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4 moldy foods you can eat (plus which foods to toss)

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., May 18, 2012 - 11:10am

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Brierley asks: Do you use or toss moldy food items?


I use them and have never been ill from it in my life and I'm 28.


06/07/2015 - 10:43am

I should say, they tasted fine, and running them under the tab washed the offending parts clean off.


05/27/2015 - 2:47pm

I scrape mold off cheese, cut it off potatoes and peel onion layers till I see fresh onion. Fruits if bought recently I wash in a hot sink FULL of water with 3 DROPS regular old laundry bleach (without added scents). When I was in the military we used bleach (1 drop per quart) to purify ugly water. We did this ONLY when we ran out of iodine tablets. I have never gotten sick from any. Now if someone figures out how to use spoiled milk to cook with, that would be an accomplishment.


05/21/2015 - 6:26pm

When I've waited too long to eat strawberries that my wife has cleaned and prepared, but not yet added sugar, they sometimes get moldy. I just toss them, mold and all, into our blender with an equal amount (or more) of crumbled graham crackers, a 6 ounce container of yogurt and make a smoothie. Yum! Yum!
ps My wife thinks I'm nuts and refuses to eat any ... so, more for me!!


04/18/2015 - 3:32pm

Dear Brierley,

Use! Americans waste WAY too much food. I always scrape off obvious mold (for taste purposes) and use the remainder, regardless of moisture within. Most people on most sites say, "toss." But, no one EVER states what it is that is bad about food-related mold for human consumption. I NEVER get ill. EVER. I am on food stamps and, to me, it is sacrilege to waste anything, if at all possible, especially based on non-scientific hearsay.

Most use-by dates and recipe recommendation for saving leftovers are a joke, based on the opinions of ignorant, spoiled, paranoid people. I have a good refrigerator that runs cold. I use broths made over a year before use. Simply boil for a few moments and you have perfect, aromatic, tasty broth as a base for soups, sauces, etc.

That said, I am open to any SCIENTIFIC facts regarding molds that form on well-refrigerated food.

Thank you for your efforts on keeping people informed.

Mr. Black


02/01/2015 - 1:09am

I toss moldy food because there's no reason for me to eat it. I live an average lifestyle, never made over 26,000 a year (made up to 31,000 with overtime), but have always been able to get more food even if I have to go to a food pantry. I will not eat any food that doesn't look ripe or worth taking a chance on and for those who don't care...well, maybe they know more about the products than me. I won't even eat Sushi because it's raw meat and I don't trust raw meat.


11/22/2014 - 3:17am

i toss moldy food items


11/15/2014 - 12:00pm

Great article; I shall treat moldy bread and soft fruits and vegetables with greater care.



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09/11/2014 - 4:50pm

My daughter told me to get rid of the raspberries and blackberries I had bought because of the mold. I had only had them one day. I thought they must be alright because the store sold them that way. So I ate some. Then I had awful stomach issues. I've thrown them out. Your article was very informative. The moral is look over the fruits very well before buying them.


07/25/2014 - 5:46pm

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