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Questions about safety as it relates to food as well as cooking processes and kitchen equipment.

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Is it safe to eat canned tomatoes when the lid popped inwards on opening?

I opened a store bought can ("tin") of diced tomatoes with a "pull top" lid, and unusually as I did I heard a noticeable popping noise. The lid appears to have bent inward ...
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Sushi Salmon left uncovered overnight in fridge safe to eat?

I thawed raw sushi salmon the day before and then wrapped it in papertowels and put it in the fridge overnight, but I forgot to put a lid on the container. It the salmon still safe to eat? Since the ...
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When corn starch is added to icing sugar, has it been cooked?

My icing (powdered) sugar has 97% sugar and 3% "maize starch". Answers to a recent question accidentally ate raw corn starch say that corn starch, like wheat flour, is meant to be cooked ...
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What is the brown wormlike stuff on the outer edges inside my boiled egg?

I almost ate the whole egg before noticing this gross thing I have never seen before. I feel stomach upset in near future!?
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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 it safe if I use house hold scissors instead of special kitchen scissors?

I used scissors to cut a straw for my hydroflask, then I drank out of it. Is is safe if I used plain household scissors? I rinsed the straw before I drank out of it, right after using the scissors to ...
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Is this safe to eat? [duplicate]

I am immunocompromised. Is this safe to eat? https://emalm.com/?v=Fn4vm Look at its texture. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS RAW OR COOKED. What it is: 5 organic medium egg yolks + 80g organic cow butter. ...
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Home canning coffee?

I've decided i'd prefer to make my own coffee and can it to have on hand when i'm in a pinch then get a bottle of cold brew at the grocery to store in the car. I wonder if anyone else has experience ...
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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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Why do we need to reheat food?

Among family, I have found radically different approaches to reheating food that has already been fully cooked. Some will not eat last night's leftovers unless they have been microwaved to the point ...
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is my beet/horseradish relish safe? I changed the recipe

It called for cooked shredded beets, raw chopped cabbage, horseradish, sugar and salt, packed in jars and cover w. vinegar.Nothing else. That seemed inadequate, so I added a cup of vinegar to the mix, ...
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Would some dry herbs sprinkled on the surface prevent water from superheating in the microwave?

I know about the risks of superheating water in a microwave (and some countermeasures), but suppose that someone didn’t have any sort of wooden skewer, tooth pick, or something like that to act as a ...
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Day 3 My Preserved Limes Are Not Filling the Jar

I packed all the nearly quartered limes I had tightly into a quart jar with plenty of salt. When I finished, there was about 1/3 of the jar empty. I put them in the dark cupboard because I didn't know ...
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How might these prawns have been cooked?

Bought these prawns from Tesco. It says already cooked but not how, would these typically have been steamed or baked etc.? When it says ready to eat, does that mean nothing the same way that raw fish ...
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Safe bottles for fermented liquids

I have some kombucha scoby that I let go way too long (had to leave town for a bit, new job…) and it has gone to vinegar. I would hate to just throw it out as it’s delicious vinegar. I’d like to give ...
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What are the safety and warranty implications of steaming bread in a domestic oven?

There are lots of recipes online that suggest mimicking commercial bread ovens by using a water bath and or ice cubes to create a hot, steamy baking environment. I have always been very wary of doing ...
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Is it safe to use an enamel/cast iron Dutch oven with small cracks and worn enamel

I have a few-years old enamel/cast iron Dutch oven. I haven’t looked after it that well, and the inside is showing small cracks (crazing), and there is some grey discolouration which looks almost like ...
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Can you boil vegetables along with eggs?

When boiling eggs if you also want to boil vegetables it might be more efficient to boil them with the eggs rather then use more water and another pan. Is it safe to do this or should one boil the ...
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safety of using chamotte stone from hardware supplies store for baking

Should I be concerned about heavy metal poisoning when I use said chamotte stone in an electric home oven? The dough would be placed directly on the hot stone. I didn't want to buy a dedicated Baking ...
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How's it safe to line a wok with foil?

Please see the green arrow. Step 1 below unsettles me...isn't it a fire hazard? Once the wok heats up, won't the foil burn? Even catch on fire? Seafood Basics: 86 Recipes Illustrated Step by Step (...
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How long can a virus (e.g. SARS-COV2) survive in food?

I was wondering how long a coronavirus (or viruses in general, because there's probably not that info available on coronavirus in food yet) inside food? When Googling this question I find a lot of ...
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Non toxic glowing food or drink

Is there a way to make a chemiluminescencent reaction that is safe for consumption by humans? That is to say is it possible to make an item of food or drink that glows and is at worst non toxic? There ...
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Is a portable Wok burner safe (indoors)

My Condo only has an electric stove, an no gas lines. I was looking to get a portable propane burner for a wok, so that I could effectively cook (I use it daily). Is this something that is safe to do ...
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What happened to this pot

I just bought a new cheap pot. Put some water in it, boiled it and noticed the pot up to its water level turned dark. I was thinking maybe the metal coating was peeling off and leaking into the ...
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Are bonded stainless pans safe to use if they make knocking sounds?

We were gifted a set of Cuisanart stainless steel (impact bonded) pots and pans last Winter and use them fairly heavily for cooking at home. We just started to notice however that a few of the smaller ...
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How does one know if one can eat raw saltwater fish?

As I go spearfishing a lot, I have always lots of fish at home. After testing a variety of recipes, I was thinking of trying some sushi variations (sashimi, maki, uramaki, nigiri, tempura rolls). ...
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Why did my marinated chicken literally almost fall apart before cooking them?

I put a wing sauce (spicy) and seasonings (salt, pepper, Italian, paprika) on chicken tenderloins, put them in a ziploc bag and sat in the counter why I did a couple of things, NO longer than 15 ...
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Is it safe to use a stainless steel pan after making salt and vinegar brine in it?

I used my stainless steel pan to dissolve salt in a 30% vinegar/salt solution to kill weeds outside. After the salt dissolved I let the solution cool. This stripped the shiny surface of the pan. ...
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Lysol on microwave, how to clean off?

Honestly, I’m still learning about some cleaning products. I made an approximately 10% Lysol 90% water solution, dipped a small paper towel into it, and wiped all exterior sides (no interior) of a ...
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Sugar with vegetable oil safe?

During my move to a new home a 10lb bag of granulated pure cane sugar had some vegetable oil drip onto it. After 2 days when I observed that I took the sugar out of its paper bag and put it into a ...
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Cracked egg leaves egg white residue. Should I worry about the other eggs?

I had an egg crack in the carton and cover the other eggs with egg white. I consider the cracked egg a lost cause, but what about the splash damage? Are the eggs that have received an inadvertent egg ...
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Melted plastic wrap in oven at high temp

Tonight I preheated my oven, forgetting that I had some dough proofing inside. The dough was sitting in a glassware bowl covered with glad cling wrap and the oven reached about 350F before I realized ...
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Freezing boiled octopus

I've bought a frozen fresh octopus. As most recipes suggest I'm planning to boil it, and then char it on the grill. The problem is that it's pretty huge and we are only 2 people. Would it be ok if I ...
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Is my microwave damaged if I can smell the food inside it?

I think I can smell the food inside my microwave. Is that bad? I figured it's not necessarily unsafe, since you only need a cage to block the microwaves from escaping, but I'm not familiar with the ...
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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 store bought cans leach plastics like BPA into the food, I want to avoid using it. What are jars/cans, preferably reusable that you can put inside ...
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What percent of the inside lining of the Instant Pot actually stainless steel? [closed]

I’ve tried 2 intant pots and both pitted with first use. The 2nd pot I never added salt to the recipe, made the squash soup recipe from the booklet and used vegan liquid buillion and washed pot ...
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Canning salsa without a hot water bath [duplicate]

I just started canning hot peppers last year. This year I am canning salsa. I boil the jars, lids, and rings just before I seal the jar. I make 3 pints at at time. I combine all my ingredients and add ...
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Is it safe to use a HydroFlask (vacuum flask) with scratches on the inside?

When I was washing my HydroFlask out before the first use, I put a wet paper towel on the inside of the bottle and used the handle of wooden spoon to push the towel around the very bottom. When I took ...
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Stainless steel pan

It's stainless steel pan. After using it for steaming chicken, fish, the pan has got brown/stains (pls see picture). Cannot be removed with baking soda and stains are smooth. Should I continue to use? ...
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Scratched coating in old ice-cream maker: is it safe?

I got an old ice-cream maker at a thrift store (Vitantonio's Gelato Modo II). The bowl has a Teflon coating. There is a chip in the bottom about half the size of a dime, below which there appears to ...
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Why does my store brand butter break apart

I've been buying my store brand butter for a while now. For the past while, I've noticed that when I open the butter and slice it, it falls apart in a chunky way. Sometimes as if there were a ...
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How does this kebab products ensure fat stays inside meat while maintaining a safe temp?

The product in question is this: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/humza-meat-charcoal-kebab-x8-400g It contains 17g of fat per 100 grams. The fat content suggests it hasn't been cooked ...
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Is it safe to cook in a grill\oven that is rarely cleaned?

I don't grill or oven often and there always seems to be dirt and crumbs left over from long ago. it's a mammoth task to clean so i dont clean it. i just think provided the food sits on foil paper ...
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Safe to switch from warm to high on poultry in crock pot [duplicate]

I put 6 fresh Foster Farms ‘legs’ (drumstick attached to thigh) , with skin removed, into my daughters crockpot , along with onion, celery, fresh herbs and filled with water to make my good chicken ...
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Worried about raw eggs, Salmonella, and pasta maker.

I recently got a pasta maker as a gift. The instructions clearly say to NEVER use water on it. My main concern is the raw egg in the pasta dough. How do I make sure the pasta maker is safe for future ...
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Found a kind of worm in my rice bag, what should I do? [duplicate]

I poured some rice from a bag into a glass and noticed there was a worm(which looked like the rice) moving around in the rice. How did it get there, would it have been packed in or would it have ...
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