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Sparkling strawberries in glass

I made several glasses of whole strawberries in syrup. Normally I do this: sterilize the glass and the screw cap with boiling water carefully wash and sort strawberries make a syrup 300g of sugar to ...
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Should I absolutely prepare raw chilled vacuum-packed meat immediately after opening?

When you open a pack of raw chilled (not frozen) vacuum-packed meat, should you prepare the whole pack once it's opened? Can you prepare some of it when you open it and prepare the rest later or is ...
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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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Strawberry sauce fermented in fridge?

I left a tiny plastic take-out container of strawberry or raspberry sauce for cheesecake from a restaurant in the fridge a little too long and it was bulging and leaking. I am not eating it but ...
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When ingredients float to the top when deep fried is this an accurate indication they are cooked?

When deep frying sausages, chips, small pieces of coated chicken breast etc, a good rule of thumb seems to be when they are nicely browned and float to the top of the oil, that they are totally cooked ...
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Is it safe to drink Lipton green tea (tea bag) that has a production date of November 2018?

I have Lipton green tea that has a production date: October 2018. The box has 4 plastic bags, each contain 20 tea bags inside. Haven't open any of it...Is it safe to consume? If yes, when is the best ...
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lactofermenting blueberries have hardly produced any liquid - is this safe?

I've begun a batch of lactofermented blueberries, following the recipe in The Noma Guide To Fermentation. I mixed the salt and blueberries, and poured them into jar, where they've been sitting for a ...
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Is a partially translucent banana safe to cook with?

I let my bananas get very ripe prior to making banana bread with them. This time one of the bananas had become translucent at the top towards the stem. See attached photo. Is this banana still safe to ...
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How to neutralize spicy vapors if inhaled during cooking to stop nostril burning sensation and coughing?

Yesterday I did something wrong when adding some pepper flakes into an extremely hot pan with oil. The air around me instantly got spicy, and everyone standing in my kitchen or within its vicinity ...
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Had my frozen hot dogs gone rancid?

Where I live is currently in Covid lockdown, so when I was cooking dinner tonight, I decided to pull some old hot dogs out of my freezer and boil them. However, rather than sinking to the bottom of ...
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Do you need to put canned chili sauce in the refrigerator after it is opened? [duplicate]

New (sealed) chili sauce doesn't need to be put in the refrigerator. After unsealing, do you need to put it in the refrigerator after the lid is tightened?
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(How) Have I ruined my titanium pan?

I have a Zwilling Forte titanium pan with a five-layer T-Ix non-stick coating (which I understand is just the name of the titanium Layers). According to description it's supposed to be super durable (...
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Tomato sauce lids didnt seal [duplicate]

I processed tomato sauce last night and 2 lids weren't sealed in the morning. They all seemed sealed last night.. Can I safely reprocess them this morning even though its been 8 hrs that they sat ...
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How far can I stretch the "Use within X days of opening" warning?

Many refrigerated products (Bacon, ham, black pudding etc.) have this warning on the packs. I assume this is due to being packed in a protective atmosphere. Provided I wrap the remainder securely in ...
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Safety of "more or less" cured pancetta? [duplicate]

I bought a non-dried pancetta and wanted to prepare a pasta recipe that involved cured pancetta. Since it was the weekend and I wouldn't be able to go to the market to get one, I heavily seasoned it ...
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Chicken breast out of oven after cooking a while; can I return it to the oven to continue cooking?

I cooked boneless chicken breast at 350 F (175 C) for 30 min, then took it out of the oven. I left it out for 30 mins or so; the temperature was 104. Can I return it to the oven to cook to a ...
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Eggs whites on top and side of yolk

When I make a sunny side egg, I notice that the yolk can be sunny side up and ready to eat, yet sometimes there is what seems to be a "ring" of egg white around the perimeter of the yolk and ...
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Really pink Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu): Safe to eat?

I know Chinese BBQ Pork is definitely red/pink on the outside extending into the meat somewhat, and I know that the USDA now says that pink pork is safe to eat (another taboo from my youth gone) - but ...
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Do I need to re-pasteurize my soft serve mix?

I'm using all prepackaged ingredients, and following good sanitization (QA) procedures of utensils and work area. Do I need to re-pasteurize my mix before feeding it into the machine? The machine has ...
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Are tuna pouches still good after being in fridge?

I have unopened pouches of tuna in the fridge with expiration date of 9/1/23. My question is, are they still good if I take them out of fridge and store at room temperature? We are moving and I have ...
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Can I eat kidney bean leaves?

Are kidney bean leaves safe to eat? Are there limits as to what stage they become unsafe? Like, I can eat them young but not old? Can I eat them raw or must I cook them?
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Is safe to thaw frozen salmon or tuna to 3-4°C and keep it for 14-15 hours before cooking? [duplicate]

I wish to add salmon or tuna (packaged pieces, not whole fish) as regular part of my diet, and I am currently experimenting with finding a way to cook them that works best for me from a point of time ...
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Old kombucha scoby

I have some kombucha scoby that I haven’t been taking care of and has been doing it’s own thing for almost a year. It seems to still be alive. Is it still safe to use and will it still make kombucha?
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Using the plastic tray liner from meat packaging as a cooking aid

My wife says that she has gotten advice on Facebook that using the plastic absorbent liner from packaging can also be used in the oven to distribute the heat more evenly. I am hesitant to put plastic ...
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Bourboning up a ganache

I'm making this bete noire for tomorrow: La Bete Noire I have yet to screw up this recipe. It's easy, and will satisfy most hedonists. It is a little one-note though. I'd like to add some bourbon to ...
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Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs in the freezer?

Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs, like those you get shipped with electronics, into a working freezer to help prevent it from frosting up inside? I open our freezer quite often, and the humid ...
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Clams frozen before purging

I got excited to find out my friends family vacation home is on a river where a ton of delicious clams live. TI caught a bunch of live clams, then hastily put the whole lot in a bag of water and threw ...
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Is it safe to consume expired Perilla seed oil? [duplicate]

My parents bought a few perilla seed oil that I had no awareness of and found that it is expired already by around 1 year 1 month. I tried to smell it, it still smells good without any rancid odour. ...
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Cooking a Lean Cuisine frozen pizza in a toaster oven or regular oven instead of microwave

I know it says in the directions to use microwave only. But I am more curious than anything else. Is it a food safety issue perhaps? I generally put olive oil around the crust of any frozen pizza to ...
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Mold on Canned Cherry pie filling

I have cherry pie filling (from a can) which grew some mold. Can I remove the mold and eat the rest?
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Kimchi air bubble removal

I'm making Kimchi for the first time and I have two questions about air bubble removal. First, all the recipes I've seen say to press the Kimchi down to remove air bubbles. My batch had a few small ...
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Is the water released from mushrooms during stir-frying edible?

After I wash mushrooms in salt water, I dry them in a salad spinner. Then I insert the spinned mushrooms into my wok, that's hot with safflower oil. At this point, the wok has no water. After 3 mins. ...
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(Safely) Making Rosewater for Cooking

There are a lot of roses in my garden at the moment and I've been wanting to make rose-flavored turkish delight. Looking online, most recipes for rosewater appear targeted towards using it as a ...
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Is stinky tofu safe to eat [duplicate]

How safe is stinky tofu since it does smell like feces? Is there risk of bad prep when making it or coming out of places with questionable food safety practice?
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Can I pre-cook Tri Tip and finish it later?

I like to smoke tri tip to an internal temp of 100F, then sear it on the grill to an internal temp of 130F. Could I take the meat out of the smoker at 100F, cool it down with ice to 60F, store it in ...
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How to distinguish correctly if a long stored coconut oil is still usable?

I have just discovered there is a passed BBD (best before date) purified coconut in the storage. This is also the first time for me to know what is a purified coconut because of the search/research of ...
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Can you water bath a cooked then cooled jam recipe?

I tried a peach jam recipe that is cooked then cooled to thicken without pectin (6+ hour cool time). The recipe says you can freeze it or can it. What would be the safest method to can it? I have ...
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Why does packaging indicate that a ribeye cut needs to reach 165 F?

Even though the FDA recommends 145 F as the safe temperature for whole cuts of beef, this ribeye I bought, as per packaging instructions, needs to reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 F. Could ...
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What to use on top of a baking stone: parchment paper, a silicone sheet or a thin steel tray?

According to the top-rated answer to this question, you cannot wash the baking stone (or else you can, using baking soda and a lot of care and time, which is not practical). I am mostly interested in ...
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Flatbread dough turned red

Today I made some flatbread and while cooking them I noticed a reddish coloring of the dough. I didn't add anything red in particular, so I am very surprised they turned out this way. Why did that ...
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Why not incorporate eggs at the last moment when making crepes?

My question is about the sequence/timing of adding the ingredients. In all crepes recipes I have seen, eggs are added before the batter is mixed. I wonder if it would make sense to add them after. Two ...
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Food safety of custard slice

A recipe to make custard slices involves cooking egg yolks with milk, sugar, flour and gelatine to 80 degrees Celsius, then folding in beaten egg whites (beaten with a small amount of lemon juice and ...
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How many years does canned jelly stay safe to eat? [duplicate]

I have several jars of canned grape jelly that are at least 10 years old. Are they still safe to eat?
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Scientific results on which oils to use for pan-frying

I am trying to find out which oils are suitable for pan-frying at high temperatures (when frying steaks or pancakes where smoke points are typically reached). Since there seems to be no agreement and ...
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have these avocados gone bad?

Having googled it, it says that avocados with black spots have gone bad. However I asked someone and they said that it fine and you can eat it - it’s like a banana which has gone slightly black on ...
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How can I tell if my extra virgin olive oil is rancid? [closed]

I couldn't tell by smell if my bottle of Great Value olive oil was rancid or not - and decided to taste it to check - about 2 teaspoons. It had the bitter, peppery sorta burn in the back of my throat ...
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How to properly clean raw chicken cut in pieces?

In the country where I live, whole chicken is the cheapest protein you can buy and I cook it every week at home. I always ask the butcher to cut it into pieces for me and I use it for stews, grilled, ...
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Does invisible mould exist?

Sometimes I feel weird after eating food that by all appearances looked normal, including the interior. For meat and produce I can understand there might have been bacteria that of course wouldn’t be ...
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With few items, it easier/safer to use the fridge for everything, are there trade offs?

I don't keep much food in the house, and generally use the fridge as a general purpose store for all kinds of food, as a way to slow down chemical reactions and lifeform growth alike, as well as ...
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From a food safety perspective, what's the difference between a dish I ate in and rinsed off afterward vs. a dish with food that I didn't eat in?

I have asked the following question before: Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container? I've gotten some great answers to it which help me further ...
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