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Trade-offs of round vs square food storage containers (Cambro, Carlisle)

What are the trade-offs between using round vs square food storage containers? I'm looking to buy a supply of several sizes of commercial-grade (eg Cambro or Carlisle) food storage containers. I'm ...
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How can I keep large packs of ham fresh longer?

On the back of the packs of sliced ham I buy it usually says “once opened eat within x days”. I often find that I have ham left over that needs to be eaten, that I’d prefer to save for another day. ...
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Food storage (~24h) above room temperature (50 degree C)?

I'm about to go on a month-long road trip and I would need to keep cooked food in a car for about 24 hours every day, i.e. I may pre-cook the ingredient in one evening and reheat and finish it the ...
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How long can eggs that I washed at home last in England at room temperature?

Related to my previous question, a follow-on corollary: I rinsed off every one of my 2 dozen eggs and put them into a carton on the kitchen counter. How long now may they last?
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What is the best practice for cleaning eggs when some in the carton have broken?

Carrying eggs home after purchase some of your eggs break and spill onto the rest. You take them all out carefully but don’t want to store them with exposed white/yolk on the shells lest they get very ...
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Potency of stored baking powder: Does it decrease with time or exposure to air or both?

I am curious about how baking powder, both types (with and without a high-temperature aluminum salt), loses its oomph. Assuming a constant room temperature, is it time only? Exposure to air/...
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What is a "cool dry place" in a city apartment?

When looking at advice on storing various foods (onions, potatoes, tomatoes and more), I often read "store in a cool dry place." They often mention a basement. I live in an apartment in New ...
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How do I store ready-to-eat salad better?

I have been buying ready-to-eat salad from a local store. It comes in different varieties and pretty big unwieldy transparent plastic boxes. One of the issues I have noticed is some boxes of salad go ...
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Replacement rings/gasket for Rocco jars

I see two types of material for replacement gaskets for Rocco jars, silicon and rubber. What would the difference of these materials be if simple used for food storage at room and refrigerator ...
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How to protect stainless steel BBQ from rust

I recently got a stainless steal BBQ and it is mostly outside but last one became full of rust, I only know oxygen when touch with steel make rust, but now how do I protect it? It is 20 dollar grill.
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Are freezer bags not safe to store alcohol?

I had some wine leftover and wanted to put them in the freezer to use it at a later point for baking or cooking. So I just poured it into a freezer bag. Today, I noticed that the bag is not frozen ...
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Can you save pancake batter for one day? [duplicate]

I only need a few pancakes at a time. I would rather cook fresh than freeze cooked pancakes.
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How does the shelf life of dry ingredients depend on humidity levels?

Is there any data on the shelf-life of dry ingredients (dry vegetables, for example) depending on the humidity levels during the storage? Let's say I bought Freeze-Dried Green Peas and moved them from ...
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What's the best way to store the dark green tops of spring onions (scallions), specifically without them growing any further or turning yellow?

When my local store has spring onions (a.k.a. scallions or green onions), I like to buy a lot of them. I mostly use the green tops as a garnish in soups or ramen, and toss the lower white parts into ...
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Is copper safe for long-term food storage?

This question is inspired by this answer, which suggests storing simple syrup in a copper vessel. It fairly conclusively demonstrates that copper can keep the simple syrup from growing mold, but ...
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How long will uncooked Christmas pudding mixture last?

Is it safe to keep uncooked Christmas pudding mixture for a week before cooking? This is for a Christmas pudding with stout and brandy.
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What is the best way to carry milk to work?

I live in Japan and milk is sold only in cartons here. I take milk to the fridge at work. I currently put it in a black plastic bottle with black cover but it stinks like it is off after only a few ...
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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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Can I save flour dredge used for raw chicken for a later batch? [duplicate]

What if I have like 50 pieces of chicken and I only fry 25 but I have 25 left would it be ok to use the same flour considering it’s the same batch of chicken
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I accidentally sprayed bleach on some apples. Is this dangerous?

When I was bleaching towels, I accidentally sprayed some on apples nearby. The next day, to be safe, I washed these apples for about 15 seconds. Are these apples safe to eat Could someone get sick? ...
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Looking for a butter dish with space for spreader

This is a very specific question 😂. I like to keep room temperature butter in a small dish to spread on bread or drop into my cooking. I always keep a knife or spreader nearby that I reuse for the ...
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Is it safe to put silica gel packets in spices?

I know it's pretty safe (even recommended) to store food in cabinets that have silica gel packs. I'm wondering if it is safe (and a good idea) to put the sealed silica gel packets directly into the ...
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How to preserve this agar based dish for humans?

I am a cook that created a dish with the following ingredients: agar a raw egg (remains uncooked) bee pollen honey water I want to be able to preserve this dish for months, because right now it ...
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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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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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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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