Eating Moldy Food: When It's OK, When It's Not

Moldy food is a fact of life. Even if you do everything right, like refrigerating food promptly, mold can still show up in your favorite fare.

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Hard salami, or dry-cured ham

Keep it.

A thin, white coating gets the OK; anything out of the ordinary you’ll want to cut out.

“[In] some of the hard salamis, mold is actually added to produce a special flavor,” says Doyle. “In general those types of molds are considered to be safe.”

It’s normal for dry-cured country hams to develop some surface mold as well. So the ham should be safe to eat as long as you scrub the mold off first.

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