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Is it bad to refrigerate cut up onions?

Can we store cut up onions in the fridge or do onions go bad in the fridge? Do they become poisonous? Can onions be safely stored in the refrigerator after peeling? Also how can you tell if an onion ...
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Does re-heating something “reset” the spoil timer? [duplicate]

I cooked a lot of pasta sauce a few days back, and have much of it in my fridge. I intent to use it all shortly, and would prefer to not freeze it. If I heat it back up in a pot, and let is cook all ...
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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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Fridge door opened [duplicate]

The refrigerator door in our travel trailer came open & some of the things got warm. Is it OK to use Terry Ho's Yum Yum Sauce after it's gotten warm? thanks
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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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Is the sink or float test for eggs accurate?

I recently read that the sink-or-float test to see if eggs are still good is not a very reliable judge; eggs float because as they age the eggs lose moisture and air replaces it. That’s what I read. ...
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Half and half cream already curdled in a fresh carton

What could be going on here? On several occasions recently, I have purchased small (half pint) cartons of half-and-half (10%) cream. The "out" date on the carton is at least four weeks into the future....
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How do I know the lentils have gone bad?

I brought brown lentil two months ago now when I cooked them under pressure they remained in the same form as before not even slight swelled look as normally brown lentils swell up slightly. The gravy ...
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How can I rehydrate a dried navel orange?

I have a lot of navel oranges which are slightly dry inside. Is there a way to rehydrate these? How?
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Advice on how I can make my own 1 cal cooking spray like frylight

I've been using frylight for years, but I'm trying to swap to a healthier version with no chemicals. I've been doing some research on the internet and some people have talked about making their own ...
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unsalted food, how long will it last in the fridge? [duplicate]

Starches like rice, or proteins like chicken, cooked without any added salt or seasonings or oil, how long will they last and are they safe to eat in this form?
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How to find/properly cook fresh Baby Squids?

So, I've had some difficulties with Squid. I think my favorite style of squid is the type you can find at a Chinese Buffet - big chunks of squid, where a slice of a tentacle can be the size of your ...
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Safe to eat chicken if curd marinade starts to smell? [duplicate]

I marinated 2kg chicken with curd for 2 hours, cooked it (was 12 in the night by then) allowed it to cool over a cold night and by morning 9am, put it in the fridge. Ate some pieces and felt it could ...
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Home made ranch dressing has bubbles. Is it bad?

I recently started making my own Ranch dressing. It tastes great, but last night when I took it out of the fridge I noticed it had a few bubbles at the surface--similar to what you might see with some ...
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Fluffy white stuff on muffins?

I got banana nut muffins from Walmart and its best by date is 11/3/17. It's now a day passed its date and I was about to eat one 'til I found small white fluffy "cotton" all around the muffin, even ...
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Can ginger root that's gone bad hurt you if you eat it?

We use ginger root with a mixture of lemon and other ingredients. Can ginger root that's gone bad hurt you if you eat it?
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

I have a confession to make. I was lazy, I didn't think it would cause any harm, but it did. And now they are back. The fruit flies have taken over my kitchen, and I need help fighting them. Story: ...
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Is it safe to store unopened Gatorade in 78 degrees Fahrenheit?

I keep a home temperature during the weekdays of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and 73 during the evenings and nights. I have 6 gallons of unopened Gatorade bottles stored above the kitchen shelves. Is it safe ...
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weird smelling chicken [closed]

I have noticed a smell in cooked chicken that sometimes appears and it is nothing like the hydrogen sulphide from spoiled eggs. It's not a pleasant odor but isn't offensive enough to make you spit out ...
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Is it normal this white substance in my canned green peas?

I just opened a can of petit pois and I found them covered in this white, gooey substance, as opposed (or maybe better "in addition") to the usual clear liquid. I don't think I have seen it before. I ...
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How long is yogurt good after the best by date? [duplicate]

I have a large, unopened container of yogurt that is a couple weeks past the best by date and I wondering if it is safe to eat. It still smells fine. How long past the best by date is yogurt usually ...
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3 day old steak turning brown from the inside out

I have a 10oz. steak I cut 3 days ago. It was stored on peach paper, which is oxygenated. It is beginning to brown from the inside out. The exterior is fine, no slime, no odour. But when cooked, it ...
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My hot sauce pops

I am a hot sauce producer and I'm dealing with some problems that I think have to do with the hot weather. When I finish my sauce (processed with a fruit-based paste and put in plastic bottles to ...
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Why did my whole milk go bad faster than skim milk?

Why did my whole milk curdle and get yucky and smell before my skim milk when left out? I thought it was supposed to be the opposite.
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Should I be worried about a dark red spot on my acorn squash?

When I split open the acorn squash, there was a large blood-red spot with small white spots in the middle. My best guess is it's rot or mold. I cut it out, leaving plenty of the normal golden flesh ...
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What should roasted pistachio oil smell like?

I've had a bottle of roasted pistachio oil sitting in my refrigerator for about two years now, that someone gifted me. Every day I open the refrigerator and it stares at me. Today I decided that ...
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What effect does heat have on cooking oil shelf life?

I'm referring to any/all cooking oils. I am wondering what temperatures cause significant degradation in quality or rancidity.
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Can I simply soak fruit and vegetables in water for several hours to sanitize them?

To optimize my time as much as possible, I would like to know if I can simply put them in water and leave them there for a while. This would help if there are lots of fruits and vegetables to be ...
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bread that does not get moldy

How can a bread have an expiration date of one year into the future?? The bread in questions is Deutsche Küche rye bread (from Aldi). Yes, it is a dense bread, but it is not dry like a cracker, so ...
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Is raw brined pork with a very slight yellow tint and is no longer limp spoiled?

I put some pork chops in a brine solution almost 48 hours ago, put it in a metal bowl, covered the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and stuck it all in the fridge. I pulled it out to wash, but I ...
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Vacuum-packed unfrozen Polish sausage left out overnight. Safe to eat or not? [duplicate]

I left a new, vacuum-packed Polish sausage (kiełbasa) out accidently overnight. Should I toss it or cook it and eat it?
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Will skim milk powder go bad when mixed with peanut butter?

I love to make those peanut butter energy balls to take with me on camping trips, or even a day fishing or after a long run. If I add skim milk powder to them is there anything that will make the skim ...
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How long do unrefrigerated opened canned peppers last? [duplicate]

I received a couple homemade cans of banana peppers that were canned with a jalapeno in each for some extra heat. I absolutely love the taste of them, but I am curious how long they can last once ...
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Flies in my bag of bread - bad bread?

I just bought a loaf of sliced bread from the corner store (couldn't make a trip to the grocery store today) and when I opened the bag, there were two tiny flies in it, still alive. The flies have ...
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Making a sausage and letting it dry out in the fridge

I got a kg of ground beef and put two tablespoons of salt with it. I also put a lot of spices, stuff like paprika, black pepper, allspice, tumeric, lots of garlic, and two tbsp vinegar. This is ...
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How do we keep our roasted cashews from smelling bad eventually?

We are from a small manufacturing unit and do roasting and packing of cashews. After roasting we pack them in polypropylene pouches with nitrogen flushing. But after 2-3 months cashews are smelling ...
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Sealed whey protein container past its use by date - is it still usable?

I've had an accident that made me stop training for quite some time and I ended up with a sealed - never used nor opened - whey protein pot that expired Oct/2015. Considering it's a powder and the ...
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Any health risk eating cold refrigerated pizza?

I love eating cold pizza leftovers straight from the fridge. Someone recently told me that you should always reheat leftover pizza to kill off any bad bugs that could be growing in there. Is there any ...
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Why does my ricotta cheese go bad in a few days?

No matter if I buy my ricotta by weight or by package it goes bad (funky smell, the puddle of cheese water gets grainy, some yellow tint on the sides of the cheese, losing its mellow sweet taste) ...
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How can I tell if my palm oil is rancid?

I've purchased a sustainable brand and have read about it's nutrition and use. It was stored in a cool, dark cupboard and I haven't used any yet. I opened the jar last week and it has a sharpish ...
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What is the approximate shelf life for herbal infused olive oil, coconut oil, glycerin, or vinegar?

What is the estimated shelf life (assuming you keep it in a dark place) for: 1)herbal infused olive oil? coconut oil? 2)herbal infused vinegar 3)herbal extract made from 50% glycerin in water (and ...
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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licking spoon and putting back in the food

Recently had some guest at my house - while I was in another room one of the guest was sampling the food repeatedly and put the spoon from mouth back in the food. Is this a health concern? Does the ...
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Transporting chicken between refrigerators - how long is too long? [duplicate]

My work lunch routine currently consists of cooking chicken over the weekend and refrigerating it, then cutting up a piece and adding it with rice and vegetables in a refrigerated, sealed tupperware ...
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“Acetone” smell on bread

I sometimes buy a brand of multi-grain salt-free bread *. After 2-3 days, it gets a very distinct smell of acetone, like paint stripper or nail polish remover. If I toast the bread, the smell goes ...
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Raspberry Infused Vodka

I recently discovered a number of bottles of raspberry infused vodka in my grandmother's basement. They are all many years old, and I'm wondering if they're still safe to drink. They seem to have a ...
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How long can raw fish be kept if it has been thawed in the refrigerator? [duplicate]

I bought fish, repackaged and froze it immediately when I got home. My husband thawed it in the refrigerator (without my knowledge) for 2-3 days. I was afraid of the possibility of food poisoning and ...
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Safety of adding dried hot pepper to opened jar of pickles

I have a particular brand of jarred pickles I buy from a local supplier. They're some kind of beer pickle, and the brine has a vinegar and IPA type of taste, and it's loaded with garlic and dill. Very ...
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How long can food last if reheated periodically? [duplicate]

Say I fixed some stew that's been in the refrigerator for around three days. Will putting that stew in a pot, heating it up to around 170F (77C), and letting it simmer for a while make it last longer ...
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can maple syrup be refrigerated after it was out for a few days?

I opened Adirondack pure maple syrup a few days ago. It didn't say to refrigerate, so I didn't. When I googled it, it said that it should be refrigerated. Can I still do that? If I may not use it ...