Food Safety

Dis-dressed Turkey

I understand that the common wisdom nowadays is to cook stuffing separately from the turkey. Why? --Karen In order for salmonella and other bacteria to be killed, most food, including turkey, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). The temperature should be measured at the center of the food. The ideal cooking temperatures for turkey are 165°F... Read more →




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How to Tell if Eggs are Fresh

I have a carton of eggs without a best-before date on it. I think I have had the eggs for about two or three weeks. Is there any way to tell if they are fresh? --Lin There are two ways to tell how fresh your eggs are, but you need to remember that these are rough guidelines and that they... Read more →




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Out of Date Cake Mixes

I have several out of date cake mixes, probably about two years old. I assume they would not rise properly as the baking powder in them has lost its potency. Would they work if I added fresh baking powder? What would be the proper amount, if so? Thank you, although I suspect the answer will be, "try it and see."... Read more →




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Keeping Easter Eggs

How long can you keep boiled easter eggs without refrigeration? How long can you keep boiled eggs in the fridge? Please, we need this answer A.S.A.P. --Ed I assume when you ask how long can you keep boiled Easter eggs without refrigeration, you mean ones that you intend to eat afterwards. If so, then the general food safety rule holds.... Read more →




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Cleaning Cutting Boards

I recently received a plastic and a wooden cutting board. Unfortunately neither came with cleaning instructions. I use the plastic type for the meats, and the wooden for vegetables, fruits and breads. How do I make sure I am not having any bacteria or other bad things pass on to other foods? In other words, how do I clean my... Read more →




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Holding Hot Foods

At what temperature can I keep roast chicken or turkey in the oven to keep it warm and safe if we are having a very long dinner party? --Susan Hot food should be held at a temperature above 140°F (60°C) if it is not being served immediately. Unfortunately, most home ovens are not built to operate reliably at that low... Read more →




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How Long will Leftover Turkey Keep in the Fridge?

We roasted a fresh turkey un-stuffed on Thanksgiving and the left-over pieces have been stored in the refrigerator in it's own container. How long is too long to safely consume the left-over turkey? Thank you. --Betty In our house, most of the leftover turkey is consumed for late night snacks or lunch the next day as Turkey Buns. In fact,... Read more →




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Roast Turkey Temperature

When roasting a turkey, what temperature should it be cooked to and what is the best way to measure the temperature. --Brenda Ideally, the meat on the breast of a turkey should be roasted to 165°F (74°C) to be at its most tender. However the leg and thigh need to be cooked slightly higher, to between 175°F (80°C) and 180°F... Read more →




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© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward