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Questions tagged [food-preservation]

Questions about LONG-TERM food storage such as canning, pickling, freezing, and drying.

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How to tell if preserved chillis are still good?

I grew dozens more chillis than I was able to use this year so rather than throw them away I preserved them in a mason jar. I didn't have a lot of time to do it so I looked online and an article (...
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Is it safe my leftovers in freezer are not frozen yet?

I put some leftovers in the freezer last night (it was food that was in the fridge that I portioned out into baggies) and stacked on top of each other.The baggies in the middle still aren't completely ...
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Can I prevent hot pepper sauce losing heat?

I regularly make a few different condiments with hot peppers: Pico de Gallo (tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, salt) Pepper Sauce consisting of habanero, garlic, lime, culantro, salt Variation ...
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Edwards Hersheys creme pie made in 2013 ok to eat? [duplicate]

I just happened to see it in the freezer and it looks really good hasn't been opened or thawed but everywhere I look I seem to get a different answer on weather it would be okay to eat or not. ...
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How much citric acid to preserve my juice

I wanted to preserve my juices longer. I am using a mango juice powder that includes the ingredients Sugar, Mango Juice, Malic Acid, Natural Flavor. I am dissolving about the powder into 8 oz of ...
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Potato chips lose crunch and taste within a week

We make potato chips commercially, but they lose crunch and taste within 7 days. How can one delay or prevent potato chips from losing their crunchiness and taste?
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Preserving sauces

I am trying my best to be chemical free. We use vinegar to preserve tomato sauces and pizza sauces for few days/ weeks. How do we preserve other sauces? I was trying carrot sauce, pumpkin sauce and ...
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How can I preserve mushrooms for a long time?

Whenever I freeze mushrooms their color gets blackish, and their taste is altered. How can I preserve mushrooms for a long time while minimizing or eliminating this kind of changes?
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Why would someone want a 15“ vacuum sealer over a 12”?

I am looking at a vacuum sealer. It seems pretty typical with a 12" seal bar. This is a Foodsaver type, and not a vacuum chamber. However, for a few more dollars (there's a sale) I can get a larger ...
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How do I dehydrate Ganoderma Applanatum?

I'm wanting to turn artist conk into powder. How should I dehydrate it for grinding in my cornmeal grinder? I tried 6 hours at 180 in the oven, and it's still moist to the touch.
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Temperature range for canned goods

Temperature range for canned goods? The question is about home canning in glass but I suspect the same applies to commercial metal cans. I have read under 70 F and bad things happen fast at 100 F. ...
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Prevent noodles from sticking when leftover in fridge

and sorry for the basic question but I'm a... basic cook. I'm trying to replicate a simple meal I buy at the local shop which is fine when eating hot, but when cooling, leaving in the fridge and ...
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When conserving food in jar, why is the jar turned on its head when cooling?

I am talking about the process, where you cook food, for example, a vegetable and conserve it in a jar. The jar can then be stored in a non-refrigerated area. Many recipes include adding salt, ...
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White efflorescence on home-dried prunes

After a year or so of storage in ZipLoc bags in the fridge, my home-dried prunes have developed a bit of whitish crust. At first I thought it was mold, but it seems like a crystalline efflorescence, ...
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Canned food, botulism and ph [duplicate]

Recently i started to do some home-made canning. The procedure I use is Use a pressure cooker to build the jars (cristal ones) for about 10 minutes at 120C. Cook my vegetables (normally tomatoes, ...
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How do I preserve Tagetes Filifolia?

It's turning to fall, and have a lot of Tagetes Filifolia to preserve. How should I preserve it?
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Why does storing bread in a plastic (grocery) bag keep it fresh longer?

I accidentally stumbled upon this 'trick' a week ago when I forgot about a baguette that I bought for a party and never used. It was half-covered (loosely) by a plastic grocery bag. When I took it out ...
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How to preserve pistachios?

Its the pistachios season in my country (Lebanon), which is famous worldwide with its nuts Roasters and varieties. I have more than 5 kilos of fresh unpeeled seasonal pistachios. What should I do to ...
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What preservative can I use to can my hot sauce

I've made hot sauce for my family using the following ingredients: peppers onions garlic tomatoes salt And I would like to try canning it. What can I use instead of vinegar to preserve it. I really ...
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Does freezing meat lead to differences detectable by blind testing?

"Fresh" meat tends to be coveted relative to frozen meat. I'm not inquiring about the debate of frozen vs. fresh, but rather am wondering about the potential magnitude of the differences between fresh ...
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How do I preserve papalo?

I have a lot of papalo in my garden, and want to preserve it. What method should I choose to do this? I want to use it throughout the winter, and maybe some next year. The internet suggests that ...
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Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate - Differences?

We use ascorbic acid to help keep our breads from molding over but we have now the option to use calcium propionate. I can't find much online to help distinguish the pros and cons of each of these ...
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How should I dehydrate sage?

I have access to a dehydrator, but have never dehydrated sage. How should I dehydrate it?
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How can I make fine powder from leafy herbs?

I've been curious about how to make fine powder from leafy herbs for some time now (I don't mean merely flakes). We can have large amounts of tarragon, basil, etc. in the garden. It would be nice to ...
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How to preserve home made garlic sauce for at least two years shelf life?

I am thinking of starting a business selling home made garlic sauce. The sauce contains both, oil and water as well as lemon juice. How can I prevent it from spoiling and extend its shelf life?
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How is sockeye salmon available year round?

I notice that smoked sockeye salmon is available year round in supermarkets, but the commercial fishing season in Bristol Bay, at least, is only during the summer. If they are only fishing during the ...
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How does the industry conserve their smoothies

I was wondering how companies like Innocent (smoothies) or basically any juice manufacturer keep their liquids fresh so long while my smoothies are bad after a couple of days in the fridge (the water ...
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How can I store Brie for a long period?

There's a semi-local creamery that makes the loveliest Brie I've ever had. It's priced quite reasonably but the shipping costs more than the cheese itself, so it's a little impractical. I bought three ...
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Preserving bread with vinegar

If you use vinegar to preserve a piece of bread by pouring it over, will the vinegar affect the bread's taste?
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What does soaking in a solution of baking soda do to fruit when preserving it?

Last year the recipe I used for preserving whole figs involved pricking the figs with a fork and soaking them in a weak solution of baking soda. What is the baking soda doing to the fruit in this ...
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Curing Green Olives

I picked some beautiful green Manzananillo olives and followed the directions of my preserving guru Pietro Demaio's book by soaking them in fresh water for three days changing the water every 3 days ...
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Is it better to refrigerate cooked chicken

Is precooked chicken bought from the store better refrigerated or put in the freezer? which makes it fresher and tastier or does that only apply to raw meat?
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How long to soak white buckwheat?

I like to soak white buckwheat and do some raw recipes from it. It is said that the optimal time for soaking is 1.5 days. I'm not changing the water because of rutin preservation. What is the maximum ...
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How to make tomatoes last longer? [duplicate]

Some people say that you shouldn't keep your tomatoes on the fridge, while others say that this is the best way to make them last longer. I have tried both ways and I couldn't find the difference. So,...
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Stablising berry coulis

I have made a coulis with strawberries and raspberries, 500gms of each with half a cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon. I boiled it for 15 minutes, then pureed it, put it through a fine sieve to ...
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Using double cream in icing

I'm looking at a recipe for icing that uses double cream as the substrate for the icing. How well will the cream be preserved on a 1:4 (or better, given its application) mix? Also, how well would ...
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shipping cheese

I bought cheese blocks at the store, unwrapped them, divided them into smaller pieces, cold smoked them, and repackaged them with a seal a meal vacuum system. Will they be safe to eat if I ship them ...
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Thawing meat: Do the bacteria that make meat bad need temperature or thermal energy to thrive? [duplicate]

Real world example: when I thaw frozen meat in 5L of warm water vs 20L of cold water, it thaws roughly in the same time for me (note, the warm water is not kept warm) - Which I guess means that the ...
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What Aromatic Fragrance that can be used in mouth fresher?

i am making mouth fresher(Paan Mukhwas in Hindi) in my home and for that one of ingredient is written as Aromatic Fragrance and i am confused what are the exactly.please could someone pls tell what is ...
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How was Chinese Master Stock stored in olden days before refrigeration

I've heard that some Chinese Master stocks are 100 years old. If so, how did they store their master stock before the refrigerator was invented?
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Which foods become shelf-stable on cooking and why?

Certain foods are normally refrigerated, but after cooking can be kept at room temperature for a few days at least. An obvious example is cheese -- e.g. cheese-topped rolls normally have a best ...
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Canned Stewed Tomatoes without lemon juice

I'm making stewed tomatoes & forgot to put the lemon juice in before sealing the jars. Will they still be ok or should i start over?
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Is the jar ok if the lid pops before i start the pressure canning? [closed]

What does it mean when the jar pops before pressure canning?
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What can be added to non dairy milks to extend shelf life?

I'm not sure what's going on but the last two batches of homemade cashew and sunflower seed milks went bad faster than usual i.e. 1-2 days. What can be added to make them last longer? Both ...
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Can I ferment pickles in the tropics?

I live in the tropics where the temperature mostly ranges from 28 to 33 degrees Celsius (82 to 91 Fahrenheit) or higher. I want to try my hand at fermented pickles but most sources seem to claim ...
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Dehydrating Strawberries - Wax Paper or Parchment?

I just tried dehydrating strawberries in our oven (it has a dehydrator setting), and used parchment paper to line the metal trays. The results were quite good, but the parchment absorbed a lot of ...
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(How) can I keep cheddar in a car in summer for 2 weeks

Is there a way I could prepare and store some cheddar cheese such that it would stay edible while being stored in a car in summer for about 12 days. I am going on a road trip, and I am trying to ...
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How can I preserve Jamun (Indian blackberry) without sugar?

I want to save jamun fruit for a diabetic person so I can't add sugar. Is there any means to store it for 6 months or so by adding salt/lemon or any other thing except sugar?
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Should chicken be seasoned before vacuum sealing?

I am going to vacuum seal then freeze several pieces of chicken breast. Is there a benefit to putting anything on it before I vacuum seal? For example I normally put spices on, but not sure if doing ...
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Preserving small amounts of milk

My husband and I do not drink milk during the week, and rarely use it for cooking. However, on weekends when I am home I like to make coffee and have it with milk. The problem is it is very expensive ...