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Tell me about the danger zone

So I got a Rotisserie chicken from Costco at lunch today. It was hot then, but traffic was bad so it got home around 1. I didn't feel like eating right away so I stuck it as is in the fridge. Just got hungry around 3 and ate some, but I was surprised the inside was still warm. I temped it and it was 80 or so still in the middle. So it was probably in the "danger zone" for at least 3 hours and wasn't even getting close to 40 degrees. [more inside]
posted by tigeri on Aug 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Is this turkey safe to eat?

Last night I went grocery shopping and bought prepackaged turkey lunch meat. I ran some other errands for an hour with the AC on in my car, and then got home where I forgot to bring that particular bag inside for another hour. So this turkey sat in my car for roughly two hours, one with the AC on and one not, at about 85 degrees outside. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Jul 3, 2014 - 18 answers

can I eat this, special lame-o edition

Made white bean and kale soup (vegetarian broth) with small chunk of parmesan cheese rind. Left out on stove overnight and didn't see it before running to work this morning (as I said, special lame-o edition). Now need dinner. Should I risk the soup?
posted by chicainthecity on Mar 31, 2014 - 19 answers

Another "is this food safe to eat" question

Hi all. I've tried googling and looking through past answers but would love a bit of guidance for my specific situation. Unbeknownst to me, my toddler turned off the fridge yesterday. I estimate it was turned off for about 24 hours before I discovered it and turned the fridge back on. It was probably between 60 and 70 degrees in the house during this period. Items in the fridge were not cool at all to the touch. [more inside]
posted by tetralix on Sep 15, 2013 - 22 answers

Is 43 degrees safe to store food?

My new mini fridge will not get colder than 43 degrees and I have it cranked up to max cold. I have gone through 2 of these fridges now and it seems they don't get colder than that. Is it safe to store food in there or will it make me sick. My fridge thermometer that I bought says than anything above 40 is in the "danger zone" .
posted by john123357 on Sep 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Safe to eat?

Last night, around 9:00 pm, I sliced up some yellow and red onions, threw them in a crockpot with a stick of butter, set them on low (timer set to 8 hours) and went to bed. (this a faux-carmelizing technique I've done before). Bad dreams about the onions and leaving a crockpot going overnight. Woke up around 11:30pm to the smell of onions. Even upstairs in a closed room, my eyes were burning. Husband's eyes too. I asked my husband to turn them off. Woke up this morning and decided to turn them back on and give it a go. I have them on high now, planning to cook them all day. Will they be safe to eat? They were not refrigerated overnight. They sat in a warm crockpot with butter all night. They smell delicious. Is it safe to serve them to guests tonight?
posted by vitabellosi on Apr 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Aflatoxin? In my powdered peanut butter?!

I use this product in my smoothies that I eat quite often. How concerned should I be about aflatoxin? I am hoping someone with a deeper knowledge of the issues concerning aflatoxin and food products can shed some light on this for me. Is it likely to contaminated or not? How can I find out? What can I do to protect myself from aflatoxin in this and other products?
posted by long haired child on Mar 30, 2013 - 3 answers

How risky is poor food handling?

What are the odds of actually getting sick from poor food handling at home? How can I convince family members their food hygiene is at worst deadly, at best simply gross. Let me know if I'm overreacting here please. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 19, 2013 - 33 answers

Is my kitchen a hazmat zone now?

The can of soup hissed at me so I tossed it. Can the can opener be saved? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Dec 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Slightly eggy smelling cooked then frozen chicken ok to eat?

Is cooked then frozen chicken with a mild eggy smell ok to eat? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Nov 7, 2012 - 13 answers

That's One Old Twinkie

I bought a couple of Twinkies today and just noticed that their expiry date is August 2007. My SO has misgivings about eating something so, well, old. I contend that Twinkies are basically Cold War-era bunker spec foodstuffs. So: Perfectly Fine, or Deadly Poison?
posted by MarchHare on Aug 3, 2012 - 41 answers

Week old beef broth safe to use?

Week old beef broth, kept in the refrigerator. Safe to use? I'm making a slow cooker recipe with it. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Apr 29, 2012 - 13 answers

What To Do With Pea Soup Paste?

Super Concentrated Soup? So I made split pea and pesto with pork soup two nights ago and I made too much. It also sat on low for a bit too long and is now a thick green paste. What do I do with it? Is it still safe to eat? Can i do anything to it besides adding water and making more soup? How best can I use these leftovers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Medium rare, please

If you were to buy frozen ground beef from a local, grass-fed source, would you feel safe cooking & eating a medium rare hamburger? If not, under what circumstances (if any) would you eat a hamburger cooked medium rare?
posted by skjønn on Feb 8, 2012 - 65 answers

Eat or toss?

I baked a potato (skin rubbed with olive oil and kosher salt before cooking), and stupidly left it in a cold oven for a few days. Looks ok (kind of shriveled, but not bad). Is it safe to reheat and eat?
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! on Dec 31, 2011 - 22 answers

bacon with black specks? Safe?

Can I eat this bacon? picture I'm concerned about the black specks in the fat. Safe or not, what is it? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Aug 22, 2011 - 21 answers

What's the most efficient way to clean produce when the water isn't safe?

What is the most efficient and effective way to wash produce when my tap water is unsafe (microbes/heavy metals)? I live in China, and cook a lot. [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Jul 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I eat these frozen shrimp?

Can I eat this? Pre-cooked frozen jumbo shrimp left in my bag at room temperature for 3-4 hours, then thrown back in the freezer last night. When I put them back in the freezer, they were still very cold to the touch. (I just started eating shrimp after a decade of not, so there is much I don't know about shrimp safety, but surely pre-cooked is better than uncooked?)
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Can this Minestrone be Saved?

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 - 27 answers

Microwaved food safety question

Microwaved food safety question - help me argue with (or gracefully capitulate to) my hippie friends! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Gloves for making jam?

Can anyone suggest high gloves to wear while making jam to avoid burns? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jun 26, 2010 - 19 answers

container colonies

Do you keep plastic containers after throwing out the spoiled food they contained? [more inside]
posted by gonna get a dog on Mar 6, 2010 - 28 answers

Food+plastic=safe?

What's the latest thinking on the safety of plastics used in association with cooking?
posted by devnull on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Yes, it's this question again

Should I eat this 10 day (approx) old cooked sausage, lentils, and kale dish? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Feb 2, 2010 - 23 answers

Salmonella for the new year?

sigh... Can I eat it? Frozen then fridge-thawed Chicken edition. Complication: power outage. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Dec 31, 2009 - 13 answers

Catfish Tikka Death

I may be my own personal typhoid Mary. Food safety questions inside. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Nov 6, 2009 - 29 answers

How important is the sell-by date on chicken?

Is the chicken sell-by date a safety paradox? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Jul 11, 2009 - 20 answers

Jam session

Home canning filter: do I need to sterilize Mason jars/lids by boiling or oven or some other method if I'm using them for fridge pickles and freezer preserves, or am I okay just washing in hot soap and water? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Jun 30, 2009 - 10 answers

The portable tofu conundrum

Another "safe to eat" question, this one about tofu. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on May 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Can I un-refrigerate Honest Tea?

My local market keeps organic tea in its refrigerator. When I buy it, do I have to keep it refrigerated, or can I store it at room temperature? [more inside]
posted by werty on Mar 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Will freon poison my food?

I punctured the freon line in a GE minifridge. Is the food safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Feb 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Can someone advise on whether this food will still be okay to eat?

Can someone advise on whether this food will still be okay to eat? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Aug 21, 2008 - 40 answers

Should I Eat This Website?

Can you help make my "Should I Eat It?" website awesome? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 25, 2008 - 21 answers

Is it good?

How long can chicken be frozen and remain good (as in not dangerous) to eat? Thanks
posted by Snyder on Jan 27, 2008 - 11 answers

Is my tea kettle poisonous?

Is my tea kettle poisonous? I put the kettle on to boil, then was called away to face some kind of (I have a six-year-old) emergency. When I returned, the forgotten kettle had boiled away all of the water and had been probably been firing away empty for about ten minutes. Is that bad? Should I toss it? Why?
posted by cometwendy on May 28, 2006 - 30 answers

Washing Chopisticks?

What's the best way to wash chopsticks in a dishwasher? They always fall through the basket... [more inside]
posted by Instrumental on Oct 9, 2005 - 12 answers

Food safety for canned goods and extreme temperatures

Is well-canned food that has sat around in extreme temperatures safe? I recently bought some canned goods, let them sit in the back seat of my car in 100+ degree temperatures, and when I went to pick them out, they were painfully hot to the touch. Would this alter their safety for consumption?
posted by wildblueyonder on Jul 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Turkey

Somewhere I saw advertised a metal rod that you stick into the cavity of a turkey to conduct heat into the stuffing to eliminate the bird/stuffing safe temperature conflict. Google fails me. Anyone know about this? Does it work? Where can I get one before Thursday? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Nov 22, 2004 - 12 answers

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