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    Mustard Greens.... Shelf Life, Refrigerator

    Skipper/Sy
    Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:22 pm
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    Hello,

    I often buy very small aluminum envelopes of Mustard Greens in the various Chinese markets. These small aluminum envelopes also have raddish, cabbage and other vegetables. However, I like Mustard Greens the best and often use it in soups and for Dan Dan Mein for example;
    Dan Dan Mein by Sy



    The problem I have is that I can not find the small aluminum packages any longer. But I do see larger packages (medium small, see thru ones) of Mustard Greens, but way to much for my cooking of soups. I have also seen some loose, in open clay pots.... So a few questions:
    Q#1) If I put the balance of the unused Mustard Greens in a container with the liquid from the package into the refrigerator....Question, how long will it keep?
    Q#2) I can put some of the mustard greens into a vacuum pack and seal. Question, how long will it keep?

    Further, the small aluminum packages I have been able to keep for over a year and no problem when opening... I rinse off the spice it is packed in.. into the microwave for 45 seconds and then use. However, I do not thing many Asian cooks do this, but use the vegetables right from the opened package.

    Finally, any recommendations for recipes in which I can use Mustard Greens....

    Skipper/Sy
    Member #610488
    Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:07 am
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    Skipper/Sy wrote:
    Q#1) If I put the balance of the unused Mustard Greens in a container with the liquid from the package into the refrigerator....Question, how long will it keep?

    Q#2) I can put some of the mustard greens into a vacuum pack and seal. Question, how long will it keep?

    Finally, any recommendations for recipes in which I can use Mustard Greens....

    Skipper/Sy


    icon_arrow.gif For something like that, I would keep it in the refrigerator for no more that 4-7 days. Once a sealed package is opened, it gets exposed to the air and all of the dirt and dust floating in it. Refrigeration is not designed to stop bad stuff from growing, only to prolong usage life. I would recommend that if you are not going to use the greens within a few days, seal the greens and the liquid in a covered container and freeze the container. When you are ready to use them, thaw the greens in the container inside the fridge for 24 hours or microwave them on defrost then use right away. Use frozen greens within 3-6 months after freezing.

    icon_arrow.gif The vacuum pack would be the equivalent of a covered container and you would still have to freeze the greens for safety purposes. Same instructions as previous.

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    Rinshinomori
    Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:29 am
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    is this pickled? Green veggie? I'm not sure what Chinese mustard green in an envelope is? I buy and keep lots and lots of pickles mostly from Japan but I have few from China too. Usually when opened whether in a plastic or in bottles, they keep very long time (like forever). But, there are some exceptions and some to go bad. One is wasabi zuke or wasabi pickle. It just tastes off to me beyond certain time in the refrigerator. Can you post a picture of what it is?
    Skipper/Sy
    Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:15 pm
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    Thanks for the post, comments... and various recipes.

    If I can not find the small vegetable aluminum packages, I would buy the bigger package... keep in the refrigerator for a shot while... and use in one or two recipes.

    Thanks for all the recipes....

    Skipper/Sy
    Skipper/Sy
    Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:29 pm
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    Hello,

    There are many variations of small aluminum packages of vegetables, here is one I bought (but not mustard greens);
    Salted Spicy Shredded Radish which comes in a small aluminum package
    http://tinyurl.com/lv8yep4

    The Mustard Preserved Greens aluminum package I have seen from time-to-time. The recent one purchased is the following:
    Small Aluminum Package (Aluminum trim and yellow front), with the wording "NUTRITIONAL PRESERVED VEGETABLE FILAMENT", shows two young children holding a round symbol and within HAIYU FOOD, 108 grams, HAININGSHIHAIYUSHIPINYOUXIANGONGSI (Chinese characters above this).
    I Googled and could not find the company or product...

    I have seen the preserved Mustard Greens in open clay pots.. and also bigger sealed packages. I can buy the bigger packages and use for a few recipes, but prefer the smaller ones. Further, I don't recall now but the bigger packages you can see thru and the Mustard Greens do no have the chili spicy within. But there might be other packages with the chili spice....

    Skipper/Sy

    P.S. Making Preserved Mustard Greens
    http://www.foodmayhem.com/2008/12/pickled-mustard-greens.html
    (I guess add some chili spices.... as well)
    Rinshinomori
    Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:37 pm
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    Thanks for the picture of turnip pickle. Depending on the salt content, I bet it keeps a long time.

    I always have this Chinese pickle called zahsai or zahcai (Brassica juncea Var. tumida) in the refrigerator. It keeps forever. The fresh vegggie looks like this:



    Pic of pickle

    This pickle is used a lot in things like tantanmen, stir fry, etc. Even in soups.
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