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

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Recommendations for leak proof containers?

I regularly take lunch to work which requires a leak-proof container. The food doesn't necessarily need to be kept hot or particularly cold. An example meal would be a bean salad. I am struggling to ...
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Effects of making smoothies in advance

Generally for breakfast I eat a smoothie containing 8oz soy milk, 1/2 cup berries, 1/2 banana, and 1 scoop protein powder. Unfortunately, however, my blender is very loud, and I will soon be moving ...
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How long will infused alcohol last?

I'm attempting to infuse alcohol for the first time, and I'm wondering how long the infusions will keep? I've read a few different (contradictory) opinions on this matter. One recipe for vanilla vodka ...
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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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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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How long will my pepper relish last, and how can I stretch it out?

Last year, I made a simple pepper relish out of some hot peppers that are grown on a local farm. The method I used was to saute the whole peppers for a short time in olive oil, then blend them in a ...
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How long will a balsamic reduction keep?

Related to making small quantities of balsamic reduction, if I make a large quantity of balsamic reduction, how long will it keep? What's the best way to store it? I know vinegar will keep for a long ...
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Can you freeze an avocado?

Is it possible to freeze a raw unpeeled unripe avacado for use later? If not why? If so what is the process to ensure maximum freshness?
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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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Does whiskey go bad by freezing?

This question does not have to do with home brewing but I figured someone here would be able to answer. Does scotch whiskey go bad if kept in standard home freezers for a few days? Does it also ...
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Can I preserve the shelf-life of a cannoli?

I plan on purchasing some cannolis from a local bakery and will bring on a trip with me to some friends. Since my trip will span a few days, I want to try to preserve the cannolis until I can deliver ...
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Does chili paste require refrigeration?

A recipe I am planning to make calls for chili paste, which I have never used before. I found some in the grocery store (it is Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste), which seems to be more liquidy ...
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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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Kirby Cucumber Storage

I love the Kirby Cucumbers (I've seen them called "Pickling" or "Salad" cukes in the midwest) available over the Summer, but they tend to get slimy in the fridge quickly if not consumed within days. ...
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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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Can I prevent honey from congealing/hardening in the pantry?

This question is inspired by this answer suggesting that honey lasts a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to last so long in my cupboard. I make sure it's sealed tight, but usually after only ...
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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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Good ways to store coffee?

What are some key points to store coffee to preserve freshness? Different methods for whole beans vs ground?
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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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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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Storing Green Onions?

What is the proper method to store green onions? Additionally, how long can it be stored in the chill chest?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How far in advance of serving can you fry fried eggs?

A recent question asks how to fry eggs on a large scale. That prompts me to ask, can fried eggs be fried in advance and either cooled for later reheating, or alternatively kept warm for a prolonged ...
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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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Is it better to store chocolate in the fridge or at room temperature?

What is the best way to store dark chocolate to preserve chocolate and flavour?
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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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Does flaxseed oil need to be refrigerated?

I bought a bottle of organic flaxseed oil to season some cast iron, and the store keeps it in the refrigerator. Does flaxseed oil need to be refrigerated, or is this just a silly thing that the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do some foods taste better the next day?

Many people think that certain foods, like lasagna, many stews and hearty soups, tomato sauce and so forth taste better the next day. My question is, is that really true, and if so, why? The ...
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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 ...