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

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To freeze or not to freeze?

I made a lasagna today (Thursday) that will be served on Sunday evening. What will yield a fresher-tasting result: refrigerating or freezing? I know that lasagna keeps in the fridge for about 3-5 ...
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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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Can I leave a cake / cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting out on the counter?

I need to frost a cake and cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for a late morning party tomorrow. I do not do a lot of baking so I'm concerned about when I should frost the cakes. For the sake of ...
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Short term storage of bechamel

How far in advance can I make a bechamel sauce before using it without having to cool, refrigerate and reheat. For instance if I'm making a creamed spinach dish for a dinner party can I make the ...
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It is safe to store celery in aluminum foil?

Because I cannot find on a regular basis celery, I am trying to preserve what I buy as long as possible. After trying some methods, the one I found is aluminum foil. I wash the celery, dry it, put in ...
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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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Increase lifetime of homemade chocolates

I recently stated making my own chocolates. (No bars, but filled chocolates and pralines) I also make the filling myself. Now I have a question about the lifetime of this chocolates. On different ...
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How best to store roast coffee beans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good ways to store coffee? I opened a new bag of roasted coffee beans yesterday and put them in a plastic box - a box with a good seal, with clip-down sides. And I put ...
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What is the shelf life of a garlic bulb, with the “skin” still on, left in the fridge?

I purchased a head of garlic and I have 2/3's of it left over, I am storing it in the fridge in a ceramic covered dish (made specifically for garlic :) a gift from my mother) and I would like to know ...
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how to ensure carrot pieces stay longer in the refrigerator?

I blanched a big carrot and cut them into pieces and stored them in a airtight container in the refrigerator. I ate them for about 5 days - one piece out of the container for each meal. But after ...
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Can you extend the life of frying oil with lettuce?

Someone told me that putting lettuce in frying oil, it will recover some of the properties. That way you can extend the number of uses you get from this oil. I read (Spanish) that doing so will keep ...
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Should I store my cheese in brine/whey?

Fresh mozzarella is usually sold floating in whey, and feta cheese is often sold soaking in brine. Once I've opened the container and used part of the cheese, how should I store it in the fridge to ...
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Is it safe to store hot tea in PET bottles?

Every morning I bring with me a small PETE (from some searches it seems to be the same as PET plastic) bottle (an ex coke bottle) containing hot tea. Is it safe to store hot liquids, especially, tea ...
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How to best store cupcakes?

When I put them in the fridge, they developed a kind of a moist surface by the next day. Should I just leave them outside in an air-tight jar? If yes, then for how long will they stay fresh?
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How can I prepare left over Stir Fry for the fridge?

I like making Stir Fry and I've tried several times to make two meal's worth so I can refrigerate half and take it to work, but so far every attempt has been sub-bar. It's veggie stir fry and I use a ...
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Cooler as a pantry?

Spices (and many other things) are supposed to be stored in a dark, cool, dry place. I live in an apartment (i.e. no dedicated pantry), in California (i.e. it's warm) and my kitchen is small so ...
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Is blanch freezing vegetables required for short term storage?

I need some vegetables to last for about a month until I've juiced them all. Blanch freezing many vegetables sees them last for periods 6 months and longer, but it's a bit of a hassle. Would just ...
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Which fruits and vegetables should be kept in a fridge, and which outside?

I'm a bit unsure about which fruits and veggies should be kept outside the fridge and which inside. It seems that apples, oranges, and bananas, are normally kept outside, and melons, watermelons, etc ...
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What can I do to prolong vegetable and meat freshness in the freezer?

In an effort to improve my eating habits I am thinking of buying more vegetables and meats while at the store so that I have them to cook with. However, with a busy schedule it is hard to try and ...
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Will tomatoes keep for longer if you keep the stalk in?

I know that avocados are supposed to keep longer with the stalks; I would like to know if it is also true for tomatoes?
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Can alcohol bottles (especially liquor) be stored on their side?

I have a fairly well-stocked mini-bar, but not a lot of space. I've considered storing the bottles in a drawer, but I've heard that you should store certain alcohol upright. Is this true? If so, ...
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How to maximize and preserve horseradish potency without vinegar?

Is there a way to pre-grate and store horseradish in a manner which preserves and maximizes its potency without relying on vinegar? Preferred storage time is approximately a few hours, a day at most.
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My pesto turned solid. Why?

Warning: I am a cooking noob. I might overlook something ridiculously simple. Anyway, I just made my first pesto sauce (do you call this a sauce?). Basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, etc. At the end, I ...
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What method for advance prep of seitan prevents deterioration of texture and preserves flavor while protecting from spoilage?

Tonight, I am hoping to cook up three to four loaves of seitan for final prep three days from now. My intent is to form the dough, simmer in stock or steam, and then refrigerate. In three days I hope ...
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How to bottle your own homemade salad dressing

I would like to bottle my homemade dressing. The main ingredients are olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon and dijon mustard. Once it is bottled, is there a processing time as there is with ...
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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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Is it safe to eat a non-refrigerated store-bought pizza base?

We bought some pizza bases the other day and I just realized the package says to store below 4°C (39°F). We didn't store them in the fridge. Will these be safe to eat? They contain wheat flour and ...
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How should I store beansprouts?

Bean sprouts are a common ingredient in stir-fry recipes, but they don't seem to last very long in my fridge. How can I keep bean sprouts fresh for the maximum amount of time?
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Storing rehydrated beans [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store soaked beans before cooking? Can you preserve canned kidney beans so that they still have their shape? If I pre-soak/cook a large amount of dried ...
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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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Can I freeze soup in a pot?

Can I freeze soup in a pot (I believe it's made of stainless steel)? Are there any health risks? Is there any risk of damage to the pot?
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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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Distinguishing the size of tablecloths when folded? [closed]

Has anyone figured out a clever system for distinguishing the size of a tablecloth when folded? Our dining room table is extendable with several leaves, so we have plain white tablecloths of three ...
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How to best store cocoa powder?

Say I buy a bag of Callebaut Cocoa Powder (like this one). What's the best way to store the powder once I begin using it? Figure that I'll use no more than 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder a week. ...
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What makes a good vessel for storing sourdough starter?

I was going to buy the King Arthur set of starter + crock, but the crock is on backorder, so I plan to instead locally source a vessel for the starter. What should I look for? Should I find a similar ...
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Can I mince garlic in advance?

I really hate mincing garlic in tiny batches for each dish. Is there any way to mince many bulbs in advance and store them for a week or more?
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How can I keep saffron fresh for longer?

We don't use saffron that often. The last batch we got went stale. Is there anything I can do to preserve it for longer? (For example, our spice rack gets a lot of direct sunlight, is that bad?) How ...
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What is the proper way to store steak at home?

When you buy steak from the market it is usually wrapped up under shrink wrap and the meat usually sits on top of a moisture absorbing pad. When you get it from the butcher, it is wrapped up in waxed ...
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Sweet potato storage?

I've purchased a bunch of sweet potatoes but were unable to prepare them. How long can i store a sweet potatoes before it spoils? Also, what is the best methods or means of storing sweet potatoes. ...
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Can I eat cheese which has been “infected” with blue cheese mold?

Recently, I bought two pieces of cheese - St. Agur and Pyrenean cheese. They were cut from wheels, not pre-packaged. At home, I removed the foil and placed them in the same plastic container in the ...
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How should a washed rind cheese be stored in the refrigerator?

There's a dispute about whether to use plastic wrap, wax paper, aluminum foil, zip-loc bags and so on. Also, I've heard that its a good idea to take the cheese out and let it breath from time to ...
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How far in advance can sweet potatoes be peeled?

How long (hours or days)can sweet potatoes be peeled before they are used? Do they go brown quickly like regular potatoes? Are there methods for holding them?
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How to best store not-yet-used frying oil?

I occasionally deep fry using peanut oil. The small amount used in my deep fryer (around one quart/1 liter) is easy enough to store in a polypropylene container that came with the fryer. Originally, I ...
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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 can I maximize the storage life of fresh beef in the refrigerator?

I bought a 7 pound beef tenderloin at Fresh Market that the butcher just cut and packaged for me. What is best way to store it in the refrigerator? Will it keep for 5 days or longer?
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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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Clean an entire fish before or after storing in a freezer?

After buying an entire fish from the supermarket, I was wondering if it is better to clean an entire fish before or after putting it to a freezer for storage (not long, abound a few days)? Or the ...
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Will storing spices on the oven affect flavor or anything?

The back of the oven is raised from the stove top and sits against the wall, forming a small shelf which is a very convenient location to store spices for use when cooking. Sitting there are things ...
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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 keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice?

Is there any way to keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice (especially apple or orange) for at least one week without losing taste and vitamins in it? Would a jar with a tight lid be useful?