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Questions tagged [storage-lifetime]

Questions specifically about the expected shelf life of a food item.

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How long do uncut, fresh strawberries last in the refrigerator?

How long do uncut organic strawberries last in the refrigerator when stored in the original packaging?
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How does vacuum packing affect safe meat storage time?

I recently bought some vacuum-packed pork back ribs, with a sell-by date more than two weeks after I bought it. I don't think I've ever seen a date that far out on meats and I'm not sure how to ...
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How long does Star Anise keep?

The jar or packet at either of my local stores is quite big. How long does it stay effective, once opened? Given Star Anise is quite hard, I'm thinking it may last a while. But would I be better ...
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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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Shelf life of a Chocolate Product (incl. butter) - “Chocolate Salami”

I have an old family recipe for something called a Chocolate Salami (don't worry, there isn't any meat) and I am wondering - if I vacuum seal it, will it be shelf stable? I know the stability of ...
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Catfish fillets

I have some catfish fillets that were frozen rock hard . I put them in my fridge three days ago. They're still semi-frozen but now the bottom looks white. Are they still edible?
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How far ahead can I prepare this coleslaw recipe?

I'm making a coleslaw to accompany dinner tonight which consists of: 1 Apple, julienned 1 Carrot, grated 2 spring onions, sliced 1tbsp Mayonnaise 10ml cider vinegar 10g chipotle paste 1/2 red chilli, ...
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How much temperature control does an emergency food cache need?

I just bought a massive amount of wholesale food to prepare for a winter storm this coming weekend. Since I will not use all of it, and want to keep it around for future emergencies, I'm curious about ...
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Which dried pulses, when stored long term, become hard to soften?

I'm trying to figure out which dried pulses store the best, as some are reputed to reach a state where they never fully soften. In an old answer by Joe, the US Dry Bean Council says: Dry beans ...
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Will apricot Jam glaze affect the shelf life of Christmas fruitcake?

I am using a apricot jam glaze to decorate the top of a Christmas fruitcake (made using rum soaked dryfruits and fed with rum after baking). This kind of fruitcake really lasts long due to alcohol in ...
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Has the storage duration of packaged “fresh” dairy products increased in the last 30 yrs?

Has the general shelf life / storage duration / packaging hygiene / of pasteurized milk, cream or yogurt significantly increased in the last 30 years in western Europe (or the US)? Or has there been ...
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Pastry sheets - storing, packing & shipping

I am trying out some puff pastry sheets for a couple of my friends in a different city who are visiting us.. it takes minimum 10 hrs for them to reach their place (road and air travel included).. I ...
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How to store spinach to extend its shelf life?

How do you store spinach long term? What is the best way to store spinach in order to extend its shelf life?
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Does a mayonnaise have longer shelf life with egg white only as opposed to yolk?

I am working on a mayonnaise recipe, that could have at least 2 -3 weeks shelf life (refrigerated). I have access to pasteurized egg yolk, and white. I believe there will be a longer shelf life ...
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How to check if baking powder is fresh?

How do I know if my baking powder and baking soda are still fresh?
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How long can I keep peanut powder?

I like putting peanut flavor in my sauces and wanted to make a big batch of crushed and pulverized peanuts. I was wondering how long I could keep these, before they went bad.
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Does store-bought salsa have an expiration date/shelf life after being opened? [duplicate]

So I like salsa, but don’t eat enough of it to use it all in a few days. In general, does store bought salsa—that is stored in the supermarket on open shelves without temperature control—go bad even ...
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Does re-heating something “reset” the spoil timer? [duplicate]

I cooked a lot of pasta sauce a few days back, and have much of it in my fridge. I intent to use it all shortly, and would prefer to not freeze it. If I heat it back up in a pot, and let is cook all ...
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Whether a piece of meat is near its shelf life or not, does it also determine how long it can be stored after it is cooked?

For example, to buy two pieces of meat in supermarket. They are well sealed and can be kept for a few days; one piece is new, another piece will be expired just next day. Generally speaking cooked ...
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Why does storing bread in a plastic (grocery) bag keep it fresh longer?

I accidentally stumbled upon this 'trick' a week ago when I forgot about a baguette that I bought for a party and never used. It was half-covered (loosely) by a plastic grocery bag. When I took it out ...
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Safe to freeze boiled/ blanched pork bones/ meat for future use to cook soup?

This is relating to Asian/ Chinese style soup/ broth cooking. I am a very busy person and do not have time to cook. I cook in a small kitchen with the basic crockeries. I usually do my groeceries ...
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How long will roasted vegetables in oil keep in the fridge? [duplicate]

This recipe says roasted tomato and garlic, put in a jar and covered in olive oil will keep for weeks in the fridge StillTasty says 3-5 days This guide says olive oil can only prevent discoloration/...
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What is the shelf life of vermouth?

I like the occasional Negroni or Manhattan, but I'm not a heavy drinker. As far as I'm concerned liquor is pretty much immortal, but what's the rule on vermouth?
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How to adjust this salad dressing recipe to extend storage life?

Following this question: How long will this homemade vinaigrette salad dressing keep in the fridge? Which of these adjustments will prolong storage life to a significant extent? remove garlic add ...
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Fully baked cookies in a 90 F car

I made some cookies about four days ago - a modification of a fairly standard chocolate chip cookie recipe augmented with cocoa powder in the dry ingredients, and marshmallows in the center. They are ...
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How well does freshly baked sandwich bread fly?

I'm going on vacation soon and wanted to take homemade bread with me, but I'm unsure as to how the bread would last through the long plane flight. How does bread usually fare when flying?
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Is there an upper limit to the “room temperature” at which eggs should be stored?

(Unwashed) eggs needn't be stored in a fridge. Well, depends where you live and if the hens get vaccinated against salmonella, that is. Basically eggs come with a type of natural coating - the ...
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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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Does shortbread ship well?

I'm planning on shipping shortbread to another state, and it may take 3-5 days to arrive to the destination. It's a fairly butter-rich cookie: 3 sticks butter, 5 cups flour, 2 cups sugar (about) plus ...
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Do yellow lentils sprout after submersion for a few hours?

Yellow lentils. Not consumed fast enough. Organic. Bought bulk at a health food store 28-29 months ago and kept in a sealed jar. After leaving them in water for 3-4 hours, they seem to be sprouting. ...
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Does refrigerating Diet Pepsi (Splenda + AceK) meaningfully extend shelf life?

Suppose I fill a refrigerator with aspartame-free (Splenda+AceK) Diet Pepsi that has a nominal expiration date of July 7, 2018. If it's continually kept refrigerated at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less, ...
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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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Why do potatoes discolour when peeled?

I've noticed that potatoes will discolour when they're peeled; however, if they are submerged in water, or boiled and drained, they're fine (at least for comparable periods of time). Why is this?
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Is making guacamole a way to “save” almost-gone avocadoes?

We had some avocadoes which went bad. My stepmom said that, had we made them into guacamole the night before, they would have been edible today. Is this correct?
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How long would a homemade pancake mix keep?

I am planning on gifting someone a "pancake mix in a jar" by mixing together ingredients for a vegan pancake, putting them in a jar, and gifting them, so that they can make pancakes in the morning ...
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Rich Whip Storage Temperature

Please specify the temperature range in which rich whip is to be stored and whether it should be stored in the freezer or chiller.
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Do Smoked Ham Hocks spoil?

How long past the "buy before" date do ham hocks keep? They've been refrigerated, have no mold or off smell.
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Is my 3 years old loose leaf tea safe for me to drink? [duplicate]

I have some cinnamon orange tea in my kitchen that has been sitting there for 3 years. Would it still be safe to drink? It is in a container with a lid.
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How do I keep track of how old food is?

I've been paying more attention to food safety but I don't understand how people remember exactly how long a given item has been sitting in the fridge. If I want to make sure to stay safe, do I have ...
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Keeping uncooked Christmas pudding mix

I have a Christmas pudding mix recipe intended for a 1.5 l pudding basin, but I need to slow cook it in a 1.2 l, so I'll have a little left over to make one or two miniature puddings. They won't fit ...
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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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Storing cut up potatoes (chips/fries)

I have fallen into a slump at the minute where i just don't feel like preparing food when i get home from work, and i would prefer to cut up a larger batch of potatoes in one go and store them in the ...
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Why flaxseed sealed in containers once opened needs to be refrigerated and yet has to be consumed within 4 days?

I have bought whole flaxseeds from a stationary store. The usage directions written on container says that the whole flaxseeds need to be grounded, stored in air tight containers and refrigerated. ...
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shelf life dressing with shalots

I understand that one should not keep homemade salad dressing that contains garlic for a period longer than a week or so. Does this also apply to using shallots in the dressing?
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How to know if a recipe is acidic enough for storage/bottling?

I've made some hot sauce that consists of: Whole large white onion Jalapenos (about 5, seeds and veins) Poblanos (about 3, seeds and veins) Sweet Peppers (about 6, seeds and veins, unknown name, ...
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(How) can I keep cheddar in a car in summer for 2 weeks

Is there a way I could prepare and store some cheddar cheese such that it would stay edible while being stored in a car in summer for about 12 days. I am going on a road trip, and I am trying to ...
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Expiration date for block cheese (mozzarella, Monterey Jack) [duplicate]

How long after the expiration date is block cheese (mozzarella, Monterey Jack) safe to eat IF it has been kept refrigerated AND has never been opened? They LOOK as fresh as the day I bought them, ...
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How long takes store-bought fried tofu to go bad? [duplicate]

According to expiration date in the package it only takes a week. Maybe it can keep for longer?
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Proper storage of Kiwi

I bought some kiwi fruit on Friday ( 2 days ago) and left them in the plastic bags from the store... the fruit and veggie plastic at the grocery store . I also had them tied so no air was actually ...
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Sushi/nori/yaki paper - out of date?

I make a lot of sushi. But, as I buy the paper/wrapper in 100's, sometimes I do not use it in what might be considered good time. I have searched and searched the packet for a sell or eat by date ...