Questions about how to store food so as to preserve its freshness and overall quality.

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Pumpkin rotting, need to process it now - any ideas with a long shelf life?

I bought 7 huge pumpkins from a gardener two weeks ago. The idea was to store them in the basement, and eat them as soup during the winter. However, sadly, they have started to rot. (I asked a ...
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How do you remove the stickiness from reusable plastic container or lid?

I have a blue plastic lid for my glass Anchor container. I noticed that the lid is very sticky to the touch from both sides. I've cleaned it thoroughly with soap but the stickiness is still there. ...
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Storing cooked rice in fridge

I ordered a rice recipe yesterday and stored the left over in the fridge. However the container is not airtight. I was planning to have it today and tomorrow. I wanted to ask if its still safe to eat. ...
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How to protect roasted coffee powder from degrading during daily use?

I have to buy coffee roasted powder in 100gms packet. I use 1 tablespoon on coffee per day. I do keep the coffee in an airtight container and then in an opaque cover. How should I protect remaining ...
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How long do sharkfin melons keep?

I read somewhere that sharkfin melons (Cucurbita ficifolia) keep for years, if kept dry. Is that really true? It seems an awesomely long time. I have some seeds on order, so even if no one else has ...
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Recommendations for spice organization strategies

Spices have always been the hardest thing for me to keep track of in the kitchen. I'm interested in specific recommendations for hardware (containers, labeling, shelving, etc.) and organization ...
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How to prevent cheese and certain other products from stinking up my fridge?

Certain food products have a very strong odor, that may not seem annoying at all when I buy them, but become very much apparent after I keep them in the fridge for a few hours. For example these ...
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How can I store chopped onions in the fridge without the smell?

I am cooking for a large group and am trying to do as much as I can in advance. One thing I would love to do in advance is chop several onions. I have done this before with a single onion; I stored ...
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Can I store suet or home-rendered tallow at room temperature for a year?

This weekend I will be in possession of 100 lbs of beef suet (which I'll be getting from a butcher friend) and plan to render it into tallow. I can't even begin to imagine exactly what this amount of ...
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How do canned soup companies keep their noodles from absorbing all the liquid in the can?

I like to make noodle soups. Chicken noodle, pho, k'tieu, soba, and so on; there are many different types of noodle involved. In every case, if the soup goes into the fridge, the noodles absorb all ...
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How should I store leftover uncooked lasagna sheets?

I bought a package of these Delverde "no-precooking" lasagna sheets and used half a dozen to make a lasagna. Now I've got nine sheets leftover—and I don't make lasagna that often. How can I store ...
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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I am searching for a ways to preserve the banana, and most of the time they said that I need to wrap the stems in a plastic or scotch tape so the gas wont come, they said that this gas is the reason ...
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How to store homemade pasta without freezing

I'm curious how to make pasta (and in this case I'm talking about say, spaghetti, angel hair, shells or lasagna noodles, no filling) and store it dry like I would find in a box at a store. I would try ...
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Tricks to preserve chips (french fries)?

Since I can remember I've always been crazy about chips (french fries for the Americans). As a result I always make too much when I make them for me. The problem I have and have always had is that ...
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What caused my homemade “Nutella” to go bad?

I had a first try on a self-made recipe for a chocolate-hazelnut cream, in short Nutella. Question Even though I used ingredients that wouldn't have gone bad singularly, the cream as a whole had an ...
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When basil gets brown spots, is it still usable?

When I store basil in the fridge, sometimes it gets brown spots. Is it still usable? Is that valid also for Thai basil? Throwing it all away after 2-3 days seems such a waste. Also, how can I prevent ...
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Can I purify / kill germs in a water to make it drinkable by putting it in a freezer?

I've conducted a research on how can I purify the water to make it drinkable and the results are many, but most of them says that drinking a freeze water can cause cancer to us. I am using a freezer ...
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How long does a stew stay ok to eat when not stored in a fridge? [duplicate]

My wife makes a nice stew and then stores it for up to three days in a cast iron cooking bowl with a heavy lid (in the oven usually). Assuming it is reheated to "hot", is it still safe to eat after 2 ...
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Which end of the cucumber should I save for later?

When using only half of a cucumber, which end of the cucumber should I save for later use - the stem end or the blossom end?
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Parsley storage

I am trying to store parsley safely at room temperature using the following method: I snip off a little from the stem part and put parsley in a jar filled with around an inch of water I loosely ...
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How long will a whole turkey keep in a refrigerator?

My daughter bought a fresh, organic, kosher turkey from Trader Joe's last night (her first turkey!), 8 days before she will start cooking it. The company customer service representative as well as ...
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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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How to store tamarind paste?

I bought some tamarind paste the other day, and I am wondering how should I store it once opened, as the package does not say anything special. Should I put it in the fridge? Store it in an airtight ...
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Bread going stale in enamel breadbasket

I store my bread in an enamel breadbasket like this one (different decor, though). In the bottom of the basket, there are some small holes, I think to let the air circulate. But bread stored in this ...
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How should block cheese be stored for maximum shelf life?

Just like it says in the title, how can I store blocks of cheese for max shelf life? I will be making a grilled cheese sandwich and shredding 3 varieties of cheese (cheddar, swiss, parm(?)) and I am ...
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What non-alcoholic liquid can I use to store Ginger, both cooked and raw?

I've read that storing Ginger in wine vinegar or vodka preserves it. Is there something non-alcoholic that will do the same thing?
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Is it necessary to store purchased sealed Coffee powder in freezer? Why?

I purchased few packets of 100 gms freshly ground and roasted Coffee powder. These packets do NOT have air filled in them like the chips packets. Is it necessary to store purchased sealed roasted ...
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Why does my cocoa syrup overflow?

I work in a coffee shop, and we stock Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa flavored sauce. However, this sauce is constantly overflowing. We are losing approximately a quarter cup per day ...
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Storing bechamel sauce

Is storing a Bechamel Sauce in the fridge for up to week ok? Will it curdle or otherwise go bad? I love eating Croque Monsieurs for dinner and adding a bit of Bechamel is awesome but I would rather ...
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How long can I store homemade caramel or butterscotch sauce?

I made a butterscotch sauce for a butterbeer cupcake, but I have about a cup of the sauce left. How long can I leave it in the fridge since it has heavy cream? Can I freeze it? I imagine for most ...
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Why do black olives typically come in cans and green olives typically come in jars?

Typically pitted ripe (black) olives are sold in cans but green olives and specialty olives (e.g., Kalamata) are in jars. Is this due to properties of the olives and different storage needs?
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Coolest part of the fridge

If I need to cool something quickly or keep something at a lower temperature, do I put it in the top or bottom shelf of the fridge? Which part of the fridge is the coolest?
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How long do black olives last once opened?

I opened a can of sliced black olives for my pizza and only used half. I put the leftovers into a sealed container with the liquid and put it in the fridge. Under those conditions how long will the ...
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Why do my cakes turn mouldy?

My cakes get really mouldy/sticky within days if I don't refrigerate them during rainy season or when it's too hot. My cakes pass the skewer test before coming out of oven. This has happened for most ...
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How can I tell if homemade ginger syrup has gone bad?

I made some Ginger syrup using the liquid I boiled the root in for candy. It's just water and sugar. I put it in a plastic liter bottle (from soda water) in the refrigerator. How long can I keep it ...
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Can I thaw whole Ginger root to use later?

Can I thaw a whole piece of ginger root to be used later to make candy? If so, how long can I keep the thawed piece? I froze a healthy root in an airtight container for two weeks, but when I thawed it ...
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Storing hard crusted bread

I'm currently baking a batch of sourdough bread. My last batch turned out perfectly with a hard crust and chewy inside. My problem is how to store the bread such that the crust stays hard. If I put it ...
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Low-fat quark plus blended blueberries — texture changes over night?

I tried to prepare my own blueberry quark by blending (about 200g) of (European) blueberries and gently mixing the result with 500g of low-fat quark. Season to taste with sugar. The result is nice ...
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How should pomegranates be stored?

What is the proper way to store a pomegranate? How long can they be stored for at room temperature? Would refrigerating pomegranates cause any problems (I'm a little worried about the fridge getting ...
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What is the best temperature to store honey at?

I was wondering what temperature is suitable to store honey bought from stores? Now in the summer, it can be around 30+ Celsius, and even nearly 40 on some day. Do you suggest keeping honey while ...
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Why are the storage instructions extremely opposite in cases of tea and coffee?

For coffee it is recommended to store it in the freezer. ,and for tea the freezer or the fridge is an absolute no. Considering that both are derived from plants, why is freezer recommended for coffee ...
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Tart Taste to Hot Bath method canned Vegetable soup

Why does my homemade vegetable soup cooked for at least 3 hours and then I put into canning jars in a hot bath for 45 minutes taste tart? What can I add to take the tart taste away? It has been ...
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Short-term bread storage

I bought all kinds of bread today (Thursday morning), pitas, whole-wheat rolls, a kind of challa-looking thing. The best before is about five days time. They're for consumption on Friday night and ...
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Does braised chicken get dangerous if left cooling in the oven for 12 hours after cooking at 300+? [duplicate]

Does braised chicken get dangerous if left in cooking pot in oven for 12 hours after finished cooking (at 300+ for over two hours) while it cools -- it was still warm after 12 hours and the pot was ...
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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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How to dry oregano?

I have oregano in my garden. But I only use it fresh. How should I properly dry the oregano so I can get something similar to oregano found in the stores?
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Do you have to refrigerate Pickles?

So last weekend the wife and I got a huge jar of pickles at Costco. The thing is bigger than a gallon of milk (the wife really loves her pickles). There really isn't any room for it in the fridge, ...
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What is the most effective method for cooking a massive amount of sweet brown sushi rice

I have about 8 quarts of dry brown sushi rice and am looking to cook all or most of it to incorporate into a handful of dishes on the same day. What is the most effective way of cooking that much ...
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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 ...