is not a duplicate: This is not a general question about food storage time and safety, about warming stored food but about boiling food that is possibly spoiled. Or even let's say spoiled. ...
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Help - chuck roast in crock pot forgot to turn on [duplicate]

I got up early to brown my 2 lb chuck roast and seared for about 30 minutes. I put it along with the other veggies in crock at 9 am. It is now 1 pm and just realized I forgot to turn on the crock ...
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How can I make my sauces shelf stable, other than adding acid into it since my recipe doesn't include much of it?

I would like to be able to can and sell my own sauces (brown gravy sauce, chile paste sauce). There isn't much acid in the recipe of the chile paste, and Mason Jar for pressure canning is cost ...
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How to prepare soup for an office potluck?

My office does a weekly "Soup Group", where each week there is a team of four people assigned to bringing in dishes for a potluck-style lunch hour. I have the intention of bringing a kimchi-tofu stew ...
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Pecan pie says “keep frozen” on the box, but the store is selling them just sitting out. Is this safe?

My local supermarket has a display of Edwards Pecan Pie boxes that all say "keep frozen" on the box, yet they are just sitting out at room temperature in a display. I asked and the manager said this ...
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Is there any use for the bark trimmings of dry aged beef?

I have dry aged my own beef, and now Im wondering if there are any applications for the bark trimmings aside from binning them. Also wondering whether it is safe to be consumed. I aged my beef in an ...
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Medium - Rare steak as meal prep ok? [duplicate]

Hi I am doing a weekly meal prep cooking myself, and was wondering if it's ok to grill steaks medium rare and then put them in the fridge to eat in the next 2-3 days, or bacteria can still develop for ...
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How long is canned ham good for left out of the fridge? [duplicate]

My son was needing help with some food because he was laid off from work. So i told him i would leave him care package on the porch that consisted of an armour canned ham. It was late at night in ...
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I Froze chicken breast and took it out a day earlier? Is it still safe to eat?

I brought some chicken breast which was vaccum sealed in a package. It was due to expire in a weeks time (9th), but I was going to be on holiday, so therefore decided to freeze it. I defrosted it on ...
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do you have to heat seeded flatbread

I have always eaten morrisons seeded flatbread cold but looked at the packaging and it says it must be heated thoroughly, why is this
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Cooking water spinach safely

Apparently water spinach (kangkung) has a parasite as it grows in water. How does one cook it safely to ensure that all the parasite eggs/cysts are no longer viable? I worry that with frying they ...
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Slimy whey in store-bought yoghurt

The yoghurt I bought from the store in a 1 l glass jar has in the 4 or 5 days since opening separated a little from the whey. The whey is has gone slimy putting me off breakfast. On this site it has ...
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Is pre-cooked beef that's not completely dehydrated safe to leave out?

Recently, I pan-fried a beef tenderloin (grass fed) till it was medium rare. Then, after slicing it into chunks and marinating it for two hours, I dehydrated it for five hours. After dehydration, the ...

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