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Keeping Food Fresh : How to Choose and Store Everything You Eat Paperback – August 26, 1993

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Comprehensive and authoritative, an indispensable reference book for all cooks on how to select and store nearly every type of food. "It's a book I've been waiting for."--Anthony Dias Blue, author of American Wine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (April 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062725033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062725035
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ten years ago Janet Bailey was puttering around the kitchen and came across rice she had bought several months back. She wondered whether it was still good, fresh, healthy. She discovered that finding answers to this common kitchen staple was a monumental task with no definite answers. Since then, Ms. Bailey has sifted through details of hundreds of books, interviewed food growers, processors, wholesalers, and kitchen testers to bring you an indispensable kitchen manual that answers the common daily question, 'Should I throw it out?' and information on storing foods with an eye for freshness and maximum nutrition. Keeping Food Fresh tackles common questions such as 'Can you freeze cheese?' and 'Which cheeses keep best?' Do you know how to sift through all the flour choices? Enriched, bleached, presifted, self-rising, cake, bromated, instant, all-purpose, enriched? In this book you'll find why your baked goods taste and look different.Simple hints on potatoes and onions: Why shouldn't you store them together? to herbs: dried, ground, whole, frozen, What's the difference?- and food storage: What's best for shelf, refrigerator, and freezer? You'll find it all here. Even the most experienced cooks will find surprising and revealing information that will change how you choose and store food. This book is a must for everyone wanting to know how to store food at its most colorful, succulent, and nutritional peak!
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By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
After contracting food poisoning from a restaurant meal several years ago, I became very interested in the topic of food safety and storage. This is THE book for those who would like extremely detailed and thoroughly researched information on this topic. It includes virtually every food item you can think of, with the proper buying and storing techniques for each item. A wonderful reference tool.
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By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a MUST for anyone serious about food! It tells you everything you need to know about storing any kind of food you can think of! I am constantly having to look up something, so mine is pretty dog-eared. Make that "was" pretty dog-eared --- it is SO good that people borrow it and don't return it! I am anxiously awaiting a new (my third!) copy of the book. So guard it well, it is indispensable!
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Format: Paperback
No kitchen should be without this book. My most used reference in the kitchen. Knowing how to store produce to maximize its life keeps down the waste. The book is well organized with a good index and is very easy to use.
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Just received this book. I was going to glance at it and ended up reading in depth for part of the afternoon. The book is well organized and anyone should be able to locate a specific food without even looking in the index.

I am pleased the the extra chapters covering everything in food storage. Since my book is dated 1984 it does not cover storing food with vacuum systems. Its coverage of vacuum systems states its commercial and nothing on advantages or disadvantages of these systems. Since its dated its not the fault of the author since these systems are still new and probably not used much at the date of publication.

The book is loaded with how to buy each food, how to store and if the food can be stored in or out a refrigerator, freezer and for how long. Living in an apartment, we have had problems storing potatoes, which have turned very quickly. In the first few minutes of owning this book I've found a variety of recommendations and solutions to this problem. I expect to be referring to the book constantly until either I have it memorized or the pages are falling out.
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This is a great reference manual for any person who is stepping out on their own for the first time and likes to prepare meals at home. This book has every kind of food that can be boughten either fresh, frozen, canned or boxed and instructs you on what to look for to get that food at it's best, and then how to store it to keep it at it's best.

Every cook knows that the quality and flavor of the food they serve is limited by the quality of the ingredients they're using. With this in mind, the section on preparing chicken and fish for freezing is worth many times the cost of the book!

I would highly recommend this book as a wedding or housewarming gift.
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