What should I use to preserve the timbers (old and new) in my basket press? [more inside]
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?
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.
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]
I have taken the fear of salmonella to new levels. Explain to me how to cook and store chicken please! [more inside]
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?
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]
I have been given a whole ham with no label, description, or instructions. What should I do with it? [more inside]
Pungent shiitakes from a Korean market. Are they okay? [more inside]
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]
Why would bottled dressing with these ingredients need to be refrigerated before opening? Is it a safety issue or a quality issue? [more inside]
Will I regret having eaten expired canadian bacon? What's the worst thing that could happen? I think I'm experiencing phantom food poisoning symptoms, help! [more inside]
Can I eat it, oyster edition: I left a jar of fresh yearling oysters at room temperature while I went snowboarding. [more inside]
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?
My girlfriend thinks it's bad to put hot or warm food in the fridge without letting it cool to room temperature first. Something something bacteria something something. I think she's stupid. I also think she's wrong. Is she?
Are unglazed quarry tiles safe for use in an oven? [more inside]
I used to live in a co-op, and our kitchen managers always stressed not putting cans or aluminum in the fridge. They said that it could cause botulism to grow. Fact or fiction? [more inside]
Food safety-filter. Was this cooked, frozen chicken breast mishandled, or am I giving in to my own hypersensitive food safety guidelines? [more inside]
Should I be concerned about frozen prepared foods that don't seem all that frozen in the grocery store? [more inside]
How long can I safely keep steamed chicken wings in the refrigerator before baking them? [more inside]
FoodSafetyFilter: Making duck confit. Threw a few legs into the 200 degree melted fat then realized I didn't have enough fat to cover them all completely. Panicked for 3 or 4 minutes, realized it's too late to go out and buy more fat, then decided my only option (aside from chucking $40 worth of meat) was to pull the legs out, blot them with paper towels, and throw them back in the fridge until tomorrow when I can get more fat. Question: Am I going to kill myself and all of my dinner guests with some horrible foodborne bacteria? [more inside]
I have some Spanish 'Queso Tetilla' cheese (a soft cheese completely surrounded by a hard rind). It's about a month old and got taken in a suitcase from Barcelona to the UK for about 16 hours - apart from that, it's been in the fridge the whole time. There are a couple of spots of blue mould on the rind, and a soft patch where a sticker was (through cellophane), but having cut into it the inside seems OK. Should I Eat It? [more inside]
How long can chicken be frozen and remain good (as in not dangerous) to eat? Thanks
Frozen food fiasco filter. My freezer was off for 48 hours. It was not opened during this time. Which items are still safe? [more inside]
Where can I learn more about the dangers of harmful bacteria in all kinds of poultry? [more inside]