Questions tagged [storage-lifetime]

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

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I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio?

I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio? I have tried several ratio, but still end up with molds in a week time not ...
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dry garlic in oil --> botulism risk?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of preparing some flavored oils for Christmas presents this year (don't tell anyone!). We've read online that fresh garlic presents a health hazard when stored at room ...
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What can be done with bitter carrots?

I've got a bunch of two week old carrots (kept in the fridge), peeled, and they tasted bitter (raw). Is it normal that carrots turn bitter? Is there a way to prevent it from happening? Will the ...
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How long can you keep pizza dough in the fridge?

We usually keep pizza dough in the fridge for three days before making the pizza. We use the normal ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, yeast, olive oil and water. I think this specific one has ...
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Why doesn't Bailey's go bad?

I realize it can go bad after a long time, but why does it take so much longer than other dairy products? Does it have to do with the alcohol content? If so, what is the process that is happening?
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Can opened cooking cream in frozen state go bad?

I opened this cooking cream 2 months ago and it stayed in the refrigerator in an almost fully frozen state (right under the cold air blowing fan). It also has lost its flavour (not bitter, doesn't ...
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Keep milk (or milk alternative) for a day without a fridge

I like to drink my coffee with milk, but my new place of work has no refrigerator I can use. Is there any milk or milk-substitute I can use that will not taste funny around 15 o'clock, when I remove ...
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Should tomatoes be stored in the fridge?

Storing tomatoes in the fridge tends to make them last a bit longer, but I've heard that the flavor is negatively affected. What is the best way to store them?
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What ingredient should I add to my cookies to increase shelf life?

What ingredient should I add to my cookies to increase shelf life. I need my cookies, 6 months later to still be fresh (expiry date in 6 months).
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How do I interpret this date on tortillas?

This is printed on the package of corn tortillas DA JUN 17 19 L3 15:18. What does this mean?
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What is the shelf life of a garlic bulb, with the “skin” still on, left in the fridge?

I purchased a head of garlic and I have 2/3's of it left over, I am storing it in the fridge in a ceramic covered dish (made specifically for garlic :) a gift from my mother) and I would like to know ...
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Manufacturer “best if used by dates” - how long that container has been on the store shelf

I bought a jar of grated Parmesan cheese that has a "use by date" three months from today. Has that jar been on the shelf a year, six months, three months, how long? Do Kraft, Sargento, Signature ...
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How to decode some less common food Expiration Date/Date Manufactured codes (US)?

I was cleaning out and found some snack chips with date codes that are not in an obvious Day/Month/Year format. For example: 028 B2 A1 (Bloom's Potato Chips) 021 T B4A1 (Lieber's Tortilla Chips). ...
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Perpetual stew-like stock using the fridge: is it a good idea?

I work in the science behind nutrition and one of the first things you learn is that a huge amount of nutrients from your food goes down the drain when you throw out the cooking water. In the water ...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

Taste aside, is it safe for drinking? Whiskey that was left inside a stainless steel flask?
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How long can chocolate be held at temper?

I just got a chocolate melter and have held some tempered pure chocolate (Lindt Excellence 90%) for a day at 33C. I intend to make up 3 or 4 truffles, a few times a week. What’s occurred to me is ...
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Does flax seed lose its nutritional properties after it's ground up? [closed]

I am from Santiago, Chile. Here, there's a rumour that smashed (ground) flax seed loses its properties in around 4 hours. Do you know anything about this? Basically, the rumors say that the flax seed ...
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My tea bags are expired, can I still use them?

This box of tea has an expiration date which has passed but I would like to know if I can still use it. What do you think?
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What spoils breadcrumbs quicker, oxygen or moisture?

Should breadcrumbs be packaged in a paper bag, or is a plastic bag preferred? What spoils breadcrumbs quicker: oxygen, moisture, or both?
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Hot sauce preserved ingredents [duplicate]

I am in the process of launching a hot sauce business. . but I would life to know what ingredients to add in it so that it have a longer shelf life ..
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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 long does ceviche keep?

We just made ceviche with ahi tuna, lots of lime juice, avocado, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. It's wonderful. Unfortunately we made too much. Now, I've never made it before and want to know about how ...
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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 to keep cream cheese for a long time?

I discovered that I can buy cream cheese at 1/4 the price per pound, but only if I buy it as a solid 10 cm x 10 cm x 40 cm brick. Assuming I only eat 1/10th of this brick per week, is there any way I ...
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How long does butter cream icing keep?

My icing is 1/4 cup butter to 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar and a couple tablespoons of milk, so I'm thinking that with so much sugar, the answer is "almost indefinitely in the fridge." So, as the title ...
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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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Vegemite beyond expiry date?

We've got a small jar of Vegemite that the kids are slowly nibbling away at, and I just realized it has a best-before date of three months ago. At the current rate of consumption, there's another six ...
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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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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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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 long will homemade salad dressing stay good in the fridge?

How long can I keep salad dressings that I made? Since this is probably affected by what it's made up of, let's say we're talking about different salad dressings made from a combination of the ...
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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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Is it safe to eat expired hollandaise sauce mix

I have a really old packet of McCormick Hollandaise sauce mix - it's 5 years expired. Is it safe to use and eat? Main ingredients are Wheat starch, maltodextrin, egg solids, soy lecithin, etc..
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How long will infused alcohol last?

I'm attempting to infuse alcohol for the first time, and I'm wondering how long the infusions will keep? I've read a few different (contradictory) opinions on this matter. One recipe for vanilla vodka ...
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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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Wondering if the bottle of wine I have is still good or not

During my move to a new place, I found a bottle of wine that I had kept in my refrigerator that was dated 2004. It was still sealed; it didn't look like anything was floating around inside, and to all ...
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Do unopened bottles of Gin and Campari turn bad in extreme heat?

just got back from a trip with 2 new bottles of campari and gin, then forgot them for 24 hours in the trunk of my car, in a hot day (30C degrees) :( Should I just throw them away? or are they still ...
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Can I make a hollandaise sauce from mix the day before?

I would like to make a hollandaise sauce from a McCormick mix a day ahead. Will I be able to reheat it and is it safe?
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Why doesn't acacia honey crystallize?

Acacia honey is made from the flowers of the acacia (aka locust) tree. It is very light colored, and it is reputed to never crystallize. Certainly none of the acacia honey I've had in the house has ...
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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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Can nuts be frozen and for how long?

Can nuts be frozen in order to keep their flavour, and if so, for how long?
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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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Keeping rice paper spring rolls moist

I've made some fresh spring rolls by filling rice paper sheets with vegetables, cheese and peanuts, without any cooking. I've kept the uneaten ones in the fridge for a night in a sealed box. The rice ...
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Should I store root vegetables with or without the dirt?

When you buy vegetables at a farmers market, often you will get root vegetables (e.g. potatoes, carrots) that are unwashed and with its dirt still clinging on them. I heard somewhere that this will ...
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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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How long will fermented/brined pickles last?

I've been interested in making some pickles, and a lot of the places I've found say that salt brined or fermented pickles generally taste better than acid-brined pickles. That is, pickles pickled in a ...
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How to prolong the life of chillies in a refrigerator?

Last week I bought a packet of green chilli from an Asian store, the really hot ones. I only used 5 of those and had about 20-25 still left in the little plastic bag (with holes). I just kept it ...
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How long does eggwash keep?

I don't use eggwash often- roughly once a week I make a speedy en-croute or pie with some shop-bought puff. Whatever I make, as it tends to be just for two, I rarely use more than half an egg's worth, ...