Questions tagged [food-safety]

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

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Botulism risk with oil

I've been reading about oil infused with raw veg and herbs and how it can give you botulism, and now I'm worried that when I use oil when preparing any vegetables I will contaminate my oil with ...
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Are fermented home-canned berries safe?

I just opened home-canned blueberries and blackberries. They are probably 5 years old, and taste like alcohol. Are they safe to eat? I don't know anything about the original canner's intent. The ...
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XXL Silicon Bag for Autoclave Cooking

The premisse An autoclave that I own is originally intended to sterilize and pressure can food at 6 bar (which is higher than common pressure canners). The autoclave looks like a pressure canner, has ...
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Turkey chili from raw in a slow cooker accidentally for 10 hours on warm [duplicate]

Just woke up and realized the turkey chili (2 cans kidney beans, 1 can black beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 lb turkey ground) had been cooking from raw on warm for 10 hours. I'm a bit desolate ...
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Refrigerator door left ajar for ~7 hours [duplicate]

My fridge was left a tiny bit ajar last night and I discovered it at 4am. The interior temp was 53 degrees. I felt everything and it all felt fairly cold. Should I throw anything out?
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Shelf life of a Chocolate Product (incl. butter) - “Chocolate Salami”

I have an old family recipe for something called a Chocolate Salami (don't worry, there isn't any meat) and I am wondering - if I vacuum seal it, will it be shelf stable? I know the stability of ...
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Why are my pots creating a vapor like steam from the inside?

I was making pasta and a vapor-like steam came from the inside of the pots. The first pot was a stock pot from Calphalon. I have used it for over 20 years. Vapor started before a boil but water was ...
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What is the lowest temperature at which botulism spores are killed?

I am wondering if it's possible to pressure can low-acid foods in my Instant Pot. Now hear me out. I know it's not recommended because the highest pressure that can be guaranteed on it is 10.2 PSI, ...
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Boiling meatballs, how long?

I would like to make some meatballs to go with a generic pasta dish. I am thinking about 10 balls from a pound of raw ground pork or beef. I have been searching for how to safely do this. Some say to ...
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Leaving hot chicken on the counter [duplicate]

I accidentally placed my hot chicken on the counter for 1 hour and 15 minutes last night before placing it in Tupperware and storing it in the fridge for lunch today. Before people reference the FDA, ...
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Is it alright to store frozen meat above frozen prepared foods?

Would this cause any cross-contamination issues since the meat is frozen and wouldn't be dripping down onto any of the frozen prepared meals that have already been cooked?
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Under ideal circumstances, how easily should raw chicken cut when using a sharp knife?

I've had two distinct textures while cutting raw chicken. Tender such that I barely even need to apply pressure with the knife Very tough and "chewy" feeling Does chicken come in all shapes and ...
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Crock pot chili [duplicate]

I left beef broth, ground beef, chili sauce, and spices in a crock pot that I thought would be set on low overnight for 8 hours. I set it up around 9:30pm and woke up at 6:00 am to check on it and it ...
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Accidently put dried red kidney beans in chili without soaking, What to do?

I'm new to cooking with beans, and I accidentally cooked dried kidney beans with my chili without soaking them first. Do I just let them cook for a long period of time, or am I in danger of getting ...
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Is cooking a chicken pot pie with a low power microwave safe to eat?

The package says do not use with microwaves less than 1100 watts because it won't cook thoroughly. If I cook on a 700 watt microwave for 6 recommended minutes*(1+(1100-700)/700=8 minutes 10 seconds do ...
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Oat powder is moist after blending for two minutes. Safe to store?

I filled my blender about half way with instant oats and blended on high for about 2 minutes. When I took the lid off, I noticed moisture all inside the lid and and the oat powder is a little moist as ...
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Factory canned grape juice

Is grape juice ok to drink in an unopened can with the expiration date 5 years ago. It has also been refrigerated though unopened.
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I forgot to rinse lentils before adding them to soup. Is the meal still safe to eat?

I get a bit too freaked out about health and safety when it comes to cooking. I am cooking a lentil soup today and have just added a whole bunch of lentils I forgot to rinse. Is the food safe to eat? ...
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Why can't one reheat wok noodles?

Most packages of ready noodles contain the information not to reheat them, for example: https://groceries.asda.com/product/noodles/asda-straight-to-wok-noodles/910002208900. It's safe to reheat rice, ...
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Is it safe to eat pumpkin seeds with peel?

I dried pumpkin seeds but now don't have the patience to peel them one by one. Could I just eat them with the skin? I suppose I could but they won't taste very good. Therefore, bonus question: in ...
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Are baked recipes containing cream cheese safe at room temp?

We had a potluck thing today at work, and one of the employees made bars with cream cheese in them: https://tornadoughalli.com/peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake-bars/ I learned that they were NOT ...
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What makes this hot sauce last half a year in the fridge?

What makes this hot sauce last half a year in the fridge? (as stated by author @7:40) This recipe uses very little salt, no sugar, no vinegar, no oil, the PH wasn't modified, and it wasn't fermented ...
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Are kidney beans that split and wrinkle during soaking process safe to consume?

After 5 hours of soaking I find my dried kidney beans' skin wrinkled and some split in two, however my main concern is phytohaemagglutinin and the fact now that some beans are split open and lost ...
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Cooler down overnight product out of range [duplicate]

My cooler was fine at 10:00PM all product in range. Come in at 5:00AM and cooler is at 60degrees and I have uncooked chicken quarters, and cooked product at 54degrees. Am I screwed?
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Meat is thawing in failing freezer. Can it be refrozen? [duplicate]

Freezer is failing and meat is thawing. Still refrigerator temp cold. Is it safe to refreeze?
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Should I be concerned that the inside on the lid of my canned diced tomatoes is bright pink?

These are Aldi organic brand. I'm not sure I even would have noticed except we have to rinse out our recyclables now. Tomatoes are already in the soup and I really don't want to waste all that food ...
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Canned beans contain no liquid?

I recently opened two cans of pinto beans from the same brand (whole foods organic). One can looked perfectly normal with a fair amount of liquid and no visible beans until drained. The second can ...
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Safe to consume pork basting liquid directly?

I've been watching Sam the Cooking Guy a lot lately, and I was excited to see that his newest video featured my favorite sandwich, the Cuban. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5kgvnzxDo (skip to 2:...
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Is there any cooking oil mister designed such that the oil is never in contact with plastic parts?

Is there any cooking oil mister designed such that the oil is never in contact with plastic parts? I just don't like the possibility of having any plastic chemicals dissolved in the oil.
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Why do frozen vegetables go bad more quickly after thawing than fresh cut ones?

I left a pack of frozen vegetables (brocolli, carrot, cauliflower, green beans) in the fridge so it thawed. It went sour and slimy after a few days, (maybe 5) -- why? If I cut the same fresh ...
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Food Rancidity Question

Since rancid oil produces free radicals, would that rancid oil if mixed with fresh oil cause the fresh oil to go rancid as well?
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I used olive oil to finish my salad serving utensils - now what?

I recently received some homemade unfinished wood salad serving utensils as a gift, and like a dummy, I figured it would be safe to rub them down with some olive oil. Now, I've learned that since ...
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How to minimise exposure to systemic pesticides while eating non-organic fruits and vegetables?

For those who cannot afford organic produce, what foods would you suggest limiting the consumption of in order to minimise the amount of systemic pesticides being consumed? I ask this specifically ...
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How do I work out the use-by dates for my own cooking?

If I sort my fridge by 'eat by' date, what is the best way of dealing with food's I've cooked, or partially cooked, myself? In my fridge there are such delights as: thrawed from frozen ...
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Food safety risks associated with storing cracked egg shells and residue with un-cracked eggs

I'm curious as to the food safety risks, if any, associated with storing cracked eggshells and residue alongside un-cracked eggs. For example, how safe is it to crack and use half a dozen eggs, put ...
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How to detect if meat (or any product) is not safe to be prepared as food?

What are the marks that product is spoiled and not safe to cook or eat? Besides obvious visual signs, like rot or bad smell of course. The reason I'm asking is that I leave a meat in fridge for an ...
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Is it useful to retain the myoglobin of meat which has collected as a fluid at the bottom of the container?

This is in India. I purchase fresh meat (chicken/beef) from the shop and sometimes keep it in the freezer until I'm ready to pressure-cook it on some other day. I noticed that after thawing it in ...
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Leaving raw chicken uncovered for a day

I sometimes leave some chicken unwrapped in the fridge inside the container, if I buy a two piece, and only want one. A girl who lives at my dorm told me it was a life threatening harm, to everybody’s ...
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Accidentally froze my fresh mussels

I placed my fresh mussels in a too cold frig overnight and they are frozen. Are they still ok to be cooked and eaten?
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Warming up soup in crockpot [duplicate]

I have to take a soup to a party but my kids only like the Pacific brand of tomato soup. I am wondering if it's safe to put in the crock pot to heat up and take it with me. Thanks, Kay
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Washing vegetables that I accidentally threw moldy tomato sauce on safe?

So I was frying some mushrooms and was gonna put tomato sauce/passata on it but I didn't realize it was moldy until I squeezed it out of the box and onto the mushrooms. I immediately put everything in ...
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Can I eat raw salmon I froze for a week on my home freezer?

The FDA standards say that raw salmon should be frozen at -20C for seven days before it's safe to eat. My freezer goes down to -25C. Salmon in my supermarket is considerably cheaper if it's not ...
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Ground beef at home and food safety

Is there any benefits to grinding meat at home regarding safety? From my understanding, the reason a cut of meat can be cooked rare is that the outside ,which may be contaminated, gets cooked fully. ...
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Can you extend shelf life by reheating?

I marinated a couple of chicken breasts overnight in the fridge The next day I baked it (in the same ovensafe dish it was marinated in) until fully cooked through After baking, the chicken is still ...
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My bone broth dehydrated in slow cooker overnight

My bone broth dehydrated overnight to the point where the meat and veggies were brown and dry on top. I've added water back in, but was wondering if it is any good. Perhaps I'll have a batch that ...
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Is this the centre of the stem of a mushroom or different kind of mushroom?

This long skinny mushroom appeared on the cutting board. I'm not sure if it is from the centre of the stem in the picture or a different kind of mushroom. I'm a bit worried about a stray inedible ...
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Bag-cooked omelettes turning gray when stored in the fridge

So, we found the omelette in a bag recipe, and decided to use it. Pretty simple, beat the eggs, drop in ingredients, (Usually either Great Value Mozzarella, Fiesta Blend Cheese, or Cheddar) and some ...
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Which containers to boil dulce de leche for 7 hours?

I want to make dulce de leche by boiling it. As the storebrought cans leach plastics like BPA into the food, I want to avoid using it. What are jars/cans, preferably reusable what you can put inside ...
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Stuffing meat cannelloni and refrigerating to be cooked the next day

Is it safe to make uncooked beef cannelloni with cheese and eggs, stuff the raw shells and leave in fridge overnight? I would put the hot tomatoe sauce over top just before baking.
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How can we prevent the steaming of tiffin when we put chapatis in?

When we put hot chapatis in the tiffin (lunch box), the lunch box get steamed. The water from steam makes the chapatis soft and sticky. How can we prevent that from happening?