Food Safety

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

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Rancid (slightly) oil -- still usable?

by slacker 14 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 9 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 13 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 8 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 12 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 6 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 9 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 11 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...

Cauliflower Is it bad?

by sgschef 7 years ago

Have a cauliflower which has started to get brown/black spots on the outside. What is this? What causes this? And most important--can it still be eaten?

Will a vinegar wash kill Listeria on salad greens?

by sweet100s 7 years ago

I have vinegar (yes, straight vinegar) in a spray bottle that I've been spraying over veggies before I prep them. Would spraying vinegar on boxed salad greens remove any Listeria that remains?...

Meatball safety :)

by fuzzyscorpio 7 years ago

Hi Chowhounds. Apologies for introducing myself with a dull and icky topic, but this is the only central location other than perhaps GardenWeb where I have seen sane and intelligent discussions abo...

spiral cut ham

by sweetpotato 7 years ago

I bought a spiral cut ham this morning that was refrigerated but not frozen. Since I am not using it until Thanksgiving, do I need to freeze it, or will it be okay in the refrigerator for six d...

Black thready things in frozen tilapia

by pocheros 8 years ago

Hi everyone. I'm a sort-of longtime lurker, first-time poster :) Nice to be here! I've bought frozen tilapia in 2lb bags from Costco a few times now. Can't remember if it's the loins or fillets ...

How long can I hold defrosted shrimp?

by shark37 8 years ago

We had a frig/freezer die during the night. Two bags of very large shrimp were concerned. They are on ice now, but they were probably 70% defrosted when we rescued them. Will it be safe to eat them...

Out-of-date bacon...Toss? Or use?

by RedTop 8 years ago

Brewing up a pot of cabbage soup for dinner tonight. Found a 16 oz package of thick cut major label bacon in the meat keeper of the refrigerator. Only problem is the use by date on the package is M...

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