Questions about LONG-TERM food storage such as canning, pickling, freezing, and drying.

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When is the expiry date? [on hold]

Honest to god, I tried so hard to identify it. I do see JAN 17 but I'm not sure if its January of 2017 or January the 17th. Plus I see 00:42 there but I'm not sure what it means, but I have a ...
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Why are eggs not stored in the fridge better in baking?

I have always wondered why baking with refrigerated eggs VS room temperature eggs comes out much better. Can anyone explain why please?
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Is sticky pepperoni a sign of spoilage?

My child ate some pepperoni that was sticky, but didn't smell or taste bad, and was before the expiration date. Is that a sign that it might've spoiled early, or was it likely still safe?
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Cheese making, acidic whey, denatured protein

I wish to know. Does protein in acidic whey gets denatured and is it unfit for consumption. By acidic whey I mean whey which was made through citric acid as splitting agent for making panner(cottage ...
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How long can you store sugar syrup? [duplicate]

Recently, we made a variety of cocktails from Ottolenghi and Scully's NOPI book. Now, we are left with two sugar syrups. According to the book, they can be stored a few weeks in the fridge. Skip ahead ...
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Why does food spoil in the freezer?

Many recipes suggest storing perishable food, such as left-over chicken stock, in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Why could one not store it frozen for longer, surely bacteria and mould cannot grow ...
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Pemmican — how was it prepared without metal tools?

The wikipedia article states that "The meat was cut in thin slices and dried, ...". Well so, but how would the people who chased a heard of grazers down a cliff some 10k years ago cut the meat into ...
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Does anyone pre-juice their fruit juice for sale?

I would like to know if there are stores out there that that pre-juice their fruit juices on the eve of sale, perhaps for 24-hours only since juicing. Have they been successful? What are the methods ...
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Are rinsed out plastic milk jugs safe for storing water?

Over some time I have accumulated several plastic milk jugs and I'm considering using them to store water in case of an emergency. I've rinsed them out and left them to dry, but should I worry about ...
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Does canned tuna contain preservatives?

I want to know how the tuna can be kept for so long in a can. Do they use preservatives? Or is it just tuna and water (or oil or brine)?
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What are the guidelines for creating a canning recipe?

I am looking for the criteria that make an acceptable recipe for canning. Most sites say to only use approved canning recipes and not make substitutions, which is totally understandable, but surely ...
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Adjust salt (in mushrooms)

My goal over the last year has been to reduce the amount of waste that comes out of my home. That means wasting less food and buying fewer items that come in any kind of packaging. When I can, I buy ...
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Mushy homemade dill pickle chips

We made about 13 gallons of homemade dill pickles last summer. These are made with vinegar, not the fermented type. Water bathed for 15 minutes in quart jars. We kept the whole cucumbers on ice over ...
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What should I look for when choosing tomatoes for pasta sauces?

What factors should I take into account when selecting tomatoes for sauces? Background: I'm growing my own tomatoes, and I need to start germinating soon. Taste and production are my 2 first ...
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How can I preserve refrigerated cashew / almond milk by at least 2 months?

How can I preserve refrigerated cashew / almond milk by at least 2 months? I tried citric acid, but a very bad taste and smell resulted. Does anyone know what can i use naturally to prolong the life ...
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I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio?

I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio? I have tried several ratio, but still end up with molds in a week time not ...
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Do tinned anchovies need to be sold cold for food safety or quality reasons?

Anchovies, tinned or in glass, is sometimes kept and sold cold. I don't see that happen with other foods. Is there a food safety reason for this? If so, does it mean that they also need to be kept ...
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How to preserve coated popcorn?

I have an idea for making coated popcorn with caramel or marshmallow. I have not tried this yet. I do know popcorn gets hard and tasteless quite easy. Is there a different technique I can do or add a ...
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How to turn pasta sauce into a longer-lasting ketchup?

I was making a bacon sandwich earlier and I have some nice jars of tomato pasta sauce in the cupboard. I thought it'd make a great relish but it would go off too quickly in the fridge to make i ...
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How to add preservatives? [duplicate]

I have a mayo based product that I would love to make shelf stable. I just don't know how. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
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How long will a wheel of cheese keep? [duplicate]

I am planning to go up to Vermont this spring to visit Jasper Hill Farms and Shelburne Farms to buy a wheel of cheese each from their cheddar houses. Once I cut into the wheel, how long before it goes ...
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Why do fridge temperature standards between US and other countries differ?

US recommendations always go for +4°C at most, and this would correlate with how the danger zone is defined in the pertinent literature. In Germany, most literature (and also the specification next ...
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Hygienic fitness of frozen fully cooked food [duplicate]

I cooked chicken soup and freeze it.For how long I can eat it
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Mayo-Herring in fridge [duplicate]

I make a non-dairy cream sauce out of mayonnaise and sugar that I use for my standard pickled herring. My wife is nervous that the pickling agent causes the mayo to go bad rather quickly, even though ...
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How do I prevent opened canned tuna from going stale?

I want to start buying those big tuna cans to save on costs, but I know that after one day at the fridge opened tuna becomes stale. It loses its tangy flavor and gets a rubbery texture. Is there a way ...
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can I safely pressure can potatoe soup w/milk in it?

Can I safely pressure can potato soup with milk in it? I made potatoe soup and would like to can it for later use. Problem is I already put milk in it. Do I have any alternative ways to preserve it? ...
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Cure #1 in Brine for Brisket

I'm trying for the first time to cure a second cut brisket (1.8 lbs.) to make pastrami (after curing the meat I will smoke it and then steam it). I followed a recipe from the Stanley Marianski book ...
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Water + Sugar Solution Preserves Bread?

I've heard that by coating bread with a solution of water and sugar can preserve it from mold. Is this true? If not, then my Science Fair Project will be a bust.
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What is the best way to preserve oyster stew?

Now that the holidays are over, my local grocery store has a glut of pints of pre-shucked oysters they need to unload. I can't pass that up, so I thought I would make a whole mess of oyster stew or ...
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How to dry/preserve whole oranges [closed]

I recently made an orange pomander ball and I want to dry it so that I can use it in the future but I live in a fairly foggy and dreary area so it would be hard to simply set it out. Does anyone have ...
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Small batch of sauerkraut smells yeasty

As an experiment, for my first attempt, I'm making a small batch of sauerkraut. Small like less than 1/3 of a head. Its setup is pretty amateur, no professional airlock. Anyway, it's been going for a ...
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Are there any sugar substitutes for preserving food?

A quote from the Live Strong website Just like with salt, some forms of sugar can draw water out of food and tie up water within the food so it is not available for biochemical reactions. ...
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Is there any way to kill bacteria in food without using heat?

The title says it all. Context: food preservation
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Jellies and jams: what is most important to preserve the food?

I've seen many jelly and jam recipes. Some with and without gelatin, generally all with sugar and in varying amounts. However, I am wondering what is most important for the preserving the food. I ...
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How to preserve homemade chocolates?

I make my own homemade chocolates, fillings are also prepared by me. The question is how to preserve the chocolates for a long period of time? As in keeping it in a refrigerator is it the right way ...
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How many times can you reuse bones to make broth?

I recently cooked a chicken and made chicken broth from the bones. I also kept a few pieces of meat to add to the broth to give it more flavor. I know you can freeze the broth and use it for later ...
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How much citric acid should I use to preserve mayonnaise on a cups/ml ratio?

I was thinking of making mayo for sandwiches to get me through the winter and was wondering if I could make fairly large batches that would keep for a long period of time with the aid food grade ...
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Fresh herbs going bad [duplicate]

When I buy fresh herbs from the grocery store they go bad too quickly what can I do to keep them fresher longer? I just bought a vacuum sealer because I thought it would help preserve my food ...
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How can I prevent the top layer of sauces from discolouring?

We also make home made sauces especially chillie. And I noticed that the top of the sauce tend to turn a darker colour when it stands on the shelf too long. How can I stop the discolouring?
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packaging an uncooked/raw hot sauce

I make a hot sauce with peppers,parsley,garlic,salt and olive oil. I have to freeze it in jars otherwise it ferments. Is there a way to package a raw/ uncooked product without fermentation?
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The pressure cooker gauge was wrong for cans of soup I processed in the past 5 weeks. What can I do with the soup?

I've been pressure canning zucchini soup the past 2 years and it's a beautiful thing. This year I used a different pressure cooker, and I've just found out that 15psi on this pressure cooker is ...
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freezing cooked turkey, ham and chicken slices [duplicate]

I am having a large gathering and I want to do a lot of the prep in advance. If I cook the meats, slice and freeze all of the above, then thaw in the fridge before making the sandwiches, will the ...
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Watermelon - picking and managing them during heat

There are a lot of posts and videos on the internet about picking up the correct watermelon. Sure. I get that. My question varies a little different. I currently live in the UAE and climates here ...
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Inversion Canning

I tried canning spiced peach jam last night with a friend, and the recipe she found called for the inversion canning method to seal the jars. I should have researched on this last night, before we ...
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How do I prevent jams from turning brown?

I have been a jam maker for years. We live in an area of fresh fruit so it's always naturally sweet. I decrease the sugar in each recipe by at least 1 cup and I always add fresh lemon juice. My ...
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Sodium benzoate the correct amount

I would like to know the ratio for using sodium benzoate as a preservative in our jams and relishes. We state on our product that it's home made and no added preservatives are added, would this be ...
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Bottling cream-based salad dressing. Preservative advice?

I would like to bottle my home made salad dressing that is mayo- and cream-based. I was wondering what kind of preservatives I could use to lengthen shelf life. Also, I am using garlic powder as an ...
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What strength of brine will completely inhibit growth of lactobacillus (and friends)?

As per the title. How strong does a brine have to be before it will completely inhibit growth of the bacteria that are traditionally employed to create pickled foods? The backstory is that I decided ...
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Drying whole, small fish at home

As part of my ongoing experiments with whole small fish (sardine, smelts, small mackerel), I'm considering drying them at home to produce concentrated umami bombs. However, I'm admittedly less than ...
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How much citric acid to use to preserve vegetarian jelly?

I am making a vegetarian jelly using Carrageenan. I am hoping to make a batch to give out as samples to friends etc. (hoping to market it eventually). Does anyone know what concentration of citric ...