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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
2answers
121 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
69 views

Why are there no PETE reusable cups? [closed]

I'd like a reusable lightweight cup for the microwave, so I compare the melting temperature of plastics (#1 through #6 in our recycling codes) and would think Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the ...
0
votes
3answers
127 views

Rice - Expiration Date

How relevant is the expiration date on uncooked Rice (different varieties)? Are there ways to store rice to prolong it life?
80
votes
11answers
35k views

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?
1
vote
1answer
65 views

Does cutting meat into pieces make it go bad faster?

Assuming I buy some chicken thighs, and it would be fine in the fridge for a few days until I'm ready to cook it, if I cut the thighs into pieces and mix with some veggies put into a separate ...
45
votes
9answers
2k views

Once a month cooking

I've heard of "once a month cooking" or "freezer cooking," where you basically spend a day cooking and fill your freezer with the next month's worth of food. This could especially come in handy when ...
4
votes
3answers
203 views

What is the best way to store uncooked homemade beef patties?

I'm planning to grind my own beef patties, but I don't plan to use them until the next day, or perhaps the day after. What is the best way to store them until the day of? Would sticking them in the ...
9
votes
3answers
617 views

How to keep fruits and vegetables fresh

I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, but the problem is that they seem to go back extremely quickly. It isn't realistic for me to go shopping multiple times a week. Are there any tricks to keeping ...
62
votes
10answers
29k views

Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?

I heard that putting really warm food in the fridge right after cooking it is not the right thing to do. It might cause bacterial growth? Is this true?
0
votes
3answers
68 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
256 views

How do they Prepare Steak so fast in Restaurants?

I've been wondering how restaurants are able to serve food so fast. How are they able to serve thick steaks in 20 - 30 minutes? Here's the process that I know of: Bring the steak to room ...
6
votes
5answers
279 views

What is the best way to store loose tea to maintain its freshness?

This is the tea I use. Like Coffee needs to be stored in freezer, are there any storage restrictions for loose tea leaves also?
17
votes
11answers
42k views

What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of rice long-grain white rice (25 lbs) and need to know the best way for storing it long-term. This rice will be used as both a food-storage food source and as my ...
2
votes
1answer
60 views

How to save hardened fondant?

I make cakes with fondant decorations and figurines. To harden the fondant for these figurines, I add tylose or CMC powder. Sometimes, I just color the white fondant to get the desired color without ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

is my curry salvagable? [duplicate]

So I was asked to make curry last for dinner tonight, I prepared it last night and left it outside to cool with a net over it. Everything looked fine when I saw it this morning, it was still slightly ...
3
votes
4answers
10k views

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. ...
12
votes
4answers
10k views

Is it okay to keep flour in the freezer?

Years ago I noticed I was getting little bugs in the flour that I kept in the pantry. To prevent this, I started keeping my flour in the freezer. I don't do a lot of baking, but I was wondering what ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

bringing a hot pan containing hot food to the fridge [duplicate]

I usually cook lunch the night beforehand, and I'd like to put it in the fridge right after I am done with cooking and go straight to bed! I've heard it's not good to put the hot pan in the fridge, so ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Store eggs upside down or not?

This may be an odd question, but someone told me it's better to store your eggs upside down (the pointy side down). The explanation was that there's an air bubble on the bottom of the egg that wants ...
3
votes
1answer
119 views

Making batter one day, baking the next

I have to bake a white chocolate mud cake after work and I am always left with some batter, which I then use to bake cupcakes. As mudcake takes a couple of hours to bake (at least my recipe), by the ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Where and how do I keep the extra buttermilk biscuits?

I wrapped some buttermilk biscuits in a kitchen tower and kept them in the pantry (they were baked two days ago) but now they dried out and turned to some teeth-breaking biscuits! Where and how should ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

How to store blanched garlic?

I've gone through the process of immersing my garlic in boiled water 3 times to remove that bitter taste. But how do I store it? I've blanched close to 5 heads of garlic (40-ish cloves). I would ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Self-Saucing Pudding—Storing?

I've made this recipe once before and it turned out really well. I'd like to make it ahead of time for an event that I'm going to but I'm really not sure how it should be stored overnight. The top ...
13
votes
3answers
65k views

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?
3
votes
6answers
441 views

What is the best way to store the whole wheat flour for daily usage?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/33892/6168 For longer storage, keep white flours in the refrigerator in an airtight container. All-purpose and bread flour will keep up to two years at 40 F in ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

How do you prolong buns/rolls/scone/crumpet softness?

I thought this community is appropriate for this question so I want to know how to keep buns/rolls/scone/crumpet softness longer. In English I see several translations for subject but I feel this ...
8
votes
2answers
20k views

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?
17
votes
8answers
4k views

Does putting knives in a wooden block blade down wear out the blade?

I'd always wondered. The blocks usually seemed designed to have the knives go in blade down, so that the blade touched wood coming in and out. But I know that when I whittle, cutting the wood wears ...
7
votes
3answers
14k views

Difference between freezer bag and storage bag

We accidentally used Ziploc "storage bags" instead of "freezer bags" to package some meat for the freezer. We noticed this after the fact and it got me thinking: what is the difference? Marketing ...
2
votes
2answers
105 views

Keeping meat safe all day?

I would like to be able to take meat (e.g. a whole chicken) out of the fridge in the morning (6am) and put it in a oven that is set to turn on approximately 10 hours later, so its ready (or mostly ...
4
votes
5answers
53k views

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?
0
votes
0answers
21 views

Should I store jars processed with a pressure canner without their rings? [duplicate]

I read this guide to pressure canning where the author claims that it's a good idea to store the jars without their rings. Is this true? If so, why? Remove the screw cap and wash the jar. The ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

How long will homemade Pico de Gallo last in the refrigerator?

I am trying to start doing more prep work in the beginning of the week due to a busy work schedule. We love eating pico de gallo on omelets. Was just curious how long homemade pico would last in the ...
0
votes
4answers
3k views

How to keep opened coconut safely?

Once the coconut is opened , it is attracting fruit flies and other flies. Also, the white color changes to brownish, rendering it unusable. Is there any way we can "save" an opened coconut. I do ...
35
votes
11answers
59k views

How long can I keep eggs in the refrigerator?

To keep eggs useful and healthy, what is the average time I can keep them in refrigerator? Can I freeze, and re-use them after melting, or will they be useless or not healthy to eat?
-1
votes
2answers
119 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

Why does the kneaded dough form a skin when exposed to air and what are the possible ways to prevent the skin formation?

I knead the whole wheat flour with water and when I am done I keep it covered with a loose lid on the kitchen counter for a hour. I have noticed that a brown coloured skin gets formed on the surface ...
6
votes
4answers
24k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
8
votes
2answers
691 views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
354 views

If you need to keep ground coffee for a long time, will keeping it in the freezer help?

Ok, so yes - the best way to keep your coffee fresh is to just buy fresh coffee regularly, and not use it two weeks after the roasting date. However, some people don't drink a lot of a coffee (or ...
3
votes
2answers
50 views

Can I leave butter cookies in the fridge?

I've just baked a batch of chocolate butter cookies. They're nice an gooey, a couple of them so gooey that they fell apart, but I'm happy with the consistency for the most part. I'm bringing them into ...
0
votes
1answer
798 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
3k views

Does simple syrup require refrigeration?

I'm curious about plain simple syrup and simple syrup with other ingredients. For instance, cardamon simply syrup. Do other ingredients make a difference?
33
votes
5answers
28k views

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?
2
votes
6answers
227 views

“Keeping warm” tips

How to keep food hot when cooking? Example scenario: I'm preparing a meat dish with some sort of creamy sauce. I cook the meat, then I remove the meat and I use the same pan to prepare the sauce. ...
8
votes
7answers
32k views

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, ...
23
votes
7answers
16k views

How to store brown sugar without it becoming hard?

I put a clothes pin on my opened bags of brown sugar and keep them in a dark pantry at room temperature. Since I don't use it very often, it becomes hardened. My work-around is to use a grater to ...
1
vote
2answers
165 views

How to properly prepare a weeks worth of pasta and microwave it at work

I've been making a pound of pasta on Sunday and eating for lunch at work throughout the week, where we just have a microwave. The first time I did this, I cooked a jar of pasta sauce and combined ...
17
votes
6answers
19k views

Is it safe to reuse loose tea leaves the next day? What precautions need to be taken for storing tea for reuse?

I'm a fan of green tea and I find myself reusing the tea leaves 2-3 times a day. Sometimes I'll just store the leaves and reuse them the next day but it got me thinking if what I'm doing is actually ...