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How to store cheesecake for long-term?

My wife and I decided to have cheesecakes for our wedding last weekend. We'd like to store some for at least our one-year anniversary. What is the proper way to store it, and how long can we expect ...
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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 is it safe to drink coffee after brewed?

How many hours/days would you recommend to drink coffee (after brewed) and consider it safe? (For example if you don't want to waste it). What is the difference if it is refrigerated or not? The ...
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How long does uncooked meat last when kept in the freezer?

Chicken, beef, or even shrimp? How long can I keep it there before it goes bad?
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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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Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature?

Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature? If so, how long is it safe to keep it out?
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Is it safe to store applejuice in an opened glass bottle outside of the fridge?

I've got a few glass bottles of clear applejuice in the cellar (just pure clear store brand applejuice) that I want to take to my computer room so I don't need to constantly go downstairs to refill my ...
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How long can century eggs last refrigerated and unrefrigerated?

How long can century eggs last for refrigerated and unrefrigerated? I have some slightly cracked eggs from a friend who has stored it for months in his refrigerator. A few comments from this blog ...
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Does pesto go bad?

I have some basil pesto but I'm not sure how long its fridge life is. It is in a sealed container. How long does it last before it is not safe to eat anymore?
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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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Is smell a bad way of determining whether meat is still good?

I have always relied on my sense of smell to determine whether meat (most often chicken) is bad and I thought it was reliable. However, I have just heard that [1] smell is not always reliable, since ...
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What does flour smell like when it goes bad?

I've got about 15lbs of saphire unbleached white flour left from my 25lb bulk purchase from 2 weeks ago. While preparing a wonderful zucchini bread recipe I noticed a "sour" smell from my flour. ...
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How long does cooked rice last in room temp? [duplicate]

Yesterday I cooked two cups of rice and after we ate from it, I completely forgot about it and it was out of refrigerator until now (it's been 24 hours or so). Is it safe to eat it?
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Can I still eat this fish?

I just found a couple of salmon fillets in my freezer that seem to have been there for about two years. Are they still edible, or should I bin them?
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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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At what point should carrots be thrown away?

We tend to buy a big bag of carrots from the supermarket (mainly because it's cheaper than a small bag), but usually these are starting to go soft halfway through the week. My current rule of thumb ...
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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? ...
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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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How long does cooked pasta last in the fridge?

I sometimes cook more pasta than I intend to eat or use at once and store the rest in a container in the fridge (just plain, cooked pasta). How long would it store safely for?
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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 does ceviche keep?

We just made ceviche with ahi tuna, lots of lime juice, avocado, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. It's wonderful. Unfortunately we made too much. Now, I've never made it before and want to know about how ...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

Taste aside, is it safe for drinking? Whiskey that was left inside a stainless steel flask?
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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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How do food producers determine expiration dates on products and ingredients?

It is well known that food expiration dates are somewhat arbitrary. For some foods, they are much more important than others -- for example, you can pretty easily tell on your own if milk has gone bad ...
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How long will grease (from bacon or roast) keep in the fridge?

I kept all of the bacon grease from making bacon this weekend, and now I have a jar of solidified grease in the fridge. How long can I use this to impart bacony goodness to my fried vegetables before ...
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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 Parmesan cheese?

I recently lucked into about 4 lbs of a delicious Parmesan. Sadly it's already in 4 pieces, and so I'm pretty sure its going to be more prone to spoilage than a single large chunk. How does one go ...
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omelettes and scrambled eggs - How long can I store them?

Is it a good idea to keep make a lot of them and keep them in the refrigerator? I like them for breakfast but I don't like cooking every morning. For how long I can keep them?
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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 does butter cream icing keep?

My icing is 1/4 cup butter to 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar and a couple tablespoons of milk, so I'm thinking that with so much sugar, the answer is "almost indefinitely in the fridge." So, as the title ...
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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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Why would fresh tuna be salted?

I bought a big piece of tuna about a week ago. I carved it up and put most in the freezer. However, as I am the proud owner of a vacuum sealer (as of a week ago), the worst part of the tuna got vacuum ...
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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 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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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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How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer?

How do I know if a given food or ingredient I have is still good, or if I should discard it? How can I best preserve a food or ingredient? This broad question is intended as a "general reference" ...
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Cooked meat stored in frig, how long will it be good? [duplicate]

Our frig stays pretty cold all the time, sometimes too cold, as we've had our mik and eggs freeze to the point of having to throw them away! So if I cooked pork, chicken and sausage with onions, ...