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...

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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 3 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 3 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 ...

Texas Tamale Company

by Spice2Go 4 months ago

I love the tamales from Texas Tamale Company. My problem is I have been unable to locate the expiration date on the package. Can anyone help?


by crn 3 months ago

In the back of my cabinet, I found a sealed (unopened) container of breadcrumbs. The expiation date is 3/11/2018. Does anyone think it's safe to use?

Chinese restaurants impacted by Coronavirus...

by gutreactions 4 months ago

Here in NYC metro, officials are asking patrons to come back to Chinatown. There is a dramatic decline in business due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Officials say it is safe to eat here locally. How...

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Food Banks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers: "Volunteer in the Warehouse Urgent Need More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,5...

How long will this sauce last in the fridge?

by Amandarama 4 months ago

I made a quarter batch of this recipe for a 5 spice fruit sauce (with cherries, not plums) - https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/11/five-spice-plum-sauce-recipe.html , but didn't follow the di...

Slow Cooker - Food Safety

by jjohio 4 months ago

I used to not be so food safety obsessed until I had kids (3 yr & 7 months). But now that I'm feeding them I'm always terrified of giving them food poisoning because yeah, vomiting kids = no fun. ...


by fionasit 4 months ago

What about package tortillas does anyone know anything about the preservatives they use: how long they last? what about refrigerated tortillas as opposed to the ones on dry shelf?do they last ha...

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

by zackly 5 years ago

I've been cooking sous vide for 7-8 years and have always used Ziploc (or another brand) bags to cook in because they work well and I am cheap. Most opinion I've read online has been that, cooking ...

Cheese for Travel: HELP!

by mlomeli6 5 months ago

Hi and thank you in advance for any helpful answers! I am traveling in Europe and because I fly spaceA (on a military plane) I can bring back things like cheese! I recently went to Paris and was ...

Help requested re rice for a potluck

by salemjan 5 months ago

I am charged with taking rice to an event for about 16 people. I have a small rice cooker that will not be able to keep up with the demand. Would it work for me to make multiple pots of rice and ...

What is up with this Turkey breast?

by borisabrams 5 months ago

Hi! I occasionally buy turkey breast, made in house, at the local Whole Foods. It is in a busy area and the staff seem good and know what they are doing. However, often, when i buy the turkey b...

Mainstays Stoneware Lead Free?

by Shanetex 4 years ago

Anybody know if Mainstays products (their dinnerware) are completely lead free more specifically this bowl?

Bugs in Rice-Is it still edible?

by iLoveFood 14 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...

Echire Butter Expiration Date?

by jessesgirl 5 months ago

Just purchased a package of Echire butter and couldn’t quite figure out how to calculate the expiration date. The notation is: Best Before PROD 19 317 2B. Does this means the production date was ...

The Truth About (Wild) Turkeys

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

From the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program --- " . . . What can you do if you see a wild turkey in your neighborhood? • Do not feed the turkeys. Many p...

PLEASE HELP! How long can cooked meat stay out for, and still be eaten?

by violetglitter 10 years ago

So I made a small pot roast last night (late - around 10 or 11pm), and took it out of the oven to cool on the counter, and naturally, fell asleep. I put it in the fridge this morning around 8am. Is...