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

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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 ...
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How long can I keep a leg of ham in the fridge?

How long will a glazed ham last for? I have a ham, which I glazed. It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months. Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long ...
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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 ...
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How far ahead of time can I make or bake a bread with fruit and honey in it?

I want to make several loaves of a honey-apple challah for Jewish friends for Rosh Hashanah. However I am going to be out if town for Labor Day weekend. If I bake some on Saturday night and seal in ...
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is frozen hamburger ok to eat after the sell by date? [duplicate]

I have a pound of hamburger meat that has not been opened yet. The sell by date was on may 23 2013. Is it ok to eat?
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What is the shelf life of opened cheeses?

I am a cheese lover. I always enjoy finding unique cheeses and trying them. However I always end up with a plethora of opened cheeses which opens up the question of; What is the shelf-life of opened ...
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How long can pasteurized milk be refrigerated?

The shop where I get milk (homogenized, pasteurized) is quite far from my home. So I would like to buy more milk per visit. Would like some expert advice on storing and handling the extra milk. How ...
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Cake in homemade chocolates

I have added some cake pieces and cherries to homemade chocolates. Can I keep them for 5-10 days? Since the cake and cherries are in chocolate, will they last for a longer time?
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timing on baking a birthday cake

I need to have a birthday cake ready on saturday night and am trying to figure out how early I can make it without it impacting the quality of the cake. If I make the the cake friday night or ...
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What kind of homemade sandwich bread or wrap lasts longest?

I want to prepare a homemade bread, wrap, pita, or tortilla-like food, something to make in advance on weekends, to later fill with typical sandwich fillings, such mayonnaise, cheese, sliced meat, and ...
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How to store cooked / stir-fried egg noodle leftovers?

I have still quite a good quantity of cooked egg noodles and I'm wondering what's the best way to store them and how long will they last? (It's mixed with chicken, bok choy, and carrots.) And also, ...
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Will dried buttermilk react with other ingredients in dry mix with oil, stored in fridge?

I would like to make a (dry) pancake mix in a large batch, and then store it in the fridge. I have done this before with no problem, and would now like to do the same thing, but add dried buttermilk. ...
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Refrigerating Clam Juice

Most store-bought stock/broth packaging contains some claim like "refrigerate after opening, and use within 7-10 days". My bottle of clam juice makes no claims whatsoever about refrigeration or shelf ...
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How to know if my walnuts are fresh enough to be good to eat?

I have some walnuts which were picked up from under a local tree, left to dry for a while, and shelled. They look moderately old, but haven't become shriveled or gone moldy. Some have a kind of bitter ...
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Uses for dry bread [closed]

Currently I have a lot of bread. It's not bad, only dry because it's a bit old. I don't want to throw it out. What can I do with it?
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How long to store slow-cooked chicken in liquid in fridge?

I cooked some chicken in the slow cooker and stored the leftovers in the fridge. I put it all into a sealed tupperware container, but I put the chicken in with the liquid. It just occurred to me that ...
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What is the shelf life of my home made coleslaw dressing?

I made about a gallon of dressing today from Kraft mayo, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. What is the shelf life of this? Also, what is the shelf life of balsamic vinegar, salad oil, garlic, honey, ...
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My tea bags are expired, can I still use them?

This box of tea has an expiration date which has passed but I would like to know if I can still use it. What do you think?
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How to store salted cod?

Salted cod is a famous dish in Portugal and I would like to prepare it. It is common here to see the whole of a fish (well, without head, guts etc obviously) in supermarkets - like this: Wikipedia ...
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Do unopened bottles of Gin and Campari turn bad in extreme heat?

just got back from a trip with 2 new bottles of campari and gin, then forgot them for 24 hours in the trunk of my car, in a hot day (30C degrees) :( Should I just throw them away? or are they still ...
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Unroasted coffee beans in the pantry, several years old: roast, toss, or other use?

I just discovered a bag with about 100g of unroasted coffee beans in my pantry. I know they are at least four years old, and maybe 10 years. They've been in room temperature, dry storage the whole ...
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Do nuts ever go bad?

I have some walnuts I found in the back of my cabinet that are probably 5 years old. The packaging says best if used by 2010. I tasted them and they taste alright, maybe a little tartish but I don't ...
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What is the shelf life of homemade compote?

I made a cooked compote with dried fruit and am wondering what safe refrigerated life I can expect. Ideally, please provide some reasonable rationale or reference for the advice.
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Shelf life of commercial jams with no preservatives?

This commercial peach jam does NOT contain any preservatives. Room temperature is 20 C. It is written on the bottle that it should be refrigerated after opening since it doesn't contain any ...
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long term wine storage

I'm planning storing some wine over a long period of time. I'm not sure about the exact duration, but I'm thinking of either 25 or 50 years. What should be taken into consideration? Here's a list of ...
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What is the shelf life of my syrup?

This is a continuation of my last question. the recipe I have is: 2 1/2 cups water 2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 moist vanilla bean, preferably Mexican or Bourbon (Madagascar) ...
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Storing beef for 3 days

I've just bought some fresh rump steak to make beauf bourguignon in 3 days. Can I keep it in a fridge or do I need to put it in a freezer?
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Chocolate bars - Actual shelflife vs expiration date

The owner of a local chocolate store made me an offer I actually can't refuse: For a price that's really a bargain, I get one bar of every bar chocolate he as on stock - that would be about 40 bars. ...