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

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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 ...
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What can I add to Splenda solution to prevent spoilage?

Trying to save some money on buying Splenda packets by buying sucralose powder and mixing with water. This works great and is waaaay cheaper - 10x cheaper than buying the packets! However, after two ...
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While making pepper oil with dry crushed red pepper, do I need to sterilize the jars to store for up to 6 months?

I am planning to make a large quantity of oil cooked with dry crushed red pepper. I fry the oil on low heat with the dry crushed red pepper for awhile and then remove it. I plan to distribute it to ...
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Wasabi (peas) brussel sprouts?

I was wondering how successfully the formula of wasabi peas can be applied to other green vegetables? I'm familiar with them as a snack in some pubs in England, the peas become hard and crunchy, and ...
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Best way to remove seeds when making jam and still have it called jam

When making jams and/or preserves using berries, sometimes you want the jam to be seedless (especially when using raspberries or blackberries). I know often times people use a food mill or strain the ...
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Will adding yogurt whey to homemade mayonnaise make it keep longer?

I was looking up recipes last night and came across a recipe that started with homemade mayo. The author said that fresh mayo has a shelf life of 3-4 days, which is what I always heard, but then she ...
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Freezing cooked chicken from the deli?

I think this is a pretty basic question, but can I purchase cooked chicken breast from the deli at the local supermarket then freeze it? Would it be unsafe in any way to unfreeze it later to eat? ...
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can maple syrup be refrigerated after it was out for a few days?

I opened Adirondack pure maple syrup a few days ago. It didn't say to refrigerate, so I didn't. When I googled it, it said that it should be refrigerated. Can I still do that? If I may not use it ...
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Jam “separates” in processing

I've been making jams and jellies for a while now. While I don't have this problem as much with marmalade, for some reason my jam usually separates when being jarred and canned. By separate, I mean ...
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Onion has yellow center. Is it safe to eat?

I cut open an onion I had and it had a yellow center. I read online it might be a sign of sprouting but I am uncertain if that's actually the case. Is it safe to eat? Should I just throw the onion ...
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Mold is growing on my cheese, what is common practice? [duplicate]

I love cheese and I am always buying and trying new types. Because of this, my cheese stash starts to grow faster than I can eat all of it. Sometimes mold starts to grow around the outside before I ...
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Are bubbling preserved lemons a sign of spoilage?

I recently made preserved lemons using a recipe from Jerusalem: The Cookbook. Having poked around a variety of recipes online, it's pretty much the same as all the rest: Lots of salt, squeeze out the ...
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How should I make jam out of coffee cherries or coffee cherry husks?

I would like to make a jam (or perhaps more like a preserve/conserve or even marmalade; see this question for distinction) out of either the entire, whole coffee cherry (a.k.a. coffee berry; beans ...
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Shelf life and preservation of Bánh chưng

It's Tết again and I'm about to buy this traditional Vietnamese delicacy. However, since I'm currently trying out a Joylent-only diet, I'll only be able to eat it after a couple of days. So my ...
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Storing lamb shanks [duplicate]

I had some organic lamb shanks in the fridge. I forgot to freeze them by the "use or freeze by" date. It's 5 days past the date. Are they still good?
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Which foods are certain to never cause food poisoning?

After a nasty bout of food poisoning lasting nearly 5 days (rare I know) my trust levels and appetite for certain foods have dropped considerably however my inquisitiveness kicked in... ...from a ...
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How do I preserve a tomato's freshness after it is cut?

I've seen and read online, and experienced firsthand, that refrigerating a tomato is an awful idea. Not only does it lose freshness, it does little to prevent wilting and leads to flavorless tomato. ...
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My own Grenadine

I'd like to make and bottle my homemade grenadine (I use Poms not fresh pomegranates). I'd like it to have shelf life not require refrigeration. Is this possible? Thanks, K
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Inulin reduction in Jerusalem Artichokes [duplicate]

Last year we first planted Jerusalem Artichokes (Topinambour) in our vegetable garden. The plants did very well and we had quite a huge harvest. We found however that eating the tubers causes ...
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Putting cure in fry sausage?

We made some venison sausage today. On the packaging for a smoked German sausage, it said do not put cure in if you will be pan frying. I've looked around but I can't find a reason why. We ended up ...
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Keep roast beef fresh?

I find that roast beef in the refrigerator starts going bad within 24 hours and after a couple of days, it is noticeably bad smelling. How can I keep the roast beef fresh? How do butcher's do it?
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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I am searching for a ways to preserve the banana, and most of the time they said that I need to wrap the stems in a plastic or scotch tape so the gas wont come, they said that this gas is the reason ...
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Can I purify / kill germs in a water to make it drinkable by putting it in a freezer?

I've conducted a research on how can I purify the water to make it drinkable and the results are many, but most of them says that drinking a freeze water can cause cancer to us. I am using a freezer ...
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How long could a meat-based broth be held safely near 180F/82C?

This question is the flip-side of the commonly asked food temperature safety concerns. I'd like to know, if a meat-based soup stock (chicken/pork/beef/etc) were to be held constantly at a safe hot ...
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How to preserve fermented bean sauce

How can I can and preserve my fermented bean sauce so it has a long shelf life preferably one year or longer. I ferment the beans in smoke and in low heat and then stir fry them in mustard oil, ...
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Can I prepare wasabi powder in advance?

I've got this little 30 gram container of "wasabi" powder. I'm on a little kick of trying to perfect my sushi rolling technique, so I'm likely to use it up within a month or so. It's just the ...
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Is it possible to re-use pickling liquid?

I have previously pickled some cucumber in a pickling liquid of mostly vinegar, which was kept in the fridge. I have now finished the pickled cucumbers, but would like to pickle some more. Can I ...
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Decoration food long-term preservation

I need to preserve some fruits (raisins, figs, pomegranates, and dates), in tiny bottles, so they last for years. I don't mind ruining the food, as it will anyway not be used for eating. I can fill ...
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Freezing whole strawberries

I'd like to freeze strawberries for winter, I read online that a method is to sprinkle sugar on them and put into a zip-lock or plastic bag or an air-tight container. another method is to make ice ...
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What are different methods of preserving chillies?

I've been given three chilli plants: Bulgarian Carrot Jalapeño Scotch Bonnet I'm not going to be able to use them fresh before winter arrives. What methods of preserving would be appropriate ...
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Does the quality of garlic degrades if I chopped, fried then use it after a week?

Here in the Philippines, most of the viands uses garlic, specially whenever we sauteing. Due to this I've found a shortcut in order to reduce the time I need whenever I cook. Instead of peeling the ...
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Best way to preserve a meat without using refrigerator

I don't have refrigerator in my apartment, this is because I want to prepare myself from traveling to many countries, doing job-related and church related activities. My most common problem is how to ...
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What can be used as a substitute for potassium nitrate as a preservative?

I want to substitute another preservative for an Italian antipasto recipe. The original recipe calls for granulated potassium nitrate (saltpetre). I had a 16oz box, but it's empty now. What can I use ...
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Storing onions and potatoes in the same cellar

Potatoes and onions have the same storage guidelines: store them in a a well-ventilated area in the pantry. However, I have read that onions should be kept away from potatoes as onions will absorb ...
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Why do bread and butter pickle recipes call for onions, mustard seed, and celery seed?

I recently made a jar of bread and butter pickles. I understood most of the rationale behind the ingredients and directions in the recipe - the cucumbers are salted to draw out water and break cell ...
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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Can alcohol and salt lengthen the shelf life of vegetables in room temperature?

My refrigerator is small, so often I have to keep some vegetables outside the refrigerator, in room temperature. I was wondering, whether spraying alcohol and/or salt around the vegetables can help in ...
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Dehydrating herbs - leaves vs. stems

I use my dehydrator to dehydrate herbs such as parsley and dill. I use low temperature (95 F = 35 C) to preserve the taste. The dark-green leaves are usually completely dry after several hours, but ...
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How to seal a jar with a jam so that it can be opened without breaking the lid?

When I make a jam, I put it while it's hot into a jar, then close the jar with its lid (a single-piece, screw-on metal lid) and put in cold water. After doing this, I can usually keep the jam outside ...