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How can I thicken this cranberry-pepper jelly?

In my first attempt at making jelly, I seem to have veered off course. I'm following this recipe for Cranberry-Pepper Jelly: Ingredients 3 red bell peppers, finely chopped 2 Fresno or ...
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Cooking times and temperatures for whole fish on the grill?

I recently cooked some whole 7lbs salmon on the grill, wrapped in fig leaves, and left them on a bit too long; they were a little dried out. So, based on the idea that I'm cooking "thick" whole fish ...
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How does double-bagging sous vide food affect cook time?

Does double vacuum bagging food for sous vide cooking measurably increase the cook times? Or is the extra bag not thick enough to make an impact?
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Adjusting the baking time for large cakes?

How long should I bake a 13" (330 mm) sponge cake? Which gas mark should I use?
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Whole chicken roasting time

I have a 1.2kg whole chicken that I wish to roast, on the packet it says it'll take 1h 28m at 200°C. The New Best Recipe book recommends cooking a 1.8kg chicken for just 60m, with temperature of ...
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How To Tell When Corn is Done With Boiling

When boiling corn, how can I tell when it's done? I usually remove the husk and silk. Would there be any advantage to leaving them on when boiling?
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How long should I let a tea with lemongrass steep?

Every time I have a tea with lemongrass in it the tea ends up with a really strong and rather terrible aftertaste. I drink several different types of tea, and am pretty sure that I am letting the ...
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Is there a general algorithm for calculating the amount of time to roast meat for?

Often when you buy meat from the store it comes with guidance on how long the meat needs to be roasted, presumably calculated as a function of its weight. Is there some well known general algorithm ...
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Vertical Smoker Cooking Times

I have a gas vertical water smoker that I got from Cabela's earlier this year. I've had some success smoking a few different things: whole chickens, baby-back ribs, salmon, pork shoulder and a pork ...
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How to know when to stop churning ice cream?

I've got a simple Cuisinart home churn, the kind that uses a frozen bowl rather than a compressor. On a couple of occasions, I'm pretty sure I've overchurned the mix, because it seems to leave a ...
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How do I know when fish cooked in parchment or salt is done?

I want to try fish (either fillets or whole) baked in parchment or salt. I have found several recipes but they specify a certain weight fish. How do I adjust the cooking time for the size fish that ...
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Can you estimate how long it takes to reduce a liquid?

In a lot of recipes, there is a step that includes reducing your liquid. In most sauces, this isn't a problem, since you just need to thicken it and that's something you can see and doesn't take a ...
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why do my pancakes (crêpes) take such a long time to cook?

I am making crêpes and I wonder why they take such a ridiculously long amount of time to cook, about 5 or 6 minutes per pancake. I remember once upon a time I was making crêpes cooking them about 90 ...
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Reheating boiled eggs for scotch eggs

I recently boiled a duck egg for 7 mins and then immediately placed into iced water, where I let it sit for 10 mins. I then proceeded to place the cold egg into a water bath set at a temperature of ...
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New potatoes in pressure cooker with salt: how to optimize water amount and cooking time?

I am trying to replicate a recipe that my father-in-law performed once at home… well, not much of a recipe, rather a cooking style, as you'll see. The idea is to cook new potatoes (specifically, new ...
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How can you know that your bread is done?

Most bread recipes give an estimate to how long that bread must bake. However, I find it hard to check whether it's done or not. I don't have a thermometer, and I don't think the toothpick trick works ...
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How should I control the time and temperature when baking two dishes?

I want to cook multiple dishes at the same time using a conventional oven. A 9x 13 pan with potatoes should bake in an oven of 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The other dish, a ham, should be in a 325 ...
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How to recognize when American style chewy cookies are done?

I made chewy chocolate chip cookies. The recipe gave baking time suggestions, but noted check your cookies before they’re done; depending on your scoop size, your baking time will vary and ...
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Do the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray?

The cupcakes cook faster than the big one piece cakes, so does it make sense to assume that the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray? My oven has a ...
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How long does it take to steam brown rice?

I would like to know how long it takes to steam brown rice.
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Crockpot recipe when converting temperature from low to high?

I have a crockpot recipe for burritos, located here, that I really want to make. It says to cook the mixture on low heat for 6-10 hours but that is too long/short. I really want to convert the recipe ...
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What does baking time in oven depend on?

Banana bread recipe requires 1 hour, and the banana muffins recipe require 20 minutes. Both the recipes contain bananas, and flour. Why is the baking time so different among the two?
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How do I control the temperature of water for an extended period of time?

When making the "perfect" mash, Heston Blumenthal recommends cooking waxy spuds in hot water for half an hour at the temperature of 72 degrees Celsius, exactly. At 75 degrees stuff starts breaking ...
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Cheesecake Cooking Time Change with Pan Change?

I've made many cheesecakes before using a 9" spring-form in a water bath, and have always loved the result. For a party coming up, I'd like to make individual-sized cheesecakes using a muffin/cupcake ...
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One whole duck and extra pieces - how long in the oven?

I have a duck (a bit more than 3 kilos) and two additional breast pieces (each around 300g). Now I am wondering how long this should stay in the oven. Rule of thumb is usually one hour per kg. So I ...
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How can I reliably bake pizza with no temperature control or pizza stone?

How do I make a pizza in a gas oven, with no temperature control and no pizza stone? I have all ingredients to make pizza without actually knowing how it's made and baked. So I did some research ...
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Is there a table that shows the cooking temperature and the duration for different meat types and its bones?

Just wondering if there is a table (similar to the one below - including a example) that can shows the cooking temperature and the duration to cook different types of meat (and/or its bones) in ...
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Why are my (italian Whole foods) sausages still pink inside?

I bought some italian pork and garlic sausages from Whole foods. I cooked them on a low heat, they were in the pan for probably an hour but the middle remained slightly pink. To be precise, by ...
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How should I adjust oven temperature/time to have two dishes ready at the same time?

I want to cook two vegetable dishes at one time for a dinner party. The first, a vegetable loaf, has to be cooked at 325° F for 1 hour The other, a casserole, requires 350° F for 30 min. How can I ...
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How to make kidney beans tender?

The way I currently cook kidney beans is to soak them overnight. But still they have to be cooked for a long time on gas before they get tender enough to be edible. Anything that can be added or be ...
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How do I adjust cooking time for an under-powered microwave?

Example: I have an 800-Watt microwave. Cooking instructions for a certain product say to cook on HIGH for 4 minutes in a 1,100-Watt microwave. How do I properly adjust the cooking time so that my ...
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Precise cooking time: how to figure it out

How do you figure out the exact time how long to cook something? Do you use binary search?
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How do I scale a recipe that calls for boiling off liquid?

I made a lamb ragu last night, but doubled the quantity for a large group. One of the steps called for 1.5 cups of red wine and then boiled it off. Doubling to 3 cups seemed entirely too much (once ...
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Is a little oven less hot than a bigger oven?

Some months ago, I found a recipe for cookies and made them in a big oven; they were delicious and cooked very well (soft cookies) at 180 °C (356 °F) for 7 minutes. I recently tried the recipe again, ...
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Frozen pizza - Understanding time and temperature equivalency

When cooking a frozen pizza in a conventional oven, I have two similar personal pizzas: one box's instructions say to cook at 425°F for 19 minutes, and the instructions on the other pizza box says ...
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Mutton shoulder versus mutton leg - any difference in length of cooking?

I cooked mutton shoulder like advised in the answer for this question. It was under the foil and was cooked in the oven for like 3 hours. Now I have mutton leg instead of shoulder. The size is ...
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Are commercial foods adjusted for integer cooking times?

Pasta, noodles and such foods are often labeled "cook for n minutes". Are the ingredients for these foods purposefully balanced such that the average optimal cooking time is integer? Of course the ...
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How to bake a chicken?

I've been using a rotisserie oven to bake my chickens for a while now. However, it's no longer available to me. My first attempt at baking a chicken in a long time: Purchase a chicken that's ...
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How long to boil crab for?

I bought some Frozen Crab. How long should I boil it for before eating it? (I have some snow crab and King crab legs)
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What is a simple and easy way to make a meat dish for a college student [closed]

I need a bit of variety and more simplicity in my cooking. My 25 minute chicken curry is great, but it can get a bit frantic since I often leave cooking until I am very hungry (studying takes ...
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Doubling a batch of soup

Straying from the printed recipe still makes me a little twitchy, so I ask you, gentle cooks (chefs?): Can I safely double the cooking time? (In this case, it's a split pea soup, dried split peas - ...
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What do I need to know when moving from an electric hob to a gas hob

Soon I will be moving into a flat with a gas hob, and I've only ever had experience with electric hobs before. What do I need to be aware of in terms of the differences between them? I've heard that ...
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Should I preheat a pan, or start the cooking timer immediately?

I'm getting ready to heat up a pre-prepared meal (the ones that are kept in the freezer), and the instructions say to place in a pan and cook on high heat for three minutes. When should the three ...
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Any time / temperature recommendation for a short braise of a tender piece of meat?

I have a recipe for braised lamb shanks that I'd like to convert to use lamb loin chops instead. The original recipe calls for the shanks to be browned and then braised in a 350° oven for 2 - ...
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How do I adjust the cooking time for two joints as opposed to one?

I have a recipe for roasting sirloin of beef. It calls for a 1.5-2kg piece of meat. I couldn't find a piece this large, so have two half sized joints - one about 950g, one about 700g. My recipe tells ...
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How Long to Bake Frozen Artichoke Hearts?

I'm a novice cook, but was intrigued by Megan McArdle's simple-enough-even-for-me recipe for frozen artichoke hearts: I'm also an enormous fan of frozen artichoke hearts, which when roasted at 500 ...
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Which non penetrating method is recommended to check chicken breasts for done-ness when pan fried

i love pan fried chicken usually with some tumeric, salt, pepper, rosemarry, and evoo. Anyways, I don't like to get my thermo dirty everytime, and sometimes i get it a bit overdone, sometimes the ...
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Why would you Parboil Some Vegetables Before Stir-Frying them?

An example would be green beans - some recipes call for parboiling green beans before stir-frying while others do not? Is there a reason behind this?
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Timing an oven to start while I am out - but what about preheating?

Many ovens have a timer which allows you to set the start time, so you pop your item in and later in the day it will automatically start cooking it unmanned. But all the oven cooking I can think of ...
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Know if a turkey is done cooking

I am making a turkey in a bag this weekend and I was wondering if there is a sure fire way to know when your turkey is done cooking. I don't have a meat (or any other) thermometer.