Which Foods Are Safe To Eat When They’re Moldy?

 

Mold is usually a pretty clear indicator that food is past its prime ― most instincts will encourage people to steer clear. And it’s a good instinct, because some molds produce mycotoxins, which are poisonous substances that can make you very sick or even get cancer. But just because some molds will make you sick doesn’t mean all will. Take a look at blue cheese that’s covered in the stuff, and celebrated on cheese plates everywhere. That’s a mold we actually enjoy eating. There is good news: mold doesn’t always mean food is doomed for the trash. In an effort to fight food waste, here’s a list of foods ― put together by the USDA ― that are still safe to eat, even after they start growing mold. Just cut the moldy part off, or scrape it away, and enjoy. 1. Hard salami, 2. Hard cheese don’t cross-contaminate, always clean the knife as you cut. 3. Firm Fruits like bell peppers, Softer fruits, such as peaches, should be tossed. 4. Firm Vegetables with low moisture content such as cabbage and carrots. Usually soft foods with high moisture contents should be tossed once mold appears. This includes lunch meats, cooked pasta, cooked grains, soft cheese, yogurt, sour cream, jams and bread. If you’re not sure what’s safe, don’t take the risk. Just toss it…… Ed

Source: Julie R. Thomson / Photo: NoDerog via Getty Images

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