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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 a double iced cake

I am entering a baking contest (well, two actually that are two days apart). The first contest I am only baking three items, but the second I am baking (potentially) 15 items. Normally I have a much ...
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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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Can refrigerated shredded mozzarella cheese go bad if the refrigerator door was left open overnight?

A bag of shredded mozzarella cheese was in my refrigerator. The door to the refrigerator was left partially open overnight. Can I still use this cheese or should I discard it?
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Stuffing bread for the next day

Can you make your dough and stuff it/roll it with meat or whatever you choose, then place it in fridge overnight to be cooked the next day? What I mean is, do everything like you are about to bake ...
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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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How long can I keep beef warm in a roaster oven?

Can I keep about 10 lbs of already grilled hamburgers warm in a roaster oven overnight. They will be submerged in beef broth......
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How can I prevent my ice cream bucket from drying out?

I live in New Mexico which is a dry climate. During the winter I store my ice cream bucket in the garage. While ice cream buckets that are not in use are prone to drying out, storing it in the garage ...
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Potato and Macaroni Salads soak up all the mayo when I store them

When I make either potato or macaroni salad, I always have a problem the next day with the salad soaking up the mayo so it looks like there was no mayo added. I DO feel that I add a good amount of ...
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Is it safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge?

Simply, as the title says I’d like to know if it is safe to store raw meat alongside pre-cooked produce (ie. ready-made pies) in the fridge. Given the ready-made pies still need to be cooked to a high ...
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How can I store wonton wrappers in the freezer?

I have found that authentic frozen egg roll wrappers from an Asian food store work well for canneloni and ravioli. Just thaw, fill, and roll. You can cut them to any desired length. Also, frozen ...
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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 ...
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Accidentally refrigerated Mayonnaise

I did this at where I work. I stock incoming orders for a restaurant and I was putting un-opened jars of mayonnaise in the refrigerator. The chef did not see them in the dry food section and kept ...
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Why are Zucchini's refrigerated, but not acorn and spaghetti squash?

I stock food and follow this procedure, but can see that these are not only the same family - the gourd family, but also the same species. Both have a hard outer shell. Why does one ( Zucchini ) ...
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Spices storage conditions

I have seen in a lot of places that spices and dried herbs need to be kept in an airtight container. I have several container that are virtually airtight, but they have couple small holes that if ...
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What is the best way to store homemade sauces?

Sometimes I make korma, satay, masala or pasta sauce for meals in advance. What is the best way to store these, once they're made? Ideally the sauce won't go off within a week and I want minimal loss ...
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Fresh Herb Storage

I am trying to get some fresh herbs (Parsley and Dill for example) to stay fresh for some time. I have tried the water jar method which is just trimming ends of stems and putting the bunch in a jar of ...