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Questions about how to store food so as to preserve its freshness and overall quality.

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How to know if blackberries are safe to eat?

I'm having a problem where the blackberries I buy from the store on Sunday seem to be spoiled on Monday. On Sunday, I specifically look around the outside of the box and check if any blackberries have ...
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How to stabilize soft nougat?

Which ways to stabilize soft nougat do you know? By stabilize I mean making it less sticky and preventing it from creeping. I emphasise, that I don't want to add nut flower into nougat, or make it ...
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How to prevent frozen food from freeze-drying?

I have one of those no-frost freezers and while it's awesome that I do not have to defrost it every once in a while, it has a nasty habit of freeze-drying everything I put inside it. This includes ...
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Botulism from *uncooked* potatoes wrapped in foil?

Recently I've seen uncooked, prewrapped-in-foil potatoes at the store, meant for baking. But I've always read that keeping potatoes wrapped tightly in foil at room temperature is one of the ways that ...
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Will an airtight container negatively affect yeast growth / dough expansion?

I've had a lot of success making bread and pizza dough using the Jim Lahey "No knead" method, leaving the covered dough to ferment up to 18 hours. I normally cover the mix tightly with plastic wrap, ...
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Why is my soy milk frozen?

I bought a quart of soy milk for the first time ever last week. It has been sitting unopened in the door of my refrigerator since. I pulled it out today to use it in a bowl of cereal and it was frozen ...
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Repackaging shelf-stable products

For products that start out shelf stable but are labeled "refrigerate after opening," I'm wondering if it's possible to safely return them to their shelf-stable status to save refrigerator space. A ...
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Should I refrigerate vegetables in sealed bag or not?

Supermarkets sell vegetables in sealed bags. Best to refrigerate bags with vegetables inside, or take vegetables out of bags before putting them in refrigerator? Here are more pics of vegetables sold ...
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What all fruits/crops can be stored in natural temperature for a long time? [closed]

I want to know about foods (fruits/crops) which can be stored in room temperature or natural temperature (20 degree centigrade) for long time (for a year)?.
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When to wash fruits and vegetables?

I was always told to wash fruit and vegetables right before eating or cooking them, and not earlier. This is supposedly intended to "keep them fresh" or "keep them safe from bacteria" (depends on the ...
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Is it safe to freeze raw garlic in vacuum-sealed (FoodSaver) bags?

I'm generally aware of the botulism-related dangers of storing raw garlic in anaerobic environments at room temperature (or even in the fridge), but couldn't find much info on whether it was safe if ...
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Why food jar doesn't work with solid food?

The inner working is that the shell has a layer of vacuum and therefore heat do not want to transfer thus remained in the food. I assume this is because food with liquids are mostly touching with the ...
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Rice - Expiration Date

How relevant is the expiration date on uncooked Rice (different varieties)? Are there ways to store rice to prolong it life?
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What's the purpose of a bread box?

For some reason I always thought bread boxes were supposed to be wood, and that some property of wood helped keep bread fresh. Like a cigar box, perhaps. But after looking for a bread box, I see ...
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My gravy turned to jello overnight. How can I make it last for leftovers?

I slow cooked a pork shoulder with some veggies (carrots, onions, celery). When it was finished, I strained out the solids and proceeded to make gravy with the liquids: Start separating liquids (I ...
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What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of long-grain white rice (25 lbs.) and need to know the best way for storing it long-term. This rice will be used as both a food-storage food source and as my ...
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What makes a good vessel for storing sourdough starter?

I was going to buy the King Arthur set of starter + crock, but the crock is on backorder, so I plan to instead locally source a vessel for the starter. What should I look for? Should I find a similar ...
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Keeping Muscat de Rivesaltes

I've had a bottle of Muscat de Rivesaltes on the shelf for a while but opened it last night for cooking. How should I store the remainder, as I'll be using it rather slowly? It's a very lightly ...
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Store already cooked beans without freezer [duplicate]

I cook beans and stick them in the freezer. When you decide to make a dish, you just take them out and use them right away, since they are already cooked. Can already cooked beans be stored outside ...
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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 do you remove the stickiness from reusable plastic container or lid?

I have a blue plastic lid for my glass Anchor container. I noticed that the lid is very sticky to the touch from both sides. I've cleaned it thoroughly with soap but the stickiness is still there. ...
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Storing Green Onions?

What is the proper method to store green onions? Additionally, how long can it be stored in the chill chest?
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My ginger is moist and floppy… has it spoiled?

I have a piece of raw ginger root which I bought a couple of weeks ago and stored in the produce drawer of my fridge. I always store my ginger root this way, and it remains usable for weeks. Today I ...
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What to do about beetle infestation of wheat products? How do we prevent reinfestation?

Today my wife went to make some bread. She noticed some very small insects in the whole wheat and regular flour. Upon further inspection, many of our wheat based products were infested with these ...
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Is there any way to store hollandaise sauce?

I've just made hollandaise sauce following Alton Brown method. I used only about 4 tablespoons and I have about 1 cup left. Using google I found that I shouldn't put it on the fridge, doesn't freeze ...
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Is it safe to store dry, uncooked rice with cleaning products?

So, I opened up a 30-lb bag of dry, uncooked jasmine rice last week in our outside shed / storage (apartment storage - it is dry, like an indoor closet but has an outdoor entrance). I was in a hurry ...
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What exact temperature allows me to store frozen products really long?

For as long as I remember, I was always told (and I was always so sure), that minus 18 degrees Celsius is an optimal temperature for storing frozen products for really, really long. Months usually ...
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Does the vendors’ storage method affect shellfish quality?

For the same shellfish (like Little Neck clams), Some supermarkets keep them in tanks with running water: While other supermarkets fridge them dry, without water: Does the storage method affect ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

Undoubtedly no body is to taste water tank in supermarkets with live seafood! Don't ask me rely on supermarket salespeople. When I ask, they either don't know or can't answer straight. They say "Oh ...
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What temperature to freeze meat at to preserve quality?

My new refrigerator has a configurable-temperature compartment. Samsung claims that the "soft freeze" mode will keep meat and fish fresh longer. When you select Soft Freeze mode 23 °F (-5 °C) ...
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Is it ok to keep lettuce in water in the fridge?

I've read a lot of tips on storing lettuce in the fridge, with paper towels, after washing and drying, and such. The way I've been keeping lettuce for a while now, is by filling a small plastic ...
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Difference between freezer bag and storage bag

We accidentally used Ziploc "storage bags" instead of "freezer bags" to package some meat for the freezer. We noticed this after the fact and it got me thinking: what is the difference? Marketing ...
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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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Unopened shredded cheese gets soggy in the fridge

I just moved out of my parents house and I'm fairly new to cooking and how to store stuff. I bought a package of shredded mozzarella like a week or so ago and put it in the fridge. Today I was ...
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How do I store marshmallows?

My marshmallows always stick together in a big clump. I keep them in a dry and cool place. This doesn't seem to work. Is there a way to store them so this won't happen?
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Is there a rule of thumb on vinegar's abilities as a preservative?

To follow up on the storage of ketchup in particular, many items in cupboards and refrigerators have vinegar listed as a key ingredient. The first things that come to mind are hot sauce, mustard, ...
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Is it safe to reuse loose tea leaves the next day? What precautions need to be taken for storing tea for reuse?

I'm a fan of green tea and I find myself reusing the tea leaves 2-3 times a day. Sometimes I'll just store the leaves and reuse them the next day but it got me thinking if what I'm doing is actually "...
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Is there a maximum amount of time heavy cream can be fermented?

I want to ferment some heavy cream and was wondering how long can it be fermented for? Side question does reducing the ph of the cream mean it can be fermented longer?
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How can I store chopped onions in the fridge without the smell?

I am cooking for a large group and am trying to do as much as I can in advance. One thing I would love to do in advance is chop several onions. I have done this before with a single onion; I stored ...
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How to store homemade pasta without freezing

I'm curious how to make pasta (and in this case I'm talking about say, spaghetti, angel hair, shells or lasagna noodles, no filling) and store it dry like I would find in a box at a store. I would try ...
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Best way to preserve excess tallow long-term

I received a shipment of eight 14oz bottles of grass-fed beef tallow. I will use one bottle right away. What is the best way to preserve the rest of the seven? One idea is to put the 7 bottles in a ...
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Problem storing Kosher Dill pickles

I have been putting up Kirby cucumbers following Grandma's recipe for over 30 years using just 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, garlic, spices, dill, alum and water (NO VINEGAR). I'm using dishwasher-...
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Does a home produce refrigerator exist?

It seems there are many foods that benefit from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 to 15 degrees Celsius storage temperature--herbs, peppers, tomatoes, etc. As it stands, I store tomatoes and some ...
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Can I prevent honey from congealing/hardening in the pantry?

This question is inspired by this answer suggesting that honey lasts a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to last so long in my cupboard. I make sure it's sealed tight, but usually after only ...
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How do I get rid of bugs in rice?

Can you please suggest to me how to prevent rice from getting very small black coloured insects, they are really irritating us by spreading total house and bothering my little kid a lot. I am from ...
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Is this ginger pickle method safe? And how long will it keep un-refrigerated?

Recipe: Wash and peel fresh ginger Slice into small strips Add to clean glass jar and fill jar to top with pure white vinegar (ensuring all ginger pieces are fully submerged) Add salt Given white ...
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Is pre-cooked beef that's not completely dehydrated safe to leave out?

Recently, I pan-fried a beef tenderloin (grass fed) till it was medium rare. Then, after slicing it into chunks and marinating it for two hours, I dehydrated it for five hours. After dehydration, the ...
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Does it harm juice if I store it in sub-zero temperatures?

I have several packs of juice (or multivitamin nectar, to be precise), and I can either keep them in our flat or put them outside, where it's freezing during the night. Is it going to do any harm to ...
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What is the best way to store cake?

It is commonly accepted that bread goes stale faster in the refrigerator, does this also apply to other wheat flour baked items, such as cakes and quick breads? If a cake is expected to last for 3-5 ...
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How far in advance can sweet potatoes be peeled?

How long (hours or days)can sweet potatoes be peeled before they are used? Do they go brown quickly like regular potatoes? Are there methods for holding them?

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