For the longest storage and easiest slicing, get your bacon out of the fridge and into the freezer.
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Take a look at those herbs above. The ones on the left look liked they were probably picked fresh just before I photographed them, while the ones at the right had been hanging out in my refrigerator for weeks in a forgotton plastic bag, right? Wrong. All of those stems of cilantro are the exact same age. 51 days in my refrigerator, to be exact. The only difference is in how they were stored. So what's the best way to store herbs? I tested out every method I could think of, isolating every variable—light, air, moisture, and temperature—and pushing my herbs to the limit to figure it out.
Like oysters and princes, herbs are nearly always at their best when they're fresh. But we've all been there: you buy a bunch of parsley from the supermarket for those 2 tablespoons of garnish that you need, a week goes by, and you suddenly find yourself with a whole lot of fresh parsley that's on its way out. What do you do? Compared to other drying methods—like hanging or using a low oven—the microwave produces the most potent dried herbs with the freshest flavor and the brightest color. Here's how to do it.
Spurred by reader demand, we go even deeper into the world of tomato-storage and come back with lots more data. Will our claim that refrigeration can be your best choice for tomato storage hold, or will we have to retract the whole thing? Drumroll please...
People, even experts, swear that you should never put a tomato in the fridge. They are wrong. Here's the follow-up to our tomato-storage tests from earlier in the summer, with some basic tips for how you really should store your tomatoes.
The going wisdom is that tomatoes don't belong in the fridge. Our tests show that it may be a lot more complicated than that.
Bread doesn't just go stale by drying out: It also goes stale due to the retrogradation of starch. Don't know what that means? We explain it, then show how best to store bread so that you can eat it days on end.
You're digging through Grandma's liquor cabinet and you find some dusty old bottles of Canadian Club, Bailey's, and Martini & Rossi. And you might be wondering whether they're actually still any good.
If you're unsatisfied with your current spice storage system, here are some methods to consider. I don't think there's such a thing as a perfect system—so much depends on your needs, your spices, and available space—so rather than recommend one approach, I've listed pros and cons for each.
If you've ever wondered how to freeze bacon you've probably googled it by now, but if not, Megan Reardon of Not Martha shares her bacon freezing advice—she rolls it in parchment paper—along with a few pretty photos. About.com says you can keep bacon in the freezer for a month before the fat goes rancid. Related Quick Tip: How to Substitute Bacon for Pancetta The Baconcyclopedia, Everything You Want to Know About Bacon on One Really Long Page In Videos: Squeez Bacon from ThinkGeek...
Our kitchen design/gear contributor Amanda Clarke recently gave tips on squeezing space out of your fridge, but here's another handy guide that tells you where and how to store all the fruits and veggies you bring home from the grocery store....