Questions tagged [food-safety]

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

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Is it safe to eat cooked food that falls on the stove top?

Ex) I cooked rice and was scooping it out of the pot and a some of it fell on the stove top. Should I discard of this rice or is it okay to eat?
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What is the appearance of expired brown sugar?

I have a bag of brown sugar that I never noticed in my cupboard, and I needed it for a cookie recipe that I decided to make today. The brown sugar has been there for about a year, and it looks really ...
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Black bit in olive oil

Should I be concerned about a tiny black bit in my olive oil? I thought maybe something fell into it or perhaps it's a bit of olive sediment. It looks like a very tiny flake of something the size of a ...
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Badly burned hand on pan sitting on unlit burner

Can a pilot light on a commercial stove cause a thin aluminium pan to get so hot it causes a palm burn bad enough to blister? The pan was moved for cleaning and was on the unlit burner for about 15-20 ...
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Can mold grow in vinegar?

I found this: The bottle has a best by date of 2022 and was opened a few months ago. Is that common that mold can grow in vinegar?
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Canned food, botulism and ph [duplicate]

Recently i started to do some home-made canning. The procedure I use is Use a pressure cooker to build the jars (cristal ones) for about 10 minutes at 120C. Cook my vegetables (normally tomatoes, ...
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About potassium bromate in bread

Why is potassium bromate in bread banned in almost all countries of the world except for countries in Africa?
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Storing olives that I seasoned

I bought vacuum packed green and black olives in brine. I drained them, seasoned with garlic, oregano, and dried chili. I put them in sterilized mason jars, topped with olive oil, and sealed the jars. ...
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When should I add fresh fruits in homemade yogurt?

I just bought an Instant Pot and want to use it to make yogurt. I found a recipe online for fresh fruit yoghurt that I want to try (https://recipes.instantpot.com/recipe/fresh-fruit-yogurt-in-the-...
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How Can One Safely (in a Manner That Rids of Toxins) Cook Red Kidney Beans in a Pressure Cooker?

Since the chili bean mix that I have includes red kidney beans, and since kidney beans contain a very high amount of toxin in them, and will cause severe gastrointestinal illness if the kidney beans ...
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​What is the purpose of salt in fermented vegetables?

I'm trying to stay low on sodium so I limit salt intake to minimum wherever possible (most of it comes from bread, fermented vegetables or a tiny dash here and there for seasoning) For vegetables I ...
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Can I serve a hot soup recipe as a chilled soup?

I make a spicy red pepper soup that is made with chicken stock. Is it ok to serve this soup chilled even though it has chicken stock in it. If I take it from the freezer, do I have to heat it first ...
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How can I know if it's worth cooking a Very Old (10 Years) Chili Bean Mixture Containing Red Kidney Beans?

I had 24-oz. bags of chili mix beans that consist of red kidney beans, navy beans, cranberry beans, and black beans, and which have been stored in our pantry in their original, unopened, plastic bag ...
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Dehydrating fruit/veg, temperature, and safety

I have a food dehydrator, which I've used in the past for chillies, apples and herbs. I intend to dry some tomatoes with it soon, a process that apparently takes about 8 hours at 60°C (140°F) ...
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Eating the same meal [closed]

Is there a meal or multiple meals I could rotate that would be safe to eat for 1 (or possibly more) meal(s) every day that would also stay good for up to a week? Ideally, this meal would be easy to ...
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Pre-making pastilla filling

I should start by stating my actual problem: this coming Rosh HaShannah, the latest I can buy fresh meat is on Thursday, but I need to serve it the following Monday. (Jewish holiday. I live in Israel, ...
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How do I tell if my fermented sauce has gone bad?

Related to another question of mine: I found this recipe for a lacto fermented hot sauce. Basically you take blended up chiles, 2.5% salt, water (not sure if necessary), and oak cubes (I kind of just ...
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Is my honey fermented?

I have a gallon of honey, stored in an ice cream bucket, that smells like sour krout and has little air bubbles all the way thru it. Should i consider it unsafe to use? will baking with it make it ...
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Is my tomato ketchup safe to eat?

I pressure cooked my tomato ketchup for 10 min, then simmered for 12 hours (internal temp 150 degrees).This was lower that I intended. Is it safe to now freeze it in small containers?
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Is cooked chicken brought to work but left unrefrigerated for 5 hours safe to eat? [duplicate]

I cooked chicken last night and stored it in the fridge right after. Today I brought in chicken in a glass container within my backpack and opened it 5 hours later. I put it in the microwave for 1 ...
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How to ensure quality control when cooking with or eating crickets?

Eating crickets seems to be a growing trend in the USA. I am quite familiar with beef, chicken, fish and their internal temperatures when cooking. I also understand that you don't need to cook ...
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Is very slow smoking of meat allowed commercially in the US?

Many Portuguese sausages, especially in the Trás-os-Montes region, are prepared by smoking for weeks or even months. Examples include chouriço, salpicão, paio, etc. I don't seem to be able to find ...
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Does a pan used for cooking scrambled eggs multiple times a day need to be washed with soap every time?

I have some very tight diet restrictions right now due to a medical issue. As a result I need to eat scrambled eggs three times a day. Here's my question: if I rinse the pan thoroughly each time do ...
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Small black spot on sourdough starter

I haven't fed my sourdough in about a month so I was going to feed it and I saw a black spot on the dough. I scooped it out and fed the sourdough.I'm worried if this could possibly be black mold and ...
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Is it possible to transfer E-O157 from simply touching something with contaminated hands?

Today I went to eat at a local hamburger chain with my family. It was the type of restaurant where you can clearly see the workers making and prepping the food. While observing them make our food, I ...
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Would toasting a croissant make it catch fire

Would toasting a croissant safe/ by accident with a person no paying attention would the croissant catch fire or would it just burn?
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Refrigeration of Cream Liquor

I recently bought a bottle of Jackson Morgan cream liquor. The alcohol content on the bottle is listed at 15%. After looking up when alcohol percentage becomes a preservative I found an article that ...
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Is it safe to store dry food products under the sink?

I'm in an apartment with limited kitchen storage space. I want to store some dry food products like tea, coffee, cereal, rice, etc. but the only place I found for them is basically under the sink (...
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Pithy sweet potatoes - okay to eat?

This sweet potato is spongy and slightly holey inside. Is this safe to eat? It's similar to this question, Holes inside a sweet potato, but mine is only slight pithy/holey. The outside is normal. ...
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Safe to freeze boiled/ blanched pork bones/ meat for future use to cook soup?

This is relating to Asian/ Chinese style soup/ broth cooking. I am a very busy person and do not have time to cook. I cook in a small kitchen with the basic crockeries. I usually do my groeceries ...
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What are the small yellow things on my cooked bacon

I cooked some bacon medallions yesterday, it was in date, didn't smell, and I had some of it, putting the rest in the fridge - by all accounts it was fine. This morning however, when I opened the ...
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Microwave Popcorn…Possible Mouse/Rat feces?

Maybe this is more of a health question, but I was eating some microwave popcorn and bit into a piece that just tasted absolutely terrible. Rest of the bag tasted like normal and wasn't overly burnt ...
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Is it safe to drink grain alcohol mixed with snake blood?

I was in Vietnam recently and I took a shot of grain alcohol mixed with blood from a freshly killed cobra. That was close to a month ago and I didn't die or get sick, but I'm wondering how dangerous ...
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Worms in salmon [duplicate]

I bought fresh wild salmon today and when I got it home there was a tiny, live worm clinging to the plastic wrap inside. I overcooked it to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. So that should be enough. My friend ...
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Bone broth question

Is it ok to partially cool chicken broth (prior to refrigerating ) with bones left in? I left my chicken broth on a low simmer overnight, the next morning my husband turned the stock off to cool… He ...
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Olive oil lid sealed properly?

Is this olive oil lid sealed and safe to use even though the side looks bumpy? It looks sealed at the top but do tiny dents or slight bulges on the side of the lid matter? It was covered with plastic ...
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How long will roasted vegetables in oil keep in the fridge? [duplicate]

This recipe says roasted tomato and garlic, put in a jar and covered in olive oil will keep for weeks in the fridge StillTasty says 3-5 days This guide says olive oil can only prevent discoloration/...
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A watermelon with a slight cut in it

Transported a fresh watermelon home in the car. It rolled off the seat onto the floor & got a slight cut in it. It sat our for 48 hours. The cut isn't deep & the heart of the melon seems ok. ...
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Do grains sold as animal feed meet the safety standards for human food?

I don't know if the safety standards for human and animal food crops are different or equivalent. Also, if they are different, by what magnitude do the limits for toxins and the like differ? As for ...
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Sanitizing fridge and freezer after days of no power

Coming back from 10-day vacation, we found that our fridge was off the whole time. Fruit and packaged ham in the fridge, veggies fruit and meat in the freezer. Oops. Obviously everything has thawed ...
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Can you roast soybeans directly in a popcorn popper or microwave?

Howdy, I just wanted to ask if it was possible to roast this type of soybean directly in a microwave popper contraption or a dedicated popcorn popper without any prior water work, just straight out ...
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Best practices for using taps while avoiding cross contamination

What are the best practices when it comes to touching taps while handling raw meat? I have germ related OCD issues so I end up avoiding using raw meat at all costs because in my head the following ...
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Cooking kidney beans in a slow cooker, how do I make sure they're safe?

I'm making 15 bean soup from a bagged dry bean mix that contains red kidney beans. Following the instructions, I soaked them overnight and threw out the water, but then thought I'd be clever and throw ...
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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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Flour is many years expired but still looks good

I have a bag of flour in my pantry that expired 3 years ago, but it looks and smells perfectly fine. Is it still safe to eat? EDIT: To clarify, today is July 3rd, 2018, and the flour best before date ...
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Can meat flavored tomato sauce be used without heating?

I saw similar questions but I can't comment as I'm new. Is there any tomato sauce with meat chunks? Can those be used without cooking?
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Home-made Burger buns food safety [closed]

How can I make burger buns that I can keep for a long time? I have tried making some, but fungus starts growing on them after just two days...
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Is nonstick cookware safe to use after overheating

I know that nonstick can release chemicals / gasses / toxins after being overheated but is it safe to use again once cooled? I have a frying pan I like a lot but it got overheated a few times - there ...
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Thawed frozen fresh strawberries, can i refreeze them

I left fresh strawberries, which I cleaned and froze, on the counter to thaw for 5 hrs by mistake. They mostly thawed. I want to know if I can refreeze them. I use them to blend them up in a meal ...
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Fully baked cookies in a 90 F car

I made some cookies about four days ago - a modification of a fairly standard chocolate chip cookie recipe augmented with cocoa powder in the dry ingredients, and marshmallows in the center. They are ...