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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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I need to judge whether my bread flour is ok or not. 50LB bag 11 months old

It's impossible to say whether the four is safe for certain, given the conditions you describe it is likely fine but there are no guarantees. It's very possible that the flour has simply gotten ...
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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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I need to judge whether my bread flour is ok or not. 50LB bag 11 months old

From your description it sounds more like the flour was simply packed tightly rather than getting damp, but even if it remained dry, I think you will likely find the flavor is off. You said you don't ...
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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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Why is it important to fold the dough three times before running it through a pasta machine?

It's not, in particular. A common way to knead pasta dough is by repeatedly folding it over, and running it through the pasta machine on its widest setting. This spares you the difficulty of trying ...
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I need to judge whether my bread flour is ok or not. 50LB bag 11 months old

Water activity of the flour would be the determining factor for if the flour is safe or not. From Colorado State University's page on flour safety: Flour should be stored in a cool, dry place in ...
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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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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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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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Is chicken with yellowish parts spoiled?

Yellowing (particularly around the hocks) can be an indicator of the breed, and is more prevalent on younger chickens. For females it can fade as they reach laying age, although diet (high in corn) ...
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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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Which pasta shape can I make without any equipment?

There are dozens of types of fresh pasta that are made without any special equipment. Many are not difficult at all, but might take some practice. Some examples include gnocchi, pici, orecchiette, ...
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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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Which pasta shape can I make without any equipment?

Thanks to the answer by moscafj, some comments, and my own research, I am making a list of pasta shapes which do not involve difficult techniques and which can be made using minimal equipment (butter ...
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I need to judge whether my bread flour is ok or not. 50LB bag 11 months old

Simple: taste it. Stale flour tastes notably bad, even in its raw state. If you're still not sure, get a small bag of known-fresh high-quality flour, and compare tastes. Rancid flour will have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Storing Self-Made Cookies/Brittles/etc longer: ingredients and techniques

I would freeze it. Crumble will defrost pretty much instantly when you take it out of the freezer, so you can just pour it straight from the freezer container onto your yogurt. If you freeze it on a ...
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How long does it take to boil fresh spinach?

It depends on what you want for your recipe. Spinach leaves can be eaten raw so they are safe for consumption with any cook time. Short cook times lead to more crunchy leaves and more texture. If you ...
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Pure fresh semolina pasta with and without eggs

Eggs are definitely not necessary to make fresh pasta. Pasta is in fact traditionally made just with durum wheat, salt and water in a number of Italian regions. Just to cite a few examples: Trofie ...
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