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How to mix cream to increase its fat percentage?

In my area the typical type of cream you can get is the one for whipped cream. It contains a fat percentage of about 35%. Some recipes call for higher fat percentages like 50% and up, so I'd like to ...
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Why is the nutritional composition of tofu different from soybeans?

The fat:carbs:protein ratios in soybeans is about 25%:35%:40%. In tofu (which is made from soybeans) these ratios change to roughly 35%:10%:55%, so it becomes a low carb food. Where did all the ...
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Rendering fat by sous vide

I've seen that fat will render at 55-60 degrees centigrade using sous vide - but my question is how long that would be expected to take?
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Is it safe to mix vegetable and animal fats? [closed]

There are so many russian internet-resourses that - without any proof - warn about mixing the above, because it can "drastically increase the fat absorption", but I couldn't find the same claim in ...
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Make seitan “fattier”

Any idea how to incorporate more fat into seitan? With the purpose to bind flavor for richer and more complex taste, similar to beef.
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How to make chapati/parathas/pooris remain soft for a long time?

I want chapati and parathas (same dough is used for both) to remain very soft for a long time. I originally asked in the comments here: Why doesn't my whole wheat dough pass the Poke Test? and ...
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Could I substitute peanut butter in place of butter or crisco for cookies?

In the ever-present attempt to be healthier, I've started using peanut butter in place of crisco to keep the sugars together for my cookie dough snack (sans egg.) How would the same substitute hold ...
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Are there low-fat substitutes for shortening in baking?

My husband has just had stints put into his heart and is now on a fat/salt/sugar diet. I do all the cooking and enjoy making things from scratch. I am trying to adjust my recipes for his new diet. ...
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thicken stew with excess floating fat

I skim fat from my stews and then thicken it with a roux or cornstarch. Is there a way to directly thicken with the floating fat?
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Calculating homemade yogurt's fat

I'm currently using a very "rich" whole milk with 3.8% fat. Out of one liter milk, I get 850cc yogurt (as some part of the water will evaporate throughout cooking. The question is: how much fat will ...
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How do I render large quantities of suet?

I am trying to render 100lb beef suet to tallow as well. How can I do this efficiently? Should I use stove, crock pot, or stove pot? How many pounds should I render in each batch? Do I need to add ...
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What can I do with the fat skimmed from chicken stock?

Two days ago I prepared some chicken stock. During the preparation, I took care to skim the grayish foam (as per procedure) and all went well. I usually freeze it for future use but this time I didn't ...
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How fast does pork fat spoil?

I have a mini-oven with a tray I use to fry my bacon for breakfast. Quite a bit of fat leaks out from the bacon onto the tray. It sits there, in room temperature for a day or two, then I put more ...
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Why does the fat on my chicken broth sometimes solidify, sometimes not?

I've been making chicken broth pretty much the same way for decades. I cut up a whole chicken, cutting through the bones of all but the breast and thighs (to release marrow). I pretty deeply brown the ...
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At what temperature will the fats on meat render?

I am expectantly awaiting the arrival of a sous vide circulator. I saw a clip where someone cooked a duck breast sous vide, finishing it off in a frying pan to crisp the skin. That simply makes no ...
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How does fat affect gluten development in strudel/phyllo dough?

I'd like to prepare a strudel/phyllo dough from scratch, and I have noticed that the recipe calls for about 10%-12% of olive oil mixed into the strudel dough. I have learnt that oil and/or fat ...
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Substitues for Vegetable Oil -Spread-

A cake recipe of mine calls for ½ cup of Vegetable Oil Spread (Specifically stating 70% fat), which I don't currently have. I found questions that deal with substituting either Butter for Oil, Oil ...
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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Does ghee make a good substitution for lard?

I'm trying out a recipe which requires sauteeing something in lard. A lot of people seem to recommend butter as a substitute for lard, but I'm not fond of sauteeing in butter, because of the low ...
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How effective is the George Foreman grill in draining fat from cooking meat?

New to this site, and new to cooking, well cooking properly. I have in my possession a George Foreman grill, not because of the advertising hype, but because I have a very limited space for cooking ...
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Chicken fat solidifies on hot broth

I am really curious about the behavior of chicken fat in soup. Why does the top layer of fat (in contact with the air) on hot broth form a thin skin that can be lifted off the surface of the soup? ...
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Estimating the fat content of homemade chicken foot gelatin

I recently simmered a pot of chicken feet (including skin) for the first time and made an astonishingly gelatinous gelatin. It's clearly suffused with chicken fat, but I have no idea how much -- I ...
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What is the science or chemistry of the creaming method in baking? [duplicate]

Please help me understand the chemistry of fat in baking as it applies to the creaming method.
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Will flavors marry in compound butter if given sufficient time to rest?

Edit: I plan to actually do a blind taste test to put this question to bed and satisfy my curiosity. If anybody wants to beat me to it, please feel free. If you make a salsa (for example) and store ...
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What are the benefits of making butter at home?

I've recently realized how easy it is to make your own butter at home (thanks, SA!). Are there any significant benefits to this as opposed to buying butter in the grocery store? I do not have access ...
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Why would I want to use the creaming method in waffles?

All good chemical leavened waffle recipes I have had (the ones from New best recipe, Bittman, etc.) instruct me to melt solid fats before adding them to the waffle batter. I only once tried a recipe ...
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Is there any difference between a given cream and mix of different milks resulting in the same fat percentage?

Is there any difference between a given cream and mix of different milks resulting in the same fat percentage? For example, is there any difference in a half-and-half cream, say 16% of fat, and a 50% ...
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Storing and re-using rendered duck fat

I recently made duck confit in my slow cooker. I purchased a 2 lb container of rendered duck fat for that purpose, which I'd like to save. Is it possible to re-use the fat? If so, how should I store ...
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How do I add healthy fats to my daughter's diet? [closed]

My daughter is going through a growth spurt right now and having trouble sleeping through the night. I asked this question on ParentingSE and based on what I wrote, the advice I have gotten is that a ...
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Why isn't the beef fat in my chili melting?

I'm making some Texas-style chili ("beans optional" :) for the second time, and the fat on my brisket just does not want to melt. As the recipe instructs, the chili sits on the stove for 4+ hours at a ...
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What oil/fat is best for basting sunny-side-up eggs?

I've recently gotten into sunny side up eggs. I definitely like the top to be set up a bit, so I baste them in the hot cooking oil. I'm wondering what oils and fats people find best for this. So far ...
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Fat content in homemade stock

First of all, I don't know the difference between stock, broth and bouillon in english (not my native language), but what I mean is when you cook for example a chicken carcass with vegetables for a ...
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Should I pour off the liquified fat while cooking bacon?

At home, I'm likely to cook bacon stovetop in a cast iron skillet. In commercial kitchens I've worked in, bacon goes on sheet pans in the oven. In each case, I usually pour off excess fat once or ...
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Is “ghee” clarified butter or beurre noisette?

Reading the Wikipedia pages on “Ghee,” “Clarified butter” and “Beurre noisette” has left me somewhat confused as to what ghee is. Some statements on the pages seem to suggest that it's always ...
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Replacing cream and butter in a carrot casserole/pie

Casserole from pureed carrot (it may be a "pie" rather than a "casserole" though - my footing in Anglo cooking terms isn't very strong, feel free to edit) is a traditional Finnish recipe. ...
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Blow torching meat after sous vide - add fat or not?

After I pull the meat out of the sous vide and then use a blow torch to sear it, should I use a fat on it or not? Will that get a better crust on it?
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What limitations are there to sauteeing with water?

I was recently helping with some recipes and was instructed to use water for "sauteeing" onions, celery, garlic, etc in place of oil (scare quotes on "saute" since it involves frying in oil or other ...
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Does searing cause more or less oil to be absorbed than frying?

Let's assume that I have two identical pans, with equal amounts of oil in each, and two practically identical slices of tofu (or whatever else, but I'm referring to items that would be more spongiform ...
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Proper grease for a meat slicer blade

I just found an old hand cranked meat slicer which I can use to slice homemade lunch meats. It was free, but it obviously hasn't been used awhile. Inside there are two gears, and a bearing on which ...
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Grilling duck - How can I get the fat?

I'm going to grill a whole duck tomorrow. I am going to steam the duck before so the fat will render off. When that's complete, I am going to have a pot full of duck fat and leftover water. ...
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Why does Béarnaise separate as opposed to crème brûlée or lemon curd?

When making creme brulees in the oven, they are heated to something like 100° C, or over. When making bernaise, heating it like that is a sure way of making it separate. As far as I've understood, it ...
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How can non-hydrogenated shortening exist?

I'm having a hard time looking up this question, but I have some palm oil shortening and I see some coconut oil shortening that are both non-hydrogenated. I thought the oils would be more liquid than ...
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Rendered pork fat vs lard vs bacon fat?

What is the difference between "rendered pork fat", lard, and bacon fat? I've seen lots of references to rendered pork fat in the Momofuku cookbook, references to lard in one of my Schezuan ...
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Which type of oil/fat should I use for deep frying?

I just got my first ever deep fryer yesterday. Looking round in the shops, I found that I can get bottled frying oil, or a white solid block type of fat which I've never used before, I guess it may be ...
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Oil/Fat substitutes in bread

I have a bread machine and make bread using margarine (I need to avoid all dairy). The problem is the margarine doesn't always mix properly and sometimes ends up on the outside of the dough, leaving ...
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Funky taste - Oil or Fat?

I cooked some Turkey sausage out of the casing in about 3/4 a tablespoon of canola oil (recipe called for olive oil). I tried to drain out most of the grease. I added some soft cheese to it and ...
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Why wouldn't you strain hamburger grease after cooking?

So I've got a friend who makes many dishes involving hamburger but doesn't ever strain it. The grease is added to a dish like Shepard's pie which to me just seems very gross. I see alot of posts ...
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How much of the oil will stay in french fries?

Is there a fixed percentage of how much of the oil used to frying french fries will stay in the served french fries? I guess that it depends on things like dimension of the french fries, frying ...
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Replacing butter with olive oil

This is more of a food preparation/health question since it's after the food has been cooked. Recently I've been substituting butter with olive oil. For example, baked potatoes, instead of butter and ...
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How does meat nutritional profile change in freezing?

My teacher said that you cannot stop fats going bad with freezing. So fatty meat is not good idea to freeze over a long time. Are there other factors to consider in freezing meat?