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The reason the stores products do not have this issue is that stores often use extra preservatives in their salads. The mayo is almost always going to break down. I would continue to store it the way you have been, since everything tastes better after a day or two in the fridge. Just re-stir before serving. If it’s really excessive, I would use a paper towel ...


Make a bath of lye and soak items fully submerged. Lye will dissolve anything organic, including mothers-in-law. WARNING Lye is very caustic and will burn skin and damage eyes. Wear gloves and eye protection. It's also not very good for septic systems.


On average, about 3.5% by weight. That's 35 grams of salt in a liter of water or 1 tablespoon salt to 2 quarts (8 cups) water.


The water....but no need to be super precise. You should be able to taste the salt. Under or unsalted pasta water results in a flat tasting pasta. However, it is possible to over salt the water, resulting in over-salted pasta.

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