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A question about a recipe: Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles

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I have a question about the recipe "Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles" from Betty . I've been reading about botulism concerns when putting garlic in oil. I've read heat kills the bacteria but I've also noticed the last step in recipe is to put minced garlic in the cooled down oil. Should I assume the chilli sauce must be consumed immediately?

asked by Zacharywong 3 months ago

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HalfPint
HalfPint

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added 3 months ago

Yes, I would consume within a couple of days or refrigerate and use within a week.

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Ethyl
added 3 months ago

As per the FDA, you should consume homemade garlic-infused oil within a week and you should refrigerate it fairly quickly. To that end, I would probably let it infuse in the fridge rather than at room temp as stated in the recipe. If in doubt, throw it out though! The good news is that botulism is pretty rare in the US, so I wouldn't stress out too much about this particular recipe.

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