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

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How did people transport food before aluminium foil was invented?

I know this question does not concern cooking, however I wondered how people transported their food before aluminium foil was invented (circa 1900, which is not too long ago). Did people in the ...
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Honey changing into unusable, hardened clump

I buy raw, unfiltered honey from the grocery store in jars sold/packed directly by the farmer. When I had used the last jar to about half, I noticed the honey beginning to dry(crystalize?) to the ...
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What container for olive oil for longest shelf life?

I have bought a 5l container of olive oil which is impractical for daily use. I intend to decant it into something smaller but I'm not sure what to buy. I know that olive oil is affected by light and ...
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What would cause the peel of a lime to turn yellow?

About a week ago, I purchased two limes, a lemon, a couple of kiwi fruits, and some oranges. When I got home, I placed them in a bowl. One of the limes ended up at the bottom of the bowl but there ...
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Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?

This is one of those statements I frequently encounter, but I've never really seen evidence to support it. The advice often goes even further to say that if your fridge/freezer is relatively empty, ...
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Why store food in an airtight container when it's in the fridge?

The common wisdom for storing prepared food for later is to store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge, the temperature of which should be at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees ...
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How is pasteurization different from sterilization?

Are these two terms basically the same? I am trying to learn more about food safety and preserving food longer.
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How to keep dust and cat hair off cast iron pans?

I live with three long haired cats that shed in the winter, and my place gets dusty at times too. I have a fairly new cast iron skillet that I use once every one or two days. I don't have any shelves ...
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Is it safe to store dry food products under the sink?

I'm in an apartment with limited kitchen storage space. I want to store some dry food products like tea, coffee, cereal, rice, etc. but the only place I found for them is basically under the sink (...
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Can you store oil in a container that is not airtight?

I've have seen that several chefs and home cooks (e.g. my mom) store oils like canola and olive in ceramic or glass bottles with pour spouts that are not sealed. An example of this can be found on ...
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What is the best practice storage method for flour to avoid bugs?

I have recently decided that I'd rather have base ingredients that I am store in my pantry in order to make more meals from scratch as opposed to getting things premade. A friend of mine told me there'...
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Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?

Why aren't frozen tomatoes available like frozen broccoli, peas, peaches, or strawberries? Why are tomatoes only canned or fresh? Example: http://www.peapod.com/search_results.jhtml?searchText=frozen+...
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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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Why should we not store onions and potatoes together?

I have heard that onions and potatoes shouldn't be stored together. Why will this make the potatoes spoil faster?
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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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Can you store frozen dinners in the refrigerator for up to a week before eating them?

Given that this is "Seasoned Advice", my question may be considered blasphemy, but I'm going to take a chance anyways as the good people here are likely best suited to know the answer. ;) Is ...
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Why does the instant coffee that I store in little plastic tubs go bad?

I keep a little plastic container of instant coffee at work and after a week it has either gone into blocks or darkened. I open it a few times. Its location is above a hot/ cold water dispenser (but ...
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I've seasoned and floured more chicken than I need to fry. What's the best way to store it for cooking at a later date?

I have marinated chicken overnight, floured it for frying and didn't cook. What is the best way to store it for frying at a later time?
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Storing chicken of the woods mushrooms

How can I store stored chicken of the woods? Last year I tried dehydrating but it really doesn't bounce back too well. Could these be sauteed and then frozen for later use in sauces? They only come ...
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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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How can I keep large packs of ham fresh longer?

On the back of the packs of sliced ham I buy it usually says “once opened eat within x days”. I often find that I have ham left over that needs to be eaten, that I’d prefer to save for another day. ...
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Trade-offs of round vs square food storage containers (Cambro, Carlisle)

What are the trade-offs between using round vs square food storage containers? I'm looking to buy a supply of several sizes of commercial-grade (eg Cambro or Carlisle) food storage containers. I'm ...
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Does natural {peanut, cashew, almond} butter require refrigeration?

I have purchased a few different types of natural peanut butter and all have stated that refrigeration is required after opening. However, I recently purchased Archer's Farms Almond, Peanut & ...
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Is copper safe for long-term food storage?

This question is inspired by this answer, which suggests storing simple syrup in a copper vessel. It fairly conclusively demonstrates that copper can keep the simple syrup from growing mold, but ...
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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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How to properly store cubed carrots?

Should cubed carrots be stored in a water or just as they are. I've seen it done both ways, so I would like to know which way is correct and why. These cubed carrots end up going in a farmer's chop ...
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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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Do spice containers need to be hermetic?

Spice containers purchase I'm planning on upgrading my spice storage. Reading some advice online (e.g. article 1, and article 2) I came to the conclusion that spice containers should: Not be exposed ...
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How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?

I was gifted several bags of great coffee beans, which I won't be able to use all at once. If I store them in the freezer, how long will they last without losing flavor? I know some have noted that ...
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Kimchi in Mason Jars -- Too Sealed?

I recently mixed 8 quarts of kimchi. I stuffed my cabbage into 8, 1-quart Mason Jars. I left the typical buffer space (about 1-inch) below the lid. I told someone else that I had jarred the kimchi in ...
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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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Is it unwise to store oils etc above gas stove/oven?

Due to space constraints I keep my oils and some various cooking sauces above the gas stove/oven. These can get VERY hot up there. Am I ruining my oils? The red wine seems like a bad idea in ...
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What kind of containers for homemade ice cream?

In the past, I've usually stored homemade ice creams and sorbets in reusable/disposable plastic containers (e.g. Gladware), but I've busted more than a couple of these when trying to scoop hard-frozen ...
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Will uncooked meat tenderise or toughen while stored in a refrigerator?

In an effort to make fewer food shopping trips, I want to store meat in the fridge for a few days before cooking. However, if I'm entertaining guests I want the meat to be as tender as possible. Will ...
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Stem on tomatoes

I have noticed stores selling tomatoes with the stems left on. Usually 3-4 tomatoes per stem. Is this just a new marketing gimmick? Or do tomatoes taste or store better with the stem left on? We ...
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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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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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Is it ok to keep reusing a water bottle indefinitely?

I have a 1.5 liter plastic water bottle (the disposable kind) that I keep on a shelf by my bed. I fill it every night before bed, and generally nearly finish it by the morning and refill it when I ...
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Why does fresh coriander deteriorate so quickly?

I realize that, as I live in a northerly climate, I cannot expect to have fresh herbs like coriander always available at my beck and call. Yet, yesterday I bought a lovely, thick bunch of coriander ...
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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 ...
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Potency of stored baking powder: Does it decrease with time or exposure to air or both?

I am curious about how baking powder, both types (with and without a high-temperature aluminum salt), loses its oomph. Assuming a constant room temperature, is it time only? Exposure to air/...
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Will dried buttermilk react with other ingredients in dry mix with oil, stored in fridge?

I would like to make a (dry) pancake mix in a large batch, and then store it in the fridge. I have done this before with no problem, and would now like to do the same thing, but add dried buttermilk. ...
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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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Why are the corks of some of my Muscat wines popping out?

We have bottled Muscat wine and with a few bottles (three out of 30) the cork seems to be pushing out. The storage area is 12 Celsius. The wine was bottled in mid June of this year, by a small winery. ...
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How should I store bolognese sauce prep?

I want to make a huge batch of bolognese ragu sauce, and would like to do some of the prep the night before. I'm going to finely chop these ingredients: Beef Pork shoulder Carrots Celery Onions ......
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Vacuum sealing with a submerged ziplock vs home machine vs professional machine

Typically I'll seal food for storage or sous-vide in a Ziplock bag, submerging it in water whilst closing the final inch to remove air. How close to a machine seal is this, and is it worth worrying ...
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Is unwrapped refrigerated cheese safe?

Is unwrapped, refrigerated cheese safe? I usually have Australian or New Zealand cheddar cheese or similar cheese in my refrigerator. Recently I've been discarding the original wrapping which ...
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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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Why does my buttercream become runny overnight?

I made this very simple 'meringue' butter cream. 40 grams of egg white, mixed with 80 grams of icing sugar over an heated bowl until the nice peaks are there, like you want with meringue. Add a ...
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How long can I keep a leg of ham in the fridge?

How long will a glazed ham last for? I have a ham, which I glazed. It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months. Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long ...
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