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Are roadside blackberries safe?

I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray herbicides along roads to prevent overgrowth. How is this application done? Is it...

By Kaci Buhl, | Featured Question

Should I worry about the cyanide in lima beans?

I've purchased yellow "butter beans" immature in the pods from a local farm stand. They are very good. But I just learned that lima beans have (or convert into) cyanide and so mature beans require long cooking to remove this "protective mechanism" that beans of this sort have evolved. My question is...

By Joy Waite-Cusic, | Featured Question

Is canning with fresh lemon juice a safety risk?

I used fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice for canning salsa in water bath. is that ok?

By Jeanne Brandt, | Featured Question

Is my cheese basket safe to eat?

We received by mail, a cheese basket. It was room temperature, and apparently had been for at least a day. We put it in the fridge. Is it safe to eat?

By Jeanne Brandt | Featured Question

Moist & Tender Turkey or Slow-Roasted Salmonella?

I'd like to roast my turkey at 240 degrees this Thanksgiving, based on something I heard on America's Test Kitchen. They neglected to mention how long it would take to cook (per pound) at that temperature. Is there a way I can calculate how long that might take? I can only find information on time...

By Nellie Oehler | Featured Question

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, can we eat it?

We picked up two five gallon buckets full of apples that were laying on the ground from our tree which we have never sprayed. We do not have any animals except squirrels and an occasional cat who may wander through our yard. Should I make applesauce and pies out of the apples or, in an abundance of...

By Nellie Oehler | Featured Question

Are pecked berries harmful?

We were picking blueberries and a couple of birds were having a grand time pecking away at the rows. We were trying to avoid the pecked berries and managed to get a nice bucket and discarded a few with pecks that accidentally got into the bucket. We washed and froze them for the winter. Some members...

By Glenda Hyde | Featured Question

My rice is crawling, is that bad?

Two weeks ago, when fixing brown basmati rice for dinner (bought from bulk in last 2 months) kept some in a kitchen container, noticed black "dust" at bottom of container. Put on eye glasses to see - eek!... many dead teeny tiny black bugs, but about 200 crawling actively. Threw the whole amount out...

By Jeanne Brandt | Featured Question

Should we eat expired tofu?

My daughter has recently decided not to eat meat. I have started purchasing tofu -- but don't always use it by the expiration date on the package. Tofu is sealed in liquid. Is it safe for a little while after the date stamped on the package?  

By Jeanne Brandt | Featured Question

I'm frantic about my frozen foods, should I toss them all?

The vertical freezer door was left open an inch from evening to mid-morning the next day. Around 11 a.m., I noticed the veggies (bags) were broken up inside and almost soft. TV dinners were pliable. I also have a package of raw chicken breasts (forgot to check them), butter in cube/pounds, ice cream...

By Teresa Crowley | Featured Question