Wonder if you need to throw out something with a spot of mold on it?
Some foods can be saved even with fungal growth.
The following guidelines are from M. Susan Brewer, Ph.D., R.D., a specialist in food safety. Her articles and works are found in many state university extension services publications lists.
If the food shows even a tiny mold spot, follow these guidelines:
1. Hard or firm foods with tiny mold spots can be trimmed; cut away the area around the mold (at least an inch) and re-wrap in clean wrap. Make sure that knife does not touch the mold.
Basically, the list includes hard cheeses, fruits, and veggies.
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Cheese, hard (such as cheddar, Swiss, etc.)
2. Soft foods such as cheese slices, cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt should be thrown away.
- All leftovers
- Cottage cheese
- Hot dogs
- Lettuce other leafy vegetables
- Lunch meats
- Meat pies
- Peanut butter
- Soft cheeses, (Mozzarella, Brie, Etc.)
- Sour cream
- Whole grains