Fresh Coconut Has Chemical Smell?Does anyone know why a coconut would smell something like a cleaning product when it is opened? I recently bought one. It is full of milk and white meat, but smells chemically.
Using an Old Can of Baked Beans?This is a page about using an old can of baked beans. If you have ever found an expired can of food at the back of the cupboard, you have probably wondered about the safety of eating the contents.
Is It Safe to Drink Expired Gatorade?I was drinking a Gatorade dated December 10 2010, today's date is April 20, 2011. I'm really scared now due to the chemicals that are in these liquids. Is it dangerous?
Evaporated Milk Has Brown Tint?I was given some evaporated milk and when opened it had a brown tinted color. I did thoroughly shake the can before opening. I looked at a web page about evaporated milk, and I could not see an answer. It was not passed the "use by" date on the can. It had a generic label but when I read on the back, it said Safeway Milk Company. Any ideas? Thanks!
Can I Serve Food on Unglazed Terra Cotta Flowerpot Saucers?Since it would not be safe to eat off of the glazed saucers, what about the plain terracotta saucers for pots?
Packaged Tuna?I have packaged tuna (pouches) in my fridge and encountered a power loss. Can they be saved?
Information on Food RecallsManufacturers recall food products all the time for a variety of reasons. They are announced on the news and many stores will contact their customers directly to inform them to return them for a refund or replacement. It is important to discontinue use immediately to prevent any health concerns.
Shelf Life of Tuna Packaged in Pouches?I have a couple of unopened pouches of tuna and albacore. I don't think they have expiration dates on them, so how long can go by before it's too late to open and use them?
Shelf Life of Swanson Chicken Broth in Cartons?My brother drives a tractor-trailer and ended up with 3 cases of Swanson chicken broth in the carton like boxes. They expire this month; can freeze these and/or does the 2 year after the date rule apply to these like other canned food? Thanks.
Health Concerns About Food From China?Recently I've heard several people mention that they wouldn't eat Chinese canned goods. I buy different products from Dollarama (such as mandarin oranges, mushrooms, etc.) that come from China and am wondering what others think about using them? Thanks!
How Long Will Vegetable Soup Keep in the Refrigerator?Vegetable soups kept in the refrigerator will usually last about 3-4 days before they need to be used. This is a page about how long will vegetable soup keep in the refrigerator?
Using Expired Canned FoodMany consumers wonder if it is safe to eat canned foods that have passed the expiration date on the can. This is a page about using expired canned food.
Effects of Thawing and Refreezing on Food?How does freezing over of refrigerator effect liquid cartons of eggs, citrus juice, and fruit juice? The refrigerator in an "assisted living" facility room froze unopened cartons of liquid eggs and unopened bottles of expensive OJ and unopened bottles of fruit juice.
Defrosting FoodThis page is about defrosting food. With all kinds of foods, you want to make sure that you limit its time in the temperature danger zone.
Can You Use Sugar Contaminated By Ants?Having ants get into your food is very frustrating. If they have gotten into the sugar, you may wonder about the safety of using it once the ants are removed. This is a page about "can you use sugar contaminated by ants?".
Shelf Life of Powdered Hot Chocolate Mix?This is a page about shelf life of powdered hot chocolate mix. Many products are labeled with "best by" or "best used by" information. However, many of these same products can still be used past that date.
Barbecue Food Safety TipsThis is a page about barbecue food safety tips. Barbecuing is a favorite way to cook, that is not just for summer anymore. Cooking outside does require some safety precautions to ensure that the food is kept cold and handled properly under conditions less controlled than in your kitchen.
Preventing Food PoisoningThis is a page about preventing food poisoning. There are a number of steps you can follow to help prevent food poisoning.
Food Left Out Overnight?Occasionally leftovers do not make it into the fridge, and you need to know if it's still safe to eat. This page is about food left out overnight.
Using Expired Yogurt?This is a page about using expired yogurt. Some of us have found ourselves wondering whether we can use a tub of yogurt that is past its expiration date.
Shelf Life of Canned Food?This is a page about shelf life of canned food. Canned food can last for a long time. There are some easy ways to tell if the food is still safe.
Testing Egg FreshnessThis page is about testing egg freshness. There are a number of ways to determine whether an egg is still consumable.
Watch For GMOs and Additives In Dry MilkI just read the post for using dried milk for cooking and saving organic liquid milk for drinking and use on cereal. My question is, have you read the label on the dried milk to make sure it is not made from cows treated with growth hormones, fed antibiotics, and herbicide in their feed stuff?
Shelf Life of Macaroni and Cheese?How long can you use mac and cheese after expiration date?
Using Expired Cocoa Powder?I have a container of Kroger cocoa powder with a sell by date of Nov. 29, 2004. The container is made of cardboard with a metal top and metal bottom.
Expired Eagle Brand Cream?I have a can of Eagle brand cream. It is a sweet cream used in baking cookies. The expiration date is 2009, is it usable?
Chill Food SafelyI had worked in many restaurants through the years and know the importance of keeping food either hot or cold. While preparing a meal, I chill my leftover bowls and tops in the freezer and when I have finished eating fill them with the hot food.
Cheese Has White Edges After Freezing?I put some slice cheese in the freeze about 4 or 5 months ago in only the store wrapper. The cheese has a white powder on the edges now. Is it okay to use?
Making Tossed Salad?Is it safe to toss a salad with a large plastic bag prior to serving it?
Shelf Life of Honey in Unopened Container?How long should honey still be good if left in a unopened can? What are the signs if it's no longer safe?
Are the White Spots on My Corn Tortillas Mold?There are white spots on the corn tortillas, is this mold?
Home Canned Cream of Chicken Soup Smells Bad?I canned cream of chicken soup with dry milk. When I opened a jar it tasted different and the smell was bad.
Is it Okay to Have a Freezer in the Garage?Would it be okay to put a freezer in garage?
Use Ice Cubes To Check Freezer OperationIf you're traveling, or need to leave your home when evacuated, place several ice cubes on a small plate and place them in the middle of your freezer. If you come home, and they are melted, immediately suspect that the food in your refrigerator may be bad.
Can I Use the Saucer from a Glazed Flowerpot to Serve Food?Is it safe to eat or place food on a glazed flowerpot's glazed saucer?
Shelf Life of Homemade Canned Soup?How long is homemade canned soup good for? I was recently given some that has been on the shelf for 2 years. Is it safe to eat?
Do Foods Need to Be Heated to Boiling Before Placing on a Steam Table?I hope you can help with this one, don't know where else to go. I started working at a snack bar that sells hot dogs, chili dogs, etc. We make our own chili for the chili dogs. Once made and cooled we put it in containers, date them and freeze them to use throughout the week.
Roasting Meat Without a Thermometer?I don't have a meat thermometer. What can I substitute? (chicken is already in the oven)
Keeping Mold Out of Packaged Foods?I have food stored in my basement, but I have mold in my basement that keeps coming back. The food is stored in a stand alone pantry with doors that don't close very well. Should I be worried about mold spores getting into my food, even if the food is unopened?
Does Mold in Refrigerator Contaminate Food?Does mold in a refrigerator contaminate everything that is in it, such as bottled ketchup, jellies, mustard, etc.?
Frozen Tomatoes Have Changed Color?We have two bags of frozen tomatoes from the 2007 season that have turned quite dark in color? Would you use them? They don't have any odd smell but we are a little worried.
Are Tomato Products Safe From Salmonella?The US is having salmonella issues with tomatoes. My question is: If these tomatoes were used in processed foods like tomato paste or spaghetti sauce will the salmonella still live in the paste or sauce?
How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?How long do hard-boiled eggs last when they're refrigerated in their shells? Thanks.
Be Sure To Check Canned Goods Before UsingYesterday I cleaned out the pantry and found myself looking at a can lid that appeared different. Not dirty, not rusted, just a little odd. I pushed my finger on the top of the lid and it made a pop down and up - and directly into the trash it went.
Moldy Fudge?Why is my fudge moldy after one month?
Fruit Fresh Expiration?I have a bottle of Fruit Fresh, still sealed, with a use by date of March 2021. Is it still safe to use for freezing peaches?
Storing Strawberry Freezer Jam?We have freezer strawberry jam that we are traveling with - 206 four ounce jars. They are currently frozen. We are leaving Tuesday and we are giving them away on Saturday. Can we just keep them in a cooler until we give them out or do we need to keep them cool?
Jar of Minced Garlic Froze?If a jar of minced garlic, in juice, accidentally gets frozen, is it still good? Anybody know?
Refreezing Lemon Juice?We juiced lemons and froze them in icetrays. Our freezer broke. Can I refreeze the lemon juice?
Using Canned Peach Pie Filling?I opened a 21 oz can of peach pie filling by mistake to make an ambrosia fruit salad. I put the opened canned peaches in a plastic container. It has been in the refridgerator about 2-3 weeks. Is it still safe to use? I would like to bake a cake or pie with it.