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Salmonella Outbreak: Here's What We Know

Here’s what we know about the recent salmonella outbreak connected to ground beef, reported in several states across the country. At least eight people have been hospitalized and one person is dead...

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Cream Cheese left out of fridge!

Rocky Road
by Rocky Road 10 years ago

I came home from shopping yesterday with the intent on making cheesecake. I got home at 4pm in the afternoon and put the cream cheese and some eggs on the counter to get to room temp. I checked o...

I have chicken in the freezer that is a year old. Is it usable?

L   nrs
by L nrs 10 years ago

The title pretty much says it all. I've been going through my freezer and realized I have 3 lbs. of chicken thighs that have been in the freezer for a year. Are they usable? If not, do you think...

Does unrefrigerated, unopened wine go bad?

by Fomeomega 11 years ago

My dad has a bottle of white wine that he kept refrigerated for a year, then left at room temperature for a year. He has not yet opened it, but he wants to know if it could be bad from being left ...

Does maple syrup ever spoil?

by alc 11 years ago

I've had a can of maple syrup in my refrigerator for several years. I used it today to make cranberry sauce, and am now wondering if it is safe to eat.

Help! power outage: is my food still safe?

by mschow 11 years ago

We were out of power here yesterday for 12 hours. During that time I only opened the freezer for a few seconds and did not open the frig at all. The power came back on around 3 AM; I had some mil...

Does wine spoil?

by leeau 11 years ago

Hi all, I have 1) a bottle of red wine that has been sitting in my refrigerator for about a year now, unopened 2) a bottle of white wine that had been sitting in my refrigerator for a ye...

Raw Oysters-how long before they die?

by rabaja 11 years ago

Hi there. I bought some delicious looking kumomotos Friday afternoon intending to eat them that night, raw with a nice mignonette. I totally forgot about them until JUST NOW. Are we asking for ...

How long does ground beef last in the fridge?

by digkv 12 years ago

I bought some freshly ground beef on Sunday and I left it in the fridge until now, Thursday (5 days.) Is it still safe to eat? I plan on making Marcella's ragu but I'm worried about any safety is...

did my apple cider go bad?

by blueplaidshirt 13 years ago

Hi, this is my first post here...I found this board while checking on google to see if I could find any info on apple cider expiration dates. About a month ago, I bought a gallon of fresh apple...

how long does soymilk really last?

by Debbie W. 14 years ago

I bought some Silk brand vanilla soymilk 3 or 4 weeks ago, and opened it right away. This is the first time I have purchased soymilk. The stamped date on the 1/2 gallon container is 12/8/05, but ...

Does cheese ever REALLY go bad?

by Denise K. 18 years ago

I was at a friend's house, and she left some cheese sitting out, I don't remember what kind (maybe mozzarella?) and I rushed to put it back in the fridge so it didn't spoil. She insisted that chee...

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