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Why does cooked food spoil faster during a storm? [closed]

Best example: soup (beef, vegetables, cream). In any other weather, it can be kept in a fridge for ~5 days. In a storm, a few hours guarantee it have low pH and be hissing with gas bubbles. Which ...
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Making Habanero Jelly - Safety and Preventing Spoilage

I have recently made a large batch of habanero jelly, and followed the recipe exactly (please see References). I am wondering, why is the final boil of the sealed jars necessary? I've already boiled ...
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Crystals on bottle of sweet alcohol

We've been given an old bottle of alcohol, an amaretto. At the top of the bottle, where the lid and bottle rim meet, a few crystals have formed. I'm guessing it's the sugars but am not sure. Some ...
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Is it unwise to store oils etc above gas stove/oven?

Due to space constraints I keep my oils and some various cooking sauces above the gas stove/oven. These can get VERY hot up there. Am I ruining my oils? The red wine seems like a bad idea in ...
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Does sour-cream go bad?

I have had a container of off-brand sour-cream I bought from the grocery store in my refrigerator for almost two months. When will it go bad or will is ever go bad?
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How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...
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How long does cheese last out of the refrigerator [duplicate]

We went on vacation and while we were gone, the refrigerator in which I stored a GREAT DEAL of cheese (both hard and soft, although unopened) quit working and when we returned home, I found the cheese ...
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Does sauerkraut go bad?

I have had a tupperware of sauerkraut I bought from the grocery store in my refrigerator for almost two months. When/Will it ever go bad?
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Ground beef smells slightly sweet?

I opened up a package of ground beef today that I had bought the day before from a reputable grocery store. I left it out about an hour to warm up a little. It was grass-fed, which I don't normally ...
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Is tea that has been out on air for long dangerous to drink?

Suppose you made a cup of tea (the real tea, not bagged, and not a fruit drink) with no additions, but you forgot about it while doing other things (house stuff, homework, your job) and it has now ...
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Saving spoiling mushrooms?

Are there any recipes specially for mushrooms that are on their way out, like making banana bread from over-ripe bananas?
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Is it possible to make yogurt and cheese from spoiled milk?

I get raw milk and to somehow pasteurize it, I boil it. The milk strongly curdled showing that it is spoiled and rotten (definitely, not suitable for drinking). Is it totally bad milk and I should ...
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How can you recognize cold milk that has gone bad or is about to?

The methods that I know to test cold milk is to either boil it and look for the break, taste it (yuk!), or hope it smells bad enough to know it's bad. Is there an easy and scientific way to know ...
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My ginger is moist and floppy… has it spoiled?

I have a piece of raw ginger root which I bought a couple of weeks ago and stored in the produce drawer of my fridge. I always store my ginger root this way, and it remains usable for weeks. Today I ...
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How long do raw chestnuts keep?

I bought some chestnuts in the fall for Christmas but haven't used them all yet. How long do they keep? How would I tell if they 'went bad'? They look just like they did when I bought them (no ...
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Meat and Poultry Changing Color in Marinade?

I am working on a marinade for my chicken breast and filet mignon for a fondue we are planning on having tonight. I took the meat out of the fridge and noticed they both seemed to change color. The ...
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slimy red onion

I purchased a red onion yesterday, sliced it open and noticed that it felt slimy on the red skin of one of the exposed inner layers. I've never noticed that before. Is that normal, or has the onion ...
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Can Grapeseed oil be considered edible after it has passed the expiry date?

We have an un-opened bottle of grapeseed oil that got buried away and never used. It has 'best by 3/31/2012' on the label. Should I just throw it out or is it possibly still good? It's from Italy ...
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Does an avocado seed help guacamole stay green?

My friend was telling me about a habit in the Spanish culture (I'm not sure if it's done elsewhere as well) of leaving the avocado seed inside when making guacamole. The claim is that if you leave the ...
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Do different fat contents (skim, 2%, whole, etc) affect rate or intensity of milk spoilage?

Does milk with different fat contents (skim, 2%, whole, etc.) spoil at different rates? And when spoilage does occur, are milks with higher fat content more sour than those with less? Are there ...
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What are examples of spoiled food that is part of a culture's cuisine? [closed]

Today my brother-in-law told me that he's going to Iceland for vacation. He also told me that one of the delicacies in Iceland is aged/rotten Greenland Shark. This then brought up a curious question ...
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Does having spoiling food in your fridge cause other food to spoil faster?

We all have forgotten remnants that get pushed to the back of the fridge and eventually become science experiments. Does the presence of such items (assuming they're left in a non-air tight container) ...