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Is it dangerous to use wooden cutlery and cutting boards with raw meat?

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 ...
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Do onions become toxic or otherwise dangerous within a day of a being cut open?

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? ...
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Can a person submerge their hands in hot frying oil without adverse effects?

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, ...
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Can the explosion of a pressure cooker kill you?

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 ...
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Does pricking eggs before boiling them reduce cracking?

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 (...
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Is it possible to bake a cake with a phone inside, leaving the phone intact?

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 ...
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Is it possible to bake a cake with a phone inside, leaving the phone intact?

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 ...
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Does pricking eggs before boiling them reduce cracking?

(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, ...
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Are new born mice an available dish in Chinese restaurants?

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,...
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Is aluminum foil safe to use with food?

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 ...
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Was the microwave discovered by finding food cooked in a pocket?

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 ...
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Are eggs safe to consume once they reach 70 degrees celsius

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 ...
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Is human hair used to make bread?

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 ...
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Are sharp knives safer to use than dull knives for preparing food when cooking?

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" ...
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Do fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets taste worse than those grown on local farms?

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 ...
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Does ethanol activate any taste or smell receptors?

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 ...
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Does rubbing the end of a cucumber improve its taste?

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 ...
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Did the restaurant chain Olive Garden have warranty terms for their pots that prevent salting the cooking water?

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 ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

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 ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

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 ...
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Are harmful chemicals leached from ordinary Ziploc bags when used for sous vide cooking?

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....
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Is there any reason to tear basil instead of cutting it with a knife?

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 ...
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How unhealthy are aluminum cooking pans?

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 ...
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Can a person submerge their hands in hot frying oil without adverse effects?

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 ...
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Do vacuum blenders preserve nutrients and flavour, and produce less foam?

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. ...
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