Food Safety

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

How Long Can Potato Salad Sit Out Before It Makes You Sick?

Potato salad is safe to leave out of the refrigerator for one to two hours max—but it's not the mayonnaise that will make you sick. Leaving potato salad out at room temperature may be one of the oldest...

Picking up Food - Cooks weren't wearing mask

by dave_c 14 days ago

I called in an order and went to pick up the food. I noticed nobody was wearing mask - the cashier, the people in the kitchen. Got a couple salads and some cooked food. I was kind of shocked. M...

Food is Life

by fortheloveoffood1 2 years ago

I've been thinking much about food these days. Up until early this year, I thought plants felt no pain. Now, after doing some research, I have found they have many characteristics similar to humans...

Panic buying has begun in my area. Grocery stores in my area are crazy and empty

by mushroomaffairs 3 months ago

I know this had been going on in other areas of the country but I went to Stop & Shop and Trader Joes and was stunned by how empty the entire stores were. I had never seen anything like it. Usual...

Sneeze on hands, then empty dishwasher?

by boaviagem 15 days ago

Saw it this morning. Step 1 - sneeze on hands. Step 2 - empty dishwasher. Like I am already paranoid hypochondriac worried enough, now this?

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

" . . . The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren...

Ham warning signs

by CoreyCooker 17 days ago

I was carving up a ham to freeze a little while back and i noticed that the blood vessels coming off the bone looked more brown than red. is that anything to be concerned about?

Is BPA Cambros/Large Containers Safe for Food Storage?

by day963 29 days ago

Hi all, I hope you are doing well! I wanted to discuss the safety of large food containers such as Cambros or Rubbermaid multi quart containers. I wanted to buy some for general use like dry food s...

Free Food Handler Course Being Offered

by zackly 2 months ago

I didn't explore this but it might be of interest to someone interested in learning about safe food handling. https://www.servsafe.com/access/ss/Catalog/FreeFoodHandlerProducts

Smithfield shutting a U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Slaughterhouse shutdowns are disrupting the U.S. food supply chain, crimping availability of meat at retail stores and leaving farmers without outlets for their livestock. Smithfield ext...

U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Hawley: Ask Federal Trade Commission to open antitrust investigation into meatpackers amid plant closures

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

In the bipartisan letter, the Senators note that the closing of three pork plants because of COVID-19 has resulted “in the shutdown of a staggering 15 percent of America’s pork production” at a tim...

Meat in warm refrigerator

by DeeLectro 1 month ago

I have a 2lb chuck roast and a 2lb pork shoulder in my garage refrigerator that I was planning on using to make a sunday gravy... basically searing the meat on all sides and placing the whole piece...

Bernal Heights sourdough starter giveaway

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

In the time of novel Coronavirus when the shut-in populace is cooking at home and bakers yeast is sold out from every source, neighbors in San Francisco are sharing sourdough starter. This offer w...

Top-12 Food Freezing Tips for the Apocalypse by Spread Catering

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Chef Cristina Topham, proprietor of Spread Catering and a friend of friends, shares her experience as a yacht chef prepping for long passages. She published her top 12 tips for planning, storing a...

Precooked Salty Duck Eggs

by Carrera4 2 months ago

I recently purchased a dozen cooked salty duck eggs. Upon receipt, they were not packed in any dry ice. They were in a plastic carton and each egg was wrapped in a sealed red wrap. After opening...

Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

by tre2012 2 months ago

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow The first thing you should know? The dates, as we know them, have nothing to do with safety. J. Kenji López-Alt explains. NY Times April 13, 2...

botulism from garlic in olive oil?

by Kalyov 8 years ago

I have heard that you can create botulism from putting garlic in olive oil. Is that just making garlic infused oil? Or does the same risk appear if I want to use it in a soup? This is the recipe...

Split Peas

by Csefick 2 months ago

After rinsing split peas in a colander, I found that they had stuck to the bottom of the calendar and there were some of the peas sprouting. Would they still be good to cook?

Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide (by Serious Eats)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . plenty of folks—myself included—have been confused or curious about the safety of allowing restaurants to continue preparing and serving food. Is it actually safe? Should I reheat the food...

Expired (boxed) Upton jackfruit dated 2/19-- would you eat it?

by cara56 2 months ago

I have a lot of it; I bought it after I tried BBQ jackfruit in a restaurant -- I couldn't duplicate the taste, hated what I made, and there it sits a year or more later. In these times of cleared ...