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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Stinky Shiitakes

Pungent shiitakes from a Korean market. Are they okay? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Fire kills everything, right?

Grilling meat with only 1 pair of tongs- my method would make Alton Brown gasp in horror, but is it safe? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Jul 25, 2011 - 22 answers

Can I drink this without dying?

What's the matter with these soda cans? I have two cans of diet pop that are bulging on the bottom (pics inside). Is this botulism or does it pose any danger? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Jun 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I Drink This? The Tea Edition

Is it safe to drink tea made from over-decade-old teabags? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jun 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I eat it? (I did.) Breakfast of expired ham and not green eggs.

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]
posted by loquat on May 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Opening a can of tomato paste, the contents spewed out. Can I eat this?

Opening a can of tomato paste, the contents spewed out. Can I eat this? [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Half-baked Cake filter

Is it healthy or sensible to half bake a cake, cool it, freeze it, thaw it, and finish cooking it? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Feb 6, 2011 - 11 answers

It just sits there on the bench for hours...

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?
posted by doublehappy on Jan 18, 2011 - 20 answers

Pizza Stones: Rip off? Quarry stones: Safe?

Are unglazed quarry tiles safe for use in an oven? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Nov 14, 2010 - 20 answers

Does broiling empty nonstick pans kill them?

Did I just ruin half my pots and pans? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Peculiarly Brown-Looking Stew Meat: Safe for My Slow-Cooker?

Food Safety Filter (sorry): Is this stew meat safe to eat? We just bought it today. Sell by date is October 6. Meat is deeply brown-red, with areas that are brown enough to look cooked already. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Oct 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Will I paralyze myself and everyone I know with these pickled beans?

How can I fix this beginner's canning SNAFU? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Aug 16, 2010 - 15 answers

I hope three trays of chicken parm wasn't wasted

Food safety-filter. Was this cooked, frozen chicken breast mishandled, or am I giving in to my own hypersensitive food safety guidelines? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 24, 2010 - 17 answers

Does pink pork pose problems?

Can pork be eaten when it is still pink inside? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Jul 13, 2010 - 28 answers

Has the sun set on these?

[JapaneseTranslationFilter] Can I still eat this? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on May 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Can I Eat it? Raw-milk Cheese edition.

I just received some delicious-looking raw-milk cheese in the mail. It was room temperature. It does not appear molded. It is shrink-wrapped. I'd hate to waste it, but I don't want to take any chances especially because it is raw-milk cheese. [more inside]
posted by verevi on Dec 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Deadly Dressing?!?!

Can I Eat It Filter: homemade salad dressing edition [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on May 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Egg myths

Eggs. I love eggs. Every time I use eggs I wonder about food safety but not obcessively so... I think and then I do anyway. There are two things I always do with eggs and I am wondering if they are "magical thinking" routines. [more inside]
posted by maggieb on Feb 22, 2009 - 25 answers

Should I Eat The Cheese? (Slight variation on past questions)

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]
posted by Kirn on Nov 23, 2008 - 7 answers

Don't eat it, Ted?

What's the deal with my salad dressing? It is frothing like a rabid dog! [more inside]
posted by TedW on Oct 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Another "Can I Eat This" Query

Can I marinate beef past the sell-by date? I've bought a piece of chuck pot roast and just made the marinade for Mark Bittman's Vinegar-Marinated Pot Roast recipe. Bittman's recipe suggest marinating the meat for up to 3 days; the date on the package comes due is in two. Will the marinade, made up primarily of wine and vinegar, allow the meat to last past the date (and I have no idea if it's a sell-by or serve-by date - I'm recently eating beef again after about a 13 year hiatus), or should I plan on cooking this tomorrow? Ideally, I'd like to cook this on Thursday, but I don't want to kill my family.
posted by bibliowench on Aug 27, 2007 - 13 answers

When to toss canned food out?

I've got some food that's past it's "Best Before" dates. Can I safely eat it? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Apr 10, 2005 - 22 answers

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