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

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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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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 felling what is the best way to do this I am traving 5 days to my destination
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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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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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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.
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Can you refrigerate unbaked quiche for baking the next morning?

Can I put my quiche together the night before with an unbaked crust, refrigerate over night, and then bake it off the next morning?
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What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of 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 ...
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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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Can I remove frost from frozen chicken breasts and re-package?

I bought a large package of chicken breast several weeks ago. Usually we break down the bag and package in food saver bags to keep frost at a minimum. For some reason we didn't do it this time. I just ...
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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?
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How should I deal with blood released while thawing meat in the refrigerator?

Saturday I pulled a package of venison from my freezer to thaw and hope to make stroganoff with it tonight. However, this morning I noticed that the package (in a bowl) had really released a lot of ...
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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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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I am searching for a ways to preserve the banana, and most of the time they said that I need to wrap the stems in a plastic or scotch tape so the gas wont come, they said that this gas is the reason ...
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Can I eat the hard boiled eggs I boiledthis morning after 24 hours? [duplicate]

I boiled 3 eggs this morning (very hard, 25 mins) and I put them aside, not in the fridge, though the room temperature is at around 12 degrees Celsius. I know I should had put them in the fridge. So ...
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What should I do with a just-baked lasanga?

I'm a complete cooking newbie. I just made a lasanga from a recipe - or something that looks like a lasanga. However, it will probably only be eaten 3-4 hours from now. What should I do with it in the ...
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Should i fridge my expiring meal bars by best used by date?

I got some unopened meal bars, which are best used by today. It's package doesn't say keep in fridge. Is it ok to put it in bedroom with heating? Or keep it in fridge?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Unopened shredded cheese gets soggy in the fridge

I just moved out of my parents house and I'm fairly new to cooking and how to store stuff. I bought a package of shredded mozzarella like a week or so ago and put it in the fridge. Today I was ...
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Canning cheese spreads?

I've been doing some research on canning cheese in half pint jars. A few videos I watched showed some good success with cream cheese but cheddar's seem to change a bit in texture and become a bit ...
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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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Where to store boxes/cases of Carbonated Energy Drinks (Like Red Bull) Fridge or Room?

I hope this is the right place to ask this. And sorry for the bad english. I didn't know whether "box" is right for what I have or "case", or "pack" ! I'm a self-admitted Energy Drink junkie! So I ...
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Can heavy cream be frozen?

Sometimes, I want to try a recipe that calls for a small amount of heavy cream. Can the remainder be frozen and then used to make whipped cream? If so, how long will it keep in the freezer?
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How to apply transglutaminase brand “Saprona TG F”

I have transglutaminase/activa powder branded "Saprona TG F". The ingredients are Salt, Gelatin, phosphate and transglutaminase. The dose is 1%. I'm making chicken roulade - should I apply it as a ...
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How do I get rid of bugs in rice?

Can you suggest me how to prevent rice from very small black color insects, they are really irritating us by spreading total house and disturbing my little kid a lot. Please give a me suitable ...
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What temperature does “keep refrigerated” mean?

The packages of my cheese and hotdogs say "Keep Refrigerated" (see photos below). Does that mean I should put them in the freezer, or the other room of the refrigerator? Many food products' packages ...
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What is the approximate shelf life for herbal infused olive oil, coconut oil, glycerin, or vinegar?

What is the estimated shelf life (assuming you keep it in a dark place) for: 1)herbal infused olive oil? coconut oil? 2)herbal infused vinegar 3)herbal extract made from 50% glycerin in water (and ...
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Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature?

Is it safe to leave butter at room temperature? If so, for how long is it safe to keep it out?
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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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Red potatoes-partial cooking, freezing to bake at a later date

I am trying to par cook shredded red potatoes with the skins on and then freeze them until baking at a later date. My concern is keeping the potatoes from turning brown until cooked.
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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 store organic cold press sunflower oil for long term usage?

I have opened the bottle and I will be using very little amount daily. It is not going to be finished soon. What are the storage instructions? Should be stored in fridge?
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How can I store chopped onions in the fridge without the smell?

I am cooking for a large group and am trying to do as much as I can in advance. One thing I would love to do in advance is chop several onions. I have done this before with a single onion; I stored ...
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Is there a way to bring a loaf of bread that's gone dry, back to life?

It seems that some of the whole grain loafs seem to dry out very quickly, even stored in a plastic bag - if it hasn't started to turn green, is there a way to restore some of the life back into them?
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How do I properly freeze and reheat a cooked, marinated steak?

I just grilled up a steak marinated in vinegar, rosemary, and olive oil. Problem is I made too much. What's the proper way to freeze, store, and subsequently reheat this steak to get it as close to as ...