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Shredded cheese goes bad left out when...? [duplicate]

I had just bought three, 2 lb shredded bags of cheese. Power outage while we were gone for 3 days. Weather in area was very warm. Frig was never opened until our return, however it was not cold in ...
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Swollen meat packages (modified atmosphere packaging)

I noticed that many packages of chicken or ground turkey are swollen in the store and there is no huge fuss made over them. I know modified atmosphere packaging could cause this but this article and ...
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How can I tell if a broth carton with a twist cap is sealed?

Many companies offer broth in a box carton with a twist-off cap. In the US, these are usually 32 oz cartons but may be other sizes as well. Twisting the cap breaks a foil seal underneath, allowing one ...
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How safe and durable is commercial meat packaging when exposed to alkaline and acidic marinades?

This question is born more out of sheer laziness than curiosity, but preparing two marinaded meat dishes the other day (Char Su pork and pork vindaloo), it struck me that I could have saved myself a ...
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Can one prepare yogurt in sealed glass jars?

I prepare yogurt, which I place in 200 ml jars with lug/twist off caps. When I prepare the yogurt, the milk is first heated at 145F and cooled to about 108F before adding yogurt inoculant. The content ...
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Why does spinach come in an airtight bag?

When I buy spinach from the supermarket, it comes in a sealed plastic bag. There is always quite a lot of moisture inside the bag on the leaves. I used to find that spinach would last about 3 days in ...
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What is the code for the rings stamped on the top of canned food?

Canned food has rings stamped on the lids. What (or who) has the code? Here is a photo with crab and tuna tops. Maybe the better word would be "indentations"?
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What is the meaning of the letters after the expiration date?

I've noticed letters after the expiration date on milk bag tags. Product: Neilson Milk Bag Location: Canada Please see the photos below. Sometimes there are letters after the expiration date and ...
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Days kept after opening mentioned in packages and how valid are they?

I bought a pita bread package, that I saw it writes: after opening keep in an airtight container and consume within 2 days. The thing is that I am keeping it in the refrigerator and it is been more ...
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Why is there a sheet of paper in packages of minced meat?

In German supermarkets, minced meat is usually sold in a plastic box under what’s described as a “Schutzatmosphere” (protective atmosphere). It looks like this: Not visible in this image, the meat is ...
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Why does industrially produced tagliatelle come in nests?

I can buy industrially produced tagliatelle only in nests¹. Why is it delivered in this form? Some considerations I made myself or found in a dissatisfying Reddit on the subject are: It might be ...
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What is the padding with red substance inside of steak packaging?

When I buy steaks, sometimes they include a padding in the packaging, on which the steak sits, which contains a red substance: What is it? What is its purpose, and can I assume, that it is not ...
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How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance cannot be detected?

How can I package durian flesh so that its fragrance / smell cannot be detected? I tried to package some durian flesh using several layers of ziplocs followed by several layers of plastic bags but it ...
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how to store rice for 12 hours so it doesn't dry out

I have bad experiences with packing rice for lunch, and having it dry out and get gross overnight (like, I'll steam twice as much rice as I want to eat for dinner and pack half of it away). But it ...
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Tetrapaks vs. canned food

How does one know if slightly crushed tetrapaks are safe to eat from? I have never heard of problems from them but wonder as they get a bit crushed from picking them up repeatedly. This article How to ...
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Gases used in packaging food?

What's the difference between CO2 and N2 used in food packaging?
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Is it safe to warm bread in the oven with plastic wrap?

I bought a loaf of Italian bread that came with plastic wrapping. Not sure if it was made intentional for toasting in the oven. Should I just get rid of plastic and put bread in the oven (I ran out of ...
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Mousse de Canard, Mousse de Foie, Terrine de Campagne, expired by around 10 days

I have here, Terrine de Campagne and Mousse de Canard with Expiry of Mar 16, this year. Mousse de Foie expired Mar 22. So all are expired and their packages have ballooned up. I'm wondering if they ...
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Cooked food / heat and serve meal, long term packaging

How does package food producers such as "Seeds of Change" or "Pacific Foods" package their food to keep for up to 15 months and store without refrigeration? What consumer, or DIY approach, most ...
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Why are holes punched into rice packages?

When you buy imported rice in the store, there are often rows of tiny holes punched into the plastic bags. What is that for? Doesn't it contribute to spoiling and spreading of bugs?
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Soy milk; fridge vs. shelf?

Occasionally, I see a product in the supermarket that is either sold off the shelf at room temperature (then expected to be refrigerated after opening), or right out of the fridge. I use soy milk as ...
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Refrigerate after opening, but why?

When I open a jar or a bottle of...well, anything (but especially juices or sauces), I have to put leftovers in the fridge if I want to finish it later. What makes this food okay to leave on the ...
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What are Chicken Paws?

Although I haven't purchased them, I've recently noticed more than one supermarket chain selling packages of "Chicken Paws". To me, they look exactly like chicken feet, though I've never purchased ...
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What are certified synthetic colors?

At Aldi where I shop (in the United States), there are many foods that have the label "No Certified Synthetic Colors": What exactly are certified synthetic colors? And why would a company advertise ...
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UK versus US expiration dates on diet sodas

I took a trip to the UK last week, and as an avid Coke Zero drinker, was surprised to find that my Coke Zero supposedly expired in March 2016 in most places I went. Surprised, because in the US, diet ...
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Reuse of Food Grade Tins

I am interested in using a food grade tin (such as this) to store small amounts of food, in particular for storing summer sausage or cheese for short periods of time (1-2 days). What are the food ...
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Ice Cream Bar Wrapping Machine Suggestions?

I have been making some ice bars recently, and was wondering what the most cost-effective way would be to package them. I am not talking about Haagen-Daaz level of production capacity but more like a ...
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What does it mean, when packaged meat depressurizes itself?

If I keep meat for a few days after it's use-by date, the packaging starts to look sucked-in, as if the amount of air has been reduced. Since it is a sealed package, I can't think how that could be. ...
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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: http://www.peapod.com/search_results.jhtml?searchText=frozen+...
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How do I open a brand-new (plug-top) oval canister?

Shockingly I can't find an answer to this anywhere I look online. I have an oval canister of cocoa that I received as a gift with no directions on how to open it. A can opener is not going to work ...
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Lyle's Golden Syrup tin design, why is it like this and how to clean it

Lyle's Golden Syrup has a distinctive lid design, in which the top of the tin has a lip. This inevitably fills with syrup and makes the whole thing stickier than it needs to be. Is there a reason for ...
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Implied cooking temperatures on food packaging

Every time I follow directions I see instructions like this: Bring water to boil Stir in pasta Return to rapid boil Cook for 6 minutes for al-dente I set the stove burner to high for Step 1. Do I ...
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Why is butter usually labeled "Sweet Cream"?

Most (or even all?) butter found at the grocery store is labeled "sweet cream". Is there a distinction between this and another type of cream, and if so, what is it?
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Opening potato bags

I'm not sure how universally this question applies; I live in Canada. When we buy potatoes, they often come in large bags made out of heavy paper. The bags are closed by sewing a string into the top ...
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Is 'Pizza yeast' any different than normal baking yeast?

A friend (Italian) mentioned that she uses 'Pizza Yeast' for making pizza, and one can't use normal yeast or it'll "grow too much".. I looked around the internet for "Pizza yeast" and all I found was ...
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