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

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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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What are different methods of preserving chillies?

I've been given three chilli plants: Bulgarian Carrot JalapeƱo 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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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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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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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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Why do they put the jelly-like substance in pork pies?

I don't like the jelly-like substance found in between the pastry and meat of pork pies, and I don't know anyone that does, so I was wondering why they put it in. Or is it a by-product of the ...
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Orange spots on dry chickpea

I have had some dry chickpeas for quite some time (~6-12 months) in my pantry and now I'm looking to cook them. Most of them have some orange spots, which I'm not sure are normal (See picture ...
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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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Making “long(er)-life” homemade mayonnaise

Most recipes I've seen for mayonnaise suggest that homemade mayo should be kept in the fridge for no longer than between 3 and 5 days. What techniques or ingredients can be used to increase the ...
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How long can century eggs last refrigerated and unrefrigerated?

How long can century eggs last for refrigerated and unrefrigerated? I have some slightly cracked eggs from a friend who has stored it for months in his refrigerator. A few comments from this blog ...
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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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Can I make pickled eggs that don't require refrigeration?

This time of year I have a ton of extra eggs. In the winter I have fewer. I have, therefore, been experimenting with egg preservation techniques. I like pickled eggs a lot. They aren't very versatile ...
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Preserving whole potatoes

What is the best way to preserve potatoes for a long time with minimal loss of nutritional values? I tried freezing, but the potatoes lost their taste and were unsuitable for cooking. I tried ...
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Does freezing butter or margarine change the properties?

I have a lot of butter & margarine and looking for ways to keep it for longer time. Will freezing them change melting point, flavor, or anything that could be undesirable when cooking? Update: ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do you have to refrigerate Pickles?

So last weekend the wife and I got a huge jar of pickles at Costco. The thing is bigger than a gallon of milk (the wife really loves her pickles). There really isn't any room for it in the fridge, ...
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Why is my blueberry jam grainy?

I recently made and canned blueberry jam for the first time, using this recipe and canning instructions. I filled all my jars & canned them, but there was a little jam left in the pot. It was a ...
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When do you hear the Ping sound of the lid sealing?

I am new to canning. I made applesauce this morning and I pulled them out of the water bath and put them on a towel on my counter to seal, but I never heard the "ping" sound of them sealing shut. When ...
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How does irradiated beef spoil?

So I usually buy irradiated beef. From what I understand, the beef is packaged, sealed, and the absolutely blasted with radiation. I'm a nuclear engineer for a living, so I know that most things ...
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Ways to Store Carrots for more days

I recently brought a whole 2KG bag of carrots. They seemed fine the day I brought, but eventually, the skin of the carrot evolved to a black layer. However, when I peeled them off, the carrot looks ...
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How can I keep fruit salad fresh longer

I eat every morning fresh fruit, so every morning I peel and cut it. What can I do to prepare a big bowl and the fruit will stay fresh for a few days and which fruits are best to keep.
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Is it valid to claim that a jam contains no preservatives?

Some commercial jams state on the label that they contain "no preservatives", or are "preservative free". As I understand it, jam is a type of fruit preserve. Like most fruit preserves, it is ...
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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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Is the daily value for ingredients a minimum or maximum suggested value? [closed]

Based on a study in 1968, a 2000 calorie diet should have certain levels of essential ingredients. These can be found on food labels on almost every retail food product available. What I could not ...
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Is it better to use oranges that are under-ripe or over-ripe to make marmalade?

I have some slightly under-ripe oranges, and will be leaving the house shortly. Would I be wasting time to try to make them into marmalade?
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Do alcohol and salt help in preservation of dehydrated vegetables?

I dehydrate vegetables and keep them in glass jars for a long time. Is it a good idea to put a small amount of alcohol 70% in the jar before I insert the vegetables, in order to kill the bacterias? Is ...
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How to make bread mould resistant?

With the bread I bake, they become mouldy within two weeks. With the bread I bought from the supermarket, usually whole wheat, I would have the loaf gradually consumed and by the 6th week, it would ...
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How to preserve eggplants/brinjals?

How can eggplant be preserved? I would like to preserve it for a month or more, if possible.
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Dehydrating in a convection oven

How do I use the oven to dehydrate foods. Do I close the door or leave it open?
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Dehydration temperatures for long-term preservation

I am dehydrating fruits and vegetables with a home dehydrator. I found in the internet varying recommendations about dehydration temperatures, ranging from 45 to 65 C (113 to 150 F). However, since ...
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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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Is less quality cream used in salted butter?

My room mate's mom recently told us that butter manufacturers will use a lower quality cream in their salted butter because the salt will help preserve the butter. This sounds too intuitive to be ...
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Corned Beef - From Scratch

I want to make corned beef, completely from scratch. How do I: Select the cut of beef to corn? Corn that cut? I'm well aware of how to prepare corned beef after that process, but I'd like to start ...
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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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Will food forever simmered rot? [duplicate]

A friend and I were talking and we somehow came to this topic. Will food that is continuously being cooked/simmered rot? I'm not so sure myself. On one hand, if the temperature is just right, it will ...
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Pasta preservation

I have some extra pasta, cooked. I have no extra sauce to put the pasta in. What's the best way to preserve it so it lasts for a day or hopefully two without getting dry or rotten?
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Preserved lime is browning and fading inside the brine

I read a lot about preserved lemons (TLDR: quarter them, and keep them in a mix of lemon juice and salted/brined water for 10-30 days), and I'm trying it with limes. But... Two things concern me ...
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Making Pickles - Confirming Sanitization Procedure

I'm about to make a batch of dill pickles. The recipe it pretty straightforward: A batch of firm baby cucumbers 1 cup of water 1 cup of vinegar 1 heaping tablespoon of salt 4 cloves of garlic, ...
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Why do they put sulphites in vinegar when vinegar is a preservative?

If vinegar is a preservative, how come they put sulphites (also a preservative) in it?
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Do toasted nuts quickly lose flavor?

There are many recipes where freshly toasted nuts are called for, and that got me wondering--how far can I toast them in advance without sacrificing flavor? If not, how quickly do they lose flavor, ...
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Can pasta salad be preserved long-term?

Can I preserve pasta salad in bottles that can last for months? The ingredients are cooked pasta shells, diced onion, diced green and red pepper. The dressing is: boiled together: vinegar, sugar, ...
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Can I freeze Milk?

After a bit of miscommunication, my wife and I ended up buying 6 litres of milk between us. I don't really want to waste it, so I'm wondering if it's safe to freeze some of it and defrost and use it ...
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Can you freeze egg noodle pasta?

I recently made fresh egg noodle pasta. I made too much! Can I freeze it? I have tried freezing other kinds of pasta but am skeptical of freezing egg noodle pasta. What should I do?
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Preserving Home Made Pasta

How would one go about doing this? Is it safe to freeze?
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How to preserve cotton candy

For this Christmas, we wanted to do a particular packaging for biscuits using cotton candy. We have a machine to make it, and flavours to do different colors and flavourings. Now, the problem is that ...