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These days everything at the grocery store is sold in large bundles, packages and servings and wasting food is an unfortunate part of this (especially if you’re eating organic).

We want to shed some light on when mold should scare you off and when you can simply brush it off!

Moldy Food Tips

Eat:

1. Dry Cured Meats / Hard Salami

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If your meat has a thin white coating on it that’s okay! Anything that appears out of the ordinary, simply remove and enjoy the rest of your salami.

 2. Hard Cheeses

It’s Okay to cut around the mold in hard cheeses such as Gorgonzola and sharp cheddars. As long as the mold is removed before consumption, you’re good to go!

 3. Firm Fruits and Vegetables

Firm vegetables such as carrots can develop mold but are still safe to eat. Mold has a hard time penetrating firm fruits and vegetables so peeling the produce is generally enough to ensure the mold doesn’t affect you.

Don’t Eat:

1. Hot Dogs

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Any type of hot dog mold has the potential to attract other harmful bacterium. Mold grows more slowly than bacteria, so when you see mold, you know the bacteria is even more developed… even if you can’t see it.

 2. Casseroles / Leftover Meats and Poultry

Leftovers often have high moisture content, which bacteria and mold require to thrive.

 3. Pasta

Also high in moisture, leftover pasta is unfortunately a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Pasta leftovers are usually okay to eat 3 days after you cooked them.

 4. Bacon

The moisture in packages of bacon make for a friendly bacteria home and like we said above, bacteria grows faster than mold… so when you can see mold, the bacteria has already been there for some time.

 5. Yogurt / Sour Cream

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Soft foods encourage the growth of mold and bacteria and it’s much more likely to spread, so what you see is only a fraction of the bacteria growth within your yogurt container!

 6. Jam

Anything with a high sugar content, welcomes mold with open arms! When the lid is sealed, jam can hang around in your cupboard for years, but as soon as it’s opened it’s vulnerable to mold.

7. Bread and Baked Goods

Blah! We’ve all seen that green fuzzy mold that takes over our favorite treats and breads. Bread is a dangerous spot to have mold because it’s very textures and allows for the mold to penetrate deep under the surface. What you see may not be all there is, so be carful.

 8. Soft Fruits

It’s a sad day when your raspberries and strawberries show up fuzzy. Mold can evn permeate the skin of a banana, apple, and orange so you should toss any fruit that’s looking a little funky!

For the full list, visit Health.com

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