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Moldy spots on food -- cut it out, or throw it out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Hello! :)

I was wondering about fruit/veggies with moldy spots on 'em. I bought some peaches -- yes, off season, but at a dollar a pound, my frugal self could not resist -- and when I went to consume one, I found it had a tiny spot of mold (smaller than a pea in diameter) in a single area on it. After some deliberation, I decided I /really/ wanted that peach, and cut around it by about an inch on all sides, then consumed it. It tasted quite nice.

I realize that exposing my poor gut to any sort of mold growths can have an adverse effect on my health, but I was wondering if anyone else cuts around icky spots on food, or instead, do you just toss it?

(For the record, I'm essentially referring to fruits/veggies, as I can see only death and destruction in my future from eating rotty meat and I eat dairy so rarely that it's a non-issue for me.)

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on February 08, 2011
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I feel fine today after eating it. Other than the tiny mold spot, the fruit was firm and ripe. I think, perhaps, this boils down to a case of using my best judgement. Fortunately, in this case, it served me well. Thanks for your reply. :)

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on February 08, 2011
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That's exactly what I did. Pretty much gutted the thing, and wound up throwing away almost 1/4 of it. I guess, in retrospect, that wasn't the safest thing for me to do, though. :)

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:14 AM

I love peaches, too -- hurry up, summer, and grace us with your yummyful bounty! :D

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Wow, I'm thoroughly repulsed. Ew. Thanks for the link!

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at 01:04 AM

good link. Karen...thx

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:00 AM

General rule: toss it, it's not worth the risk. Risks = allergic reactions, respiratory problems, aflotoxins, mycotoxins, bacteria that you don't see etc. For more see: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Molds_On_Food/index.asp There is a chart @ 2/3 down the page that tells you what to do with particular foods.

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:04 AM

good link. Karen...thx

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Wow, I'm thoroughly repulsed. Ew. Thanks for the link!

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Because I'm frugal - I cut the bad spots out and usually cut in a conical shape around and below the spot

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:15 AM

That's exactly what I did. Pretty much gutted the thing, and wound up throwing away almost 1/4 of it. I guess, in retrospect, that wasn't the safest thing for me to do, though. :)

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Most natural plant foods will tend to have small areas where pests, bugs, mold, etc have made an incursion. Just cut those parts out and only eat the parts that are in normal condition. I wouldn't stay up late worrying about the occasional spore as spores are everywhere all the time anyway. However, if I had some kind of viscious mold allergy, I'd probably be more careful.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:13 AM

I feel fine today after eating it. Other than the tiny mold spot, the fruit was firm and ripe. I think, perhaps, this boils down to a case of using my best judgement. Fortunately, in this case, it served me well. Thanks for your reply. :)

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Ya - just cut it out - make sure that you cut out a good area around it. Your tastebuds will let you know if you are eating anything 'funky'

Mmmmm peaches! Can't wait for the summer!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:14 AM

I love peaches, too -- hurry up, summer, and grace us with your yummyful bounty! :D

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