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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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spiral cut ham

by sweetpotato 8 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...

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Out-of-date bacon...Toss?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 9 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...

Refreezing already cooked meat

by abbarubin 9 years ago

So, I thawed out some meat and cooked it. It was a lot and I froze half of it. A week later I thawed out the previously cooked meat, but something came up and I had to run out, so I refroze the coo...

How can you tell when buttermilk is bad? [moved from Home Cooking board]

by OnceUponABite 14 years ago

It's already sour... I have some, only two days over the expiration date. It smells the same as before, sour. I want to make some pumpkin bread with it tonight.

Accidentally left chicken broth out overnight: pitch it?

by mschow 10 years ago

Made the broth yesterday from poaching chichen breasts. I was going to freeze it but overlooked it on the counter until this morning. Should I pitch it? I'm in NJ and it's been really hot here; ...

Chicken still has a slight pink tint even though i'm SURE it's cooked completely?

by ddhirlahelix3hound 9 years ago

I know there are conflicting opinions on this but I can't come to a conclusion on my own based on what I've read so I will try and go with what you guys here have to say.. I am absolutely sure m...

Eggplant help

by livetocook 13 years ago

I just cut into my eggplant and I found it brown inside. I was a little shocked considering it's perfect on the outside. Anyways, I have it sweating in a colander with salt. The colour is like an a...

does horseradish go bad?

by emiloo 15 years ago

i have an opened jar of horseradish that's been in my fridge since the summer, maybe july or august. is it still good to use? i'm going to make cocktail sauce.

How to tell if ground turkey is still good?

by greenjean527 11 years ago

I bought some ground turkey at Whole Foods last thursday and it has been in my fridge ever since. When I unwrapped it today to make turkey quinoa burgers, it was still pink and not slimy but i coul...

Year old frozen turkey

by tiffany 11 years ago

So, I'm a little embarrassed to post this question, but I have a turkey that has been sitting in our freezer for almost a whole year. Last year, my mother in-law kept on insisting that I take adva...

Cream Cheese left out of fridge!

Rocky Road
by Rocky Road 11 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?

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by L nrs 12 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 12 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 12 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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...

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