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

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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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Preventing white sugar from clumping in the canister

We store sugar in a ceramic canister, and we get some clumping. Restaurants in humid areas that will often add grains of a rice to a salt shaker to stop clumping. (The rice acts as a desiccant and ...
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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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Making high-quality frozen-food at home?

There's a french chain, picard, which sells gourmet frozen food , for the french. And they really like it - so it must be really tasty. But it's expensive. On the other hand ,some families , that ...
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How should I pre-cook a burger to be micrwaveable?

Start with a generic 1/3rd lb patty of ground beef, either frozen or fresh. Normally I follow the advice from How do you grill a perfect burger?, however, I want to make many. How can I cook and ...
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Should a Pound Cake be stored in the fridge or the freezer?

After cooking a pound cake, should I place it in the freezer or in the refrigerator?
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Why does a brown paper bag speed ripening?

I often see this technique suggested as a way to speed ripening. Why does it? Also, is there any data available on how fast it ripens comparatively?
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Is hot water bath canning really necessary?

I made a barbecue sauce that I want to send to a friend (internationally). I bought some mason jars, and was planning to just put the barbecue sauce in there, tighten the lids back on, and ship it ...
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What is the best way to store carrots?

The carrots that I buy come in a sealed plastic bag. In the store they are not refrigerated. I've tried keeping them in the bag in the place where I keep things like onions, garlic, and potatoes (a ...
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Did I store these potatoes incorrectly (found a bug inside)?

I have a 3 pound bag of 'Idaho' brand potatoes that I bought a few weeks ago. They all looked good (firm and no sprouts) when I went to get them the other day except for one. This one had a white ...
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How to keep fresh-made soft pretzels from getting soggy or stale?

I've recently learned how to make fresh pretzels and they are quite good. However, they start to get hard and chewy after about four hours. If I store them in a plastic container before that then they ...
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In what container should I put lemon water for storage?

I have a polypropylene water container and some large PET bottles. I don't know if it's OK to put lemon water in there. I read from somewhere that you shouldn't put lemon water in plastic or aluminum ...
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Fruit Flies and Storage of Fresh Produce

What is a good way of keeping fresh produce (in particular, from the garden) and herbs in the kitchen without attracting fruit flies? We dispose of tomatoes etc as soon as they start to go bad, but it ...
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Moisture in Vegetable Bin

There is moisture in my vegetable bin. What can I do to prevent this? I do not have a separate control for the drawers. The refrigerator temperature is set at the manufacturer's recommended setting.
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Garlic Overflow — Why won't my olive oil stay in its jug?

I'm the kind of chef who chops up whatever the local bazaar has that week, adds a random amount of seasonings until the color suits my fancy and then cooks it. Somehow. Most days I don't go hungry. ...
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Minimum procedure for sterilizing mason jars for canning

My wife and I are about to do some tomato canning tomorrow. We have a bunch of mason jars that we didn't have time to sterilize. She thinks that just washing them in hot water is enough. After ...
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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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Pressure cooking green beens

I am canning my green beans and I have my camp chef in the garage that I am pressuring them on. So I go distracted and didn't realize they had already met their 13 lbs and had been there for... I ...
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Can frozen peaches be made into jam or other things?

I have over ripe peaches. I have scaled them and pitted them and they are in lemon water. Can I freeze them to make jam later? Can I put them in the refrigerator to make jam later?
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Can black pudding be stored long-term?

A local restaurateur and friend of mine is making black puddings, and I am trading him a christmas pudding for one of his black puddings. I was considering saving it for a month or two. Can I freeze ...
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How to store a Christmas pudding to make it drier?

I have prepared a Christmas pudding but it came out too wet to our taste. What is the best way to store it to make it drier but without spoiling it?
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Will avocado stay fresh longer if stored in the refrigerator?

Should I store avocado in the refrigerator or will it make no difference for how long they stay fresh?
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Why do bananas turn black in the refrigerator?

I've noticed that a banana in the refrigerator will turn pitch black in just a few hours. Why is this?
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Is it scientifically verified that bananas will ripen faster when kept in a bowl with other fruit?

I've heard you shouldn't keep bananas in a bowl with other fruit. But they all look so happy together. What I'd like to see is hard science here. Or at least documented and repeatable observation. ...
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Storing unused portion of red onion

I like the red onions in my toss salads. Seldom do i use a whole one, because they are usually so large and i want to know how can i keep the already cut onion from going bad. I have tried just ...
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What are the pros and cons of storing bread in various locations?

Why should/shouldn't I store my bread in the fridge/freezer/breadbox/plastic bag/etc?
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How long can I store cooked lentils?

I love lentils mixed with onions, spinach and tuna in the morning, unfortunately I am having a really hard time finding cheap canned lentils in my area. So I wonder, if I cook a big batch of dried red ...
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how to avoid crystallization of powdered sugar

I have powdered white sugar and stored it in a glass bottle. I see the next day that the sugar had crystallized and i cant seem to take it out or anything. Tried to keep under sun. No result. i have ...
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Storing simple syrup [duplicate]

What is the best way to store simple syrup, made from equal parts of sugar and water? Do I store it on the counter, or in the refrigerator?
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Does a home produce refrigerator exist?

It seems there are many foods that benefit from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 to 15 degrees Celsius storage temperature--herbs, peppers, tomatoes, etc. As it stands, I store tomatoes and some ...
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how often is cleaning done in a professional kitchen?

Today I saw Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares. Regardless of the alleged nature of "reality", he said that fridges at his London restaurant are cleaned twice a day. Is that excessive or in line with ...
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Pickling Peppers

I want to pickle the banana peppers, jalepenos and bell peppers from my garden. I have a small sandwich bag full of banana peppers so far, but no more than that. Is it okay to store them in the ...
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Is it worth roasting my own red peppers?

I recently realized roasted red peppers make so many of my dishes pop, but it's a pretty pricey ingredient. A small jar costs three bucks and a big jar is seven. At my local grocer I can get red ...
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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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How do I know if a black banana is too old to be eaten?

From time to buy, I buy too many bananas. For the future, I am considering refrigerating them instead of eating them, but they turn black. How can I know whether a black banana is still edible?
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Does ginger infused honey or vodka ever go bad food-safety-wise?

I have sliced ginger stored in a jar of honey, and another jar of a small ginger knob in vodka. Both were stored in the refrigerator. Both are about 2 to 3 years old. They do not have any off odors. ...
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Should I refrigerate eggs?

I've read a lot of conflicting advice on whether it's advisable to store eggs in the refrigerator. The case against seems twofold: (1) that eggshells are porous, and eggs can take on unwelcome ...
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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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Is there any way to remove stains (e.g. from curries and pasta sauces) from plastic containers?

I like using microwaveable plastic containers to bring my lunch in as they are my lighter than the Pyrex/glass versions. However, reheating my food up creates unsightly stains.
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How to store a banana that was cut in half to preserve the other half?

I can usually only eat about half of a banana, and usually when I get sick of it I just throw it away. In the past, I've seen bananas cut in half at hotels and other places that provide breakfast, ...
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What is the best way to store chopped vegetables?

To speed up our cooking during the week, I would like to chop up all the vegetables I will need for the week on a Sunday and then just use them throughout the week. What would be the best way to ...
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Browning Avocados - What Helps?

Years ago Koobz asked "Oxidized Avocado: What's Going on & How to Prevent It?" That question has been merged with this one because it's dealing with the same issue. Recently, we had this ...
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Effects of elevated storage temperature on bread quality

It's pretty well-known and scientifically established that rather cool temperatures are bad for bread: putting your bread in the refrigerator will tend to dry it out and accelerate chemical reactions ...
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How should I store eggs in the refrigerator?

We just bought a new refrigerator, and it came with the obligatory open egg tray container, which went promptly into the recycle bin--which got me thinking. I have never understood the purpose of ...
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How to store Soda Water or other Home Made Sodas?

I have a SodaStream which I use to make soda water. My wife recently started purchasing very tasty, but relatively expensive soda drinks from the store, including "Rose Lemonade" (here: ...
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Can food spoil at cold temperatures?

So someone here at home tweaked the thermostat on the fridge and raised to its maximum (coldest) level, and now a few of my housemates are really upset because the resulting decrease in temperature ...
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how to store a chicken sandwich overnight for lunch the next day

I am currently preparing a chicken breast sandwich using this recipe. However, this is for consumption tomorrow on campus. What's the best way to store this and have it for lunch tomorrow? I only have ...
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How long will shredded carrots keep?

How long will carrots that I've shredded in the food processor stay good in the fridge? Also what's the best way to store them?
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How to keep celery crisp?

I like celery, but it seems to go limp very quickly when I buy it. What's the best way to store it to keep it crisper longer?
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How to best keep a bunch of coriander fresh? [duplicate]

I bought this bunch of coriander at my local fruit shop. What is the best way to keep it fresh as long as possible? I usually cut off about 1 cm of the stems and then put them into a glass of water, ...