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Carol Schlitt


I can answer questions on home food safety, sanitation and home food preservation.

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I am a former Extension educator, nutrition, wellness and food safety, having retired August 1, 2010. I am a food safety instructor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a ServSafe Instructor/Proctor and have my own company, Safe & Savory Solutions, Inc -


National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Past President and current Historian), St. Louis Culinary Society.


BS - University of Illinois MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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Jona07/20/16101010Thanks, Carol!
Susan06/20/16101010Carol, Thank you for your quick reply .....
Angel05/21/16101010Great answers!

Recent Answers from Carol Schlitt

2016-07-19 Frozen Chicken - Food Safety:

Hi Jona,    Yes, it is safe to defrost either a fried chicken breast or grilled chicken breast in the refrigerator and then consume it cold.      If the chicken was initially cooked to at least 165 degress

2016-07-12 american buttercream icing:

Hi Bea,    Buttercream frostings made with fat, sugar, a small amount of milk and flavorings, are okay to store at room temperature. American-style buttercreams are typically non-potentially hazardous

2016-07-10 Precooked ravioli:

Hi Phillip,    Unfortunately, the recommendation for refrigerated pasta is that if they are out at room temperature for more than 4 hours they should be pitched.      The problem is that you can't tell

2016-07-02 Whole pork:

Hi Michael,    Two hours from the time of pick of the pig to refrigeration is within a safe time and should not have caused it to "spoil" in that time frame.  Pork normally does not have a noticeable odor

2016-07-01 Safe to eat pork shoulder roast:

Hi Gayle,    Unfortunately, the recommendation is to not take a chance with meats that have been at room temperature over 4 hours.     While the pork shoulder roast may be perfectly fine to eat, it is


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