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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?

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I'll eat moldy foods (usually removing the mold) if the food isn't totally covered, the food isn't meat (there are some sausage exceptions), and the mold is blue, green, or white. I won't touch mold (or bacteria) that is black, red, or yellow. I have definitely violated the USDA rules on yogurt, cream cheese, breads, etc.

Anonymous

04/29/2016 - 12:28pm

Always have and never had an ill effects. I remove a bit of mold off of jam, yogurt.

Anonymous

04/26/2016 - 5:16pm

Lol, oops. I've eaten a few foods off the Toss list... I usually lop off around an inch or more (I go with what *feels right*) around the mold and then do a smell test, and then a tip-of-the-tongue taste test. If it passes that I try a small bite and go from there.

Well, compared to my roomie who throws away everything the minute it hits the use by date, won't eat anything that ever heard of mold- I never get sick, and when I do it's not for long. =P

I'm not saying everyone should do the same thing as me, mostly because I don't wanna get sued. For all I know, I might just be a mutant and eating gross things without getting sick, and boosting my immune system is my superpower. XD

Anonymous

03/09/2016 - 11:12pm

could peachers that get a little sour in a light surrup make you sick?

Anonymous

03/09/2016 - 10:49pm

i do not toss my peach when they or sour in a light surup

Anonymous

03/09/2016 - 10:43pm

Ronald Reagan told about his mother getting sick and the doctor telling her to eat moldy cheese. She did and got well. Turned out, he said, that the mold was penicillin. And, as one commenter pointed out, the 'blue' in 'blue cheese' is mold.

Cheese and jams are the only things I'll eat after removing mold. Everything else gets tossed.

Observation: the FDA is so wrong about so many things, I wouldn't trust anything they say about what's safe and what isn't; especially not now when there are so many holistic/homeopathic web sites available to offer *good* information and advice.

Anonymous

02/15/2016 - 1:49pm

sometimes

Anonymous

01/12/2016 - 10:09pm

It's weird that you call bell peppers and cabbage hard but you call cucumbers soft. How do you get that? The opposite seems true to me.

Anonymous

11/29/2015 - 9:32am

I typically tend to err on the side of caution.
Better safe than sorry!

Anonymous

11/17/2015 - 11:27am

i picked some fresh raspberries over nite they hade mold on them ere they safe to consume if i make jam and use a oressure cooker

Anonymous

08/26/2015 - 2:09pm

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