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How long can I keep homemade concentrated meat broth? [duplicate]

I made a broth from a pork leg (bones and meat, already broiled), also adding some browned veg and herbs. Then I reduced the broth by about tenfold and put it in a jar. After cooling the result was a ...
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How do I can coffee with milk? Basically a canned latte

I've been running my coffee shop for a while now and would like to venture into the world of canning my specialty drinks. my biggest hiccup so far is how to preserve the milk. I've seen that most ...
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Refrigerator life of live clams

When I cook live clams, I usually purchase them from the local grocery store on the day I plan to prepare them. However, sometimes that is inconvenient for me to run to the store the same day. So my ...
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Storing fresh wheat noodles [duplicate]

What is the best way to store wheat based noodles with no eggs like fresh udon noodles? Can you just leave it in a plastic sealed container in the fridge? How long will it last for sealed in the ...
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When does mirin need refrigeration?

I've been trying to discover when mirin needs to be refrigerated. Unopened bottles aren't kept cold, but after opening answers seem to diverge. I've read that traditional mirin is 14% alcohol by ...
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How long can you store simple syrup?

I have a 2:1 (2 parts sugar, 1 part water) simple syrup by mass that I use for cocktails. How long can this last? Or, in other words: when should I discard it? In one bar I know they would discard the ...
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For what culinary reason, if any, would a product list wildly different "use by dates" in different languages?

This black bean sauce lists a different "use by" dates depending on whether you read the French or Dutch section, with the French section reading 4 weeks and the Dutch version only 2 weeks. ...
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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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Brewed tea storage safety

I'm having a really hard time believing that storing unsweetened, un-drank-from tea in the fridge overnight is unsafe. What gives? I get that a mug that I make wouldn't be sterile, but most non-...
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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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Is there science-based information on long-term white rice storage?

I have some special white rice I picked up while traveling, and am conserving for the right dish because I can't buy it where I live. However, that got me wondering how long rice actually keeps. when ...
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Will a premixed sauce made of corn starch, soy sauce, and sugar degrade in quality when stored in a fridge?

I’ve read this canonical question about food safety, so my question is explicitly not about the safety aspect. I was curious if there were quality implications of storage of the sauce, and what the ...
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How to store garlic in hot and humid tropical climate?

I live on a tropical island where it is almost 100% humidity year round and average daily temperature is something like 32 degrees celsius (89 fahrenheit) with nighttime temperatures seldom going ...
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Why consume DRIED apricots within 21 days?

I bought a large bag of dried apricots at Costco. I was planning to enjoy them slowly over the next few months (the Best Before date is in mid 2023) but the label says: "Reseal and refrigerate ...
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What is the shelf life of dried lotus seeds?

Since the Mooncake festival is coming. I am thinking of making Mooncakes with some dried lotus seeds I bought a year ago. Could they still be safe to eat?
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Sous Vide for infinite shelf life [duplicate]

Sweet potatoes already last a relatively long time. If I were to sous vide a sweet potato until everything inside of it is dead, let's say at 215°F for 24 hours, I should have a sterile potato on my ...
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Is my powdered milk still ok after being in a 100 ° hot trailer for 3 weeks?

I was out of my trailer for 3 weeks here in Yuma AZ. Temps reached 100 degrees in trailer. I had powdered milk (Augason Farms brand) left behind. The milk is unopened. Is it still safe?
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Should homemade mayonnaise made from pasteurized eggs still go through the "keep at room temperature >24h before refrigerating" process?

I haven't attempted homemade mayonnaise yet, but reading about how long can it be kept for consumption I found many recipes talk about requiring to keep the prepared mayonnaise for a period at room ...
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Is my vegan icing shelf stable?

I make a vegan buttercream icing with Crisco, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and soy milk/nut milk/water. If I skip the soy milk/nut milk and use water for the liquid, is the icing totally shelf ...
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Under what conditions does the fat in durum wheat semolina go rancid and how can you tell?

I have a packet of wholewheat couscous that is three months past its best before date but was stored in optimal, cool dry conditions. On opening the pack, there was a distinctive but not unpleasant &...
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Will my expired cake mix rise? [duplicate]

I have a package of Koopmans Oud-Hollandse Appelkaneel Cake mix that I think my family bought from Aldi a few years back, which is well past its expiration date. I know that baking powder in cake ...
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How long can I keep chopped potato without soaking in a fridge?

I've read that you can chop potatoes up to 24 hours before cooking with them, and store them in water in the fridge. I'd like to know how long can chopped potatoes be left without soaking in the ...
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Is it safe to drink Lipton green tea (tea bag) that has a production date of November 2018?

I have Lipton green tea that has a production date: October 2018. The box has 4 plastic bags, each contain 20 tea bags inside. Haven't open any of it...Is it safe to consume? If yes, when is the best ...
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Q: How long should Bolognese sauce be stored in the fridge? [duplicate]

We made a big batch of Bolognese sauce (ground beef, tomatoes, veggies) and are wondering if we should store part of it in the freezer and eat the other part over the next week. What is the optimal ...
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Do certain spices really go bad? or will people without refined palates usually not tell the difference, specifically chili powder?

All my seasonings/spices are at least a year old (most several years). I recently threw out nearly a full bottle of paprika because it was so strong (thought it went bad). I realized I was just ...
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What is the best way to store cucumbers? Do I refrigerate or not refrigerate?

I purchase the cocktail and snackable Persian cucumbers from my big box store because I enjoy the taste of the smaller cucumbers over the larger varieties. I always store them in my refrigerator ...
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How long does homemade yogurt take to waste

I have been making yogurt this last weeks with a yogurt maker. Just heat milk and add ferment or a previous yogurt (not sure if this is the correct word in English) Easy and delightful. I store the ...
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Leaving cake's dry ingredients together for later quicker preparation?

Let's say I want to bake a cake specifically on Monday night, so it can be fresh for Tuesday (no, I don't want to do it on Sunday). But I know that on Monday I am going to be extremely busy. So I ...
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How to maximize shelf-life of freeze-dried food beyond 25 years? How far can this be exceeded?

Many manufacturers will sell and advertise emergency preparedness food packs to still taste "great" 25-30 years into the future (or at least maintain a consistent taste over this period). ...
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Can I rescue an old cake mix?

I have some ~year out of date dry cake mix in a sealed bag. According to Does it Go Bad it's still good to use, but it wont' rise the same. The dry mix usually contains baking powder or some other ...
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Is it ok to eat kimchi that is causing its package to expand?

For non-fermented foods, I feel like it's obvious that they shouldn't be consumed if they're causing the package they're stored in to expand, even if they're still within the "best by" date. ...
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How to preserve this alcohol free herbal bitter?

I have an alcohol free herbal liquid bitter. The ingredients are: “Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Astragalus Root, Centaury Aerial Parts, Gentian Root, Ginger Root, Rosemary Leaves, Fennel Seed, ...
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Salt cured egg yolk storage life

Does anyone know long would salt cured salted egg yolks keep in the refrigerator? I've seen a few articles including this one https://practicalselfreliance.com/salt-cured-egg-yolks which notes that ...
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How long will powdered turmeric last?

I have found a transparent plastic bag of 300g of powdered turmeric in the back of a cupboard, bought in Mauritius in 2011, with a best before date of December 2013. The bag is still airtight, and the ...
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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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Storing lemon juice with crushed mint

I really enjoy grinding mint with lemon, then adding that to various drinks. I buy fresh mint but mint leaves wither pretty fast. I thought about grinding the entire mint bundle in lemon juice at once ...
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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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Commerial-grade packaging (long shelf-life) for my cookie-like pastry

I have a cookie-like pastry that I would like to put in a commercial-grade packaging so that it can sold in stores. How are products such as dates, nuts and cookies packaged so that they have a shelf-...
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for how long can I store homemade chocolate mousse in the fridge? [duplicate]

My chocolate mousse recipe includes just raw eggs (2 weeks until best before date), butter, sugar and black chocolate, ingredients are mixed together with the hot, liquid chocolate. I know about this ...
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Why does gelling sugar lose its gelling property after some time?

Gelling sugar (also called jam sugar or jelly sugar) is used for making fruit jams. It is a mixture of sugar and pectin. Properly stored sugar has a near infinite shelf life but gelling sugar only has ...
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Does browning/toasting cream impact its shelf life?

Does browning/toasting cream in a pressure cooker impact its shelf life? The process seems similar to ultra-high-temperature processing.
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Baking bread with a firm texture that doesn't grow mold

I bake large quantities of bread like 50kg a day. People are complaining that the butter bread, when I slice it, is like a sponge in texture and gets moldy in three days. How can I get a firmer ...
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Is creamed butter stable for mid or long term storage?

I find creaming butter a pretty annoying process. I would like to make lots of it at once and aliquot for later use. Is creamed butter less stable than butter? You wouldn't think so because you are ...
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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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Does storing an apple with potatoes prevent the potatoes from sprouting?

I don't know if this is an old wives tale because a Google search didn't bring me conclusive proof: in fact the top two results have exactly opposite answers on this question. Apparently both apples ...
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Strawberries that keep in the refrigerator for more than two days

I buy fresh strawberries frequently. Unlike this question, I try to buy them to last, preferably a few days. I naturally avoid strawberries that look overripe (or worse mouldy), preferring punnets ...
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Shelf life and preservation of home soaked and drained black beans

I am looking to see if I can avoid store bought tin of black beans for our Mexican recipes, we typically decide suddenly to make a Mexican dish and usually dont have soaked beans handy. Is it possible ...
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Shelf Life of Gochujang [duplicate]

I made Korean Gochujang with the following ingredients: Fermented White Miso Paste, Gochugaru (Fine powdered chili flakes), Sugar, Water, Salt and Vinegar. I cooked all ingredients except for the salt ...
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What is the meaning of the letters after the expiration date?

I've noticed letters after the expiration date on milk bag tags. Product: Neilson Milk Bag Location: Canada Please see the photos below. Sometimes there are letters after the expiration date and ...
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Can you store dissolved rennet tablets?

The rennet tablets I have are for large quantities of milk, 50 litres, much larger batches than I would ever make at home. However, separating out a tenth of a tablet is finicky and inaccurate, so I ...
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