Food Safety

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

Check Your Chicken Products to See If They're Affected by the Recent Listeria Recall

Here's what you need to know about the recent chicken recall affecting products from several stores, including Trader Joe's, Kroger, ALDI, and more. A recall of ready-to-eat chicken products from Georgia...

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Good Gruyere Cheese (Quickly) Gone Bad? [moved from Home Cooking]

by slaman 9 years ago

I bought a pre-cut, tightly wrapped in plastic, refrigerated block of gruyere cheese just one day ago from a nice Italian shop. The cheese sells quick at this spot, and I've never had trouble with ...

Unrefrigerated Cheeses Left Out for a Week or so?

by echoclerk 7 years ago

My parents sent me a gift for my birthday and forgot to mention that perhaps I should open it immediately. I open it today and discover it is a collection of British cheeses Including: 1. Li...

Why did my chicken soup get kind of sour?

by OysterHo 12 years ago

It's been less than 2 days since it was made (from scratch). There are parsnips, carrots, celery, onions, green beans, chicken, and noodles in it. The chicken pieces taste good. Is it normal t...

Eating Raw Chicken & Pork

by bitsubeats 12 years ago

yeah yeah you all love your raw seafood and beef, but how about raw chicken and pork? I know that in other countries like Japan and some in Southeast Asia they eat these items raw. How do they do...

5 days old steak, Ok to eat?

by Anarkya 9 years ago

My grocery store is being renovated and 2 days ago I went and bought steaks. I never have problems with the packing date, but yesterday I noticed that the steak were packed on Sept 25th after they ...

Unrefrigerated cheesecake safe to eat?

by marisold 9 years ago

I made a beautiful pumpkin cheesecake last night, set it out to cool, and then forgot about it and went to bed with it sitting out on the counter. When I discovered it this morning, I immediately p...

Sous vide steak safety?

by zackly 5 years ago

I don't usually cook tender cuts of beef sous vide. I rather grill them or do them in a cast iron frying pan. I have a Choice 2 lb. porterhouse that I bought three days ago that now has the appeara...

Rancid (slightly) oil -- still usable?

by slacker 13 years ago

I have a large bottle of canola oil that just turned rancid. I'm wondering if it's actually bad for your health to consume rancid oil, or is it only a bad smell without ill health effects? Just t...

Are these chicken breasts still safe?

by violet42 8 years ago

Hi all, This might be a dumb question, so apologies. I bought some fresh chicken breasts last week. They are still in my fridge, unopened, and the sell-by date is September 7. I usually use c...

Instant Noodle...Expired!!

by MAX 7 12 years ago

Would you still eat it? Didn't notice the date (Apr. 07) on the package when I bought it..... wonder if that's the reason it was on sale. Found a couple more in my cupboard, of course long ex...

How long can I keep defrosted chicken breasts in the fridge?

by sasserwazr 11 years ago

I often buy those big trays of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts from Sam's Club and stick them right in the freezer. Then on a Sunday night I defrost them in the sink. When they are sufficient...

Leftover Onions Poisonous?

by WhatsEatingYou 7 years ago

I received an email from a relative (a forward of a forward) stating that onions attract and grow bacteria very quickly and that because of this, slicing an onion then consuming the leftovers a few...

Do sun-dried tomatoes expire?

by bmorecupcake 11 years ago

I was wondering if sun-dried tomatoes last "forever" like, e.g., miso paste and chipotle peppers in adobo. My sun-dried tomatoes package has no expiration date, is 6 months old, contains preservat...

Storing homemade pasta

by jackietreehorn 11 years ago

We recently received a Kitchenaid pastamaker attachment for our mixmaster and we absolutely adore it. We'd like to make homemade pasta (spaghetti) for family members but are unsure about storage me...

How long can I store raw steaks in the fridge?

by Philly Ray 12 years ago

I want to try to get some good bone-in ribeyes for Christmas dinner, but I don't really want to go to the butcher on Christmas Eve. If I can get them on Saturday or Sunday (if they are open), can ...

Mice in apartment

by rockandroller1 5 years ago

We've been in our apt for 10 years. Several months ago, the tenants next door to us were evicted because their place was a disgusting, filthy mess. They had pets and didn't let them out to do their...

expired eggs?

by lmuller 8 years ago

I have some eggs that I was about to use and noticed that they expired on January 11th. Are they still ok or should I run out to get some new ones?

Potatoes -- sprouting and just slightly soft

by lafarrell 6 years ago

I want to use these potatoes in a soup. They have just started to sprout and are not quite as hard as they were a few weeks ago when a bought them. Are they still okay to eat? Will they be okay in ...

How long can I keep cookie dough in the refrigerator, or should I freeze?

by masha 6 years ago

I made this Martha Stewart sugar cookie recipe this afternoon, http://www.marthastewart.com/966161/ideal-sugar-cookies. I made cookies from half of the dough. How long can I keep the remainder of...

Why Can We Not Reuse Freezer Bags Used for Raw Meats or Seafood?

by inventivefficiency 10 years ago

I couldn't find any educated or informed answers googling. Comments just say they wouldn't reuse freezer bags that had raw meats in them but no reason why. Does cooking not kill any potentially...

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