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Is improperly-stored salsa safe to eat?

Please reassure me that eating this questionable item is fine! I opened a jar of salsa and the left it (closed, unrefrigerated) in my backpack for a week. Oops! I've been pretty sleep-deprived of late, and so more forgetful than usual. [more inside]
posted by i. shishkin on Dec 17, 2014 - 29 answers

Can *someone else* eat it? Flu + cookies edition.

So. Wednesday I felt totally fine, and baked a batch of (delicious!) cookies for a work party on Thursday. Woke up on Thursday and felt like death. Fever, chills, vomiting, the works. Slept all day and feeling pretty ok again today. Here's my question: are the cookies safe? I've eaten a few, and so has Mr. Arkham but we figure we're already exposed/immune to whatever it was. Think they are safe to share though?
posted by JoanArkham on Dec 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Puffy bag of nuts in freezer

I was trying to make a recipe that required pecans today, but when I went to get a bag of pecans from my freezer door, I found that the bag was strangely puffed up, as if someone had inflated it. The bag had never been opened and did not look like this when I originally put it in the freezer after purchase some months ago. Two questions: 1) What could have caused this? (Can things like botulism happen to nuts in a freezer?) 2) Would you still eat the pecans? They looked and smelled 100% normal.
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Can I eat it? (Thanksgiving edition)

My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 23, 2014 - 41 answers

Food safety question: Mussels with green, mealy innards?

I have a tub of cooked and marinated Mussel meat I bought today and I have just found that most of the animals are partly filled with a dark green mealy paste-like substance that looks like mud. Is this just roe? Or is it filth? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Oct 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I eat it: meal delivery edition

Food delivery company says their pre-made meals are good in the fridge for a week. This seems way too long--much longer than I would ever store homemade food. Should I trust my gut or do the professionals know something about food safety that I don't? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Oct 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I eat it? Avocado Pizza edition

I made a gluten free, wonderful pizza last night, left it on the counter covered tightly-ish with a clean dishtowel and I want to eat it for breakfast (lunch?) [more inside]
posted by zinful on Oct 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Meat 101 - beef mince (raw hamburger) in fridge overnight?

Sorry for the basicness of this question, but I don't usually cook meat and google is overwhelming. Can I keep defrosted mince in the fridge overnight? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Sep 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me make a beet slaw I can refrigerate for weeks.

I want to make a beet slaw for adding to lettuce-based salad. The thing is, I'm unlikely to eat it all immediately, so I want to make a bunch, put it in a jar in the fridge and consume it over a period of weeks. I want to do this without dying of food poisoning, mold eating, or fermented beet alcohol poisoning. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Where can I buy a food thermometer (in walking distance from work)?

Is there any place in a residential neighborhood I'm likely to be able to pick up a food thermometer? There are two small drugstores, a small 99-cent/home goods store, and a big organic grocery. I need this by 1:00 today so I have to run out on my lunch break and see if I can find anything, but I don't want to skip my lunch to go running around to half a dozen different places if none of them are likely to have one.
posted by Jeanne on Jun 27, 2014 - 6 answers

A Lasting Fire

Can I safely preserve my homemade peri peri sauce? [more inside]
posted by cometwendy on Jun 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Insert Clever Brining Pun Here

I just plunked a whole chicken into Michael Ruhlman's quick brine. It is now sitting in a bag in my fridge. I deviated from the recipe in one big way--I used cold water rather than ice water for the cooling step. Now I am worried. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on May 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I Eat It: Cooked Meat Edition

Is it OK to eat carnitas that has been sitting out overnight? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 6, 2014 - 28 answers

Can I eat this, delayed FedEx meat shipment edition

I had a shipment of frozen meat that was delayed by bad weather last week in Memphis. It was shipped on Thursday frozen in a styrofoam box to be delivered on Friday. Thanks to a weather delay, I didn't get it until Monday evening. The box sat in a truck in the local FedEx parking lot all day Saturday and Sunday (and probably most of Friday also). [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Apr 8, 2014 - 19 answers

Another "should I eat this?" question

I will preface this by saying I am extremely paranoid about food safety. I today purchased an organic whole chicken from the grocery store. The outside of the chicken smelled great; the cavity, where the giblets were just floating around loose with reckless abandon, had a very slight off-odor, like milk and maybe old blood. I rinsed it and still got a very faint whiff. The expiration isn't for 5 more days. In an effort to be brave, I have put her in the oven anyway. Shall I eat her?
posted by sandwiches on Mar 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I eat it? Indian grocery edition.

I bought some hot mango pickle at the Indian grocery store yesterday. It was packaged differently from what I've had before and I am concerned about its safety. When I've bought this same kind before it was in a glass jar with a metal lid, like other shelf-stable canned goods in jars. This time it was stored at room temperature in a glass jar, but the lid is plastic. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Feb 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Can we eat it? - enchilada edition

We made these vegetable enchiladas last night and accidentally left them in our 60-degree kitchen for about 10 hours. The only ingredient that I'm worried about is the black beans. What say you?
posted by outfielder on Feb 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Transporting Christmas Dinner

I want to do a special day after Christmas dinner for myself and my boyfriend. The only thing is, I'll be in a car for 6-7 hours heading back from my parents' before I'll be back at my house. I'm looking for ideas for a festive meal that can be transported in a cooler for that long and will reheat well once I'm home, or be really tasty served cold. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose on Dec 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Taking frozen cookie dough on a cross country trip - bad idea?

I'm planning to spend Christmas at the family home, but apparently the task of Christmas baking falls to me when I get there. I was hoping to get started early and wondered if I could make these icebox-style gingersnaps, and tuck the frozen cookie dough logs into a ziplock bag in my suitcase. Gate to gate is roughly nine hours, though at this time of year, it seems best to consider potential weather delays too.
posted by peppermind on Dec 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Eating damaged fruit

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 - 13 answers

Would you eat it?

Ice cream left unrefrigerated for 8 hours. Opened and eaten from.
posted by cairdeas on Oct 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Can this cheese be saved?

I just came home to find a box containing some lovely Asiago cheese, sitting in my mailbox. In Arizona, where the current temperature 101°F, and today's high was 109. It was shipped to me from Italy (straight from the town of Asiago!), about a week ago, so has spent several days in transit. This is not aged cheese, but semi-soft younger Asiago as is more common in Italy. It smelled ripe, but not unpleasant, and there was no mold or anything visible. Can I eat it? Will it kill me or make me sick? Is it likely to still taste good, even if it's technically edible? Is there anything special I can do to preserve whatever integrity of the cheese may be left? [more inside]
posted by Superplin on Aug 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I eat it: stanky milk custard edition.

My sweet boyfriend just cooked me some delicious Bird's custard. I learned (after it was cooked) that the milk he used was the old one - the date on the container is 7/29. I sniffed it and it smells stinky to me. It is not lumpy. When you make the custard you do bring it up to a low boil, not sure if that will be a factor. Should I eat it? Would you eat it?
posted by sleepykitties on Aug 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Shooter Sandwich, left out overnight.

I just made this for a picnic tomorrow. Yeah, it does look awesome. The last page unequivocally states not to refrigerate. I'm a North American, I'm squeamish about things left out. I realize the English aren't fans of cold things, (beer, eggs at the grocery store, ice, etc.) but this seems like looking for trouble. Any opinions? I'm in Vancouver where the temperature is currently in the middle seventies inside the house, so a cool root cellar is available. What to do?
posted by Keith Talent on Aug 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Is this mold on my jam?

Is this cream-colored crystallization on top of a jar of strawberry jam mold or something else? And either way, is it still safe to eat if I spoon the stuff off? (pic)
posted by shivohum on Jul 19, 2013 - 31 answers

Can our grill ever be used again after we used wasp spray on it?

Last night, we discovered a wasp's nest in our grill. The grill is connected to our house's natural gas lines so it isn't easily replaced. My wife sprayed the nest with Raid brand wasp and hornet spray. The active ingredients are "Prallethrin" and "Cypermethrin" and the can says the inactive ingredients include petroleum distillates. The can says to wash any food preparation surfaces that get exposed to the spray, but I worry that the grill may be difficult to adequately clean and I don't want my family ingesting dangerous chemicals. Can this grill be used again? Do you have any tips on how we can adequately clean it?
posted by Area Man on Jul 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Teach me meat science, pretty please

So, my meat business is spinning up. We've registered with the tax office, it's an official thing now. I've got a lot to learn, and a lot of things to figure out. We're going to be making and selling sausages, ham, smoked meats, all manner of things. Primarily we're going to be sending things online, as well as catering and possibly having a food truck to get the name out to drive the online sales. Special monkeywrench: this will all take place in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Cake Storage Strategies: Whipped Meringue Frosting Edition

I just frosted a cake using Martha Stewart's whipped frosting recipe, and now I'm stressing out about how to store the cake until tomorrow. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jun 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I Eat It Filter: fresh mozzarella

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 - 8 answers

Can I eat this cooked chicken I left on our counter?

Dish of fully cooked kosher chicken parts in barbecue sauce left on kitchen counter uncovered overnight (approx 12-14 hours). The apartment isn't air conditioned, but it stays reasonably cool, so I don't think internal apartment temp got up to the 80-some degrees the outside sdid last night. Chicken bits were in a single layer in a pyrex dish. Can I eat it? My spouse threw them back in the fridge this morning. I know the FDA would recommend against, but I'm looking for the hive mind.
posted by mccn on May 30, 2013 - 29 answers

How long can an opened jar of octopus safely sit in the fridge?

The jar was opened 7 days ago and has been in the fridge since. The ingredients are octopus, canola oil, vinegar, spices and salt. It says "No preservatives. Keep refridgerated" and the expiry date is in July 2013. Does the vinegar mean it's pickled and good for an extended period? Would I just know by tasting one? I feel a bit paranoid because I had a terrible experience with some leftover mussels last year. I would just toss it but hate to see a dozen little octopi die for nothing.
posted by bonobothegreat on May 4, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm about to go Gordon Ramsay on my roomie. Help me be nice!

How to tell her not to let unsealed meat go brown in the fridge for over a week in a efficient and diplomatic fashion. [more inside]
posted by proximacentauri on Apr 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Chicken Phobic

I have taken the fear of salmonella to new levels. Explain to me how to cook and store chicken please! [more inside]
posted by amycup on Mar 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Can I Eat It - The Slow Cooker Edition

I have an egg based bread pudding in the slow cooker and the power went out. [more inside]
posted by PorcineWithMe on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Help! Meatloaf is still pink inside, defying all logic.

I bought a pre-made, raw meatloaf from the local grocery store. Tonight I cooked it, in a 375-degree oven for close to an hour and a half. The thing is still pink throughout! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 5, 2013 - 34 answers

Why all the horsemeat?

I've followed the hooplah in Europe from a distance and am puzzled as to where all this horsemeat is coming from. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Mar 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me not poison myself

I just made this recipe. It's been cooking for about 2 hours now. I went back on the site to check and see what the comments were like out of curiosity, and saw that the first comment directly recommended against using frozen chicken breast, as that can give bacteria the opportunity to build up as the crock-pot warms to temperature. I checked a few other places and they seem to agree that frozen meat in a crock-pot is a bad idea. I've already committed the ingredients to this meal, and I'd prefer not to waste them. Is there anything I can do to make this safe to eat?
posted by codacorolla on Mar 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Food-Grade Spikenard Oil

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 - 5 answers

Help me with this cookie/anxiety problem.

FoodSafetyFilter: Does old peanut butter make these delicious cookies ... OF DOOM? [more inside]
posted by Linda_Holmes on Jan 1, 2013 - 24 answers

Thanksgiving Turkey, Caribbean style. Safe to eat or death on a plate?

Two twelve pound frozen turkeys wrapped well in newspaper insulation, placed in a suitcase and put on a plane. One trip from Michigan USA to Sint Maarten, Caribbean. Safe? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Nov 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Cornmeal+stock+time=death?

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 - 7 answers

Food safety during power outage

Can I eat this? Sandy power outage edition. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Oct 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Beefy blunder

Can I cook and eat it? Roast Beast Edition. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years?

Homemade fruit rum safe to drink after 1.5 years? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jul 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Real Food in the Dramatic Arts - How Does It Work?

Edible theatrical properties - whose responsibility and how does it all work? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on May 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Did We Ruin This Bird?

Is this chicken safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Apr 25, 2012 - 8 answers

zombie chicken

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 - 17 answers

Modding my jam safely?

I want to mix slices of lemon into some jam from the store. How long will it keep in the fridge after I do this? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Feb 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Ham of unknown origin

I have been given a whole ham with no label, description, or instructions. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by mkdg on Jan 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Safe processing of old acorns

Wild foods filter: have these old acorns been processed enough to be safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by apparently on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

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