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Hi!! Gals and Guys. I'm kinda new to this stuff. My name is Phil, and I'm really pretty new to this baking game. I've retired and found some spare time and the bakery has always been a deep mystery to
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posted at 8/8/2012 4:36 PM EDT
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Hi!! Gals and Guys.
I'm kinda new to this stuff. My name is Phil, and I'm really pretty new to this baking game. I've retired and found some spare time and the bakery has always been a deep mystery to me. Love to eat the stuff, don't have a clue on how to put it all together.
    So I'll start with the first of many questions.When I buy my chocolate morsels and nuts in bulk, what is the bestmethod for long term storage???

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/8/2012 5:05 PM EDT
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Welcome Phil!  There are a great group of bakers/cooks on this site! 

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posted at 8/8/2012 5:09 PM EDT
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Freezer is the best way to store both nuts and chocolate.  It does 2 things.
1. Keeps ;them fresh a bit longer.
2. It is much more difficult to eat frozen chocolate and nuts.  That's not to say it is impossible but it will keep you from eating most of the stock pile before you start baking.

All kidding aside the nuts will last about 6 months in the freezer the chocolate a bit longer.  Nuts with a high fat content do not last long in storage at room temperature.  I just keep all nuts in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/8/2012 5:49 PM EDT
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i keep mine in the freezer in containers or freezer bags      mostly i add them frozen right into the recipe

welcome to vbb!
hope you'll stay around a while
lot's of good recipes and help       read through some of the more interesting threads for recipes comments and advice

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/8/2012 7:25 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
 Hi
PHIL N;
WELCOME to vbb
not 
too much to add;  FREEZE OR REFRIGERATE  nuts & morsels, in  well sealed  bags to keep them  from spoiling or being consumed by "somebody"There is a  " somebody "  in every household!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YellWink
 One more thing, there is " BEST BY " date on  MORSELS packages, use up or freeze before that date!...morsels  may get a white ash appearance when frozen.I've  been told " just use them , as usual"Smile
 Don't let your baking inexperience, stop you from getting in there& " giving it your best effort; we were all novices at one time; even theVERY BEST BAKERS  among us; pretty soon you will be one [ A VBB]too 
There is nothing like the sense of satisfaction  &  pride  you  get  when you taste  your r first homemade cookie, still warm from the ovenSmileCool

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posted at 8/9/2012 12:01 AM EDT
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Welcome, Phil. One more thing to add regarding the chocolate, it sometimes will 'separate', especially if kept at room temperature for a good deal of time. The outside gets a whitish look to it. There's nothing wrong with this and the chocolate is okay to use. This is another good reason to keep your chocolate refrigerated!

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posted at 8/9/2012 6:59 AM EDT
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Welcome.  This is a great site for help and advice.

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posted at 8/9/2012 8:28 AM EDT
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As with most of the other VBB I would say the freezer. You do know that if chocolate gets some white (bloom) that it is still good and usable.

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/9/2012 8:59 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Nervous Novice:
Welcome, Phil. One more thing to add regarding the chocolate, it sometimes will 'separate', especially if kept at room temperature for a good deal of time. The outside gets a whitish look to it. There's nothing wrong with this and the chocolate is okay to use. This is another good reason to keep your chocolate refrigerated!
Posted by Verlee T


Or eat it quickly

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/9/2012 9:08 AM EDT
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welcome aboard

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posted at 8/9/2012 10:35 AM EDT
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Welcome Phil enjoy the site

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posted at 8/9/2012 2:13 PM EDT
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Welcome this is a great site. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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posted at 8/9/2012 5:00 PM EDT
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Welcome! Hope you enjoy the site as much as I do!  As for the chocolate, I too freeze them - works great and they last a long time (if I can keep the hubby from snacking on them)!

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/9/2012 7:06 PM EDT
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Hi Philip and welcome.  You'll find we are a friendly bunch lol.  Any questions you have can usually be answered by somebody here or referred to a different source.

I also keep my chocolate and nuts in the freezer or fridge.  Started doing that when some of the nuts I had in the pantry went rancid. 

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posted at 8/10/2012 6:40 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Nervous Novice:
In Response to Re: Nervous Novice : Or eat it quickly
Posted by nikki p


Love your response!!!

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/11/2012 6:52 PM EDT
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     I was shocked if not totally awed by all of you taking time out to answer my what was propably a mundane question.Looks like I found
 friendly place to be.TKS alot. PHIL

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/15/2012 9:29 AM EDT
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     I was shocked if not totally awed by all of you taking time out to answer my what was propably a mundane question.Looks like I found  friendly place to be.TKS alot. PHIL
Posted by philip n


That is our way of getting you to give up some recipes....if you don't we will turn into a mean ugly crowd!
Only kidding!!! (we are not ugly).

Re: Nervous Novice

posted at 8/21/2012 1:11 PM EDT
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Welcome abord the VBB ship! (Heh!)
I hope you enjoy it here!
It is a nice place for learning cooking/baking, so you came to the right place!
ENJOY!! Laughing 

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