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I think the old question is very good, and very general. We can handle specific situations much better as answers to new questions than by saying "it's a duplicate of...". Sometimes it takes more than will fit in a comment to explain sufficiently why somethign could be considered a dupe, and at that point I don't think it should be. Another reason: The ...


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I like the idea very much, had even thought of starting such a canonical question a few weeks ago when we saw the last such question. I find this type of question problematic for us. The way it functions in the mind of the first-time-caterer seems to be "I get the appropriate portion size X per person (which only depends on the food I am preparing), ...


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This sounds to me like there would be too many combinations of produce, temperatures, humidity requirements, container types, ventilation, and even proximity to other produce to have one, big comprehensive answer. I would suggest to continue hosting these questions on an as-needed basis. Then if you find yourself answering a group of these with essentially ...


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It's possible that there need to be more specific 'generic' questions, rather than shoving everything at the 'food left out' answer Dealing with frozen food that's been left out (what temperature was it when you realized it, and what did you do with it?) Dealing with crockpots that lost power (how long was it out, what temperature was it at when you ...


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In many "left out too long" cases, the underlying question is "is the food concerned a perishable food to which the 2/4 hour rule applies?". I often see that such questions are instantly marked duplicate and referred to a canonical that is about perishable food without explaining WHY it is or isn't in that category. Eg, a basic pizza could be considered ...


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I agree with the approach we currently take as in the "left food out" example in the question. There are many different circumstances where food is left in the danger zone too long and I think the canonical answer is appropriate for any of them. It doesn't matter if the food was left on the counter or the crock pot came unplugged or if the food was beef or ...


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My general understanding is that part of why we close so many "is this thing I left on the counter/in the car/crock pot didn't turn on still safe to eat" as a dupe is that we can not be liable for giving people unsafe food consumption advice. If someone follows an answer that says "ah, I've never gotten sick and I do that all the time"... and then gets ...


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I don't think that editing the old one is realistic. It's just too much of a change to get high-ranking answers to include what's in the new one. It's not just the sweetened vs unsweetened condensed milk part, but the specific instructions for substituting sweetened for evaporated plus sugar (or vice versa). I do think it would be useful to have a more ...


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