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Why did this gallon of milk stay fresh for so long?

Milk goes bad because it gets colonized by bacteria. There are two sources for this bacteria; ones already present in the milk because pasteurization didn't kill them, and from the environment (that ...
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Do fresh chilli peppers have properties that ground chilli peppers do not?

The main property that is different is that fresh chili peppers contain water. That means a significant difference in the kinds of flavors that are perceived when you consume them. Probably, most ...
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Why did this gallon of milk stay fresh for so long?

Something to be aware of is where the milk is from and how it's pasteurized. My store brand milk is local and pasteurized only, but some other brands are ultra pasteurized and expected to last much ...
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New to grinding meat

Fat That depends on what consistency you like, how oily/fatty you like your food, and the kind of food you are preparing. For things cooked on high heat, like hamburgers, more fat will give the meat ...
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How long can you keep tuna in jar with olive oil

No, it is not safe anymore. The scombridae family of fish (mackerels, tunas, bonitos) decay in a way that does not necessarily cause a bad smell, as the bacteria just convert amino acids of the fish ...
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Is the lettuce inside the wilted outer leaves still good?

Yes it is still good. A lettuce that is kept outside (as in a farmer's market) will get wilted outer leaves, and the merchant will usually cut them off to make the heads nicer. Depending on the ...
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Why did this gallon of milk stay fresh for so long?

Milk often keeps for longer than stated, especially unopened, but I wouldn't want to rely on it even though milk tends to spoil in a way that smells obvious. My experience of keeping it past its date ...
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When using fresh corn in place of canned or frozed, should I cook the corn first?

Good question! Corn is very versatile. I've found that fresh and frozen whole kernel corn are very interchangeable when used in casseroles. Most casseroles cook long enough that you could use either ...
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Can I keep herbs fresh by spraying them with fertilizer?

Dousing your herbs with fertilizer is not going to preserve your herbs, and could make you sick as many fertilizers are toxic. If you want really fresh herbs you can keep them in pots on a ...
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Will ground sealed pepper have lost it freshness?

Ground pepper begins to lose it's flavors very quickly. You can try this yourself by grinding your own, then tasting over the course of a couple of days. I find it is always best right after I grind ...
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Pure fresh semolina pasta with and without eggs

There are two pasta manufacturing techniques. First, pasta can be cut to shape using a blade or roller, and second, it can be extruded at high pressure through a bronze or teflon die. The first is ...
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How to prepare and use fresh herbs with woody stems (thyme, oregano)

There are two ways to deal with herbs like thyme. First, you can strip the leaves by pinching the stem with two or three fingers and pulling up towards the tips. Nails can be helpful, too. That should ...
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Stop Hummus from darkening

Sure, a few tips below. Note that you're not going to be able to keep it from drying/darkening entirely; the below is intended to keep it as appetizing as possible despite this. Use a higher % of ...
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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

The way fish (shelfish included) is dispatched impacts both its flavor and texture. The Japanese have a long history of this knowledge. This type of fish killing is called ike jime. Dave Arnold ...
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Strange orange gel on surface of zucchini?

The cut end of your zucchini (courgette) looks like it's exuding some water/sap that was previously in the fruit. The colour is due to the rest of the "stuff" in the sap besides water: e.g., perhaps ...
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Is two-month old eggs laid by backyard chicken still edible?

You can test an egg for its freshness by placing an egg in a bowl of water as seen here. If the egg sinks to the bottom and lays on its side, it should be fresh and safe to eat. If the egg sinks to ...
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How to tell when broccoli has gone bad?

As many people here have noted, these "sell by" and "best by" dates are not very consistent, accurate or well defined. If your broccoli looks fine and smells fine, chances are it's fine. Signs of ...
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How do I wash farm-fresh eggs?

(from what I can see on the internets) Just continue what you are doing. Just before using: Softly brush off dirt and debris and rinse for a couple of seconds under running water.
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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

Does cooking a lobster alive alter the flavor/texture? No, not really. Is there any truth to the claims that lobsters don't feel pain? Absolutely not. They feel pain just like you do. Does killing a ...
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How to extend the freshness of salsa?

Acid is your friend here. You have some lemon, and tomatoes are acidic, but apparently that isn't enough. You should get at least a good week out of fresh salsa (mine lasts longer than that). Try ...
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How should I boil green beans to keep them crisp?

BobMcgee's answer (the accepted one) is great (as far as it goes), as well as all of the comments. Absolutely salt the water, use stock or add flavorings if you like. You can blanch the beans way in ...
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Strange orange gel on surface of zucchini?

Your zucchini (courgette) was loosing sap at the stem end. Apparently, someone by mistake cut the fruit and not only the stem, which will lead to "weeping". The photo below shows an extremely fresh ...
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Cooking thick fresh egg pasta

The hardness you're experiencing is a sign that you've undercooked it. It isn't really "hard" in the sense that dry pasta is hard. It's not brittle, just very tough and difficult to bite through. You ...
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Process fresh salmon into Sushi / Sashimi salmon?

Sushi fishes are usually flash frozen for a few days before being used for safety (to kill off bugs) It might change the texture of the fish as it is unfrozen; the better the restaurant the better the ...
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Jalapeno Poppers and getting a thick crust?

After many attempts at trying to keep my batter on my stuffed poppers as they are deep fried, I finally found what works best. I roll the stuffed peppers in flour (I season it with salt and a bit of ...
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What are the principal components of coconut taste, and how do they differ between fresh and stale coconuts?

I don't have more than a basic knowledge of chemistry and the information I have I translated from a German book on spices and seasoning. All errors are therefore mine. The book is basically a ...
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Is there a way to keep bananas that are half submerged in milk fresh for at least 26-28 hours?

Assumption here: The main point where prepping what reads like two servings ("every morning" & "26-28 hours) might come handy, is when you have an uneven number of bananas per serving and storing ...
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More efficient way to cook fresh caught fish while camping

As you will have the freshest fish possible and only limited equipment and ingredients in your camp, why not choose a preparation that is in its simplicity highlighting the fish, needs almost no ...
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How to keep a lunch box fresh for more than 2 hours?

For a great answer on safety and temperature, see this answer. For your lunch, you could get an reusable ice pack to keep your food chilled. You could also separate the ingredients that need to ...
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Do fresh chilli peppers have properties that ground chilli peppers do not?

Fresh chili contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in very large quantities; this is very fragile and destroyed by cooking and storage, so dried chili will contain much less.
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