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

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What to do with dehydrated potatoes tainted black?

I had many potatoes I wanted to preserve for a long time. Usually the potatoes I keep in my kitchen get rotten after a month or two (and I don't have a cellar to keep them cool), I decided to ...
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Can I safely pressure can potato soup with milk in it?

Can I safely pressure can potato soup with milk in it? I made potato 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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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 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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How do I maximize the shelf life of my homemade hot sauce?

I am planning on putting this year's crop of hot peppers to use by trying my hand at making my own hot sauces. I've never tried this before, but I've found a number of recipes on the Internet. ...
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What is the shelf life for candy with fresh butter?

I am making a chocolate covered candy with a center that includes fresh butter, sugar and cookie crumbs. There are no eggs in the recipe. It is not cooked. What is the shelf life before it needs to ...
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cooked corned beef, “potted meats”. preservation

I cooked corned beef that is to be used as sandwiches or tortilla wraps, so I chilled my freshly corned beef in a Ziplock bag and was thinking about the method of "potting meats" for preservation. ...
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Keeping rice paper spring rolls moist

I've made some fresh spring rolls by filling rice paper sheets with vegetables, cheese and peanuts, without any cooking. I've kept the uneaten ones in the fridge for a night in a sealed box. The rice ...
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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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Which bread keeps the longest?

I want to buy the type of bread which last longest. It should be toastable, so no zwieback and other dry types. Which is the best bread for this purpose? Is the standard toast slices or loaf of bread ...
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Why can't I scale up jam/jelly recipes?

Pectin packages always explicitly state that jelly/jam recipes cannot be scaled up. My own empirical evidence is limited but I did have a doubled batch not set so I no longer double the batches. ...
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How to make Frozen french fries

I'm a takeaway owner and for the past two weeks I have been trying to make my own frozen french fries. But the results are very bad, my fries either stick along like lumps or they get too soggy when i ...
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Can “Canning” be achieved with “vacuum sealed” bags?

Upon reading the question If I vacuum seal a food product like beef stew then boil it in the bag, would it keep un-refrigerated? and the answer provided http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/69423/6279 I ...
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How long do refrigerator pickles keep?

I pickled zucchini slices last summer with plenty of vinegar, sugar and spices and still have some jars in my refrigerator. They look fine but I wonder about bacteria etc. Thanks
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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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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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When is the expiry date? [closed]

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 feeling ...
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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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Pressure canning instructions

Where can safe and reliable instructions (including high and low altitude canning) be found for canning?
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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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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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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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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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Make spring rolls in advance

I'm making some spring rolls for a party on Friday. As I will not be able to make them the same day I was wondering what the best option would be. I will have the possibility of frying them directly ...
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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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Plum preserving/storage method that tastes like plums, not prunes (I just picked 30 lbs)

I just did some neighborhood foraging and picked 30 pounds of red plums. They are delicious, but even I will have trouble eating them all this week. Last year we made jam/preserves but it ended up ...
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Why don't dry bread crumbs spoil, when bread does?

Why don't store-bought bread crumbs spoil? Can you make your own bread crumbs and save them for later use? Will homemade breadcrumbs mold?
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Frying - Oil foams

I am relatively new to deep-frying. Having seen the questions about oil reuse and conservation, I'm still at a loss about what's going on with my oil... My sunflower oil foams like crazy. I've been ...
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How to dry homemade pork sausages with proper humidity and temperature?

I am new to this and am attempting to dry some pork sausages. I was told to add a quarter pound of salt for every ten pounds of pork meat, which I did (I used ordinary table salt). I have the sausages ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer?

How do I know if a given food or ingredient I have is still good, or if I should discard it? How can I best preserve a food or ingredient? This broad question is intended as a "general reference" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there anything I can add to homemade bread to preserve it?

I love making our own bread - we rarely buy shop bought, but it tends to go off very quickly. Part of the appeal is that it doesn't have any "junk" in it - artificial preservatives - which I'm sure ...
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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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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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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 ...