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Fridge acceptable temperature cycle

The internet is full of information about the optimal temperature inside the fridge. But every once in a while, the compressor has to stop, and the temperature begins to rise, and I failed to find how ...
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Why is store-bought ajvar marked as consume within 3-4 days?

I've started to be a big fan of store-bought spicy ajvar, which is generally a delicious and low-effort spread for toast et al. However, all the jars claim something like "after opening, ...
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What's the recommended method of cooling flan out of the oven?

I just baked 8 individual flans and want to know how to cool them. What is the best way to handle the cooling process so that I don't damage the flan and make it easy for them to extract? I want to ...
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Food temperature "danger zone" - is it really binary?

It's very widely reported (including here) that the food temperature "danger zone" is between around 40°F (4.4°C) and 140°F (60°C) and that if perishable food is at this temperature for ...
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Roast beef for the next day

So I'm cooking roast beef for Xmas Dinner tomorrow but have to do it tonight as I have no time. Once it's reached temperature I have time to take it out and rest it until it reaches the intended ...
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Why do lentils turn gray in the fridge? [duplicate]

After cooking brown lentils, they come out in their usual light brown color. But after one day of refrigeration, they turn this color of gray. This has happened every time I save leftover lentils. Why ...
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Store raw broccoli

How should raw broccoli be stored, to preserve it the longest? (without blanching it) I often have broccoli turn bad in a few days, either the outer layer turns dark and slimy, or the buds turn ...
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Bubbles/foam on refrigerated maple syrup - safe to eat?

There are bubbles/foam around the edge of my refrigerated maple syrup and I'm wondering if it's safe to eat. The maple syrup came from a can and was transferred into a dispenser like the one shown in ...
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Does semi-frozen vetegable have less nutrients? [closed]

I stored green vegetables for salad such as red beet, celery, kale, etc in the refrigerator for 3~5 days and found that they are kind of 'semi' frozen. They are a little hard than the fresh status but ...
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Safety of chicken after thawing temperature at the wrong temperature

I tried thawing chicken breasts in my refrigerator, but after leaving them in there for 1.5 days, I took their temperature with a meat thermometer and found them to be 47 degrees Fahrenheit. From what ...
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Unopened wine bottles kept in fridge. Are they still good?

I have a couple of bottles of wine in my fridge that have never been opened (original packaging) and have been there for ~3 years. Would that mean that the wine have become worse and hence should ...
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Thawing Turkey with cold and refrigerator methods

After I have started with cold water method for partial thawing, when I switch back to refrigerator should ai remove Turkey from original wrapper, pat dry, and place in another bag to complete the ...
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Freeze or refrigerate meat for a few days?

I usually do the shopping for the week on Sundays, and I often leave the meat in the refrigerator for 5 or 6 days, so I am wondering if it would be better to freeze it immediately after buying it and ...
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Why consume DRIED apricots within 21 days?

I bought a large bag of dried apricots at Costco. I was planning to enjoy them slowly over the next few months (the Best Before date is in mid 2023) but the label says: "Reseal and refrigerate ...
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Freeze or refrigerate dough?

Refrigerating is detrimental to bread; it's better to freeze it or simply leave it at room temperature. Does the same hold for bread dough?
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Is partially frozen food safe to eat?

Our refrigerator every so often gets a large build up of ice at the back, a sure indication that the freezer needs manual defrosting. Quite often we have discovered packets of cooked meat, vegetables ...
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No frost refrigerator

Can I put popsicle in no frost freezer? I bought popsicle and put in my -24c "No frost" freezer and all of my popsicle melt. Is it normal or my "No frost" freezer need service? ...
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Should I store chili crisp in the refrigerator?

Generally speaking I only refrigerate things that say something along the lines of "refrigerate after opening" or "keep refrigerated" on the label. I opened a new jar of chili ...
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Frozen stew on transit

I am travelling later via plane bringing a frozen stew in a Tupperware inside my luggage. I don't have a cooler with me so I'm just wrapping the container with cloth to hopefully maintain the low ...
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Why can't I keep chicken in the refrigerator for more than 2 days when the supermarkets can

So I have this raw chicken breast that I haven't opened (sealed shut in the original plastic container) in my refrigerator for 5 days now and there is still 2 days until the expiry date printed on the ...
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What is the best way to store cucumbers? Do I refrigerate or not refrigerate?

I purchase the cocktail and snackable Persian cucumbers from my big box store because I enjoy the taste of the smaller cucumbers over the larger varieties. I always store them in my refrigerator ...
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How far can I stretch the "Use within X days of opening" warning?

Many refrigerated products (Bacon, ham, black pudding etc.) have this warning on the packs. I assume this is due to being packed in a protective atmosphere. Provided I wrap the remainder securely in ...
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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

I like iced coffee when the weather is hot, and I like to drink it black (or nearly black) and undiluted. What is a good setup for cooling freshly brewed coffee quickly, without a lot of hassle? I'm ...
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Boudin Balls, Isaac Toups - Question about cooling/refrigerating the boudin

I'd like to try Isaac Toups' recipe for boudin balls, for a cooking get-together with a friend of mine. We'll start in the afternoon; ideally, we'd like to have it done for (late) dinner that day. The ...
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Converting bread recipes for an overnight rise?

I often find myself with an urge to bake things in the evening, but without enough hungry mouths left to justify actually producing anything substantial by the time the recipe is done. As such, it'd ...
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Can I refrigerate lower hydration dough for storage like I would no-knead dough?

I've been baking with the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day recipe for nearly a decade, off an on, and like a lot of people I decided to try to step up my game over the last year. I feel like I've ...
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With few items, it easier/safer to use the fridge for everything, are there trade offs?

I don't keep much food in the house, and generally use the fridge as a general purpose store for all kinds of food, as a way to slow down chemical reactions and lifeform growth alike, as well as ...
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From a food safety perspective, what's the difference between a dish I ate in and rinsed off afterward vs. a dish with food that I didn't eat in?

I have asked the following question before: Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container? I've gotten some great answers to it which help me further ...
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What is a refrigerator tray in older recipes?

Many older cookbooks call for filling a “refrigerator tray”. For example, in the 1960 Better Homes and Gardens Dessert Cook Book the recipe for “Banana Ice Cream” says to “Pour into refrigerator trays....
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Can meat spoil outside the fridge if it's baked into bread as a filling?

I made some meat buns tonight (that is, buns with cooked chicken stuffed inside them before being baked), and I'm wondering if I should bother keeping the buns inside the fridge, because that would ...
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Freezer doesn't have a temperature control. Does the fridge thermostat control freezer temperature?

I have a Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator. There is a place to control temperature in the fridge part but not in the freezer part. Does making the temperature colder in the refrigerator make the ...
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How to prevent beef muscle meat losing water during storage in the refridgerator?

I am storing raw beef muscle meat (for example tenderloin), in the refrigerator (just above freezing 0°C / 32°F), just for several days. I put the raw meat in a canning mason glass jar and screw the ...
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How long does maple syrup last in the refrigerator? [duplicate]

I have bought a biological (as per the label) maple syrup that states: Limited shelf life in the refrigerator after opening. The bottle itself is 250mls and says that the portion size is 10ml and ...
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Is it healthy for no frost fridge to have water in ice cube forms?

It's said that we should close liquids when we put them into fridge that has no frost system (no ice formation in the freezer).Or ice will appear and the fridge will not serve that long. At the same ...
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Frozen/Defrosted blueberries [duplicate]

I bought a bag of frozen blueberries 4 days ago. They have been out of the fridge for 2 days. They look good and there is no mold. Are they still good to use?
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Are there "home" category powered refrigerated plates?

Consider this example commercial product, powered refrigerated cold plate It has A a compressor unit like in any fridge, B the piping and C a cold plate. These commercial units are three or four ...
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Can you store frozen dinners in the refrigerator for up to a week before eating them?

Given that this is "Seasoned Advice", my question may be considered blasphemy, but I'm going to take a chance anyways as the good people here are likely best suited to know the answer. ;) Is ...
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Halloumi at room temperature [duplicate]

I recently ordered a batch of halloumi cheese online. It was packaged as fist-sized, vacuum-sealed pieces with a little liquid in each (brine I guess). It is supposed to be refrigerated, and the ...
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Does food at room temperature spoil faster if refridgerated beforehand?

I've been told (with anecdotal evidence, by family) that if I put food in the fridge then leave it out at room temperature, even if unopened, the food would spoil faster than if it was never put in ...
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What is meant by freezer?

I came across the word related to freezer in several statements as follows Regarding chicken Raw chicken pieces can be stored in the freezer for up to 9 months, while a whole chicken can be frozen ...
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Strawberries that keep in the refrigerator for more than two days

I buy fresh strawberries frequently. Unlike this question, I try to buy them to last, preferably a few days. I naturally avoid strawberries that look overripe (or worse mouldy), preferring punnets ...
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How does repeatetly moving food from freezer to fridge and back every day affect it?

My fridge and freezer makes noise to the point that it is hard for me to sleep (even with earplugs) so I have began to shut off the power to the fridge and freezer during the night. My fridge is set ...
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How long can halloumi be stored in refrigerator? [duplicate]

I am planning to store a cooked meal of halloumi + couscous in the refrigerator. How long can it be stored safely?
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Salmon turned green - is it safe to eat?

I left a meal with salmon in the refrigerator for 3 days. The salmon skin is turning green. Is it safe to consume it? If not, is it salvageable at all?
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Can refrigerator pickles be processed?

I have a made refrigerator pickles and put them in jars with lids sealed. Can I now process them?
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How can you tell if if a meal is thawed?

I am planning to place a meal (salmon + rice) in a refrigerator after having frozen it. How can I tell when it's thawed?
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Defrosting: How long should food be kept in refrigerator?

I am trying to defrost some meals by placing them in a refrigerator. The meals are a variation of salmon/halloumi + rice + greens How long should it be placed in the refrigerator? Does it depend on ...
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How can I keep extra virgin olive oil cool and usable, while it's hot in the summer and when the fridge solidifies the oil?

I've read Gut by Guilia Enders. It says that extra virgin olive oil cleans your heart vessels and has other beneficial effects. The oil binds free radicals in your body. But the oil doesn't wait to ...
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How long can fruit macerate in the fridge?

I have begun to macerate pitted cherries in sugar and lemon juice. Due to some issues, I've had to leave them macerating for 2 days before I cook & can them for jam. Will the macerated fruit be ...
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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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