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Slight pink pinpoints on sourdough right before going into oven

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trevor.james

Slight pink pinpoints on sourdough right before going into oven

I just baked 2 loaves of Eric Kastel sourdough (from p.221 in his new Artisan Breads).  I've baked this recipe a couple times over the last 2 weeks and it's turned out exceptional.  I followed Kastel's instructions to ferment and retard the loaves in the fridge overnight. 


This morning when I took them out to bake I noticed a couple very tiny spots on the tops of the loaves that were very slight pink.  My starter I used is fine - no pink.  So I just cut off the tiny spots.  I then baked the loaves.  They turned out beautiful (I'll post photos later).


Is it safe to eat the bread?  Did that slight pink mean bad bacteria?  Should I worry about this?  It would be a terrible waste to have to throw out these 2 beautiful loaves.


Thoughts?  Suggestions?


Again it was very minor - small little pinpoints of pink a couple places on both loaf tops.  I removed them and then baked.


-Trevor James (new to the forums)

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plevee

The only pink food contaminents I can think of are a bacterium called Serratia, or a Fusarium fungus. Neither of these is dangerous if you have a normal immune system. Nor are they likely to survive being cooked to ~200F, so I think you're safe.


Patsy


 

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trevor.james

Cool.  Thanks Patsy.  I'm going to eat them!  Too good to pass up.  I did take temps of the loaves and they were at 200 or above.


 


-Trevor

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trevor.james

Here are some photos of the loaves BTW:


http://picasaweb.google.com/tangerine.james/KastelSourdoughFeb112010#


-Trevor

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plevee

It would definitely be a sin to waste them - they look wonderful.


Patsy

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alabubba

One thing that happened to me. I made a batch of red kool-aid and wound up with tiny pink spots on my loaf.

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rileybri

what was in the fridge above or near the the loaves? They were cooked well enough to kill anything that might hurt hurt you so have at it!

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hutchndi

bloody bread



http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Popular_Science_Monthly/Volume_2/December_1872/Miscellany


this may not be what you found , but it is an interesting story concerning red spots on bread.