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Do Chipotle style bowls still have PFAS chemicals?

I’ve always thought that the bowls from restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill were fully compostable. However, after seeing articles like this one and this one, I’m not sure sure. According to these ...
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Effective strategies to use snow for refrigeration in the winter?

Before the invention and commercialization of refrigeration, many homes had an ice box, designed to store a large block of ice to keep perishables cold (from the National Museum of American History): ...
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Doesn't it make more sense to wrap hot sandwiches with the foil facing in?

You know those hot sandwiches sold in grocery stores (northeast USA at least...) that are wrapped in a foil paper? Wouldn't it thermally make more sense to have the shiny foil facing in? To keep the ...
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Effects of refrigerating vegetables that I'm supposed to freeze

I recently experimented with storing "frozen edamame" in my refrigerator for 7 days (about 45 degrees F/7 deg C), instead of the freezer. There were seemingly no ill effects. So that made me ...
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Help me safely mod my freezer

I want to connect my freezer to an external thermostat like this to maintain a higher temperature than it otherwise could. Are there any thermostats or other control devices that would keep the ...
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Why do the best energy star freezers have higher capacity and lower rated power consumption than the best refrigerators?

The title says it all; I'm looking for any qualitative information that can help me. Freezers: https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-residential-freezers/details/2255167 ...
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Can I insulate my refrigerator to improve efficiency?

Any "reasonable" methods would be appreciated. I have heard that this can be done but I'm dubious that it would do much. Maybe if I put polyethylene on the right bits?
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Help me estimate my annual refrigerator power consumption from this data sheet?

I am shopping for refrigerators and looking at this model. Feel free to let me know if that's stupid. But my main question is this: I'm trying to come up with a moderately conservative power ...
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How does the EPA estimate annual power consumption for refrigerators?

I'm trying to get a simplified idea of how the EPA estimates annual power consumption for refrigerators, e.g. here. There are a number of reasons why I want to know this, but there are three big ones: ...
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Can I use a "normal" thermometer in a refrigerator?

My refrigerator has a rheostat that I want to turn up to save energy. I'm trying to figure out whether I need to get a dedicated refrigerator thermometer. I have a digital and a mercury-based ...
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How to reduce energy usage of refrigerator while away?

I'm getting ready to take a trip for about a month. We'll eat all of the perishable stuff in our fridge/freezer, but this will leave lots of other things that will do just fine (frozen veggies, ...
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How to sell orange squash without plastic bottles?

Does anyone know how they used to sell orange squash before plastic bottles were invented? (Or perhaps no-one did?) And if there was a ban on disposable plastic, how would orange squash be sold? In ...
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Why don't we use cattle to re-store CO₂ in the soil?

In this old TED conf., Allan Savory, and in this rather newer other here, Joel Salatin are quite saying the same thing as a tentative to mitigate the effect of burning fossil fuels: We should use ...
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Will Koolatron cooler cool warm stuff?

We don't have any electricity, so we're thinking of purchasing this Koolatron cooler. Most of the drinks I put in it (refreshment cans, water bottles, etc) will be warm/room-temperature. Will it ...
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Are there any take-out restaurants where you can bring your own dishes?

Many cities in the US have banned plastic bags, and more are added to the list regularly. In addition, some cities are even beginning to ban plastic water bottles. These bans (and in some cases, fees)...
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Most sustainable type of cream container?

The grocery co-op where I shop offers local, organic cream from three different farms, which use three different types of recyclable containers (all roughly the same volume): Mini version of clear ...
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How "heavy duty" does a compostable container need to be to hold hot food?

I am tasked with finding a compostable takeout containers for a food festival that we can use to replace thousands of styrofoam takeout containers. There are a lot of issues with convincing the ...
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How should I store fruits and vegetables in the fridge?

I currently use plastic food containers like those in the below picture of different sizes. Is it better (in terms of energy consumption) for the fridge? Should the containers be sealed or not? ...
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Preserving opened canned food

I am living by myself since the end of last year. When grocery shopping, I've noticed that canned food (beans, peas, salsas, etc.) is usually 500g or more, which is too much to eat for one seat. I've ...
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Freezing Bananas With Less Waste

My wife likes to freeze bananas by removing their skin, wrapping them in aluminum foil, and placing them in the freezer. She eats a couple of bananas per day. So, this is using up a lot of aluminum ...
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Storing food without refrigerator during the winter

I am unplugging my refrigerator for the winter months, I live in the northern United States so the temperature is sub freezing most of the time during winter. I have a semi-insulated garage that is ...