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How is rare steak made safe to eat?

First, 145 °F (63 °C) and higher is the temperature for a well done steak. So, with the addition of carry-over cooking, your results don't surprise me. If you are shooting for rare, cook to an ...
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Food is still undercooked on cast iron

Your pan was too hot. Cast iron pans can get ripping hot (which is good) and retain heat very well (which is also good). But, on the other hand, if you have a thicker piece of meat and want medium ...
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In theory, is it possible to disinfect raw meat by washing it with soap?

No, you can't. Your assumptions are both wrong. The inside of a steak is sterile and the bacteria are only on the outside This isn't true. Bacteria enjoy eating stuff wherever they find it. There ...
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Is this yellow substance on my chicken meat a fat deposit, and is it ok?

According to this website (linked below) yellow fat is a good thing! Says it's "the result of a grass-based diet which is high in chlorophyll. The cartenoid beta carotene in the grass is the ...
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Salad packaged with raw meat: is it safe?

What you're looking at is called (in the US) "cross contamination". You have a food generally considered "unsafe" (beef) that is coming into contact with a food generally considered "safe" (salad ...
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What to do with forgotten, uncovered raw chicken in the freezer?

There’s no safety issue; frozen is frozen. It’s hard to tell from the colors in the photo but they do look a bit dehydrated. Assuming your freezer doesn’t smell weird, this would cause no taste ...
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Is this yellow substance on my chicken meat a fat deposit, and is it ok?

Home grown, free roaming, chicken can be recognized by those yellow deposits of fat, and by its meat being more firm to the bite, due to the muscles being actually used during the roaming. Source: I ...
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Salad packaged with raw meat: is it safe?

No, it's not safe to eat those greens without cooking, for exactly the same reason it's unsafe to eat the meat that's touching them without cooking it. If you have to cook the meat before eating to ...
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How to keep flies away from curing meat

Your second suggestion is best. When hunting, we always brought cheesecloth game bags into which to place the quarters, etc. They worked well at keeping flies off and allowing air circulation. I ...
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What cut of beef is "plat nerveux"?

Different countries can have very different names for their cuts of meat, and in some cases, there isn't an obvious/direct equivalent from a French cut to an American or English cut. If you look at a ...
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Is it safe to wash meat packaging before throwing it away?

Rinsing or washing the container is no worse than rinsing or washing a plate on which you have let your meat rest. But do it when you take your meat out, not a couple of hours later, to avoid spoilage ...
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Food is still undercooked on cast iron

The very short answer: You had bad temperature control. You have to leave meat on the skillet until the proper internal temperature is reached. If the outside burns before that, then you used too high ...
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Is ok to have boxes of raw chicken stacked on top of each other

This should be fine if there is no other food below the chicken wings. What you don't want is for the chicken to be in a position to contaminate other foods. General food service guide lines include: ...
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Is it safe to eat venison tartare from an animal that was harvested in the wild?

If you really want to eat that raw, freezing the meat at -4 deg F (-20°C) or lower for 30 days or more should kill most if not all the types of parasites found in deer. Different parasites die at ...
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Chicken or quail have black or dark red spots on the meat

It's just clotted blood. Quail is a far more game-y meat than chicken meaning there is much more muscle and you end up with a lot of dark meat. You get the same with truly free range chickens. This ...
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its harmful to eat not very well cooked beef?

I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice--just my view of the current best practices recommended by sources I trust. It depends on the kind of bacteria or parasites commonly found on the ...
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Why is there a sheet of paper in packages of minced meat?

The paper isn't for you. It's for the robots. Packaged ground meat like that is ground, portioned, and packaged automatically. The blocks of ground meat are formed by extruding them into an endless ...
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How to keep flies away from curing meat

My family often makes sun dried beef for African dishes and it is generally dried openly outdoors in the sun, so fly infestation is a frequent problem. The way they usually protect it is by placing ...
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How is rare steak made safe to eat?

One answer I didn't see above: (Edit: Well, it was there. Guess I missed it. Leaving this to cover details that were omitted) Cooking for safety is a function of temperature and TIME. For example, the ...
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Can you mix raw chicken and French fries dip them in the same flour batter?

As long as you are cooking both, as you suggest in your question, there is no danger. Any potential hazard will not survive the heat of cooking.
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Is it safe to cook raw meat (beef) and veggies in the same pan?

As long as you cook the meat thoroughly (i.e. if it reaches a safe temperature), most pathogens should be dead and it doesn't matter in which order you put the vegetables and the meat in. However, the ...
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What cut of beef is "plat nerveux"?

From your description- maybe its a hanging tender also called butchers cut. It's the muscle that supports the heart. Long (9-20 inches), cylindrical, no bones and very red like a liver or heart. May ...
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Is kangaroo meat safe to eat raw such as kangaroo tartare?

Kangaroo meat is recognised as a health risk - as it's a bush meat, and is butchered in field. It can take up to two weeks before it is transported to a processor where the testing regime (which ...
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Why is there a sheet of paper in packages of minced meat?

Can't tell from the picture, but in many places the "paper" is actually absorbent. It collects any juices, keeping things looking neat and tidy.
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How is rare steak made safe to eat?

The USDA recommends cooking many meats many That is your problem right there. This USDA guideline is one that, if followed, makes almost all meat safe to eat. Meaning that it caters to the lowest ...
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What does Gordon Ramsay mean when he says that defrosting chicken on a steam table can be lethal?

According to the USDA, this is considered unsafe: Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter, or in hot water and must not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. It’s not ...
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Raw meat in washing up water

You have a sensible approach, and for the right reasons. Food-borne illnesses don't die at the temperature your sink is at, to kill them you'd need water so hot you'd burn yourself, and even anti-...
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Is ok to have boxes of raw chicken stacked on top of each other

If the wings started under 40 and the refrigerator is under 40 then you are good. Say the wings are over 40 and you need to get them cooled in a certain period of time. Stacking would increase the ...
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Why is freshness more important for fish than beef?

Once an animal is dead, the enzymes in its own cells start degrading its tissue. Enzymatic reactions are complicated, and only work well within a narrow temperature range. Land animals have a body ...
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