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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


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

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

Not having an immune system is frightening.

Household tips for the immunocompromised? [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Jul 14, 2011 - 18 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

Is this lettuce for the birds?

Is it OK to eat lettuce in which I found a feather? [more inside]
posted by apparently on Jun 29, 2011 - 10 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

Will this dressing be safe at room temperature?

Why would bottled dressing with these ingredients need to be refrigerated before opening? Is it a safety issue or a quality issue? [more inside]
posted by peep on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 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

The jar also advises, "Examine oysters for pearls"

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 - 32 answers

Any special guidelines for farm-fresh eggs

What's the 411 on home grown eggs? A guy at work has some chickens and is sharing the bounty. [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Mar 31, 2011 - 41 answers

PB and food safety and raisin toast!

"Should I eat this?"-filter. Left a jar of peanut butter open on my counter and went out of town for 5 days. The house usually stays pretty cool. Safe to eat?
posted by liketitanic on Mar 28, 2011 - 33 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

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

Cans and aluminum in fridge: safe?

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]
posted by archagon on Sep 22, 2010 - 29 answers

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