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

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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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Can I boil my pretzel bites the night before I bake?

I am planning to make stuffed pretzel bites for my class party, but I have to wake up at 7 in the morning. Is there any way that I can get them all prepped, boil them in baking soda water, freeze(or ...
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Salinity of brine for feta storage

The feta package I bought does not have enough liquid to cover the cheese once opened. I would like make a brine to cover the block of cheese. How saline does the brine have to be to store feta? How ...
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Why does my bread ferment in the middle?

I had been making bread reliably for a few years until we moved (from Sweden to Austria) six months ago. Suddenly, any loaf I make rots within a few days in the bread bin. Specifically, it goes soft ...
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Why are the cinnamon sugar bagels I buy becoming so wet?

Every time I get a bagel box from Bruegger's Bagels, I get a few cinnamon sugar coated ones for the sweet-toothed people in my office. They look fine at first and are great for the first hour or so, ...
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Can the shelf life of sugar syrup be extended

I prepare natural flavoured sugar syrups, I add glucose (10% of sugar quantity) to covert this sugar into invert sugar so that the syrup doesn’t crystallise. However the shelf life is too short, 2-4 ...
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When left out in an open container, what % abv does vodka retain at room temperature?

If I pour vodka (40% abv) into an open glass, and then leave it out overnight (or for some time), what percent ABV does it stabalize at? Or does all of its alcohol content evaporate (leaving just ...
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Advice on bulk buying nuts

I am thinking about buying nuts in bulk, specifically hazelnuts, almonds and/or walnuts. Are there any considerations regarding: Type of nut - i will buy straight from farmers so i have to hope they ...
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(Survival Salt) Extract Salt from natural sorces (In the wild) without the Ocean

I'm inquiring to learn a survival technique in the wilderness. How can I extract and crystallize salt (sodium chloride) from wild plants, animals, or rocks, with access to a freshwater source only. I ...
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Chopped onions in metal or plastic containers

Which preserves diced onions better? A plastic or metal container?? I'm trying to figure out which is a better storage container.
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Must I store uncooked pasta in an airtight container?

With things like uncooked chapatis, if you don't put them in airtight packaging, they become tough and dry. I imagine that this is because they've already been mixed with water and chemically changed. ...
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How to detect if meat (or any product) is not safe to be prepared as food?

What are the marks that product is spoiled and not safe to cook or eat? Besides obvious visual signs, like rot or bad smell of course. The reason I'm asking is that I leave a meat in fridge for an ...
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Leaving raw chicken uncovered for a day

I sometimes leave some chicken unwrapped in the fridge inside the container, if I buy a two piece, and only want one. A girl who lives at my dorm told me it was a life threatening harm, to everybody’s ...
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Proper freezing for King Crab Legs

A local grocer is selling cooked, frozen King Crab Legs. I'd like to buy them a week in advance of Christmas and keep them frozen until it's time to eat them. If they sit in my freezer for 7 days, ...
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preservative to use in falafel sauce

I have falafel sauce made of: dried red hot pepper fresh red bell pepper onion garlic lemon salt black pepper I want to sell this product in glass bottles or plastic containers. What kind of ...
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Freezing flavored/infused oils

I'm looking to make a variety of infused oils (lemon zest infused, garlic confit oil, herb oil, etc--all strained with no solids left) to have on hand. Unfortunately, most recipes recommend to use ...
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Is there a difference in how to store something that was frozen that has been cooked versus how to store something that was fresh and has been cooked?

There are many questions on here about how long you can store cooked food, and I have been using StillTasty for more specific answers following some of the comments. However I notice that StillTasty ...
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Refrigerator with humidity control

I just moved into a house which has a fridge that has humidity control on a couple of it's doors. The scale simply reads "low" to "high". So, aside from the question of how this fridge is actually ...
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Is it safe to store dry food products under the sink?

I'm in an apartment with limited kitchen storage space. I want to store some dry food products like tea, coffee, cereal, rice, etc. but the only place I found for them is basically under the sink (...
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Can I freeze fruit shrub?

I am about to make some fruit shrub for use in drinks. I have clear instructions and I understand that it will keep safely for 6 months in the fridge (barring signs of spoilage). However, I have so ...
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How to contain the smell of truffle spice?

From our trip to Venice, Italy we brought home some truffle spice. It says "truffle powder" on the small container and mainly consists of salt, flour, truffle and dried mushrooms. It smells ...
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What is the best way to store potatoes that were already cut? [duplicate]

And prevent them from becoming darker?
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Storage of partially used jar of mustard?

Because I use mustard for my own consumption only occasionally, I am buying smallest available packages (350 g) but after opening I can see unused mustard slowly changing into "water" and solid ...
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How long can powdered coffee remain fresh?

So, I hadn't had coffee for a long time. Plus, I was feeling a little sleepy in the morning so I decided to have a glass of coffee. It tasted a little different than the last time I had it, but I ...
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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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Can spanikopita (or other phyllo foods) be prepped in advance?

I offered to cook for an event for a friend. Later, the request came that the food should be "finger food". Grumbling aside (I hate tedium), most the finger food recipes I know have substantial prep ...
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Fridge life of sauce/condiments

Right so, for many sauces i buy, they have a use within 3 days / 4 weeks after opening in the instructions on the back. For most.. they have an expiry date on the actual bottle and "Refrigerate ...
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Olives in olive oil

I have a jar of commercially-produced stuffed olives in garlicky olive oil. They're rather nice considering they were only cheap. On the jar it says once opened they should be kept in the fridge, ...
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Half and half cream already curdled in a fresh carton

What could be going on here? On several occasions recently, I have purchased small (half pint) cartons of half-and-half (10%) cream. The "out" date on the carton is at least four weeks into the future....
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What makes up the typical “spice drawer needs a deep cleaning” scent?

This might be considered a half humorous question, but I am still curious here. There is that typical smell that clings to your hands after rummaging around in or tidying a typical spices drawer/box/...
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Do spice containers need to be hermetic?

Spice containers purchase I'm planning on upgrading my spice storage. Reading some advice online (e.g. article 1, and article 2) I came to the conclusion that spice containers should: Not be exposed ...
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What are some make-ahead crunchy/crispy components that keep fairly well? [closed]

I'm wondering if you have any advice on crispy/crunchy components that keep fairly well (for a decent amount of time), either in the fridge/freezer or at room temperature. Occasionally, I'll make a ...
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Food safety concern - storing medium rare steak overnight [duplicate]

I hope this is an ok first question to ask. So, yesterday my partner and I had steaks at a pub, and he saved half of his medium rare one. We came home and put it in the fridge, but he decided to leave ...
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is it ok to store quinoa, rice, lentils, barley, farro, kasha, black beans in the fridge?

Is it ok to store beans, rice, grains in fridge? I've been doing this method for years....lots of rotation as I use these regularly. Is there any nutritional loss?
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What does it mean when powdered ingredients get thin strings?

I have found some strange strings in powdered ingredients in my kitchen. First time I noticed it in my instant coffee jar and I thought it maybe some kind of worm so I discarded the jar. Today I was ...
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How to mark yogurt jars?

I have started making homemade yogurt, and I usually keep two types at the same time. One is a lactobacillicus bulgaricus strain, the other is a bifidus strain. They taste differently and look exactly ...
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Can jams and compotes be frozen?

Suppose that my jams and compotes are in an uninsulated, coldplace, i.e. -20°C in the winter. Is it possible that they will be frozen, and the glass breaks, or not?
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What is the purpose of the storage beneath an oven?

In most instances, it seems people use these to store cooking sheets, extra pans, and sometimes lids. However, most (all that I have used) of these storage compartments have terrible tracks and don't ...
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What natural preservative to use to prepare homemade tomato paste for a 2 year shelf life?

I make homemade tomato, chilli and curry pastes and I am thinking of selling them. I need a natural preservative that can increase the shelf life to at least 2 years. What can I use?
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Self-made fatty dough separates in refrigerator, how to prevent

I'm not sure if this dough has a specific name in English, it consists of 3 parts (by weight) flour, 1 part fat (mix until it consists of small crumbs) and 1 part water (+salt, mix until it's smooth). ...
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Does Kombucha Tea spoil if left outside of refrigeration?

I accidentally left an unopened bottle of GT Kombucha tea outside the refrigerator. Discovered it the next day... It was in my basement, thus cool and out of sunlight. No where on the bottle, could I ...
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Why are the corks of some of my Muscat wines popping out?

We have bottled Muscat wine and with a few bottles (three out of 30) the cork seems to be pushing out. The storage area is 12 Celsius. The wine was bottled in mid June of this year, by a small winery. ...