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

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How should I store spare royal icing?

After making a gingerbread house yesterday, we have some leftover royal icing (I only made 1 egg's worth, but it was still too much). How should this be stored for a few days? While dried royal icing ...
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Best way to preserve guanciale (or other cured meats) in the fridge

I have a 1.2 KG piece of guanciale currently still vacuum sealed. It will take a few months to eat so, once opened, what should it be wrapped it in to maximize it's lifespan in the fridge? Are the ...
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What is the best practice storage method for flour to avoid bugs?

I have recently decided that I'd rather have base ingredients that I am store in my pantry in order to make more meals from scratch as opposed to getting things premade. A friend of mine told me there'...
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how long is vacuum sealed meat safe at room temperature before spoiling [duplicate]

I've seen several great posts about food safety, such as: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/34671 https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/17550 This includes the "safe limit for raw or cooked ...
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Reheating and Storing Chicken/Potato Soup For 10 Hours

I would like to reheat chicken/potato soup (heavy whipped cream, cooked chicken, flour, potato, cooked bacon, some salt, and vegetables to name a few ingredients) i.e. thick soup and store it in a ...
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How do I open large bags like this? [duplicate]

Obviously there must be a better way to open this! I tried pulling on various strings, but to no avail. Finally I attacked it with scissors. As an aside, the bags of feed for our chickens have a ...
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For how long can marinated chicken breast be stored frozen? [duplicate]

After I marinate chicken breast in buttermilk for 50 min., for how long can it be frozen?
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Can homemade vinegar be safely sealed in a bottle?

When I've read kombucha recipes a last recommended step was to bottle the liquid, allow some gas buildup to carbonate it, and then refrigerate it to stop the bacteria from continuing to produce gas. ...
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How to remove salt from sun-dried tomatoes

I have a large packet of sun-dried tomatoes, the type that are preserved dry with salt rather than the type sold in jars covered with olive or sunflower oil. It's a large packet so I don't want to ...
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Storing spoiled meat with fresh meat in a freezer

I just bought a new chest freezer to store some lamb and beef. I placed the fresh lamb meat in a couple of metal containers (not covered) and put these in the freezer. I did the same with the beef but ...
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What container for olive oil for longest shelf life?

I have bought a 5l container of olive oil which is impractical for daily use. I intend to decant it into something smaller but I'm not sure what to buy. I know that olive oil is affected by light and ...
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Prevent matcha gelatination [closed]

I have made matcha (bubble tea powder + cream) in bulk and mixed with water and sugar, stored it in a large container and put it in the refrigerator. In couple of days the content become jelly-like, ...
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Can uncooked rice be stored in the freezer or refrigerator?

I just bought some Carolina Plantation Gold rice in a sack. It says to store it in the freezer or the refrigerator. Can this be right?
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Storing Self-Made Cookies/Brittles/etc longer: ingredients and techniques

I like to make a large amount of pan sheet cookies or brownie brittles as something to crumble over my breakfast yogurt. Something in the style of variations on the following recipe: https://www....
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Will uncooked meat tenderise or toughen while stored in a refrigerator?

In an effort to make fewer food shopping trips, I want to store meat in the fridge for a few days before cooking. However, if I'm entertaining guests I want the meat to be as tender as possible. Will ...
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What would cause the peel of a lime to turn yellow?

About a week ago, I purchased two limes, a lemon, a couple of kiwi fruits, and some oranges. When I got home, I placed them in a bowl. One of the limes ended up at the bottom of the bowl but there ...
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What could cause ice pops (popsicles) to go soft in the freezer?

I’m having a strange issue with the storage of ice pops (popsicles/ice lollies) in the freezer. I recently bought a new freezer and still have the exact same issue which we can’t figure out. Whenever ...
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What makes it possible to store this uncooked fish product in the fridge for up to a month?

I have bought what looks to be a defrosted raw salmon product in airtight packaging: On the back of the package, it is written that this product can be stored in the fridge for up to a month from the ...
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Shelf life of strawberry sauce [duplicate]

I have prepared strawberry sauce by cooking strawberry with sugar, squeezing juice of a lime. The mixture was cooked for 10 minutes and mashed. Chia seeds were added in the end and cooled. Strawberry ...
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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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Stem on tomatoes

I have noticed stores selling tomatoes with the stems left on. Usually 3-4 tomatoes per stem. Is this just a new marketing gimmick? Or do tomatoes taste or store better with the stem left on? We ...
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I have tenderloin for beef Wellington that I'll make in 3 days - how do I store the meat?

Usually when I buy beef, I put it in the fridge, uncovered, for a day before I prepare it. This time however, I bought it 3 days in advance because good quality meat tends to run out around Christmas ...
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Stop marzipan drying out during storage (eg. on Battenberg)

I bought a Battenberg cake and ate it over the course of a couple of weeks. To try and stop the marzipan wrapping drying out I stored it in clingfilm; however, after a week, the marzipan had still ...
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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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Why does the instant coffee that I store in little plastic tubs go bad?

I keep a little plastic container of instant coffee at work and after a week it has either gone into blocks or darkened. I open it a few times. Its location is above a hot/ cold water dispenser (but ...
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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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How long would meat stored (in jars) and fish (whole) in a ice-water bath last?

For various reasons I'd like to store fresh meat and fish without freezing for as long as possible. I should preserve its original state as fresh and taste, so salting, cooking, vinegar is out of the ...
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Why store food in an airtight container when it's in the fridge?

The common wisdom for storing prepared food for later is to store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge, the temperature of which should be at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees ...
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Reusing butter used as a frying agent

I often use butter to cook most of my dishes. I tend to spice this butter with various things (chili seeds, herbs etc) and it will naturally absorb some of the flavours of whatever is being cooked. ...
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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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How should I store salmon en croute?

I've half a pound of salmon en croute (made from this recipe) left over from dinner this evening. I've never dealt with pastry encrusted salmon, so I'm not sure of storage best practices. I'd like to ...
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Sweet potatoes stored in direct sunlight

I know leaving potatoes out in direct sunlight is a bad thing as they can develop solanine which is toxic. I know sweet potatoes don't develop solanine, but are there any other reasons other than ...
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When to wash fruits and vegetables?

I was always told to wash fruit and vegetables right before eating or cooking them, and not earlier. This is supposedly intended to "keep them fresh" or "keep them safe from bacteria" (depends on the ...
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how can I store uncooked rice [duplicate]

Should rice be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or should it be kept in a cabinet in sealed container?
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Is it better to air fry and refrigerate my wings or to wait to air fry them tomorrow?

I'm going to make some chicken wings in my air fryer (https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/air-fryer-chicken-wings-5565422). I have 1.5 lbs of wings which is too much for me to eat ...
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How is pasteurization different from sterilization?

Are these two terms basically the same? I am trying to learn more about food safety and preserving food longer.
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Is it safe to store dry, uncooked rice with cleaning products?

So, I opened up a 30-lb bag of dry, uncooked jasmine rice last week in our outside shed / storage (apartment storage - it is dry, like an indoor closet but has an outdoor entrance). I was in a hurry ...
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Freezed Expired Bread [duplicate]

So I'm an expatriate at a totally new place, and all bread sold in here got 2~4 days expiry and I usually don't finish it in that short period of time, I always store all kinds of breads and pastry/...
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Using salmon in 2 days, freezer or fridge?

I have a fresh cut of salmon I plan to cook for dinner in two days. I know that fish is best cooked as soon and as fresh as possible or should go right into the freezer. Which is the best storage ...
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Is it common practice in a professional kitchen to have a certain spot for each pan on the pan shelf?

The seven or so pans are much the same size, it's a small kitchen and they are always kept on that under counter shelf.
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How to tell apart mold and flour on sourdough bread?

I bought some sourdough bread from a bakery three days ago, and put it (still in its brown bag) in a ziploc bag. Now, I know these loafs are covered in flour, but the bottom looks slightly different ...
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Freeze or refrigerate bread?

What is the better way to store lots of preservative-less bread approaching the expiration date: freezer or refrigerator? Does one method dry out the bread more than another?
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Will freezing preserve invertase

The age deterioration of the enzyme action of invertase is slowed under cold storage. I am wondering though, with freezing stop/slow it even more, or will it damage the enzymes beyond normal aging ...
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Is it ok to cold smoke steak before freezing?

About to wrap up a 60 day dry aged ribeye. After slicing to 2" thick cut steaks and trimming the pellicle i was debating on cold smoking with cherry for two hours. I've done this before but directly ...
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What has happened to this oil?

I recently purchased some sun-dried tomatoes in oil. However a few days in the fridge and they look like this despite being unopened. I regularly buy these tomatoes and store them in the same way. ...
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Can I re-cook potatoes stored half-roasted in the fridge?

The other day I roasted some new potatoes in olive oil, with some thyme and garlic and added some lemon later. The only problem was I didn't roast them for long enough, I roasted them for 45 mins at ...
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Storing cooked food in ziploc [duplicate]

I am planning to go on an outdoors day trip with no way to heat up food. Is it safe to heat up a packaged, fully cooked sausage in the early morning (4:00 AM) and wrap it with bread and store it in a ...
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Soda water first stored in refrigerator and then at room temperature

If I put an unopened bottle of soda water in the refrigerator and decide two weeks later that there is not enough room so I store it in a cabinet outside the refrigerator, will it lose its bubbly ...
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Canning potatoes in instapot canner

I just realized that I canned some potatoes for 25 minutes instead of the recommended time of 35 minutes last night. The jars all sealed. My question is, do i throw those out or do i just have to use ...

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