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Old 17 May 2009, 01:31 AM
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Frying Pan Cottage cheese keeps better stored upside down in the refrigerator

I read, years ago, that if you store the container of cottage cheese upside down in the refrigerator, it keep better, lasts longer (well, if you don't eat it all.) So, I tried it, and it does seem to keep longer. Since then, I always store cottage cheese this way. Now, since I have no idea why it would keep longer, I'm doubting it and wondering if it's just me, all in my mind. Does cottage cheese keep longer if the container is stored upside down? If so, why?
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Old 17 May 2009, 04:49 AM
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My guess is that when you turn it right side up to open it, any separation that might have occurred is mixed back in. Therefore, it's no fresher than otherwise, but looks so.
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Old 17 May 2009, 12:47 PM
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How do you define "keeping longer"? Is it taste and appearance, or the resistance of mold growth? How much longer do you think it's staying fresh? Days? Weeks?
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Old 17 May 2009, 01:00 PM
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I tried this, but since I always lose the lid first thing, the cottage cheese wound up all over the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
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Old 17 May 2009, 01:15 PM
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I think the main storage problem is the surface drying out. If you store the tub upsidedown only the airspace inside the tub is available for evaporation, which would soon be saturated and this further evaporation would cease. If upright then the airspace would be in contact with the outside air (the top not being completely airtight) and thus evaporation would continue (although not as rapidly as when the container is open). Whilst in the store it does not matter what way up it is as there is a airtight foil seal (and smaller airspace anyway)
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Old 18 May 2009, 03:43 PM
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How do you know when cottage cheese goes bad, anyway? Seriously....I usually eat a whole tub of cottage cheese in one sitting.
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Old 19 May 2009, 04:54 PM
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I guess it's similar to turning a used can of paint upside down (with the lid on) to seal it.
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Old 19 May 2009, 05:45 PM
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I've just eaten my cottage cheese so I can't try this out.
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Old 19 May 2009, 06:54 PM
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I guess it's similar to turning a used can of paint upside down (with the lid on) to seal it.
Yes, that's exactly what it's like!

errrr.....you turn cans of paint upside down? opened cans...of paint?
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Old 19 May 2009, 07:50 PM
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I keep ketchup and mayonnaise upside down.
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Old 20 May 2009, 02:34 AM
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How do you define "keeping longer"? Is it taste and appearance, or the resistance of mold growth? How much longer do you think it's staying fresh? Days? Weeks?
Yes, all of that. I don't know how much longer. I always buy the 1 1/2 lb tub because it's a better buy, usually when it's on sale. Problem is, it use to go bad before I used it all. Now, I rarely throw any away. I don't go by the freshness date. I open it up. If it's bad, it gets tossed, if not, eaten.
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Old 20 May 2009, 04:22 PM
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errrr.....you turn cans of paint upside down? opened cans...of paint?
Yes. If you have half a can of paint left over from a job, put the lid on and turn it upside down. Seals the lid airtight, and the paint will stay good for years. If you don't, it will likely dry out in time.
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Old 20 May 2009, 04:42 PM
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Huh. I suppose this would work with similar things like sour cream as well. I'll have to try it. When I read the thread title, I didn't think it could possibly matter, but making the lid air tight makes sense.

(I'll also have to try the paint can trick--very carefully!)

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Old 20 May 2009, 05:32 PM
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Cottage cheese doesn't last long enough around my house to test this theory. I think the lid area would get messy with the container upside down and that is a little peeve of mine. Upside down containers is just wrong.
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Old 20 May 2009, 06:00 PM
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Yes. If you have half a can of paint left over from a job, put the lid on and turn it upside down. Seals the lid airtight, and the paint will stay good for years. If you don't, it will likely dry out in time.
That's no doubt it, then, an airtight seal. I store the container upright until I open it, afterwards upside down it goes. I've been eating out of this container at least a couple weeks. I just had some and it's still just as fresh as when I first opened it.
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Huh. I suppose this would work with similar things like sour cream as well. I'll have to try it. When I read the thread title, I didn't think it could possibly matter, but making the lid air tight makes sense.

(I'll also have to try the paint can trick--very carefully!)
I have done it with sour cream, also. For several years, though, I've used up sour cream quickly, only buying the smaller containers. When you throw out sour cream it makes baby Jesus cry.

Should I ever find myself with a partial can of paint, I'll be sure to try the paint can trick, too!

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Old 21 May 2009, 01:10 PM
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If you have half a can of paint left over from a job, put the lid on and turn it upside down.
P.S.: for a few seconds only, you don't have to store it upside down.
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Old 31 May 2009, 05:34 PM
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P.S.: for a few seconds only, you don't have to store it upside down.

Oh, sure. Now you tell us. I just finished cleaning up a half gallon of paint that leaked onto the floor of my garage.

I'm sorry...I couldn't resist.
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Old 01 June 2009, 12:30 AM
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I work in dairy and I know cottage cheese is shipped with the containers upside down (when you open the "this side up" side you'll find the bottom of the tub). I always thought it was odd.
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Actually, it takes me 2 days to finish a tub of cottage cheese. So, no problem here.,
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Old 01 June 2009, 12:28 PM
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Huh. I suppose this would work with similar things like sour cream as well. I'll have to try it. When I read the thread title, I didn't think it could possibly matter, but making the lid air tight makes sense.
Yep. I read this recommendation years ago for tubbed dairy products, for the airtight seal reason, and it seems to work well.
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