Questions about storing food both before and after they have been processed or cooked.

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Honey changing into unusable, hardened clump

I buy raw, unfiltered honey from the grocery store in jars sold/packed directly by the farmer. When I had used the last jar to about half, I noticed the honey beginning to dry(crystalize?) to the ...
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Can you store oil in a container that is not airtight?

I've have seen that several chefs and home cooks (e.g. my mom) store oils like canola and olive in ceramic or glass bottles with pour spouts that are not sealed. An example of this can be found on ...
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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

Why aren't frozen tomatoes available like frozen broccoli, peas, peaches, or strawberries? Why are tomatoes only canned or fresh? Example: ...
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Can I store dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, etc) together?

I am planning on making a bunch of gingerbread this year, the recipe I use takes both baking powder and baking soda. In order to cut down on dishes and time I thought I might mix all of the dry ...
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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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Why should we not store onions and potatoes together?

I have heard that onions and potatoes shouldn't be stored together. Why will this make the potatoes spoil faster?
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How to properly store cubed carrots?

Should cubed carrots be stored in a water or just as they are. I've seen it done both ways, so I would like to know which way is correct and why. These cubed carrots end up going in a farmer's chop ...
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How to keep dust and cat hair off cast iron pan?

I live with three long haired cats that shed in the winter, and my place gets dusty at times too. I have a fairly new cast iron skillet that I use once every one or two days. I dont have any shelves ...
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Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?

This is one of those statements I frequently encounter, but I've never really seen evidence to support it. The advice often goes even further to say that if your fridge/freezer is relatively empty, ...
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Food container “not suitable for foods with a high fat or sugar content”

I'm considering getting some food containers, but I noticed most of them have this in the description: Not suitable for foods with a high fat or sugar content Why is that ? What could happen if ...
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Is it unwise to store oils etc above gas stove/oven?

Due to space constraints I keep my oils and some various cooking sauces above the gas stove/oven. These can get VERY hot up there. Am I ruining my oils? The red wine seems like a bad idea in ...
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Does natural {peanut, cashew, almond} butter require refrigeration?

I have purchased a few different types of natural peanut butter and all have stated that refrigeration is required after opening. However, I recently purchased Archer's Farms Almond, Peanut & ...
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Will dried buttermilk react with other ingredients in dry mix with oil, stored in fridge?

I would like to make a (dry) pancake mix in a large batch, and then store it in the fridge. I have done this before with no problem, and would now like to do the same thing, but add dried buttermilk. ...
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How can I use molasses without making a mess?

I love using molasses in many different recipes, but I have found it difficult to avoid making a mess when using it. Both spooning molasses from the jar and trying to pour it out wind up leaving ...
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Is it ok to keep reusing a water bottle indefinitely?

I have a 1.5 liter plastic water bottle (the disposable kind) that I keep on a shelf by my bed. I fill it every night before bed, and generally nearly finish it by the morning and refill it when I ...
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Vacuum sealing with a submerged ziplock vs home machine vs professional machine

Typically I'll seal food for storage or sous-vide in a Ziplock bag, submerging it in water whilst closing the final inch to remove air. How close to a machine seal is this, and is it worth worrying ...
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I've seasoned and floured more chicken than I need to fry. What's the best way to store it for cooking at a later date?

I have marinated chicken overnight, floured it for frying and didn't cook. What is the best way to store it for frying at a later time?
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Storing chicken of the woods (mushroom) (pic)

Wondering if anyone here has stored Chicken of the woods with success. Last year I tried dehydrating but it really doesn't bounce back to well. Could these be sauteed and then frozen for later use in ...
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What kind of containers for homemade ice cream?

In the past, I've usually stored homemade ice creams and sorbets in reusable/disposable plastic containers (e.g. Gladware), but I've busted more than a couple of these when trying to scoop hard-frozen ...
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How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?

I was gifted several bags of great coffee beans, which I won't be able to use all at once. If I store them in the freezer, how long will they last without losing flavor? I know some have noted that ...
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Storing cut button mushrooms vs whole button mushrooms

Do cut buttons mushrooms have a tendency to spoil more quickly than whole button mushrooms? Also, what are signs that a button mushroom has gone bad ? Just curious about this.
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How should I store bolognese sauce prep?

I want to make a huge batch of bolognese ragu sauce, and would like to do some of the prep the night before. I'm going to finely chop these ingredients: Beef Pork shoulder Carrots Celery Onions ...
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Sourcing and storing avocado [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to help my avocados ripen? How can I choose good avocados at the supermarket? I live in the UK and have a difficult time getting hold of good avocados. ...
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Why do apples, when placed in a cool environment for extended periods of time, form a 'waxy' layer on their skins

Living on an orchard, we grow many more apples than we can eat and so store them in the garage throughout Winter where it's cold. They are in a box, but with air circulating around them and newspaper ...
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Should dry salami develop green mould?

I recently (5 weeks ago), purchased a set of dry salami from a food festival. I kept them in the plastic bag that they came in; however, when I recently checked them, they were completely covered with ...
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Is unwrapped refrigerated cheese safe?

Is unwrapped, refrigerated cheese safe? I usually have Australian or New Zealand cheddar cheese or similar cheese in my refrigerator. Recently I've been discarding the original wrapping which ...
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Why does fresh coriander deteriorate so quickly?

I realize that, as I live in a northerly climate, I cannot expect to have fresh herbs like coriander always available at my beck and call. Yet, yesterday I bought a lovely, thick bunch of coriander ...
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Why does my buttercream become runny overnight?

I made this very simple 'meringue' butter cream. 40 grams of egg white, mixed with 80 grams of icing sugar over an heated bowl until the nice peaks are there, like you want with meringue. Add a ...
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How to open a can of olive oil?

I have a 900 ml can of Saloio olive oil. I lack any idea of how to open it. The top of the tin is more-or-less seamless (see photo), and lacks any sort of indicator as to how this may be ...
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Do you know of any good rectangular spice storage solutions?

Currently I'm storing most of my spices in a cabinet next to the stove. That's the best place for them. However, because of the way the shelves are spaced, I generally need to stack containers, ...
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Can meat and cheese be stored together?

My husband is constantly storing opened blocks of cheese in the same container as his summer sausage, also opened. He insists that they don't need to be separated and that I am being paranoid. I say ...
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Storage of chocolates/candies in process (i.e. prior to cutting, dipping, etc)?

Especially around the holidays, it usually seems more efficient to build up a selection of projects in need of some finishing steps (usually chocolate dipping). What steps should one take to ensure ...
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How do you store away freshly peeled and sliced potatoes? [duplicate]

After peeling potatoes and slicing them to your desired size, how do I store them away?
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What's the trick to wrapping tightly in plastic wrap?

In grocery stores, they seem to have some trick for wrapping produce and other items tightly in what appears to be standard household plastic wrap. At home, I always struggle to get a nice airtight ...
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What is the best way to store prepared raw vegetables

I help and elderly friend who has asked me to pre-prepare some vegetables for her. This way she'll be able to cook them for herself later. I would like to know the best way to store pre-prepared ...
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Store avocados for say a month

Is there any way to store avocados, so that if I buy them today from the supermarket (green and unripe), in about a month's time, I will have them just ready and ripe to eat? [I don't think this is ...
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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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Short-term bread storage

I bought all kinds of bread today (Thursday morning), pitas, whole-wheat rolls, a kind of challa-looking thing. The best before is about five days time. They're for consumption on Friday night and ...
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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 ...
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How can I keep food hot for extended periods without an active heat source?

Say I have a hot dish, and I want to keep it hot and safe (i.e. >140F) without any heat source (no electricity, no fire) for as long as possible, say morning to evening, or even over a day. Just using ...
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How long can I freeze uncooked rice noodles for ( not dried but in sealed bag )

I live in a rural area and don't have transport so when I get chance to shop I tend to buy in semi bulk and I bought several packs of rice noodles ( not the dried ones ) and put them in the freezer. ...
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What is the best marker for writing on glass?

I am looking for a permanent marker for writing on glass spice containers that can endure being washed. I thought of just using sticky paper labels but they will not endure washing. Should I go for ...
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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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Kimchi in Mason Jars — Too Sealed?

I recently mixed 8 quarts of kimchi. I stuffed my cabbage into 8, 1-quart Mason Jars. I left the typical buffer space (about 1-inch) below the lid. I told someone else that I had jarred the kimchi in ...
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I have a bottle of unopened 23 year old corked spanish white cooking wine

with laurel leaves steeping in it as well. I bought it at the Placio De Espania in 1992. Would it still be safe for use?
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Shelf Stable “Ganache”

I'm baking something that I might end up sending on a very long trip. For this I would want to make ganache, but it may be in transit for as long as 10 days so I don't want to use cream. If I do ...
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How to store Soda Water or other Home Made Sodas?

I have a SodaStream which I use to make soda water. My wife recently started purchasing very tasty, but relatively expensive soda drinks from the store, including "Rose Lemonade" (here: ...
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Storage of Pecorino cheese — is room temperature ok?

Is it permissible to store and transport an intact wheel of Pecorino cheese at room temperature for 2 or 3 days before putting it back into refrigeration?
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Refrigerated lunchboxes turn soggy

When I steam vegetables or boil rice I leave it to cool off for a few hours and then put it into a plastic lunch box and then into the fridge. After a day the vegetables get very soggy with a pool of ...
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How to store cooked Quinoa for few hours at work?

I want to cook red grain quinoa while making breakfast at home in the morning, and then pack it and have it later for lunch at work with a salad. How should I store it after cooking for about 5 hours? ...