Food Safety

Why isn't it safe to cook kidney beans in a slow cooker? -Elanor Kidney beans contain a toxin called Phytohaemagglutinin, also known as Kidney Bean Lectin, that, if the beans are not cooked properly, can cause extreme nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms typically start within 1 to 3 hours of ingestion and can last for up to 4... Read more →




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Refreezing Meat

I bought some round steak to make Hungarian Goulash. I realized I wasn’t going to get to making it in a timely manner and froze the meat. I took it out, defrosted it in the fridge only to have some things come up that made using it right away impossible. Knowing that meat can be refrozen if it is defrosted... Read more →




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Frying Pan Concern - Cleaning After Cooking Chicken

How do I clean a seasoned fry pan in which I've cooked chicken? -Diane I'm not really sure what this question is getting at, but I'll hazard a guess that since chicken is notorious for contamination from salmonella, enterococcus or E. coli (among others), what you are concerned about is cross-contamination of other foods by a pan in which chicken... Read more →




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No Mix-ology

My wife keeps telling me that I shouldn't mix the last leftovers, say from a container of hummus, with the new one. I say there is no reason not to. What do you think? There is good reason behind your wife's concern, ... Read more →




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Working the Odds

My husband cooked chicken breasts on the barbecue grill yesterday. We put the remaining breasts into the refrigerator soon after pulling them off of the grill, around 3:00 pm. At 4:00 am, my daughter pulled the chicken out of the fridge to make a sandwich and forgot to put the other breasts back. My husband found them at 5:30 a.m.... Read more →




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Mexican Vanilla Extract - Is It Safe?

Happy New Year. Some friends of ours just came back from a trip to Mexico and they brought us a bottle of vanilla concentrate. I’ve never used ‘concentrate’ before so decided to Google it. Some people are saying to not use it for it could cause liver damage if there’s a certain ingredient in it. Can you help clarify some... Read more →




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Raw Egg Whites

Is it necessary to cook the egg whites, or is it safe to use them, blended with other ingredients? You are right to be concerned about using raw egg whites. The USDA now warns against eating anything made with raw eggs and especially about serving them to infants, young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, since they are the most susceptible to salmonella bacteria. Read more →




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How Long can Cooked Leftovers be Kept?

How long can meatball stew be left in fridge after cooking? A lot of factors can influence how long leftovers can be kept, but generally assuming that the food was handled, the rule of thumb is the food can be kept safely for 3 to 4 days. Read more →




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Iced Cube Steak

Is it safe to refreeze meat that has been thawed out and cooked? Provided that it was still kept cold enough and for not too long, then yes. Read more →




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Defrosting Frozen Turkey

How long does it take to defrost a frozen turkey? --Andy The length of time it takes to defrost a frozen turkey depends on a few things, most importantly the weight of the bird and the method used. The length of time will also be affected by the temperature at which it is being defrosted. There are two generally accepted... Read more →




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