Go Ask M!

Ask MThe weekly feature in which we answer questions from The Starter Kitchen’s roommate.

Question: How do I know if this is bad? (holds out a plastic container of tiny, wrinkled cherry tomatoes) I don’t want to kill anyone.

Short Answer: Wrinkly tomatoes (especially the smaller grape and cherry tomatoes) aren’t necessarily bad. Don’t buy them like that from your grocer, but if they’ve spent a few days in the fridge, they’re probably still okay. Check by slicing the tomatoes open. Ripe tomatoes have a red or clear juice surrounding the seeds. If that juice has turned green or blackish, toss them in the trash.

The Long Answer: Stay tuned all next week for our new nine-part series: How not to give your friends food poisoning: nine easy tips!

1. Maybe the beans just needed some air… Botulism is bad – what to check for when using canned goods

2. Should that be green? Molds, mildews, and fungus

3. Well the sour cream is already sour, so…. The rules of dairy

4. That pretty snowflake pattern – frostbite and meat products

5. Pasta is hard, so it doesn’t go bad, right?

6. The fridge: it’s all good…except when it’s not

7. It’s Alive! Veggie slime: can it kill me?

8. Sell by dates: suggestion or ominous warning from beyond the grave?

9. Pesticides and worms and cow pies, oh my! When to wash

Have a basic cooking question? Ask The Starter Kitchen by e-mail or in the comments section.