Food Safety

Safety first! Ask Chowhounds for advice on all kinds of food safety questions, like refrigeration, meat storage, and more.


Why does cooked chicken smell bad after being refrigerated?

by Bidnezz 12 years ago

I cook chicken breast at home and then take the leftovers to work. I usually put it on a salad, and often when I open up the container to eat my lunch it smells almost sulphuric. I've noticed this ...

What was wrong with the 夫妻肺片 Ox Tongue & Tripe w. Spicy Pepper Sauce I just ate?

by irbaboon 17 days ago

I love authentic Chinese food and I am especially fond of offal and other variety meats.So I was very excited to try a new Chinese restaurant in my town. I ordered 夫妻肺片 Ox Tongue & Tripe w. Spicy ...

My roast chicken w red near thigh bone - is the whole chicken bad?

by lisaleira 2 years ago

Hello!! I just roasted a whole chicken and I didn't use a meat thermometer to check the thigh, I just cooked it for about an hour at 425 or 450, it seemed and smelled done. I just had some of t...

Leaving out cut onions, not safe?

by limepop73 15 days ago

There’s a food blogger who makes “marinated onions” in a bowl and she leaves them out for days at a time on her counter. I thought leaving out cut onions on refrigerated was a food safety iss...

Raw, packaged chicken in fridge with Sell by March 4 and Sell by March 12 dates

by yippee1999 17 days ago

Hi all. So about 4 days ago I bought some chicken from the refrigerated cases at two different stores. They've been in my fridge for about 4-5 days. One pkg says 'Sell by March 4' and the other ...

Costco Ahi tuna...sushi grade?

by cleopatra999 6 years ago

I am assuming the ahi tuna at Costco is not sushi grade. I am wanting to make ahi poke, and most of the recipes call for sushi grade tuna. Any problems with using the Costco Ahi in it?

Bugs in Rice-Is it still edible?

by iLoveFood 13 years ago

I have a giant bag of jasmine reice I bought a few months ago and it now has these tiny little gray bugs in it. Some are dead and others are alive and when I rinse my rice they float to the surfac...

How long does a raw chicken sausage from butcher last?

by cook2474 23 days ago

I bought a chicken sausage from a local butcher five days ago and totally forgot I had it. Is it still safe to cook or did I wait to long. It’s also a stuffed one that has cheese and tomato sauce i...

Slightly pink burger?

by toastedtoast 2 months ago

The burger seemed to have a slight pink tint to it but not really undercooked. Do you think it can make me sick?

Cooked shredded chicken safe to eat?

by toastedtoast 1 month ago

I went to Byerly’s to pick up some shredded rotisserie chicken for a recipe. It was precooked and they had it in a cooler but there was a thermometer in the cooler and it read 45 degrees. I knows t...

Cheese storage?

by toastedtoast 1 month ago

I have some Colby Jack cheese sticks that I put in the side of the fridge. The fridge is at 38 degrees but I’m wondering if this part gets a little warmer. Should I continue to store it here?

Buttermilk Out Overnight

by JerkPork 1 month ago

Title says it all? Toss or keep? I know, it's only $3. It's not the cash but I didn't get a chance to go but another one today.

Cast iron in overnight dishes

by lacoet55 1 month ago

Hi, Could somebody please tell me if it’s ok to leave a breakfast casserole soaking overnight in a cast iron skillet to have it ready to bake the next morning? Below is the exact recipe I’m ...

Pink Slime Is Back as "Ground Beef"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . Though ABC made the term 'pink slime' famous, the network didn’t actually coin it. The term originated with a USDA microbiologist, David Zirnstein, who used it in a 2002 email to agency sta...

Cocktail Safety

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . There are a surprising number of cocktail components and procedures to be worried about. The website’s index lists more than 60, including fat-washing, in which a spirit is mixed with the o...

Fridge 59 degrees and cooked hamburgers

by Meandher 7 months ago

Our fridge is on the brink. It is keeping 50 degrees. We stored cooked hamburgers yesterday in it and reheated today in microwave and ate. Now, I am panicky that we will be sick. Please, help.

Chili left out all night. Would you eat it?

by SeattleK 10 years ago

Hubby and I just made a new pot of turkey chili last night around 8 p.m. It was left on the stove to cool and we forgot about it when we went to bed. I got up this morning at 7 a.m. and - after c...

How to store Greek yogurt muffins?

by TimtheTatMan 2 months ago

I made a dozen muffins with Greek yogurt in them. I left them out for a few days are they ok to eat or did they need to be refrigerated?