Food Safety

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A New Food Recall Affects Apples & Other Fruit Sold at Some Walmart Locations

In a development totally in keeping with 2020, another food recall has been announced. Several Country Fresh “Freshness Guaranteed” fruit products have been pulled from shelves at some Walmart stores...

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Canning question

by thunderbug84 12 years ago

My friend and I made jam for the first time yesterday. We were reading some posts and decided to sterilize/seal the jars by putting them in a 200 degree oven. We filled them up and they all sealed ...

I left food in the trunk of my car for about 6 hours

by Aimee 12 years ago

Would it still be ok to eat? I forgot I bought some food at target until I unpacked my very hot bags. It was canned salsa, applesauce, baby food, and tuna. I'm most concerned about the baby food...

Canning Newbie: Help me decide if my cans are safe?

by daily_unadventures 5 years ago

So I have canned two things so far, but in both cases have made some minor mistakes and am wondering if they are safe for consumption, and if so for how long? 1. Some "quick" raspberry jam, whic...

Sausage storage

by daves_32 5 years ago

I got some pork brats and breakfast sausages from a small butcher. I'm traveling with them. They were frozen. I've been putting them in a cooler bag to move them between the houses I'm staying. The...

quick crockpot question

by Fruityflavors 5 years ago

I know that the food safety fanatics advise against frozen meats in a crockpot, but I've shoved frozen chicken in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 5-8 hours many times with no ill effects...

Is pot roast safe?

by glor97 5 years ago

I covered a pot roast in a rub with spices and salt, browned it in a pan and transferred it to the crockpot to cook, sitting on onions and a cup of beef bouillon. I then discovered 4 hours later th...

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

by joonjoon 5 years ago

I accidentally left some leftover potato pancakes and German sausage with sauerkraut and cabbage in my car last night. Overnight temps were ~70. Daytime temps were 90-100. I'll probably die but I'm...

Eating stale food

by nothingswrong 5 years ago

I have wondered for a while about eating stale cereal, crackers, chips, etc. I'm talking things that were crisp but now have that strange chewy texture. I know bread goes stale from losing moisture...

Ribs left on counter too long?

by jjcord2015 5 years ago

I planned to smoke some baby back ribs today so I took a cryovac sealed slab out of the freezer yesterday and put them in the sink at 3pm. Totally forgot about them until 10pm-ish and put them in ...

Are these ribs safe to eat?

by tripawd 5 years ago

For the first time I cooked beef ribs on the gas grill. I left them on the grill for 5-7 minutes before they caught on fire, I have never cooked ribs on the grill before. I tested the internal te...

How do you feel about waiters clearing dirty dishes and then serving food without washing their hands in between?

by johnb 5 years ago

Seems to me that's asking for transmission of germs. In some restaurants different people do these jobs, but I'm sure not in all. Are there any laws directed at this? I can't say for sure this is...

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

by gourmanda 5 years ago

Say you sauteed vegetables for the following night's dinner. When they were done you set the pan on the cutting board while getting something else. Except, whoops, you didn't center the pan on the ...

I have a friend who rarely puts food in the fridge who is still alive .

by emglow101 5 years ago

Holy cow . I'm up at my friends cabin on my annual fishing trip . Just finished eating dinner and I am cleaning up . I asked if the canned beets needed to be refrigerated . He said ," no " . Then...

Do you really need to *cook* frozen vegetables before using?

by Tartinet 5 years ago

I make a lot of vegetable salads in the summer, and I'd love to be able to thaw a bag of frozen vegetables (either on the kitchen counter or in the fridge) and have a head-start on my prep work. ...

living dangerously--just how expired can it be and still be edible?

by erikka 14 years ago

I know that expiration dates are there for a reason, but in general, how far past can you go and still be safe? Drugs are usually good for almost 2-3 past the expiration date stamped on the box. Wh...

What Foods have You Eaten That Were Past The 'Best By' or 'Expired Date'

by treb 7 years ago

I almost always eat something which has past the best by or expired date. Most of the time it's items like Peanut Butter, canned tuna but, lately, I've used dry yeast that expired in 2004, it was ...

Chicken life!!! Please answer!!!

by Mylovelysinger 5 years ago

So... Two nights ago I bought a Rotisserie Chicken at Walmart (heated) and brought it home but forgot to put it in the fridge.... And went to bed. Is say it was out about seven hours before I reali...

Refrigerate balsamic glaze?

by Tabaka 5 years ago

I have a bottle of balsamic glaze from Trader Joe's that I opened a few months ago and have stored in my pantry. I just noticed that it says Refrigerate After Opening (whoops!). The ingredients a...

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