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According to research at UC-Davis, quite the opposite is true. The key finding: Our safety concern was that bacteria such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, which might contaminate a work surface when raw meat was being prepared, ought not remain on the surface to contaminate other foods that might be eaten without further cooking. We soon ...


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As well as personal experience from eating onions that were cut not on the same day. From the National Onion Association: Leftover Onion and Cut Onion Q: Are cut onions or leftover onions poisonous? A: When handled properly, cut onions are not poisonous. After being cut, onions can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 7 days. A ...


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This is nothing but trickery. In this particular case, it appears that they have a liquid in there that has a much lower boiling point, is heavier than the oil, has the same appearance as the oil, and it is boiling to give the appearance that the oil is boiling. In this particular case, lemon juice is the common liquid used. Experiment – 22 Effect: The ...


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To say the explosion can't kill you seems a bit exaggerated. In this case, Elderly woman has leg horrifically severed after home pressure cooker exploded, a woman died after the explosion of a pressurecooker severed her leg (but not immediately!). Here is a second report of the same incident that is a lot more comprehensible: Miami Woman Dies After ...


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In Germany, it's such a well-known advice to prick eggs before boiling that there is a kitchen tool which exists only to make Eier pieksen easier: the Eierpiekser. My mother had a cheap plastic one (ca. 1970), but it seems that you can pay 10€ or even more for the stainless steel version. (CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81004) ...


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The pictures are not fake. They are real photos of a phone baked into a cake, and then removed. However, the "Imagine this scenario. You drop your phone..." text is just imagination, not what actually occurred in making the photos. The photos are frames from the video iPhone 5S Baked In Cake - Will it Survive?. In the video, the narrator, TechRax, ...


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It's possible, but unlikely. It's possible Cakes cook from the outside in. If you are not careful you might pull out a cake cooked outside but raw inside. This happens when the oven is too hot. What to do if my cake seems ready from the outside (it's brown as it should be) however it's not done yet inside? [...] If you find that your cakes are brown on the ...


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(I endorse Schmuddi's answer but I'll keep this one for the historical background it provides.) The advice goes back more than one hundred years to a 20 January 1899 North Dakota Agricultural College, Government Agricultural Experimental Station for North Dakota, Bulletin 35, Some Chemical Problems Investigated by Edwin Fremont Ladd. However, the advice is ...


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tl;dr While aluminum is toxic in large quantities, the risks from intake of low quantities are uncertain. However, as a precaution it is recommended to minimize intake. For that reason acidic or salty food should not come into contact with uncoated aluminum, such as foils or dishes. Also, aluminum content of cosmetics should be minimized. There is an ...


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In my opinion it existed in the past and might still exist, but if so it is extremely difficult to find in a restaurant. According to this entry in Chinese Wikipedia: 三叫鼠,又名三吱儿,求小鼠肉嫩,故以蜜糖餵母鼠,故又叫蜜唧,广东菜名,最早的文字记载来自《清稗类钞》饮食类: 粤人食鼠 粤肴有所谓蜜唧烧烤者,鼠也。豢鼠生子,白毛长分许,浸蜜中。食时,主人斟酒,侍者分送,入口之际,尚唧唧作声。然非上宾,无此盛设也。其大者如猫,则干之以为脯。 Rough translation: San ...


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The origin of this story seems to be a 1958 Reader's Digest article, "Percy Spencer and His Itch to Know", written by Don Murray: One day a dozen years ago [Percy Spencer] was visiting a lab where magnetrons, the power tubes of radar sets, were being tested. Suddenly, he felt a peanut bar start to cook in his pocket. Other scientists had noticed ...


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This is a question that would be better handled by the experts at Seasoned Advice (I suspect it would be a duplicate.) Their food safety tag description is a fantastic resource that I commonly refer to, correcting a number of myths and misconceptions. From there, we can see the answer to this question is not a simple "yes or no" - heating them once ...


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Flame can travel up the stream, that is not news. There are many hospital admissions every year from people trying to add some meths (ethanol + methanol, "lighter fluid" in USA) direct from bottle to the BBQ to get it going properly The problem occurs more often if the bottle has a wide opening, then you get easy flame transfer up the stream and into bottle....


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Yes and no, if you are making your own Sourdough bread then I would say no, as you have created the starter and the yeast is all natural. However if you are buying shop bought bread then one of the ingredients to extend the shelf life of the bread is L-cysteine. L-cysteine is/can be derived from human hair(mostly from barbers in china apparently), and ...


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I found this article from Liberty Mutual regarding a study one of their researches did on this subject entitled "Is a Sharper Knife a Safer Knife? Liberty Mutual Researchers Investigate" The study findings, published in Applied Ergonomics (Vol. 24, pp 375-382), indicated that blade sharpness did indeed have a significant impact on grip and ...


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Yes it is true that some fruits such as raspberries and vegetables such as spinach in supermarkets taste different, when compared to local farms and farmers markets since most varieties of fruits and vegetables found in supermarkets are chosen for yield, growth rate, and ability to withstand long-distance transport rather than taste. Fruit and vegetable ...


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Alcohol chains are highly volatile and the resulting vapors are detectable by the human olfactory sense as odor. Ethanol is the least detectable, but still registers above chance levels according to the linked study as listed in the abstract which does not require membership/subscription to read, but for ease I will link and quote the abstract: ABSTRACT ...


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Probably not this link explains the source of bitterness and how it is distributed in a cucumber: A natural organic compound called cucurbitacin is the culprit, according to Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Myers. The bitter compound is likely to be more concentrated in the stem end than in the blossom end of the cucumber. It is also more ...


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It seems likely to be true. In particular, Starboard Value made the claim as part of an extended, savage, and heavily reported critique of the then-management of the chain, where the "no salting" bit featured heavily in the reportage. The attack was clearly and openly being made as part of a takeover attempt. (https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/...


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Evidence: Formaldehyde is an industrial chemical used to make other chemicals and products including chewing gums. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Formaldehyde can be released into the air (off-gas) from materials and products made with it. Formaldehyde can also be released into the air by automobiles, cigarettes, and burning wood, ...


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In American Woodworker Sep-Oct 1993 there is an article A Guide to Glues by Curtis Johnson "biochemist at Oregon State University". In the article he says: ...urea-formaldehyde glues, are my personal favorite for cabinet making. Their high water resistance makes them good for jobs like tabletops, cutting boards or laminated countertops. In urea-...


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Ziploc brand bags do not contain BPA, according to the manufacturer: http://www.ziploc.com/Sustainability/Pages/Safety-and-Plastics.aspx SC Johnson’s Ziploc® brand Bags and Containers are BPA free. Our products are extensively evaluated for toxicity and safety and comply with applicable quality and safety regulations. Nor do they contain Dioxins: ...


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According to The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley, page 73 There is a local superstition that basil must never be cut with a blade but always torn with the fingers; this precaution ensures protection from snake bites. It is also far pleasanter and more aesthetic to tear the soft perfumed leaves.


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We don't know how risky aluminum is. (Source.) In Germany, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) wondered about cooking pans too. They wrote an article named "FAQs about aluminium in food and products intended for consumers". I shall quote a bunch from that article; their final answer is at the end of my post. What health risks does aluminium ...


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According the video I Dipped my Hand into Boiling Hot Oil - Leidenfrost Effect? by Physics Girl on YouTube this is in fact the Leidenfrost Effect. In the video the conditions are recreated and hands are submerged in boiling oil.


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In short: Most reviewers agree that the smoothies prepared by vacuum blenders are less frothy than those prepared by regular blenders, but they don't necessary agree about the better taste. Immediately after blending, there is a very small loss (<5%) of nutrients, such as vitamin C, prepared by regular blenders; after 1 hour of storage, the loss is still ...


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