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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to mark yogurt jars?

I have started making homemade yogurt, and I usually keep two types at the same time. One is a lactobacillicus bulgaricus strain, the other is a bifidus strain. They taste differently and look exactly ...
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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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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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What is the best way to store prepared raw vegetables

I help and elderly friend who has asked me to pre-prepare some vegetables for her. This way she'll be able to cook them for herself later. I would like to know the best way to store pre-prepared ...
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Olives in olive oil

I have a jar of commercially-produced stuffed olives in garlicky olive oil. They're rather nice considering they were only cheap. On the jar it says once opened they should be kept in the fridge, ...
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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 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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Storing cut button mushrooms vs whole button mushrooms

Do cut buttons mushrooms have a tendency to spoil more quickly than whole button mushrooms? Also, what are signs that a button mushroom has gone bad ? Just curious about this.
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How to store Soda Water or other Home Made Sodas?

I have a SodaStream which I use to make soda water. My wife recently started purchasing very tasty, but relatively expensive soda drinks from the store, including "Rose Lemonade" (here: http://www....
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Sourcing and storing avocado [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to help my avocados ripen? How can I choose good avocados at the supermarket? I live in the UK and have a difficult time getting hold of good avocados. They ...
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Why do apples, when placed in a cool environment for extended periods of time, form a 'waxy' layer on their skins

Living on an orchard, we grow many more apples than we can eat and so store them in the garage throughout Winter where it's cold. They are in a box, but with air circulating around them and newspaper ...
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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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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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Store avocados for say a month

Is there any way to store avocados, so that if I buy them today from the supermarket (green and unripe), in about a month's time, I will have them just ready and ripe to eat? [I don't think this is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...