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Our baker suggests a stone ware or clay pot for storing bread and putting it with the cut, open side to the ground of the pot so that this side is protected and not in direct contact with the air. Using a bread bin or putting the bread in a linen bag into a bread bin also works very well. Usually we keep our bread fresh using these methods for a week, ...


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In my experience, it's easy to accidentally burn very small pieces. Candying grated ginger is probably possible, but would require excellent temperature control to prevent burned ginger. I like to candy mandolined slices (on one of the thicker settings) for minimal effort. As for peeling, there are a number of "hacks" for how to do it easily. I ...


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I'd "candy" the ginger in chunks (+/- US quarter coin sized) and chop them up when needed for other recipes. And peel the ginger.


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Confit is a preservation method that has been around longer than refrigeration. In fact, the French word it derives from means to preserve. The process is fairly straight-forward. First, salt/cure the product so that the surface is no longer hospitable to bacteria. Then, submerge in fat (for proteins) and cook (usually at a temp of 180 to 200F (82 to 94C). ...


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2-3 hours at an unknown temperature, which you assume (but cannot prove) that is 'near boiling' will not sterilize it. First, to kill all spores which might already be present, 100 C is not sufficient. You need to spend a certain number of time at a certain internal temperature above 100*, and that temperature will have to apply to all parts of the meat - I ...


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I assume you mean standalone freezer, not refrigerator+freezer combo. There is no reason to not use the lowest temperature setting, except the obvious wear of the machine. The advantage of this is that food may keep a bit longer. The temperature within freezer is not uniform - it will be a bit warmer near the door. Depending on which location the ...


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Two minor considerations (but still is an answer) Even if your freezer can be set as low as -22, it is good to have some safety margin in regard to the freezer longevity. Most machines don't like being operated at their extreme settings and they are much safer by operating somewhat off the extreme. Both energy consumption and wear are expected to double or ...


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