Questions specifically about the expected shelf life of a food item.

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Do “Best by: XX-XX-XX” foods have an expiration date?

How long will foods that have "Best by: XX-XX-XX" on the product last past that date? I have tried looking online, and all I can find is anecdotal evidence, which isn't very assuring for me since ...
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Should tomatoes be stored in the fridge?

Storing tomatoes in the fridge tends to make them last a bit longer, but I've heard that the flavor is negatively affected. What is the best way to store them?
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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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Does storing meat in plastic alter how long it takes to go off?

I was recently told quite emphatically that "Storing meat in plastic makes it go off much faster" I suspect that this is an old wives tale, but haven't been able to find anything that either proves ...
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Does the freshness of the ingredient impact the longevity of the cooked dish?

Using ingredients that aren't fresh will generally negatively impact the flavor of the dish, but does it impact how long the cooked dish will last before it goes bad? For example, if I make two pots ...
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How long does unopened, room temperature pop last?

How long does a can of coca-cola last? Like a case of them, sitting in a room-temperature room. There is a date on the bottom (MAR1411), but what does that mean? I have a can with the World Cup on ...
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Rice - Expiration Date

How relevant is the expiration date on uncooked Rice (different varieties)? Are there ways to store rice to prolong it life?
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How to preserve homemade fresh cream for about a week in a freezer?

I get the full cream milk, boil it, and then let it cool down. I collect the thick layer of cream that gathers on its top and put it in the freezer in a vessel. Next day if I get more milk I again ...
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Why don't dry aged/hung sausages go bad?

I was just watching this program on the food network here and they were talking about the Spanish fermented pork sausages. It made me think of sausages that are hung to dry and even though its raw ...
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What's best: boil eggs in advance or just before use?

If I want to eat a hard-boiled egg every day of the week, should I boil them and store them (refrigerated) all at once or should I keep raw eggs in the fridge and hard-boil them just before use? Edit:...
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How long will fermented/brined pickles last?

I've been interested in making some pickles, and a lot of the places I've found say that salt brined or fermented pickles generally taste better than acid-brined pickles. That is, pickles pickled in a ...
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How long should I keep a cut onion?

Since I only cook for one or two, I will tend to buy an onion and only use part of it, and then keep the rest in the fridge. Sometimes it will be a while before I use the rest. Is there any guidance ...
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Can Wilton cake fondant be kept in freezer?

My mom put a package of Wilton cake fondant in the freezer by mistake. Will it still usable once thawed and, would you thaw it now or just before its intended use?
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Do Bouillon Cubes/Powder go bad?

I just found an old jar of Beef Bouillon cubes and although there is no expiration date, I'm a bit skeptical about using them - do they go bad?
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Canned unopened and unrefrigerated juice lasts longer in the pantry than the freezer?

Apple juice unrefrigerated, canned, and unopened lasts 1-1.5 years in the pantry but only .75-1 year in the freezer according to stilltasty.com. Blackberry juice lasts as long as apple juice does in ...
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How long will tuna salad stay good refrigerated?

If you make tuna salad, how long is it safe to keep it refrigerated after the tuna is out of the can? I don't like to keep regular raw fish for more than a day but I guess this is different.
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How long does hot chocolate stay good?

My resource for food shelf life is usually stilltasty.com . However, I can't find hot chocolate on the list. I'm talking about a small pot of hot chocolate - milk, cocoa, sugar, water. Is the ...
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Do Eggs Need to be Refrigerated? [duplicate]

Do eggs really need to be refrigerated? If so, how long can they last without refrigeration? Obviously eggs come out of the chicken at body temperature, so there must be some amount of time they can ...
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Why are my strawberries keeping so long?

The California strawberries my husband buys are completely white at the stem, but bright red throughout the body, as well as being tasteless and staying fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Is it ...
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How to store red bean paste?

I've bought some red bean paste to use to fill mochi. I don't think I'll use it all in one go and I'm not able to translate what the package says for how to store it. What is the best way to store it ...
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Keeping homemade soup

I occasionally make soup and then freeze it in separate containers to be eaten at a later date. Most of the time I keep one or two servings in the fridge to use in the next few days but I never know ...
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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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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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How long will homemade salad dressing stay good in the fridge?

How long can I keep salad dressings that I made? Since this is probably affected by what it's made up of, let's say we're talking about different salad dressings made from a combination of the ...
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How to store Miso

Most recipes I see that use miso require rather small amounts. As I don't want to waste a lot of miso, I would like to know how to store miso long term. Particularly, I want to know if I can freeze ...
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How long can cream cheese frosting be safely stored in the fridge? [duplicate]

I made a cream cheese frosting a while ago. I didn't use all the frosting, so I put the rest (quite a lot actually) in the fridge with the intent to freeze it by the weekend if I hadn't used it. ...
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Cream Cheese expiration dates [closed]

The date on cream cheese does not say sell by or use by or best by. I wanted to make home made pimento & cheese, but I am somewhat reluctant to use it.
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Uncovered Raw Meat or Milk in Fridge

I believe the harm in leaving raw meat uncovered in the fridge is that more bacteria will enter, more oxygen will enter (causing faster bacteria multiplication), and more water will escape (causing ...
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What's an appropriate shelf-life for refrigerated pre-peeled garlic?

Buying pre-peeled/crushed/sliced garlic is great because it saves so much time during prep -- hand-peeling and crushing garlic in the midst of of everything else is a big time sink. However, I've been ...
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Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?

The recipe I have for a manhattan cocktail calls for 2.5:.5:.5 Bourbon:dry vermouth:red vermouth. Will mixing the dry and red vermouth together and storing before making the cocktails adversely ...
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Storage of Pickle Brine (Without Cucumbers)

How long can you keep sweet pickle brine without cucumbers in it? Or can you even do this? I use sweet pickle brine in many of my recipes.
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How long can I store cooking wine?

I made a dish that used a small amount of wine and now I'm wondering how long I can keep the rest of it for next time. I know you wouldn't want to keep good drinking wine around long after opening it,...
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How can I modify my hot sauce to make it Shelf Stable?

I would like to be able to can and then sell my own hot sauce. The hot sauce I make is a low acid meat (ground beef) and tomato based sauce. I had sent it in to get a shelf life expectancy, and was ...
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How quickly does soy lecithin lose its effect?

I bought a box of soy lecithin at a store yesterday, only to discover that it is past its "use by"-date. The date was a month ago. Now I am wondering whether to take the hassle of returning it to the ...
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How long does unrefrigerated shredded cheese last?

I left an unopened package of shredded mozarella cheese out unrefrigerated last night after going grocery shopping, and found it today, 16 hours later. Should I toss it?
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Is continuously simmering or refrigerating cooked soup a more effective way to prevent spoilage?

I've cooked a large pot of soup for myself. I know it'll take me at least 3+ days to drink it, and I don't like to drink it after 4 days because it sometimes smells funny. I was wondering which would ...
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How long can I keep espresso in the fridge? [duplicate]

I often make espresso with a bialetti moka. I made some espresso martinis for my family at a party earlier this year and I have been asked for some more over Christmas. How long can I keep espresso ...
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How long does shrimp paste last in the fridge?

Basically, I have some shrimp paste, it's a nice, very dark purple colour, and I keep it in the fridge. It's not "dry", but it's dry enough to be extremely firm when I take some out of the jar with a ...
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Should ghee be kept out of light?

I have ghee in clear glass jar on a shelf in my kitchen, would it keep for longer if I try to store it in a dark place? Does light speed up oxidation?
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Yeast 101: Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder. Differences and Info [closed]

I'm a little confused as to what are the difference between them, when should I use which? Also, how long is the lifespan and proper care after opening of these products? If I don't bake that often ...
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I left my dates on the counter overnight and liquid has formed have they spoiled? [closed]

Dates left on counter for few days have formed liquid in botton of dish have they spoiled?
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How fast does pork fat spoil?

I have a mini-oven with a tray I use to fry my bacon for breakfast. Quite a bit of fat leaks out from the bacon onto the tray. It sits there, in room temperature for a day or two, then I put more ...
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How long will a shooter's sandwich keep?

A shooter's sandwich is intended to be eaten a long time after it is made. I understand that it originated, pre-refrigeration, as a meal that could be prepared the night before and taken on a hunt the ...
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Sponge cake with only three ingredients - will this work at all?

I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it. How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be ...
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Shelf life of Sesame Oil?

I love the taste of sesame oil, I can easily go through an 8 ounce bottle in a couple of weeks if I'm on an Asian kick, an 8 ounce bottle of my favorite brand has never lasted more than a couple of ...
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What is the shelf life of unground coffee beans?

I love coffee, in many of its forms, and have recently started playing around with grinding my own, brewing it and so on. When I grind beans, I usually use a specific amount by weight, and go from ...
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Will the ingredients of “baking powder” store indefinitely?

I don't bake as frequently as I used to, so if I decide to bake on some random evening, there's a good chance my baking powder has already lost much of its leavening ability — another trip to ...
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Why is a 4 lb bag of sugar at the grocery store hard as a rock?

When I purchase sugar the bags are often brick hard. How does this happen? Is the sugar 'damaged' some how? Is it safe to use?
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preservation of uncooked dill pickles

I have used an old German dill pickle receipe forever that doesn't use a water bath. I make brine and boil, pour over prepared jars, put on heated lids and leave them to seal on their own. These are ...
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dry garlic in oil --> botulism risk?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of preparing some flavored oils for Christmas presents this year (don't tell anyone!). We've read online that fresh garlic presents a health hazard when stored at room ...