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Storing leftovers

I'm single and concerned with leftovers spoiling. Is there a site that states safe times that food can be kept?

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Cooking for a challenged child

My friend's son has a food disorder. He cannot tolerate lactose, casien, whey powder, egg, or anything milk related – i.e. protein, powder, etc. Could you pl...

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Thawing & cooking a turkey breast

I have an 8 lb. turkey breast that is frozen. How far in advance should I put it in the refrigerator to defrost it? Can you give me roasting instructions? Ca...

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How to use & store pancetta

I would like to know how long pancetta can be kept after purchase, how it should be stored, and some easy Italian recipes using this product – soups etc.

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Storing soy milk

I am curious about soy milk safety. I know that with cow's milk, one can generally use it one or two days after the "best before" date, without too much trou...

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How to make and can salsa

I have so many tomatoes and peppers and onions I don't know what to do with them all. I would like to can some tomatoes but I would also like to can some dif...

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Home-grown peppercorns

I have a pepper tree in my yard. It always has tons of peppercorns on it. They are pink in color. The pink is its shell though. I peel the shell and a black ...

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Comparing Southern hams & prosciutto

Can you use a North Carolina country ham in a way similar to the use of Italian prosciutto? What are your thoughts on the eating of cured, but uncooked N.C. ...

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What are morels?

I saw a recipe that called for morels. What are they? I would guess that they are mushrooms. Am I right?

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Eating plums from ornamental trees

Can fruit from ornamental plum trees be used in jams and other cooked-fruit recipes? They're very sour, but I'm assuming they can't be harmful. Thoughts?

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What is meringue powder?

I have a frosting recipe that calls for meringue powder. Is this cream of tarter? I have never heard of it. It is for frosting Christmas sugar cookies.

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Tunisian brix

After a wonderful holiday in Tunisia, we came back longing for a meal containing Brics, unfortunately have not been able to find a recipe – they are similar ...

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