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“Best by date” true for bay leaves?

Today I bought a 2 oz (56.7 grams) bottle of Bay Leaves. The "best use by" date is 01/2015. I've read that spices and herbs go "off" after a year or so, depending. Can I believe the 2015 date on ...
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How long can you keep bacon (from a butcher) in the refrigerator?

I bought smoked bacon from a local butcher and I want to know how long I can keep that bacon in the refrigerator. It is an all natural product with no preservatives other than the process by which it ...
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How Long Does Tomato Juice Last?

We've been buying tomato juice in smaller containers and now decided to buy bigger ones. But, when we went to the store the tomato juice says that it only lasts two weeks in the fridge. Expiration ...
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How long does eggwash keep?

I don't use eggwash often- roughly once a week I make a speedy en-croute or pie with some shop-bought puff. Whatever I make, as it tends to be just for two, I rarely use more than half an egg's worth, ...
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How long can savory cream cheese dishes last?

I made this recipe here and have some of the black bean, onion, cream cheese mixture left. My question is .. how long will this last? For some reason, the thought of heating down the cream cheese to ...
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How long can I keep raw-egg based salad dressing refrigerated

I made salad dressing with, raw egg, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic, salt & pepper. How long can I keep this refrigerated? Thanks
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How long does bicarbonate soda (baking soda) keep?

I am thinking of baking biscuits for presents for Christmas. However, the recipe calls for baking soda, and I cook from scratch fairly rarely, so I'm worried the leftover bicarb will go strange in my ...
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Will storing spices on the oven affect flavor or anything?

The back of the oven is raised from the stove top and sits against the wall, forming a small shelf which is a very convenient location to store spices for use when cooking. Sitting there are things ...
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Can black pudding be stored long-term?

A local restaurateur and friend of mine is making black puddings, and I am trading him a christmas pudding for one of his black puddings. I was considering saving it for a month or two. Can I freeze ...
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How long will Tiramisú made with raw egg keep?

Tiramisú tastes better the longer is kept. But it is made with raw eggs, so there must be a limit to how long you can keep it for without risking making people ill. What would you say is the min/max ...
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I'm hungry and I have an old open bag of potato chips, is it safe to eat? [closed]

So I found wedged in my desk an old open bag of store bought potato chips from some months ago. They smell fine, but they've been open for a long while. They're even still reasonably crispy. So my ...
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How long will eggless pasta dough last in the fridge?

I made some fresh pasta for myself, but the recipe made double the amount I need. I didn't have time to make the rest of the pasta and dry it, so I just wrapped the dough ball in plastic wrap and ...
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How long can I keep sauteed onions in the fridge?

I'm a working mom, so I'm always trying to find ways to cut down on cooking time. My newest trick is to saute a huge batch of onions and keep it in a container in the fridge, so that I can skip the ...
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How long will Jalepenos last in the freezer?

I have a big bag of ~50 jalapenos in my freezer, frozen less than a day after being picked. How long will they last in there, and how will I know they've gone bad?
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How long will Sous Vide food keep?

I'm part of an international rescue team and one of the things we need to do is to be self sufficient. At the minute we take ready made boil in the bag food which is not particularly great and is ...
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Why did my ginger simple syrup develop such a disgusting consistency?

I made a ginger simple syrup. I took a large amount of ginger, simmered it in water to cover for an hour, drained it (reserving the water), and repeated the process with fresh water. I did this three ...
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Can condensed milk be safely used after it's 'best before' date?

It's just that I have an unopened tin of condensed milk which is a couple of months past it's best before date. And I don't feel like throwing it away :(
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Expiration dates of food items

Is there a general place (database) where I can find expiration dates of food products sold by retailers like Walmart, Albertsons etc?
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Sniffing out a rotten egg from the dozen

Is it possible to tell if an egg has gone off? I am not referring to those eggs that have been especially brined to look like they've been sitting around for decades, but to fresh eggs you want to ...
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How long can you store a mixture of old bread in a no-oxygen-container?

I watched a TV-program where they made a mixture of old breads. It has no water in it so it is mainly carbohydrates. They used it to fry up such as chicken and fish. How long can you store such a ...
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Hints on storage of vegetables and fruit

Different fruits and vegetables require different treatment in order to preserve their integrity, micronutrient contents and especially taste over the longest period possible. Time and again I am ...
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How long can I keep thawed vacuum-packed fish in the fridge?

I know that for fresh fish, or fish that was previously frozen without special storage, you should use it the same day. If I thawed too much, does the fact that it was vacuum-packed add to the time I ...
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What is the expected shelf life of salted butter?

I have just purchased 250g of Lescure salted butter (Beurre Demi-Sel) with a best before date of 23 July 2011. Today is the 2nd July 2011. I thought that butter has a shelf life of months, not 21 ...
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Storing Cream Cheese Icing

What's the best way to store cream cheese icing to make it last as long as possible? How long will it be good for? The icing is made up of 1/2 cup of butter 1 cup cream cheese 3 cups icing sugar
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Extra Firm Tofu past expiration date: safe, but for how long?

How long past the expiration date is pre-packaged extra-firm tofu safe, tasty and wholesome. Generally, expiration dates are for sissies, but something about the tofu made me think twice. I've seen ...
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How long can I keep green curry paste?

I make green curry paste with green peppers as main ingredient. I put all ingredients in the processor, and keep the paste in a closed jar in the fridge. It stills smells fresh after 10 weeks. Can it ...
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Can I store extra pizza dough in fridge?

I kneaded some pizza dough and it turned out that I have done this double the amount I wanted to. This is my first time. Can I store this dough in fridge? And for how many days?
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Why do eggs have expiry dates?

And what will happen if I eat them after they're past the expiry date?
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What should I know to store my chili powder?

I am planning on making some chili powder this weekend using ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers. I got a nice big bag of each recently and have some questions about chili powder. The second part of ...
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Shelf life of a caramel apple?

How long will the apple in a caramel apple stay crisp once it's been dipped in warm caramel? Are there any tricks to extend its shelf life? Let's assume we're starting with a large fresh Granny ...
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creme fraiche 1 month out of date!

I was just cooking some soup and added some creme fraiche (I smelt it before and it smelt fine, force of habit) Once I had mixed it in - I noticed that the sell by date was the 15th of January! I ...
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How long does fresh parsley keep in the fridge?

How long does fresh parsley stay good if kept in a refrigerator?
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Where should I store nori or laver after opening, and for how much time?

My brother has given me laver for making Korean kimbap and there are ten “foils” or “sheets” in the package. I have only used four of them today and I don't know whether I should cool or not the ...
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Does cooking wine go bad like regular wine?

I bought some cooking wine last week and made a delicious meal with it. I only used half a bottle, so the other half is still in my pantry. I know that regular wine goes bad after about a day ...
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How long does a pack of raw, dried Indian papad keep once opened?

How long does a pack of raw, dried Indian papad keep once it's opened? There's a best before date on the pack, but it's not mentioned how long they keep once it's opened. The ones I have are the ...
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Should whole coffee beans be stored at room temperature, the fridge or freezer?

My coffee is normally used up within 1 week and is of unknown age on purchase, do I need to do anything extra to make it last a week?
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How long does a fruit and sugar mixture last?

I made a sauce with frozen rhubarb and raspberry mixed with sugar and reduced it until there is hardly any juice left. I put the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Would this still be ...
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Will vegetables and fresh herbs last longer in the refrigerator in a plastic bag?

Is there a difference between how long fresh herbs and vegetables last if they are in a plastic bag or in the open? If it does, is there a break-down of which ones it does make a difference for - ...
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Honeycomb in honey - how long does it last?

I've got some nice honeycomb (submersed in honey) in a big jar, but the "best before" date was over 4 months ago! I was saving it for a year or two. Just realised the date is gone. Any possibility ...
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Why doesn't Bailey's go bad?

I realize it can go bad after a long time, but why does it take so much longer than other dairy products? Does it have to do with the alcohol content? If so, what is the process that is happening?
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Can I still use butter that's been left out for 2 days?

I bought butter in 1/4 sticks (one pound box) and left it in my trunk by accident. It's been very cold 35-50° F (2-10° C) at night/day. It's been 48 hours. Can I still use it? It's still in it's ...
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Storing potato water: how long can it be refrigerated?

When boiling potatoes, I like to use the leftover water for soups, sauces, etc. Does anyone else use potato water, and if so, how long can it be stored in the refrigerator? I am wondering if it has a ...
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How long should you keep Salami for?

I bought a piece of salami from a supermarket a week ago (a large chunk of a full sausage from the delicatessen, not sliced stuff in a pack) and I was wondering how long past the 'use by' date it's ...
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does white sugar have a shelf life?

i have had a sealed container of white sugar for about 5 years now, we have been using it slowly, but is it safe/healthy to continue using it because of its age? or should i replace it?
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frozen blueberries kept thawed

Had a couple bags of frozen blueberries. Put them in the fridge to thaw. They've been in the fridge for several weeks. Can I still cook with them?
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How long will live lobsters last in the fridge?

My parents just got back from Boston. Since we were looking after their dog, they bought us 2 live lobsters as a "thank you". We've named them Pinchy and James. They were bought Saturday afternoon and ...
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How long does it take for unopened cheese to go bad?

I bought one of those blocks of Dubliner cheese (at Costco, sealed relatively well in wax paper) and left it in my car all afternoon and overnight by mistake. Given that it is unopened and the ...
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How long can i keep home made caesar dressing?

The dressing contains raw eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper. How long can I keep it in the fridge in a airtight container?
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Does a colder refrigerator keep things fresh longer?

Are they simply "cold" or "not cold", or does the degree of coldness make a difference? Does it depend on what is being refrigerated?
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Dried apricots smell of alcohol?

I recently opened a container of store-bought dried apricots and they smell vaguely of fermentation/alcohol. I've never noticed this before. They taste fine, but should I be concerned? Do they need ...