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Questions tagged [storage]

Questions about storing food both before and after they have been processed or cooked.

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Why did a jar of vinegar destroy this metal lid and turn it black (see pic)?

About a month ago, I filled a thoroughly-cleaned-out glass salsa jar with vinegar and hand-tightened the lid. Specifically, I filled the jar with generic white distilled vinegar ("diluted with water ...
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Mousse de Canard, Mousse de Foie, Terrine de Campagne, expired by around 10 days

I have here, Terrine de Campagne and Mousse de Canard with Expiry of Mar 16, this year. Mousse de Foie expired Mar 22. So all are expired and their packages have ballooned up. I'm wondering if they ...
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Does a bread box requires holes for ventilation?

I am trying to figure out whether a breadbox should have ventilation holes or not. There are many for sale with and without. When I look at most breadbox pictures, going from vintage to modern, I don'...
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Glass bottle thickness ratings

I notice that the popular Bormioli Rocco stoppered glass bottles have numbers on the bottom. Some higher quality ones I have are numbered "18" and some more recently bought ones have the number "14". ...
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What is the typical shelf life of grains and seeds?

I would like to make a large amount of multi-grain porridge mixture in one batch, to store and use small amounts of when I need it. The recipe says that the fattier seeds will go rancid if kept for ...
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Looking for Rubbermaid “Servin' Saver™” container

I'm looking for a specific Rubbermaid "Servin' Saver™" container. My co workers and I are having trouble finding it. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Measurements are 9 in x 4.5 in x 2 in....
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Can I / should I keep spices & dried herbs in the fridge?

Common wisdom regarding spice storage (whether whole or ground) seems to tend towards cool, dark, dry places. However, I'm somewhat limited on kitchen cupboard space, and obviously the various spice ...
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How to increase the shelf life of Bechamel sauce?

how to increase the shelf life of bechamel sauce and what is the actual shelf life of white sauce?
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life without refrigerator

I'm a student living in a dorm without a refrigerator. I decided to change my diet and be a pescetarian starting this year. But most of the food sold nearby doesn't fit my diet or my budget so I'll ...
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Are purple spots in freezer safe?

There are purple spots inside the freezer that look like mold, but I'm not sure. Is it safe to store food in there?
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How far in advance can I prepare vegetables without it detracting from their flavour/ texture etc?

I've seen there is a related thread about restaurant practices and how long to retain food, but I don't think food safety comes into this as I'm only talking about cut vegetables kept for maybe 3 to 4 ...
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re-freezing green tea?

I just bought green tea leaves in China. They were in a deep freezer when I bought them. They were then in my luggage for a few days on my way back home. I bought a fair amount of them. Can I now re-...
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Do tomatoes or tomato pastes damage stainless steel cookware?

I enjoy making a good ragu, and I often want to let it sit in the stainless steel cookware so I can have leftovers the next day (not a commercial setting). But I'm concerned about the acid from the ...
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Does vinegar need to be refrigerated after being opened?

So while wandering around our local Asian supermarket here in San Diego, my wife and I found some Wan Jia Shan red vinegar. My wife loves the taste of vinegar, and so we have about 9-10 different ...
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Food Vacuum Storage Systems

What do consumers need to keep in mind when shopping for food vacuum storage systems? It seems FoodSaver is the most well received brand with the largest market share in the food storage space, ...
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Cooked food / heat and serve meal, long term packaging

How does package food producers such as "Seeds of Change" or "Pacific Foods" package their food to keep for up to 15 months and store without refrigeration? What consumer, or DIY approach, most ...
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Storing chocolate

I bought some Mars Celebration and Cadbury chocolates and toffees yesterday in my local store in Australia. I'll take them as gifts for my friends when I return to my country, Bangladesh, in 6 weeks. ...
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How to understand “for immediate consumption” term?

Recently1 I have found some products that has "for immediate consumption after opening" notice instead of the usual "store in cold place and consume within 48-72 hours after opening" (the usual "keep ...
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Is it ok to pre-mix dry ingredients a few days before baking?

I've been asked to bake at someone else's house that I'm traveling to. I thought it might be easier to measure all the dry ingredients at home and combine them in airtight plastic bags until ready to ...
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Storage of Butternut Squash

I've just bought a butternut squash. On the label it says "Keep at room temperature". Why shouldn't I store it in the fridge?
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Are chalk labels on food jars safe to use in the kitchen?

Despite their popularity, some believe that using chalk to label food jars can create unnecessary dust that can get into the food, is this a real concern, or has technology advanced enough where this ...
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Storing spices against mold

I'm storing spices and dried herbs, as I always did, in glass containers into a spice only-drawer. It always worked fine. But looks that this house is particularly humid, because ground spices, and ...
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How long will flour keep in the freezer in Food Saver Vacuum Sealed Bags? [duplicate]

I found some flour in my freezer that I stored 5 years ago in Food Saver vacuum sealed bags. Do you think it's still safe to use?
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Storing dried peppers

I've got about 20 red thai peppers from my garden this year that I air dried. I currently have them in a mason jar with the lid and ring on (not sealed though). Is this a sufficient storage method, ...
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If a large can is divided into smaller containers, is it still shelf stable?

Everyone knows that buying in bulk usually saves money. My question involves buying and saving bulk canned veggies and items of that nature. Can you divide a bulk or industrial size can of say green ...
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How long can I keep shrub syrup in the refrigerator

I just made shrub syrup, by cooking fruit in sugar water (~0.5-1 cup of water and ~0.5-1 cup of sugar), sieving it, and mixing vinegar into it (~3 tablespoons of 10% vinegar on 1 cup) and I'd like to ...
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Reuse frying & sauce pans multiple times during cooking session

I'm a student and prefer to cook my own food rather than eating in the cantine. Due to time constraints, I cook only once a week, making different dishes of big enough portions to suffice for the ...
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Can I use a plastic cup instead of a ramekin for my panna cotta?

I don't have ramekins or custard cups. Can I pour the warm (not hot) cream-buttermilk mixture of panna cotta into plastic cups to refrigerate?
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Making a sausage and letting it dry out in the fridge

I got a kg of ground beef and put two tablespoons of salt with it. I also put a lot of spices, stuff like paprika, black pepper, allspice, tumeric, lots of garlic, and two tbsp vinegar. This is ...
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Is there a specific name for the mise en place containers used in professional kitchens?

I've recently been watching the PBS show "The Mind of a Chef" and noticed the plastic containers the chefs use to store ingredients as part of their mise en place. To me they seem like a better ...
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Is it ok to store peanut oil in the container it came in after being used?

I am starting to get into frying again. I was wondering if it is ok to store the oil after it has cooled down in its original container or if there is a better option for storage.
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How can I make delicious pastries in advance of serving day [closed]

I would like to make some amazing breakfast treats to serve at an event we are hosting but I am part of the event and will be very busy the whole week before. Does anyone have any ideas for pastries ...
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Refrigerate after opening, but why?

When I open a jar or a bottle of...well, anything (but especially juices or sauces), I have to put leftovers in the fridge if I want to finish it later. What makes this food okay to leave on the ...
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How to store squash?

I live in a small apartment with lots of windows.I do not have a basement.I read you can store squash a in cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Can I use a dark plastic bin to store it in or will it ...
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How to get rid of plastic and residual weird taste from food stored in tupperware?

When I store leftovers in plastic tupperware and eat them later, I sometimes taste plastic. I do have some glass pyrex containers and they don't leave this aftertaste, but I would like to be able to ...
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Shelf life of items stored in vacuum containers vs airtight non-vacuum ones?

I was planning in investing in a set of vacuum food containers, something like these with the pump to remove excess air. It took me a while to find the ones I wanted, and in the process I started ...
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Cooling a Roast cooked in a Crockpot

What is the correct way to cool off a Roast/Pot/Carrots cooked in a Crockpot? Can I put it straight in the refrigerator after turning off or should I cool it off first.
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Why did the skin of my tomatoes fracture after a few days in a refrigerator?

I purchased a bunch of red tomatoes on a twig a few days ago, and put them in a plastic bag in my refrigerator. When I opened the plastic bag five–six days later, all the bottoms of the tomatoes (...
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Storage approach for chopped vegetables? [duplicate]

I'm a single man but trying to cook more and eat healthy. For convenience, I buy chopped vegetables from the grocery store. I'm referring to those plastic packages of 8 ounces of things like onions, ...
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How to safely store melamine plates?

I bought some melamine plates and bowls for using when I have lots of people around. They worked fine. My question is: What is the safest way to store them? (They will be used infrequently, maybe ...
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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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Storage options for Oyster mushrooms

Found about 5 pounds of Oyster mushrooms today in southern Ohio. First time for me. What is the best method of cleaning and storing for long term? Do these dehydrate well or should they be sauted and ...
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How can I use molasses without making a mess?

I love using molasses in many different recipes, but I have found it difficult to avoid making a mess when using it. Both spooning molasses from the jar and trying to pour it out wind up leaving ...
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Can I store dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, etc) together?

I am planning on making a bunch of gingerbread this year, the recipe I use takes both baking powder and baking soda. In order to cut down on dishes and time I thought I might mix all of the dry ...
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How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing?

How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing? I bought an Organic Turkey early for Thanksgiving and cooked it. It's been in my Refrig for a week and I'd like to trim and freeze parts ...
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Best way to preserve choco-chip cookies: food saver?

Hi cookie perfectionists! What is the best way to preserve chocolate chip cookies for one-week? Here's my short-list: Vacuum-sealed mason jars? Vacuum-sealed bags? (will deform the cookies) Any of ...
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Food container “not suitable for foods with a high fat or sugar content”

I'm considering getting some food containers, but I noticed most of them have this in the description: Not suitable for foods with a high fat or sugar content Why is that ? What could happen if I ...
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Should dry salami develop green mould?

I recently (5 weeks ago), purchased a set of dry salami from a food festival. I kept them in the plastic bag that they came in; however, when I recently checked them, they were completely covered with ...
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Pros and cons of a brass hip flask

I have been considering buying a hip flask for some time now. I have been holding off from getting the cheap varieties because I hear they impart a metallic taste to the alcohol. If I had my druthers, ...
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How to store cooked Quinoa for few hours at work?

I want to cook red grain quinoa while making breakfast at home in the morning, and then pack it and have it later for lunch at work with a salad. How should I store it after cooking for about 5 hours? ...