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Preventing Mold On Berries, Moldy Strawberry

Preventing Mold On Fresh BerriesThis is a page about preventing mold on fresh berries. It is so disappointing to buy fresh berries only to have them mold before you can use them all.

 

Homemade Potato Salad

How Long Will Homemade Potato Salad Keep in the Refrigerator?If stored in a fridge with a consistently cold temperature and kept well covered, many people find that homemade potato salad can last from 5 - 10 days. This is a page about, "How long will homemade potato salad keep in the refrigerator?".

 

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Shelf Life of Bisquick Stored in the RefrigeratorSince my husband and I don't finish a box of Bisquick very quickly now that the kids are gone, I wonder how long it is safe to use. I started keeping it in the refrigerator, thinking that would keep it good past the "Best by Date".

 

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Storing Potato FlakesI was wondering if anyone knew how long potato flakes would be good for. I have a bag of flakes in the cupboard and I think they are 2 years old. I could make instant potaoes for the dogs if need be, I suppose, to use them up. Any suggestions for using them besides thickening stews and soups?

 

Indoor Root Cellar

Creating an Indoor Root CellarThis is a page about creating an indoor root cellar. One way to preserve many types of garden vegetables is to store them in a root cellar.

 

A variety of lettuce.

Storing LettuceThis is a page about storing lettuce. Lettuce is best when it is crisp. Storing your lettuce properly will keep it from wilting and help maintain its flavor.

 

Cleaning and Storing Romaine Hearts

Cleaning and Storing Romaine HeartsCareful preparation of your romain lettuce can help increase its shelf life and make it easier to quickly make a delicious salad. This is a page about cleaning and storing romaine hearts.

 

Celery on White Background

Storing CeleryThis is a page about storing celery. Storing celery and keeping it crisp is possible.

 

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Storing Corn or Flour TortillasWhat do you store your corn tortillas in?

 

Avocados from Florida

Storing AvocadosThis is a page about storing avocados. Knowing how to best store your avocados will ensure that you fully enjoy these delicious fruit.

 

A chile pepper cut lengthwise so you can see the seeds

Storing Chili PeppersThis is a page about storing chili peppers. You can have chili peppers on hand all of the time by choosing a method of storing them that meets your needs.

 

Canned Sauerkraut

Shelf Life of Canned SauerkrautThis page is about the shelf life of canned sauerkraut. A fermented cabbage product that is very acidic.

 

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Vacuum Sealing Fresh OnionsI have just purchased a food vacuum sealer and I have just tried to seal a heap of sliced fresh onions, but I can't get a good seal on the bag, because it keeps sucking juices from the onions. Does anyone know whether I am doing something wrong here?

 

Frozen Veggies

Storing Vacuum Sealed FoodThis is a page about storing vacuum sealed food. Vacuum sealing is a simple way of preserving food. If airborne bacteria can't get to the food, spoilage can be avoided.

 

Jars of spices.

Storing SpicesThis is a page about storing spices. It is important to store spices properly. This will help keep them organized and ensure that they are fresh when you need them.

 

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How Long Does Spaghetti Sauce Keep Once Opened?Once a jar of tomato/spaghetti sauce has been opened, how long will it keep in the refrigerator?

 

Storing Fresh Ginger

Storing Fresh GingerThis page is about storing fresh ginger. Keep this root fresh and available to add to your Asian recipes.

 

Photo of different types of lettuce.

Keeping Lettuce FreshThis is a page about keeping lettuce fresh. Have you been disappointed when you opened the crisper to get out the lettuce for a green salad, only to find it beginning to rust. The reddish brown tinged leaves are not very appetizing.

 

Vacuum sealer on tile counter with vacuum bag containing a chicken thigh.  Multiple other meat items such as hot dogs are off to the side and two rolls of unused vacuum bags are in the background.

Reusing Vacuum Sealer BagsFood safety should be your first concern reusing plastic food bags. This page is about reusing vacuum sealer bags.

 

Preserving Fresh Chives

Preserving Fresh ChivesThis page is about preserving fresh chives. Finding the best way to keep fresh chives will allow you to use them in meals year round.

 

powdered cocoa

Storing CocoaStoring cocoa properly will ensure that it stays fresh in between uses. This is a page about storing cocoa.

 

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Storing Pancake MixI bought some boxes of CarbSimple pancake mix which were already out of date. So far, the mix is still quite tasty and not spoiled. As this product is no longer manufactured, I want to keep them. What is the best method?

 

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Sealing Plastic Bags with Foil and an IronYou can seal any plastic bag by placing a piece of aluminum foil over the end to be sealed and running a hot iron over the foil. Make sure you have foil on both sides of the plastic to be sealed so it doesn't stick to the ironing surface. No expensive sealing gadget required. By Lisa Trudeau

 

Whole limes and limes cut in half.

Storing LimesThis is a page about storing limes. Properly storing limes is important to lengthen their shelf life and ensure the best flavor.

 

Almond Bark

Storing Almond BarkThis is a page about storing almond bark. Almond bark is a vegetable oil based candy coating. With proper storage the bark can be kept for while.

 

hanging onions

Using Pantyhose to Store OnionsExtend the life of your onions by keeping them dry. Use an old panty hose leg to hang them; tying a knot between each one is even more helpful. This is a page about using pantyhose to store onions.

 

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Removing the Air from Zip Lock BagsZip lock bags are great and those machines that vacuum the air out of bags is great but expensive. I found a cheap (like in $0.00) way to remove most of the air from a zip bag.

 

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Storing Dry Goods

Storing Dry GoodsThis is a page about storing dry goods. When storing dry goods, there are several things to consider, including type of container or preventing bug infestation.

 

A half lemon sitting ontop of a pile of whole lemons.

Storing LemonsThis is a page storing lemons. Storing lemons properly will ensure that they stay good until you need them.

 

Keeping Cookies Soft

Keeping Cookies SoftThis is a page about keeping cookies soft. Now that you have made a batch of soft chewy cookies, you will want to keep them that way.

 

container with a head of lettuce

Using Lock & Lock ContainersThis is a page about using Lock & Lock containers. These containers come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can help you organize and store your fresh and dry foods.

 

Grapfruit wedge with grapefruits in the background.

Storing GrapefruitThis is a page about storing grapefruit. Storing your grapefruit properly will ensure that you have time to enjoy them before they go bad.

 

Shelf Life of Lemon Curd

Shelf Life of Lemon CurdThis is a page about the shelf life of lemon curd. Proper storage will allow you to keep unused lemon curd longer.

 

Several types of citrus fruit.

Storing Citrus FruitCitrus fruits can be stored for a while but they will eventually mold of not used or preserved. Here is an idea that can help with storing citrus fruit for longer periods of time.

 

Storing Honey

Storing HoneyThis is a page about storing honey. Stored properly, honey will keep almost indefinitely.

 

Garlic Keeper

Making a Garlic KeeperThis is a page about making a garlic keeper. While there are an endless variety of garlic keepers available for purchase, you can save money by making your own.

 

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How to Store MarshmallowsWhat is the best way to store marshmallows?

 

Hanging potatoes in pantyhose.

Making a Nylon Potato KeeperThis is a page about nylon potato keeper. A fun way to store potatoes that keeps the air flowing freely is in a nylon stocking.

 

Butter stored in a glass container.

Storing ButterButter can be expensive but it can also be difficult to use up bulk shopping before it goes bad. Here are some tips for long term storage.

 

A piece of masking tape on a container of food.

Masking Tape Tupperware LabelsHere is a way to really save food and money. No more guessing what and when food was put in tupperwares. Simply keep masking tape and a permanent marker in the kitchen to make and date labels on containers. It has made a major change for me in maintaining food freshness, and a waste free kitchen.

 

Sliced cheese in a plastic container.

Be A Cheesy SaverI buy the presliced blocks of cheese. They are what restaurants use, easy to peel off a slice at a time. I have an airtight container I keep it in for easy access. I save money and don't have to unwrap every price I use. I keep about 2/3rd of a package at a time in my cheese container and wrap the remainder up good until time to refill the container.

 

A pile of powdered parmesan cheese.

Shelf Life of Powdered Parmesan CheesePowdered Parmesan cheese is a convenient way to always have some available. There should be a "best used by date" on the packaging. This cheese, according to Kraft Foods, can be safely kept in the cupboard or the fridge. Freezing is safe but not recommended as it can decrease the quality of the cheese.

 

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A cooler with ice in recycled bottles.

Using a Cooler During the HolidaysCoolers are not just for camping or summer parties. During the winter holidays they come in handy to hold the overflow from your refrigerator.

 

A plate of uncooked cabbage rolls.

Storing Uncooked Cabbage RollsCabbage rolls are a classic comfort food dish. Sometimes, too many are made to cook at once and some will need to be stored in the refrigerator before cooking.

 

A binder clip used as a chip clip

Binder Clips for Closing Food BagsBinder clips are a sturdy alternative to the colorful plastic clips used for keeping chip bags and other food packages closed. Try some; you may find that they are a better choice than the popular plastic options.

 

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Storing Brown Sugar in the FridgeHow long can I keep brown sugar in the refrigerator?

 

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Vacuum Sealing CucumbersCan you vacuum seal cucumbers? If so, what is the best method? Do you slice them or quarter them first?

 

wooden crate piled with fresh cucumbers

Storing CucumbersCooks and home gardeners have a number of useful suggestions for storing fresh cucumbers. Read on to find a way that works best for you. This is a page about storing cucumbers.

 

A plastic container with a rubber band sticking out, to help with opening.

Removing Lids from Plastic ContainersIf you have trouble removing the lids on your plastic storage containers, try this ingenious use of a recycled rubber band, like those found on produce. This is a page about removing lids from plastic containers.

 

A can stored next to a jar fill of condensed milk.

Proper Storage for Open Canned GoodsTransfer canned goods into a well sterilized jar or any clean container before storing them into your fridge. Never place cans of food in the fridge as it creates rust over time because of the moisture it creates, which tends to mix with the food.

 

Glass Jars filled with pantry items.

Storing Boxed Cake MixesStored in a cool dry place boxed cake mixes typically will last 12 - 18 months. You can also buy boxed cake mixes when they are on sale and then store them in the freezer for future use. This is a page about storing boxed cake mixes.

 

Storing Homemade Chocolate Covered Wafers - chocolate candies

Storing Homemade Chocolate Covered WafersHow do I store wafers dipped in chocolate as they get moist and are left with no more crunch. As it's rainy days where I stay. So, I can get rid of the moisture?

 

A large can being used to fill a freezer bag.

Filling Ziploc Freezer BagsThis is a page about filling Ziploc freezer bags. A large can, with both ends removed, is perfect for holding open a freezer bag while you fill it up. No more slumping bags, means that the outside of the bag stays clean too.

 

Asparagus in vacuum sealed bags.

Buying Bags for a Rival Vacuum SealerVacuum sealers can save a lot of money but they do need to have a regular supply of storage bags. This is a page about buying bags for a Rival vacuum sealer.

 

Large Vacuum Sealer sealing food

Vacuum Sealer ReviewsVacuum sealers, like the popular Food Saver, make it easy to save money in the kitchen by vacuum storing food. This page contains vacuum sealer reviews.

 

Beef, chicken and salmon in vacuum plastic bag.

Buying Bags for a Decosonic Pak' N SaveThese popular vacuum sealers are no longer manufactured but the supplies are sometimes available online. This is a page about buying bags for a Decosonic Pak' N Save.

 

Handheld vacuum sealer.

Ziplock Vs. Reynolds Vacuum SealersTwo well-known names in food storage have their own version of the Food Saver vacuum sealer. This page has information about Ziplock vs. Reynolds vacuum sealers.

 

Drinking Straw

Sealing Food Packaging with a Drinking StrawThis is a page about sealing food packaging with a drinking straw. Use plastic drinking straws to help seal plastic food storage bags.

 

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Using Vacuum Seal BagsAre vacuum seal machines useful for either refrigerating or freezing zucchini?

 

Spaghetti stored in 2-liter plastic soda bottles, in the pantry.

2-Liter Bottle Pasta ContainerI always buy my pasta in bulk but the packaging that comes with them is not always the best. Huge amounts of spaghetti in opened flimsy plastic bags aren't always the best in my cupboards.

 

Egg Crates for Veggie Storage - Potatoes and onions in egg crates.

Use Egg Crates for Veggie StorageSome smaller vegetables can be stored in an empty egg carton to keep them separate from other vegetables. This is a page about using egg crates for veggie storage.

 

Soy Milk and Beans

Storing Soy Milk Without RefrigerationSoy milk is a popular substitute for people who need to avoid dairy. This is a page about storing soy milk without refrigeration.

 

A pile of bacon slices.

Keeping Bacon FreshDespite the preservatives used in processing bacon, exposure to air can cause it to turn an unappetizing color. This is a page about keeping bacon fresh.

 

A basket of sweet potatoes.

Storing Sweet PotatoesDeciding how to best store your sweet potatoes depends on how many you are storing. A garden harvest may require a different method than a few purchased at the market. This is a page about storing sweet potatoes.

 

Woman holding out a partially empty bottle of wine with a cork partially reinserted

Preserving an Open Bottle of WineThis is a page about preserving an opened bottle of wine. There are a number of ways you can keep an open bottle of wine fresh.

 

greens in a colander

Keep Your Leafy Greens Fresh and CrispTo keep leafy greens fresh and crisp (grocery or garden) in the fridge, take the leaves off the stalk and place them in a colander and run cold water over them to clean them. You may spin the leaves somewhat dry, but not all the way! Then leave them in your colander with a damp paper towel over them!

 

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Granny's "Vacuum Sealer"Freezing things in plastic freezer bags is great, but vacuum sealing those bags is even better. Here's how this Granny does it without a pricey vacuum sealer: Use a straw!

 

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Container for Liquid Coffee CreamerThe bottles they come in always leave a leaky, sticky mess and for some silly reason, I cannot think of a different type of container to use. What can I use for a 32 oz bottle of creamer? Any good glass jars with pour spouts?

 

Top view of tomato paste can with a spoonful of paste removed against a white background

Storing Leftover Tomato PasteOften a recipe will call for less than a can of tomato paste, leaving you with leftovers to store. This is a page about storing leftover tomato paste.

 

Storing Cuties in Their Bag

Storing Cuties in Their BagDo you buy the bags of Cuties? If you do, turn the bag on its side and tear open the side of the bag. The wrapper/handle is rigid enough to create a bowl. You might want to place a plate underneath just in case an orange leaks. :)

 

fruit and veggies

Storing ProduceThis is a page about storing produce. Whether you are storing produce from your garden or the market, proper storage will help keep it fresh longer.

 

Freezing Cauliflower

Storing CauliflowerCauliflower can be frozen or stored for a few days in the refrigerator. This is a page about storing cauliflower.

 

A bowl of leftover turkey.

How to Keep Turkey from Drying Out When ReheatingRoasted turkey can easily dry out if not stored properly. This is a page about keeping turkey from drying out when reheating.

 

Sealing Plastic Bags With Recycled Plastic Bottle Tops

Sealing Plastic Bags With Recycled Plastic...This is a page about sealing plastic bags with recycled plastic bottle tops. Use the top portion of a plastic bottle, including the cap to easily seal plastic food storage bags.

 

Yeast

Storing YeastThis is a page about storing yeast. Keeping your baking or brewing yeast alive, will ensure it will be active when you need to use it.

 

Food Storage Containers

Using Food Storage ContainersThis is a page about using food storage containers. There are several things you might want to consider when deciding to use different types of food storage containers.

 

Getting a scoop of chocolate ice cream from the container.

Storing Ice CreamThis is a page about storing ice cream. Keeping this favorite dessert in an airtight container at a cold temperature, helps it maintain its creamy consistency.

 

Pasta and Grains in Jars

Storing Pasta and GrainsDried grains and pastas can be preserved for a long time if kept in air tight and bug proof containers. This is a page about storing pasta and grains.

 

Vacuum Sealed Corn

Using a Vacuum SealerThis is a page about using a vacuum sealer. A popular food storage method is the use of a vacuum sealer.

 

Chocolate

Storing ChocolateThis page is about storing chocolate. Maintain the color, shape and freshness of your cacao seed product until it is consumed.

 

Vegetables on Small Shelf

Storing VegetablesThis page is about storing vegetables. Many kinds of vegetables can be stored specially to be preserved longer.

 

Plastic milk bottle with an expiration date on it.

Keeping Track of Food Expiration DatesThis page is about keeping track of food expiration dates. Reduce food spoilage by dating your purchases to help maintain a good food rotation system.

 

Watermelon

Storing WatermelonWatermelon can be stored in or out of the fridge for varying periods of time. This is a page about storing watermelon.

 

Fresh Parsley

Storing Fresh ParsleyThis is a page about storing fresh parsley. When storing fresh parsley, your goal is to keep it fresh and prevent it from getting too dry, limp, or even too moist.

 

Bagels

Storing BagelsThis is a page about storing bagels. You will want to use the best method for storing your left over bagels to keep them fresh.

 

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Storing Fresh MintThis is a page about storing fresh mint. Keeping you fresh mint fresh is actually quite easy to do.

 

Root Cellar

Making an Above Ground Root CellarThis is a page about making an above ground root cellar. You can make an alternative to the traditional below ground root cellar for storing your veggies.

 

Powdered Sugar in Bowl

Storing Powdered SugarAn airtight container is helpful to maintain the consistency of this food. This page is about storing powdered sugar.

 

Baking Powder

Storing Baking PowderThis is a page about storing baking powder. Proper storage of baking powder will increase its shelf life.

 

Fresh Apricots

Storing Fresh ApricotsThis is a page about storing fresh apricots. Protect your fresh apricots from bruising by storing them properly.

 

Storing Mayonnaise

Storing MayonnaiseThis is a page about storing mayonnaise. Mayonnaise like many foods has certain storage recommendations to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage.

 

Storing Popcorn

Storing PopcornThis is a page about storing popcorn. Proper storage of unpopped popcorn will help prolong its freshness and yield.

 

A row of recycled jars with lids.

Recycled Containers for Food StorageThis is a page about recycled containers for food storage. Plastic and glass containers can have a new recycled life by being used for storing food.

 

Storing Peanuts

Storing PeanutsThis is a page about storing peanuts. There are some guidelines for storing food to retain flavor and nutrition.

 

A jar full of raw oats.

Storing OatmealThis page is about storing oatmeal. This grain will keep for a long time if properly stored.

 

Storing Sugar

Storing SugarGranulated sugar should be store in a sealed container in a cool dry location. If sugar is a free from pests and other contaminants and stored properly, it has an indefinite shelf life. Keep reading for more tips and information about storing sugar.

 

potatoes

Storing PotatoesPotatoes can begin to spoil or sprout while being stored. This is a page about storing potatoes.

 

Storing Garlic

Storing GarlicThis is a page about storing garlic. Cooks ofter differ in their opinion on the best way to store fresh garlic.

 

Storing Root Crops

Storing Root CropsThis page is about storing root crops.Enjoying your garden bounty all winter can be accomplished by proper storage.

 

Storing Fresh Carrots

Storing CarrotsThis is a page about storing carrots. Proper storage of your carrots will help to keep them fresh longer.

 

Storing Cheese

Storing CheeseThis is a page about storing cheese. Most cooks have more cheese in the bag or block than they need for one recipe and need to store the rest for future use.

 

Storing Tomatoes

Storing TomatoesThis is a page about storing tomatoes. How you store your tomatoes will have an effect on their taste and shelf life.

 

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avocado half with onion slice

Keep Avocados from Turning BrownTo keep your avocados from turning brown, seal them together with a cut onion. I have a little plastic container, but you can also place them in a ziplock bag. The onion will keep the avocado green longer!

 

spout on mason jar

Salt Spout Mason JarDon't throw that empty salt container away. You can remove the top with the spout and cut it down to fit inside a mason jar ring! Now you can put all kind of things in the jar and easily pour out the amount you want.

 

sprinkles in jar

Rainbow Sprinkles Mason Jar DispenserThe lids from Parmesan cheese containers fit nicely onto mason jars. Once I learned this, I began to look for items that would work well in these new storage jars.

 

Spaghetti in Pringles Can

Store Spaghetti in Pringles CanA great way to store spaghetti is in a full-sized Pringles can. I wiped out the empty can with a damp paper towel to remove any oil and salt. I was able to fit 2 whole bags of spaghetti into the can.

 

Refill and Relabel Spice Bottles

Buy Spices In BulkWhen I use up a jar of herbs/spices, I wash the jar and remove the label. When I buy new herbs/spices, I buy the cheaper, bulk packaged brand. I put the herb/spice in the saved jar.

 

powdered sugar in jar

Powdered Sugar Mason Jar DispenserThe lids from Parmesan cheese containers fit nicely onto mason jars. Once I learned this, I began to look for items that would work well in these new storage jars.

 

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Cubes of butter in the butter section of a refrigerator.

Storing ButterWith the cost of butter these days, I have to find it when it's on sale. I recently had some butter go rancid. Yes, it happens. Especially when it's unsalted. Seems the salt is the curative that keeps it fresh longer, even if it's not as good for you.

 

Salt stored in a plastic bag with rice.

Keep Salt FlowingWe downsized and moved into a camper (which we love). One of my biggest complaints was because of the humidity, the salt would get clumpy up both in the shaker and also the salt container.

 

A cooler with ice in recycled bottles.

Using a Cooler During the HolidaysWhen more refrigerator space is needed for the holidays, bring out the cooler. It will come in handy to store the extra food that needs to be refrigerated. I use jugs of ice that I have in the freezer to keep the cooler cold.

 

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Creating an Indoor Root CellarI have a pantry that I built inside my basement, it has 2 outer walls. How do I keep my potatoes and onions from sprouting? What kind of climate do I need to create?

 

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Using Discolored Almond BarkMy almond bark is discolored--sort of a tan color. Is it safe to use?

 

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Keeping Watermelon FreshCan you keep the watermelon in a cooler box?

 

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Storing Celery in the RefrigeratorWhat is the best way to store cut pieces of celery in the refrigerator?

 

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Shelf Life of Powdered Parmesan CheeseI've been reading the posts on storing and keeping powdered parmesan. My brother bought me a huge bag of parmesan. I am used to keeping the cheddar powder, like what comes in Kraft dinner, in my pantry, never having any problems, so I did the same with this. I put it in a plastic bag, in a tightly covered tin.

 

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Storing Banana Oatmeal FingersWhat is the best way to store the banana oatmeal fingers?

 

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