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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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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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Pasta Salad+Chicken freezer storage for a week?

Maybe this is silly, but im a bit paranoid when it comes to spoilage and me and my wife are doing this new "make lunch for a week" thing to save money and stop us from eating out. Anyways this week ...
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How long does Peanut Oil keep

In my case its still sealed in the container, and http://www.eatbydate.com/other/condiments/how-long-does-oil-last/ claims 3 years (unopened) / 2 years (opened) but that doesnt seem to jive with ...
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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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What temperature to freeze meat at to preserve quality?

My new refrigerator has a configurable-temperature compartment. Samsung claims that the "soft freeze" mode will keep meat and fish fresh longer. When you select Soft Freeze mode 23 °F (-5 °C) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How long does unwhipped whipped topping last in the fridge

I have a defrosted container of frozen non-dairy whip topping (specifically, Rich's Rich Whip). How long will it last in the fridge before I whip it? It's essentially a non-dairy substitute for ...
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My commercial made chapati becomes brittle within 12hrs

I manufacture commercial chapatis. It is packed in 25nos together in a butter paper and lastly in a polybag. These are marketed. However, the chapati becomes brittle and crumbles after 14 hours. I am ...
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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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How long would you keep this Caesar dressing?

My Caesar dressing contains the following: mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper. How long do you think I should I keep it before I pitch ...
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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 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 store beet brine in fridge

Can I use the pickling brine I made last year for beets this year. I kept it in a sealed mason jar in the refridgerater, but I did not process it in a hot water bath. Is this brine safe to use for ...
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Bottling cream-based salad dressing. Preservative advice?

I would like to bottle my home made salad dressing that is mayo- and cream-based. I was wondering what kind of preservatives I could use to lengthen shelf life. Also, I am using garlic powder as an ...
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Are bunya-bunya nuts safe to eat if the shells are moldy?

We recently harvested a bunch of bunya-bunya cones and set them aside for a while to wait for them to split open. Unfortunately, we forgot about them for a while and it rained in the meantime, so not ...
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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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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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shelf life of kim chee [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does kimchi go bad? I have some 'antique' kim chee in the back of the fridge. How can one tell if it is gone bad? Given that kim chee is fermented, it is hard to tell if ...
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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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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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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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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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Mold is growing on my cheese, what is common practice? [duplicate]

I love cheese and I am always buying and trying new types. Because of this, my cheese stash starts to grow faster than I can eat all of it. Sometimes mold starts to grow around the outside before I ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do store-bought dips have such a limited shelf life?

Why do store-bought dips (guacamole, sour cream and chive, salsa...) typically say "Keep refrigerated and consume within 24 [or 48] hours of opening"? Before opening they typically have a "use by" ...
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How should I store this BBQ sauce for later use?

Dropped by a video where a BBQ sauce caught my attention. The ingredients used are: Olive oil, for frying 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced 2–3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Sea salt and freshly ...
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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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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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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. ...
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Safety of old, unopened bottles of ketchup

I just found two bottles of unopened ketchup dating back several years. One says "Best used by September 19, 2008," and the other says "Best used by May 10, 2010." I think I should throw them both ...
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What is the shelf life of gelatin sheets?

Earlier this year, I found a package of gelatin sheets in my cupboard, which looked extremely old. I couldn't exactly tell how old, but the packaging mentioned a refund procedure with the refund price ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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Can you provide links to FDA definition of organic that work? [migrated]

None of your links to FDA definition of organic work
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what is canned flour's shelf life?

So, I have canned flour from 1991. It's been airtight and in our food storage. There is no bugs and it smells fine, is it good to use?
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Close the lid of unsealed jar with pop-up lid

I bought a cheese spread bottle last night and I opened it today. It said in the bottle to refrigerate after opening, it came with a pop up lid. I don't have the facility to use a refrigerator. How ...