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Food Safety

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

Stop Rinsing Your Raw Meat Before You Cook It—Here's Why

Should you rinse your steak, chicken, pork, or other meat before you cook it? No! It can be so tempting when you yank your glistening, bloody T-bone from its sealed plastic package with a snap, or unwrap...
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Left cheese out overnight; unsafe?

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by aynrandgirl 11 years ago

I accidentally left some still factory-sealed cheese on the counter overnight rather than putting it in the refrigerator like I'm supposed to. Is it now unsafe to eat?

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Arsenic in Some Bottled Water Brands at Unsafe Levels

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by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

Of the 130 brands tested by Consumer Reports, six that had 3 ppb (the maximum amount Consumer Reports recommends for bottled water which below the Food and Drug Administration’s 10 ppb limit.) or h...

Slimy kimchi / raw milk

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by Bob_B 20 days ago

I "make" my kimchi using as a starter a jar of the kimchi I buy at my farmer's market. I add veggies of many kinds and then turmeric, sea salt, pepper. Let ferment for a few days to perhaps ten. ...

Turmeric Storage / Uses

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by Googie00 23 days ago

Asking for a friend... Said friend has become obsessed with turmeric, and because of this has approx 6kgs of the stuff available to harvest right now. It would be very difficult for her to use t...

So, I Just Ate ___ That Had a Best By Date of ___ and Lived to Post About it

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by treb 6 months ago

I thought this might be fun to post about. There's a lot of hullabaloo about best used by dates, and expired dates on products. We see tons of threads about this on CH everyday!! I just fo...

One man ate 'expired' food for a year, and he's just fine

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by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . Last year, Mom’s Organic Market founder and CEO Scott Nash did something many are afraid to do: He ate a cup of yogurt months after its expiration date. And then tortillas a year past their...

King Arthur Flour Recall

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by JerkPork 1 month ago

Recall of King Arthur Flour, based in Vermont. I'm in Montreal and have purchased this in the past in Burlington and Plattsburgh.

Cooking frozen cod fish

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by codmeister 1 year ago

I am trying to bake frozen Costco cod fillets. The directions say to pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, thaw the fillet, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the internal temp. is 145 degrees. ...

Meat ball holding

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by kris088 2 months ago

So I am planning to open up a meatball food stand serving different kind of meat balls (pork, beef, chicken etc), and a few number of sauces to go along with it. The idea is a customer can just ...

Cooked hamburgers left out - can they be eaten?

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by cackalackie 12 years ago

We grilled out burgers yesterday and set up the buffet inside the house. When I was putting things away a few hours later, I realised the leftover hamburgers were still sitting out. How long do you...

Can I Use Box Organic Chicken Broth After Opening?

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by cgxy96 3 months ago

I opened a box of organic chicken stock that comes in a box 3 months ago but barely used a quarter of it. It has been in the fridge the whole time of opening. Can I still use it?

Off white ground pork that smells like cheese its

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by novicecrafter 3 months ago

I bought it from the discount bin and it had some off white around the edges. I froze on the sell by date. When thawed the top layer was off white. Not exactly grey. But it smells like cheese it's....

Concerned: I reheated wedges from room temperature?

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by Jarod 3 months ago

Hi everyone, I have a question, I just came to the realisation of what I have done. This week in work has been stressful and so tiring that today on my day of I fell asleep after cooking tortell...

Reheating stuffed monkey bread

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by Nannouse 3 months ago

I was asked to make cream cheese stuffed monkey bread, I can only make it the night before, and you recommendations on heating instructions? I'm assuming because it's stuffed with cream cheese that...

Question about keeping home made salsa

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by borisabrams 3 months ago

Hey all, i am new cooking Mexican salsa (had enough of overpriced store-brought nonsense). I have been cooking my way through Gabriela Camara's new book, My Mexico City Cookbook. She has a recip...

Roast beef safety

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by Meeskeit 3 months ago

Made roast beef on Friday. Chopped leftovers & cooked in gravy, onions & wine etc to make base for cottage pie. How long can I keep in fridge or should I freeze.

how long does stock keep in the frig?

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by mschow 11 years ago

I made some homemade chicken stock 2 weeks ago and have not used it all up. It's been refrigerated and kept in a ceramic container in the frig. How long will this stay good, or is it already spoi...

Is it safe to eat these oysters?

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by Brillig 1 year ago

Two weeks ago, my mother bought two pints of oysters at Costco. They look just like this: http://swede.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a7d7b7c3970b0147e039dc40970b-750wi The "Sell By" date is today, and w...

Cooking sprouted almonds and lentils - safety

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by borisabrams 3 months ago

Hey there! I recently started trying to cut the levels of phytic acid in my diet down (maybe I am over reacting?). I brought some TrueRoots sprouted lentils. I then discovered that sprouts can ...

How long can apple cider last if I boil it everyday?

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by lisaleira 4 months ago

I have this spiced apple cider I made that has to live in the fridge for now. If I boil it in it’s little sauce pot every day, how long will it last unspoiled?