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Can you eat raw Pillsbury biscuit dough?

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Never mind why I'd even have any Pillsbury biscuit dough in my house (in fact, I don't) -- I just wanna know if it's safely edible. Pillsbury.com, oddly enough, doesn't address this question in its FAQ section...

-- Paul

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  1. I'm sure if you ate too much it would probably make you sick. I doubt a few bites would hurt you though. Of course, who would want to eat more than a few bites of raw biscuit dough? It's not even nearly comparable to chocolate chip cookie dough.

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    1. re: KP

      Whenever my sister and I would get into any kind of batter, dough when my mom was baking, she would tell us that if we ate it, we would get worms in our bellies.

      Mom - I hope you're not reading this. But it didn't deter us and I still do it. In fact, I was just making Monkey Puzzle Cake and had nibbled what I feared was the equivalent of one biscuit raw. You all probably think I'm disgusting, but I find it to be tasty.

      1. re: Marci

        Hold on just a minute! Monkey Puzzle Cake? Please tell us about this! I tried looking for it on Google, and came up empty. If you can paraphrase a recipe, that'd be great. If you find a link on the web, please supply it for us. I'm totally intrigued by a cake with this name. Thanks. Pat

        1. re: Pat Hammond

          I have the recipe at home but sadly it is packed away. We are moving into bigger digs on Monday, and of course, the kitchen will be the first thing we unpack. WHen I find the cookbook, I'll be more than happy to print it out.

          As a warning if you plan on trying it, I was disappointed. But maybe someone could play around with it and come up with something better.

            1. re: mishabale

              It's probably just Monkey Bread - you can google it.

        2. re: Marci

          this is the same as what others call "monkey bread" or pull-apart bread - you roll balls of dough and coat them with butter or whatever and layer them into a pan. Williams Sonoma used to sell a pan a provide a recipe, I believe.

          See link below for sample of same made with biscuit dough

          Link: http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,166,14...

      2. you "CAN" eat anything you want. The question is "why"?


        1. there arent that many foods that are poisonous before you eat them and cooking makes them edible (taro or one of the other tropical tubers does have toxins before it is cooked). All of the components in biscuit dough are edible, so the dough should be too.

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            abdul alhazred

            why would you want to do that?
            (deep fried and rolled in cinnamin sugar they do make wonderful donuts though and also wrapped around franks with a slice of swiss...awesome pigs in blankets)

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            1. re: abdul alhazred

              because they taste kind of good, actually.

            2. When we were kids, we went through a brief destructive phase where we threw uncooked biscuit dough at passing vehicles. When it hit the side of the car, it made such a satisfying "thunk" sound and then just stuck there--they never knew what hit them and we never got caught.

              Of course, this in no way answers your question...

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              1. re: butterfly

                That's wrong. So very wrong. I'm so appalled that I'm going to go home and huck a raw biscuit at my husband's car as it pulls into the driveway just so I experience how wrong it really is.

              2. I am currently suffering from a bout of raw pillsbury dough-related nausea, so I would NOT recommend eating it. If you want to know the circumstances.. I used the dough in a recipe and it was still pretty soft after the recommended cooking time, but I was in a rush so I decided to eat it anyhow. Now I regret it.

                1. When I was a Girlscout in the seventies, we made "doughboys." This was basically canned refrigerated biscuits wrapped around well, I can't remember exactly, maybe a hot dog or sausage (?) on a stick and held over the campfire. What inevitably happened is that the exterior of the biscuit dough burned, the interior stayed raw, and the meat product was only lukewarm. I remember picking the biscuit off and then cooking the hot dog further, and yet, we survived to adulthood. Why you would want to eat raw biscuit dough, cooked over a fire on a stick or not, I do not know, however.

                  1. Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits don't contain any of the usual foods that shouldn't be consumed raw. Unless there was some serious cross contamination with foods that were tainted with e coli, salmonella, listeria, or some other pathogen, it shouldn't make you sick. On the other hand, I think the texture and flavor of raw, canned biscuit dough would be enough to make me queasy.

                    Edit to add - just realized how old this thread is. Oh well.

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                    1. re: mpjmph

                      All of the posters who answered and said it was OK in 2003, as well as the OP...are not on CH any more. Hm.

                      Don't eat it!!!!!

                      1. re: Cathy

                        I will let you know what happens. Personally, I think they should probably put the warning not to eat it in a little bit bigger font... :(

                        1. re: GraceW

                          I ate raw pilsbury products all the time as a kid and on the rare occasion that we buy them now still do. Nothing has ever happened.

                          1. re: GraceW

                            I'd guess that the baking powder would react with the acid in your stomach, giving off a bit ot carbon dioxide, maybe enough to be quite uncomfortable.

                      2. I've actually eaten raw Pilllsbury dough... I don't recommend it. At first I didn't know how to work my oven so I used my convection oven/microwave and the only uncooked part was the bottom and after 2 days of eating four biscuits I ended up with a really bad feeling. First I got a migraine then I had to use the bathroom because I got the runs, and then I felt dizzy, and my stomach didn't like what was inside. It took 8 sips of Progresso Beef broth to settle my stomach and make me feel the least bit human again and some Pepto Bismo to calm the rest of my systems and I still feel sick in my stomach. If you take my advice don't do it raw dough is not something to eat, it's like what they say on the Playdo commercial Fun To Play With Not To Eat....

                        1. Sure, I have tried it but it's not nearly as good as the cookie dough.
                          True story: When I was a kid we used it as fishing bait on the lake. A little ball of it clung to the hook and the fish really liked it. None of the fish got sick. Then again we cooked them up that night.

                          1. Ditto on the bait thing!! I've never had the urge to try it (unlike cookie dough) because of it's slightly "slimy" look. That said, I was childhood friends with a girl who, at least once a summer, would peel and eat an *entire* stick of salted butter as if it were a Fudgesicle. De gustibus and all that. (PS she is a tall, slim, healthy 30-something now).

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                            1. re: pinehurst

                              Ha! When my son was two, I used to bring in the grocery bags and put them in the entryway. He would unload them and bring the items to me one at a time to put away. He loved "helping" and it kept him busy for a while! Once during this I got a phone call, and the next time I looked at him he had opened a box of butter and unwrapped a stick and was eating away!!!

                                1. re: sandylc

                                  What a great idea to kill some time!

                                  1. re: sandylc

                                    when my brother was a growing teenager, my mother would but an extra pound of sliced cheese from the deli for him to eat while he helped her bring the grocery bags into the house:)

                                    1. re: wonderwoman

                                      Oh, my!! That's a lot of cheese! For some reason my son never went through the huge appetite stage, despite being very active and growing to be quite tall!! He's been a relatively conservative eater (at least since the butter incident).

                                2. ditto on a small amount prob being ok.
                                  not all that sure what's in it.
                                  I eat my raw bread dough though, it's so good after first rise.
                                  my little guy loves it too ;)

                                  1. I just noticed that it states 'Do not eat raw dough" on its packaging.

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                                    1. re: wyogal

                                      Does it say anything about whether you can actually eat "cooked" Pillsbury biscuit dough?

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        hahahaha! Only with copious amounts of butter and sugar.

                                    2. For the OFFICIAL record.... as noted on this thread, I ate it uncooked back in winter: and OFFICIALLY survived. So herein lies the answer--the package lies. You can eat it and not die.

                                      :o)--That being said, I /still/ think the FONT could be larger on the package where it says "DO NOT EAT RAW DOUGH." :o)

                                      1. Raw flour, which is in the product, is not safe to eat. E. coli outbreaks have been linked to raw flour, especially in Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. So no, don't eat it raw.