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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

Unless if it's labelled "sushi-grade" or "sashimi-grade", they probably don't freeze it deeply enough, so I wouldn't recommend it as-is. This is because of Salmon's high risk of parasites. However, ...
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Why are chickpeas not sold fresh, like other vegetables, but only canned or dried?

Chickpeas are sold fresh. They just have a short season, and they're annoying to prepare, so you'll only find them in specialty markets unless you live in an area that eats a lot of chickpeas. In ...
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Is the yellow skin of a raw chicken indicating that it has been dyed?

The skin is yellow probably because the chicken was fed with maize. Age and race of the chicken are a factor, too. In Germany (and propably Europe) you can explicitly buy „Maishähnchen“ that is fed ...
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Why are chickpeas not sold fresh, like other vegetables, but only canned or dried?

Because that's when legumes are considered ripe - when they are dry. If you have ever grown and picked your own legumes, you'll know that they are left on the plant until fully ripened. At that point, ...
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UV lamp to disinfect raw sushi fish slices

That is an interesting idea, but I would not recommend it. It is true that UV light is able to kill microorganisms, and it has been used to treat water for quite some time now. It has also been used ...
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Why do most people use old white cabbage for coleslaw?

The primary factor determining toughness in supermarket cabbage is effectively cultivar, not age. While cabbage does get a little tougher as it grows, that doesn't matter to the consumer because ...
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Eating cookie dough

To make cookie dough to eat raw you have a couple of choices: Leave the eggs out Use pasteurized eggs I'm not sure how Ben and Jerry's make theirs, but I suspect it is by pasteurizing at some point ...
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How to eat raw brown rice, yellow peas, black beans

Assuming you don't cook in excess water then drain it away, there's not a difference in nutritional value here, you're just not comparing the same amount of rice. Raw, uncooked rice and beans are dry....
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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

If you can't find details then it's pretty likely it is not sushi safe, and I would certainly make that assumption. Sushi safe freezing would add extra costs and Ikea is all about low costs. Plus, it ...
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Is the yellow skin of a raw chicken indicating that it has been dyed?

In the EU to call a chicken "corn chicken" you need to tick some boxes while growing it: fodder must be AT LEAST 50% corn. fodder cannot contain anything GMO-ed. chicken must be free ranged ...
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Raw dough storage

Options With yeast-leavened dough, there are two approaches you can take: par-bake refrigerate With chemically-leavened dough, you can't refrigerate, but you get a third option: don't mix. (...
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UV lamp to disinfect raw sushi fish slices

Partial answer, but here are some important facts before someone gets hurt: Germicidal UV (UV-C) lamps are NOT the same as blacklight/anti-counterfeit/tanning (UV-A/UV-B) lamps. Parasites and ...
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

As I explained in another question recently, there is no meaningful answer to this. There is no way to make the prediction "you have a X percent chance of infection per parasite infested meal". ...
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Store raw broccoli

If the broccoli come wrapped in plastic, leave them wrapped until you consume them. As can be read in this interesting blog (in Italian), broccoli are among the veggies with the highest gas exchange ...
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Does freezing raw milk kills harmful bacteria present in the milk?

No, freezing in a normal home freezer does not kill bacteria. They typically just enter a dormant state and reactivate as soon as you thaw the milk. Freezing a safe food extends the storage life, but ...
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Ate raw beef patty that I microwaved for 2 mins first, Is it safe?

You can cook meat products in a microwave, and be safe, but you need to make sure they're fully cooked. Microwave ovens vary a lot in both their power output and how evenly they cook, so 2 minutes ...
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How does one know if one can eat raw saltwater fish?

Because you know you have previously frozen the fish. A lot of shop bought "fresh" fish is likely to have been frozen and defrosted, before sale. Often there is legislation about freezing ...
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If the supermarket farmed salmon says "Not for raw consumption" on the label, can I still use it to make sushi?

Can I still use it for sushi/sashimi? Assuming you mean the standard raw-fish preparation method, no. When the label points out clearly not for raw consumption, believe it or not, it's not even worth ...
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Why do the Japanese eat a lot of raw fish?

I did a little bit of digging on the topic and found this TapTrip blog post: A brief history of Sushi: why do japanese eat raw fish? It also references a Cultura Bunka article in Portuguese called Uma ...
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Is raw honey safe to consume?

I'm a beekeeper who produces and sells raw unfiltered honey, so here's the scoop. The US Food and Drug Administration had two standards for liquid honey: Filtered and Strained. If liquid honey is not ...
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Leaving raw chicken uncovered for a day

Food kept at refrigeration temperatures is relatively safe. Any potential pathogens can not jump or fly about without something to propel them. Dripping can potentially contaminate. Cooking can ...
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UV lamp to disinfect raw sushi fish slices

Limitation with the UV wand is that is only kills bacteria on the surface. If bacteria is present on the surface of the fish then it is could also be present inside the fish. If the bacteria ...
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Can you pasteurize flour at home?

In principle, I don't see why you couldn't take the flour to safe temperatures just like any other food. You'd have to reach temperatures which break down proteins, something like 165 F or 75 C should ...
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Store raw broccoli

As L.Dutch already wrote, if it's in plastic, keeping it in there is probably the best way of storing it, as their blog post states that broccoli wrapped that way can remain fresh for up to 20 days ...
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Is raw honey safe to consume?

This answer is an extension to Anpan's which is correct, this is just to mention an edge case, that being poisoning (not due to botulism which is easily handled by an adult stomach). The first of the ...
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How risky is it to eat raw flour, as in uncooked dough?

Does eating raw flour or doughs containing raw flour pose a significant food safety risk (i.e., greater than other dry goods or ingredients in your kitchen)? Yes, as the level of bacteria has not ...
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How risky is it to eat raw flour, as in uncooked dough?

I usually go to CDC for stuff like this: Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Flour Case Count: 42 States: 21 Deaths: 0 Hospitalizations: 11 Recall: ...
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Dissolving xylitol in a raw, home-made chocolate

I believe that sugars are usually suspended in chocolate by emulsion - emulsifiers, like soy lecithin, are sometimes commercially used and may improve sugar staying suspended in the chocolate - which ...
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Can you pasteurize flour at home?

I recently ran across this interesting article about using a sous vide to make safe-to-eat raw cookie dough. According to the article, flour needs to be brought to 160 F to make it safe for raw ...
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What is the safest way to acquire non-alkalized cocoa powder?

Without actually being able to access the ConsumerLab report you mentioned, it's difficult to know what meets your definition of safe. Scharffen Berger natural cocoa is one option. It has 1g fat per ...
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