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Never ending soup; is it actually safe?

In the poor student or youth worker days it was popular to have never ending soup; a large pot on the stove that was topped up with new and leftover ingredients when available. Normally the pot was ...
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How do we escape the cycle of bad college eating?

Mouseover text: And yet I never stop thinking, 'sure, these ingredients cost more than a restaurant meal, but think how many meals I'll get out of them! Especially since each one will have ...
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Should I rinse canned beans before using them?

Certainly, if I were making a salad with canned beans, I would thoroughly rinse them first. But if I'm making soup or chili with canned black beans or kidney beans, should I drain and rinse them ...
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Good, cheap, easy-to-make food that can be reheated [closed]

I'm trying to find a good variety of cheap foods to eat for lunch at work. Since I make lunch the night before, it has to be something that's good cold or microwaved, and since I'm making this ...
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Can you re-use parchment paper when baking batches of cookies?

I just finished making cookies. The dough was enough to make multiple batches. I only have one baking sheet. Every time a batch was ready, I used new parchment paper on the baking sheet. Is this ...
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Are 'premium' spices worth the expense?

I have done some calculation. And I think that if I buy a jar of spice from the supermarket, it is about 25 times more expensive (it costs more and you get a fraction of the amount) that getting a bag ...
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Is there a way to make delicious donuts with a small amount of oil?

I like donuts but I don't make them at home because for a bowl of donuts I consume a lot of oil. The oil gets a sweet taste to it afterwards and can't reuse it for cooking something else than cakes. ...
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Cheap sources of protein?

Soy meat, flax seeds and peas are probably the best known such sources. Are there other cheap sources of protein?
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Advice for soon-to-be college student [closed]

This fall I'm starting my freshman year; because of this, I'm going to move out to my own flat. I've figured out that it's a wonderful opportunity to learn cooking. I know some really basic stuff ...
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How can I make cheap, smooth homemade Alfredo sauce?

I've tried making Alfredo sauce several times based on a few online recipes. It generally comes out pretty tasty, but also with one flaw: the sauce is grainy or gritty because the grated Parmesan ...
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How to cook insects?

I love touring and I am trying to cut my dependency on my protein sources such as soy powder, beans and other supermarket stuff. Touring is a bit like camping but with longer distances and a bike. So ...
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How can I know whether a potato is too old?

I have many kilograms of potatoes that are turning bad, I don't want to throw them away. The term "turning bad" means that the best-before days on the products vary between 1-4 weeks i.e. they are old ...
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What is a cheap but good cut of beef for grilling?

If I grill filet mignon it comes out tender and easy to cut and delicious of course but no matter what other cut of beef I grill it's like eating leather. I've read about "salting" the meat for ...
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How to use Bones in Soups?

I have now a pile of chicken bones and I have heard they can be useful in making some food. How should I preserve them and where can I use them? Should I cut them into pieces and throw them into a new ...
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small, medium or large eggs

When I buy eggs, I have trouble deciding which size is the best value. Does any one have any tips?
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What's an inexpensive substitute for Port wine?

Is there a good substitute for port? It's for a slow cooked pork loin recipe. I'm not concerned about the alcohol, but I would like to keep the cost down.
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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Is there really a difference by throwing the vanilla pod in as well?

Recipes with milk and/or cream (panna cotta, ice cream, pastry cream, ...) often ask for the seeds of a vanilla pod (in Europe at least). A fair proportion of those also mention to throw the pod in ...
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Where can I bulk-buy cheap parmesan?

My friend planted three rows of basil in his garden to make pesto, and now we need to source roughly 25-50lbs of parmesan. With that kind of quantity, cheaper is better.
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Organic, Local, Price - Which Tradeoffs do you make for which foods? [closed]

Example: Milk - We buy local first (usually happens to be hormone free, but not certified organic), then national brand organic, then whatever is cheapest Meat - We usually buy local seafood at the ...
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Do breads always have to be baked in some vessels in an oven? If yes, then what shaped vessels would those be?

Is it even necessary to use a vessel for baking breads (assuming I don't care about the shape of the bread)? In this link for (example) French bread I saw that the dough is not in liquid form, so it ...
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Small portable grill for a studio flat?

I'm about to move into a rather small studio flat, with a pretty tiny kitchen. I'm wondering if there's a small grill (about the size of a small gas stove, i.e, you could hold it between your hands ...
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Good Idea to Buy Discount Meat For Freezing?

My local stores for some odd reason sells chicken legs for about 1.5 EUR per kg, they are not old products according to the packages. I have made a lot of chicken soup lately but I am starting to get ...
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How to work around a fussy eater and limited use of the kitchen (and a small budget)? [closed]

So, I live in a flat on the side of my Fianc├ęs parents house but we share their kitchen, and I dislike being in there for too long as I don't really get along with his parents - that's the limited use ...
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Which parts of a chicken are used to make chicken soup?

I boiled a chicken legs for over 2 hours in low temperature. The soup is yellow and with very soft chicken. It tastes very good after adding some salt. Which part of chicken is the most appropriate ...
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What ingredient, besides beans, creates a complete protein together with rice?

I want a cheap option for complete proteins, which includes rice. But I do not like beans. Which other ingredients can I combine with rice in order to get a complete protein? I do eat meat, but I am ...
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How can I make milk cocoa powder so it does not stick to the top and bottom?

A package of milk cocoa powder contains "20% cocoa powder, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring (vanillin)". I have tried to make cocoa milk drinks to cold milk but the cocoa stuck to the top ...
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Disposable cookware

So I am moving into a new apartment tonight but the movers do not get here until tomorrow and I just realized that I forgot to bring any of my kitchen stuff down with me. I have a set of nice ...
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Looking to start cooking…but I'm a total noob. Where should I start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What recipes should every high school graduate know how to cook? So here's the deal: I've told myself on at least 10 different occasions that I was going to learn how to ...
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How to create a soup with frozen chicken?

I have chickens in the freezing box. How long can I keep my fatty chicken legs there until they become dangerous to eat? How should I defreeze the chicken? Can I just put it to the hot water or should ...
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What are some good homemade foods that are the easiest to prepare? [closed]

I live in a country where street-food is hazardous, 99% restaurants are unhygienic and the rest of 1% restaurants are either extremely expensive(as compared to my level of income) for everyday-meal or ...
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How to practice cooking without spending too much? [closed]

I like cooking and I love to try different meals from international cuisines. So finding the ingredients for different cuisines might be expensive (no need to mention all those kitchenware) and it ...