I bought brand-new treacle today, but accidentally used the old expired tin ""BB END MAY 2012 DISPOSE OF ON EXPIRY" instead of the new one. Nothing looked strange when I used it; I only noticed what I had done when I found the new tin with the seal still on it. The Christmas pudding will have been steamed for almost 5 hours. How dangerous might it be to eat it? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc
on Dec 12, 2013 -
long story short: apartment fire on Monday, frantic move on Tuesday, unorganized to say the least. I had butter in my freezer.Just found the butter in a box in my new kitchen a few minutes ago , thawed. it is still holding its shape. is it still edible?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Nov 30, 2013 -
I want to use more fruit and make it easier to process. I have composted a couple hundred pounds of fruit this summer. I hate the waste. We have a pear tree from which a certain squirrel eats half of each unripe fruit and throws the rest on the ground. Later in the season the fruit from the upper branches (30-40 feet) falls, impaling itself on twigs, or smashing on the ground, pulping a quarter of the fruit into the dirt. Some fruits have worms or slug damage after sitting on the ground. I pick what I can reach with a picker and if I am present when a ripe, un-bitten fruit falls and smashes, I eat that. But is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech
on Oct 9, 2013 -
This coming Saturday, my husband and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary with our family. As part of the event, we would like to serve the top tier from our wedding cake. What's the best way to do this, given my inexperience at decorating cakes and the time constraints? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi
on Sep 30, 2013 -
The pinto beans have been "soaking" for about 36 hours at room temperature. I opened the pot and saw that the beans have expanded past the water level, and the ones on top (out of the water) have sprouted. I know some people eat sprouted beans on purpose. Is it OK that the soaked beans have been exposed to the warm/room temperature air for maybe 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by domnit
on Aug 31, 2013 -
Please help me not poison myself and my boyfriend tonight at dinner. I've checked the other fresh-mozzarella AskMes and they all seem to pertain to mozzarella left out for long periods of time. (The Google Machine renders similar results, or otherwise different circumstances.)
Cheesemongers of MeFi: Can I Eat It? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend
on Jun 7, 2013 -
I bought some goat, gruyere, fontina, blue, and fancy cheddar cheeses from a gourmet cheese shop last night and left it in my car overnight (it only gets down to about 70 degrees -- if that -- at night where I live). Can I still eat it? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_
on Apr 27, 2013 -
I was pickling smelts. First step: brine overnight, rinse. Second step, immerse in vinegar, put in fridge and wait a week to eat.
I did step one, but then got interrupted. The brined, rinsed smelts sat out for about ninety minutes - maybe as long as two hours - in a room that was about seventy degrees. I finished step two, but now I am afraid to eat them.
I thought due to the brining it might be OK. Can I eat it?
posted by Surprised By Bees
on Apr 10, 2013 -
Am I gonna die if I eat my beef stew? I ran out of tomato paste and used an old can of tomato sauce. Just added a tablespoon or so and poured the rest out in the sink. It's then that I noticed that the expiration on the tomato sauce was two years ago. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah
on Apr 2, 2013 -
Is spikenard inherently unsafe for human consumption? If not, where can I get some food-grade spikenard oil? If so, what is the closest equivalent spice?
posted by jedicus
on Jan 18, 2013 -
Can I eat it filter: Started some polenta with chicken stock in the rice cooker this morning at 8am. It's timer feature will have it ready at 6:30pm. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic
on Nov 15, 2012 -
Can I eat this filter > Unopened, refrigerated package of yoghurt. Expiration date was a week ago. Safe or not? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock
on Nov 2, 2012 -
Sour Milk, Soured Milk, and Spoiled Milk. Is there an effective chemical difference? To what extents are any and all unsafe to cook and eat? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on May 30, 2012 -
What to do with all of these not quite ripe small peaches? A branch fell
. I now have 25% of the fruit from it, but they're pretty small and not quite sweet enough to eat straight. They seem too lovely to waste. Will they ripen much? Recipes for using them as is?
posted by mandymanwasregistered
on May 24, 2012 -
I moved a frozen whole chicken from the freezer to the fridge on Saturday morning. It's Tuesday -- can I cook it for dinner, or do I need to chuck it? [more inside]
posted by Bebo
on Apr 24, 2012 -
Can I eat it, oyster edition: I left a jar of fresh yearling oysters at room temperature while I went snowboarding. [more inside]
posted by halogen
on Apr 3, 2011 -
Can I Eat It: Part 7,934 in an ongoing series. In a fit of industriousness, I made Cannellini Minestrone
this morning! I put part of it in a container for my lunch, and part of it in a container to store in the fridge. I realized once I got to work, however, that the container to store never made it to the fridge, and is still sitting on the counter in my apartment. The soup was made at 8am, and I won't be getting home until 8pm. Can anything be done to salvage the soup into something edible, or at least usable?
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 16, 2011 -
Can I Eat It Halloween Edition: We bought two giant bags of Willy Wonka assorted candy
for Halloween (mostly so I could steal all the BottleCaps). We only went through one, the other is unopened. Can I save it until next year? There's no expiration date that I can find, and the stuff is nothing but sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
posted by JoanArkham
on Nov 2, 2010 -
Three christmasses gone, my wife and I bought some fudge. I've just found it in the back of the cupboard -- can I eat it? It's basically just sugar, that never goes off, right?
posted by coriolisdave
on Jun 6, 2010 -
I left my lunch (palak paneer with rice) at home. I want to eat it after I get off work. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta
on Jan 27, 2009 -
I left a mixture of boiled quinoa, canned tuna and canned salmon out over night. Can I still eat it? [more inside]
posted by syzygy
on Jan 20, 2009 -