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

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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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How to preserve spaghetti for a short amount of time?

Let's say I make a spaghetti-and-meatball supper, and I made the spaghetti an hour or so before the meal. What's the best way to keep it fresh and warm until we're ready to eat?
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...
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What is the best way to store fresh berries?

I have been buying fresh berries from the store on the weekends, and am looking for the best way to make them last throughout the week for use as either a snack or as a component for salads. The ...
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How to store fresh peaches?

I bought fresh, ripe peaches, and I don't eat them super fast. I want them to last fresh for as long as possible. How should I store them? Helpful details would address: Under what parameters would ...
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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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How to store Anaheim peppers?

I bought fresh Anaheim peppers, and I don't eat them super fast. I want them to last fresh for as long as possible. How should I store them? Helpful details might address: Under what parameters ...
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How to prevent calzones from getting soggy on steam table?

How do i keep fresh made calzones from getting soggy while displayed on a steam table?
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How long can I keep connoli shells with no filling and how should I store them

How long can I store connoli shells with no filling? What is the best way to do this? I am traveling 5 days to my destination.
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Is there any advantage of filleting a fish at home instead of buying a fillet?

Is it 'fresher' and therefore maybe tastier to fillet a fish right before cooking, or is buying a fillet just as good? In other words; is there any difference in quality between a fillet that has ...
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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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How do I control the quality of a kombucha SCOBY?

I'm starting to make my own Kombucha and have seen scoby with many different colors, shapes, textures, etc. My goal is to have a scoby that produces good probiotics and a taste that is acceptable to ...
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Am sprouting beans in machine is the color normal

I have been sprouting my beans for three days now I am not sure if it is ready to harvest and is the color normal and what is the best way to store it?i attach photos. Thank you
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How best to store cheese long term?

I like cheese. It's delicious. Sometimes it goes on a huge sale and it's a lot cheaper than normal. I want to be able to stock up in these times. I am wondering what the best way to store cheese is ...
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How to conserve eatables in humid and moist environment?

I am living in very moisture and humid environment. The eatbles I bought like rusk(made of wheat and vegetable oil), capture moisture within a day and then become unfit to eat. What should I do so ...
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How long can I keep a leg of ham in the fridge?

How long will a glazed ham last for? I have a ham, which I glazed. It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months. Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long ...
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Best way to store tomato paste/puree?

What is the best way to store tomato paste or tomato purée? Just to be clear, I'm talking about this stuff At home we buy metal cans of the stuff (500g or 1Kg), but once opened, within about 5 to 6 ...
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What exact temperature allows me to store frozen products really long?

For as long as I remember, I was always told (and I was always so sure), that minus 18 degrees Celsius is an optimal temperature for storing frozen products for really, really long. Months usually ...
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Storing cooked potatoes in the fridge

So I read that storing raw potatoes in the fridge causes the starch to turn to sugar (which I don't want). So I store them in the pantry shelf. But what about cooked potatoes? Will storing them in the ...
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How to store Curry Leaves for many days?

I've used polythene bags and they remain good for at-least 3- 4 days. Then the leaves are becoming dark. How can I store them for at least one/two week(s)?
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How do you stop limes from drying out?

I bought a bag of limes and decided to leave them out on the table in a bowl after the last bag dried out in the fridge. They also dried out super-fast in a very few days. Should I keep them in a ...
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How should I store sunchokes for 4 months in a hard freeze?

I've seen that sunchokes "just want to grow", so I was wondering how I should store them over a long cold winter. This is mostly so I can have seed (community garden) in the spring, but I will also ...
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How can I prove ganache is safe at room temperature?

Ganache I make is a ratio of 2:1, cream is boiled 3 times to reduce water content, chocolate is a mixture of dark and milk. Upto 50g of glucose syrup is added as a preservative. I know the ganache ...
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How can I make delicious pastries in advance of serving day [closed]

I would like to make some amazing breakfast treats to serve at an event we are hosting but I am part of the event and will be very busy the whole week before. Does anyone have any ideas for pastries ...
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Garlic clove has turned to a firm jelly texture

I keep my garlic on my kitchen shelf by the window. Out of the whole garlic bulb one the cloves has changed to a yellow/orange colour and its texture is like hard jelly. Its slightly squidgy but firm. ...
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When is the expiry date? [closed]

Honest to god, I tried so hard to identify it. I do see JAN 17 but I'm not sure if its January of 2017 or January the 17th. Plus I see 00:42 there but I'm not sure what it means, but I have a feeling ...
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Need to refrigerate vinaigrette?

I've made a red-wine vinaigrette dressing using olive oil (which makes up the majority of the dressing), red wine, garlic, and basil. My problem is that whenever I take it out of the refrigerator, ...
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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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Is there any way to store hollandaise sauce?

I've just made hollandaise sauce following Alton Brown method. I used only about 4 tablespoons and I have about 1 cup left. Using google I found that I shouldn't put it on the fridge, doesn't freeze ...
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How can I store truffles?

My husband will bring home some fresh white truffles from Italy. I never had truffles in my kitchen and I don't know how to store them. Any advice? Subquestion suggested by casperOne: It would be ...
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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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 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 ...
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Why does food spoil in the freezer?

Many recipes suggest storing perishable food, such as left-over chicken stock, in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Why could one not store it frozen for longer, surely bacteria and mould cannot grow ...
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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. It'...
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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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Shelf life of items stored in vacuum containers vs airtight non-vacuum ones?

I was planning in investing in a set of vacuum food containers, something like these with the pump to remove excess air. It took me a while to find the ones I wanted, and in the process I started ...
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Does freezing food extend its expiration date? [duplicate]

When you freeze some food, it preserves its qualities at the point when it gets frozen. For example, if I buy some bread and put it in the freeze today, I know I can unfreeze it days later and it will ...
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How Do You Know What's In Your Pantry?

I often times find myself making decisions about what I'm going to make for myself and my fiancee at work before I go home, and then stop at the store for any needed supplies on the way. Granted this ...
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Store cracked eggs for a week?

I love using Egg Beaters but I want to start using more natural eggs. One of the things I love about Egg Beaters is that I can just pour the eggs from the spout, directly into my pan. Call me crazy, ...
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What's the best way to store unused sushi rice?

Let's say, I only want to make 1 sushi roll right now. Is there a good way to store the rest of the rice for tomorrow's rolls? And what about storing the nori?
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Where and how do I keep the extra buttermilk biscuits?

I wrapped some buttermilk biscuits in a kitchen towel 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 ...
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Should I store root vegetables with or without the dirt?

When you buy vegetables at a farmers market, often you will get root vegetables (e.g. potatoes, carrots) that are unwashed and with its dirt still clinging on them. I heard somewhere that this will ...
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Can I leave Easter side dishes in a closed (off) oven for three hours safely? [closed]

I have people coming for Easter dinner immediately after church. I don't have a timer so if I cook the side dishes in the oven, can I leave them there with the oven door closed? Will the be ready to ...
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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 to figure out where is the best place to store homemade cookies: in the fridge or on the counter, in an airtight container or elsewhere

The other day I baked some Nutella cookies (the famous four ingredient recipe which calls for egg, Nutella, vanilla and flour), they tasted awesome but the next day they became hard and chewy. A ...
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Storage approach for chopped vegetables? [duplicate]

I'm a single man but trying to cook more and eat healthy. For convenience, I buy chopped vegetables from the grocery store. I'm referring to those plastic packages of 8 ounces of things like onions, ...
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When should or shouldn't you toss pasta with sauce?

Tossing pasta with the sauce saves the need to unstick it with starch water. But I have a theory that if the pasta sits in the moisture of the sauce for too long (fridge) it gets soggy and loses it's ...
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How long can be leftover food kept in fridge if sealed in glass jar with airtight lid? [duplicate]

How long would you say such food is safe, if is stored in the jar and closed with the lid immediately after cooking?
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How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it?

How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it, e.g. to a friend's house or a potluck? I usually just give up and take cold food, but I'd like to have more options.