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Questions tagged [storage-lifetime]

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

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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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Does flax seed lose its nutritional properties after it's ground up?

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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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, ...
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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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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 long will this tahini sauce last in the fridge? [duplicate]

How long will this 2-ingredient tahini sauce last in the fridge? 1 part tahini 1 part water I know pure tahini paste can last over a year (just like other oils) but how does it change, if at all, ...
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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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At what point should carrots be thrown away?

We tend to buy a big bag of carrots from the supermarket (mainly because it's cheaper than a small bag), but usually these are starting to go soft halfway through the week. My current rule of thumb ...
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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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What is the shelf life of opened cheeses?

I am a cheese lover. I always enjoy finding unique cheeses and trying them. However I always end up with a plethora of opened cheeses which opens up the question of; What is the shelf-life of opened ...
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Bottling cream-based salad dressing. Preservative advice?

I would like to bottle my home made salad dressing that is mayo- and cream-based. I was wondering what kind of preservatives I could use to lengthen shelf life. Also, I am using garlic powder as an ...
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How long does it take for buttermilk to go bad?

I love making buttermilk pancakes but I can never seem to use up my buttermilk before it passes the expiration date. The thing is, if I take a solid whiff of the "expired" buttermilk it smells great (...
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Ways to Store Carrots for more days

I recently brought a whole 2KG bag of carrots. They seemed fine the day I brought, but eventually, the skin of the carrot evolved to a black layer. However, when I peeled them off, the carrot looks ...
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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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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 long can I keep thawed vacuum-packed fish in the fridge?

I know that for fresh fish, or fish that was previously frozen without special storage, you should use it the same day. If I thawed too much, does the fact that it was vacuum-packed add to the time I ...
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How long will grease (from bacon or roast) keep in the fridge?

I kept all of the bacon grease from making bacon this weekend, and now I have a jar of solidified grease in the fridge. How long can I use this to impart bacony goodness to my fried vegetables before ...
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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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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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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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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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How long will this homemade vinaigrette salad dressing keep in the fridge? [duplicate]

I made a salad dressing using this recipe: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt 1/8 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 1/8 tsp dried basil 1 ...
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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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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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Chocolate bars - Actual shelflife vs expiration date

The owner of a local chocolate store made me an offer I actually can't refuse: For a price that's really a bargain, I get one bar of every bar chocolate he as on stock - that would be about 40 bars. ...
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Are refrigerated hard boild eggs really unsafe after a week?

Most sites that I've googled (such as http://www.ochef.com/1009.htm, and http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/eggs2.htm) say that refrigerated hard-boiled eggs need to be eaten within one week. I'm a ...
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Bottling and Storing Cold-Brewed Coffee?

I'm a bit of an iced-coffee snob – I love a good, rich tasting coffee, and love the smooth flavor of cold-brewed coffee; unfortunately, the only time I have to make it is the weekends, and it lasts ...
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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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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 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 ...