Food Safety

Is It Really OK to Leave Your Slow Cooker on All Day? — Tips from the Kitchn

You wouldn't leave the oven or stove on when you leave the house to run errands or head to the office, so why is the slow cooker an exception? Is it really OK to leave it on all day on your kitchen counter when no one is home?

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What’s the Deal with Blue Ginger? — Ingredient Intelligence

Have you ever sliced into a knob of ginger to find a faint blue-green ring circling the perimeter? Don't be alarmed — your ginger isn't bad. In fact, there are a few reasons why your ginger might appear blue, and none about them are bad.

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4 Signs Your Cooked Rice Has Gone Bad — Tips from The Kitchn

Rice is one of those pantry staples that seems to have an indefinite shelf life. And while this is mostly true with uncooked rice (the exception being brown rice), cooked rice has a limit to how long it will last. You've done the sniff test, but are you still not sure? Maybe you can't remember how long it's been in the fridge? Here's how to make the call on when to toss it.

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The 6 Foods You’ll Never See on This Food Poisoning Expert’s Plate — Food News

There are general rules for food safety that I'd argue most people are familiar with: Wash your hands often, don't mix raw meat/fish with raw vegetables, be careful about keeping food at the correct temperature for the correct amount of time. Rules like these keep us healthy and our food safe, but how far does it go? Do your concerns over food safety keep you from eating entire categories of food?

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Afraid of the Mandoline? Glove Up! — Faith’s Daily Find 01.07.16

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If you'd like to take a deep-dive into kitchen horror, just read the comments on our brief guide to the mandoline this week. (Or, if you're squeamish about danger to fingertips, just skip it.) If you are drawn to the speed and advantages of a mandoline — it makes it so easy to eat more vegetables, for one! — but are, ahem, attached to your fingers, then here's a tool to try: cut-resistant gloves.

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Is That Safe to Eat? A Short Guide to Grocery Store Dates — The Grocery Insider

I’ll never forget the results of the derecho that hit the Midwest a few summers ago. With the winds came power outages that drew neighbors out into their yards (time to grill that stuff from the freezer!) and grocery store folks into depression. Cartloads upon cartloads of artisan cheese, meat, and dairy products were piled into the trash, and if anyone in the area had electricity to store or cook the foods, it would have made for the finest dumpster diving in the land.

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