Questions on understanding and manipulating the flavor of foods.

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What characteristics decide what cheese works well with what dish? [closed]

While ingredients are a matter of taste, there are some physical and chemical characteristics of cheese that objectively make it a more "Recommended" choice for a type of dish. I believe the ...
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What is a non-pork substitute for Italian sausage?

We do not have genuine pork Italian sausages here in Israel. When a recipe like Ragu or Bolognese calls for Italian sausage, what meat could be used as a substitute for ground pork, and what ...
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Should you ever add aromatic veggies to a dish without sauteing them first?

Many recipes and cooking blog posts emphasize the importance of sauteing aromatic veggies to release their flavor and reduce the bite. This gave me the impression that when aromatic veggies are ...
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What is the maximum temperature to use when cooking with flavor oils?

I'm using standard LorAnn's flavoring oils, which are supposed to be for 'high temperature' cooking with candy. So far 275 degrees F works as far as the flavor goes, but it's bad for efficiency, as ...
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How do you get the flavor out of dried peppers?

A recipe calls for dry chili peppers for my Moroccan fish. I know sweating fresh chili peppers will release the flavor, but how do you release the flavor of dry spices like dried chili peppers?
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Leather flavour

A long time ago (ten years I think) I had leather, mint and tobacco chocolates at the Fat Duck. I've made pretty good tobacco ones, and I've been trying to work out how to do the leather ones. My ...
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What are the marinating times for different cuts of chicken?

From whole bird to breasts to thighs, wings and drumsticks. What is the advised marinating time for different cuts of chicken? Is having skin on or off affects the time or the ingredients that go into ...
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Can old eggs affect my Creme Brulee?

I have about a dozen eggs which are very near the expiration date and about half a dozen week or so old eggs. Now I thought I could either take advantage and whip up a Creme Brulee. My question is, ...
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What is the reason my veggies cook unevenly?

Today I sauteed some onions and in some spots they were caramelizing nicely while in others they were slightly burnt. Anyone knows who could be the possible culprit? I am betting on the frying pan ...
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Off Garlic! Can we fix recipe?

HELP! My darling husband has started dinner for us, but upon tasting the tomato sauce for our lasagne, it seems the garlic was off! It tastes like damp, wet, mildew, blah! Is there anything I can do ...
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What are the pros and cons of using clarified butter as opposed to regular butter?

I am about to start making clarified butter and I want to know how removing the milk solids affects the end result when sauteing, making flavor bases and other things. I like the idea of cooking with ...
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How to prevent greek yoghurt getting more sour

My mum has always liked making home made yoghurt, but the major problem with it has been the fact that it gets more sour over time. The night after she makes it the flavour is usually a perfect ...
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How does the choice of vegetable ratio and processing steps influence the taste of mirepoix?

There are sources on the internet, but each one touches only one or two areas and some contradict each other. For example they say "two parts onions for other veggies" but videos always show equal ...
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Is there such a thing as “sweet” carrots?

These days I am trying to get my wife to eat her carrots. Usually we are just boiling them, and adding some spices and butter. But she swears that she used to eat sweet carrots, but she can't say how ...
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What flavors are in Mountain Dew?

Mtn Dew is often described as 'citrus' flavor but that is a broad range of fruits with infinite possible combinations. I would like to figure out a Mountain Dew 'substitute' using fruit juices...with ...
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Is it possible to mature shop-bought hard cheese?

Is there a way in which I can continue the maturation process for blocks of shop-bought cheddar (or other hard) cheese of around 190g "packed in a protective atmosphere". The cheese is too bland for ...
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How can I get the most flavor out of cashews?

I'd like to make a soup that uses cashews for much of its flavor. For some reason, I can only use a limited number of cashews, but I can use them in any way I want. How can I get the most cashew ...
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My split pea soup is bland

I have never cooked for myself and have just tried to cook split pea soup in a slow cooker. I tasted it after 3 hours and it had no taste at all. I simply put dry peas (pre split) in with water and a ...
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What to do when I accidentally put too much salt on the meat?

I'm still learning to cook, and yesterday I put too much salt on the meat when I was cooking it. What I can I do to not waste the meat? I still have some raw meat but I'm afraid to make it too salty ...
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What causes flavors to “marry”?

I'm looking at vinegar-based BBQ sauce recipes, and a lot of them tell you to let the mixture sit for a day in order for the flavors to balance each other out. I've also seen this advice for curries ...
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Can I freeze (raw) Brussels Sprouts to mimic the effects of frost?

This year has been a very mild winter and all the Brussels Sprouts in the shops are quite bitter as they have not undergone any overnight frosts. Can I mimic the effects of an overnight frost by ...
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How to add maple and brown sugar to cream of wheat

I'm a total novice to good cooking. I was wondering how to add my own maple and brown sugar to regular cream of wheat. I live in Canada and cannot get the full box of maple and brown sugar c.o.w. and ...
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Quattro Stagioni pizza comes out unbalanced

I like to make my own pizzas from scratch, including kneading the dough myself etc, and they usually work out pretty fine. But there is one problem with Quattro Stagioni pizzas, where you're supposed ...
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Stewing Tomatoes for a Purée(sauce)

Aside from water, are there any other liquids I can use to stew tomatoes to make a purée? I was thinking maybe chicken stock or vegetable but don't know how that would taste or if it would even be ...
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What biological factors affect a meat's taste?

What biological factors affect a meat's taste? Does the relatedness of species affect their meat's taste? For example would the meat from two different placental mammals taste more similar to each ...
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How do I reduce the lime flavor in my Slow Cooker roast?

I placed limes in with my roast and now it tastes like Limes. How do I get rid of this over the top Lime Flavor. Any suggestions?
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Doubling a soup recipe with a smaller than necessary pot

In doubling a squash soup recipe, I've got all the ingredients in the pot except for the doubled amount of liquids (broth and water). I wonder whether I can wait to add the remaining 5 cups of liquid ...
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Why do we like dessert, but not extremely salty, sour, umami, or bitter foods alone? [closed]

This is a "soft" question that's been bothering me for a while. When cooking savory dishes, we usually try to balance out the five basic flavors (sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter) so that none ...
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Is there a way to experience pepper's endorphins effects without the burning sensation?

When preparing dinner, my friend and I sometimes argue over the amount of pepper. It is often ‘too hot’ for him while I enjoy the heat effects (endorphins) of capsaicin (chili peppers) and piperine ...
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adjust flavor from inexpensive brandy

I put cheap brandy in my sauce for stew and it smells like gasoline. Can you adjust this in any way? Of course I made enough for a big group coming over tonight!
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Flavor difference between marzipan and persipan

I know that persipan is a cheap substitute for marzipan, using apricot or peach kernels in place of almonds. How do the flavor profiles of these two food items differ? Is marzipan really "better" in ...
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Pros and cons of a brass hip flask

I have been considering buying a hip flask for some time now. I have been holding off from getting the cheap varieties because I hear they impart a metallic taste to the alcohol. If I had my druthers, ...
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Flavor in avocadoes gone forever?

I got some made-in-store supermarket guacamole yesterday and it was a new low in bland, watery, flavorless avocado meat. I have read that the reason modern avocadoes taste bland is because they use a ...
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What is the purpose of baking a cooked pot pie filling?

I will be making chicken pot pie for about 350 people at a conference, but I'm making the filling separate from the biscuit topping. The plan is to serve the pot pie in a disposable container, ...
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Is it possible to improve one's taste palette through practice or other methods?

Good day, this seems more of a biology question rather than a cooking question, however, I don't know where else to ask. My question is simple? Is it possible to train someones tongue to be more ...
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Why does my apple crumble develop a bitter aftertaste?

I tend to make Apple Crumble in a very basic way, using Bramley apples cooked down with plenty of sugar ( enough to leave a little tartness to balance out the sweet crumble mix ) and a bit of ...
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Why did my ginger garlic paste have a bitter aftertaste?

I cooked a base for indian sauce based on lots of onion, homemade ginger garlic paste, some veggies (I used carrot, a little napa cabbage, bell peppers) and spices. After cooking, the sauce had an ...
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Do cooled-down/chilled toasted black sesame seeds taste nearly raw again?

The consensus seems to be that toasted (black) sesame seeds taste better than their raw counterpart. But what happens to the improved flavour when those toasted sesame seeds cool down or get ...
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What effect have bay leaves in a meat/tomato sauce?

A bolognese-type sauce recipe I usually do uses ground beef, canned tomatoes, onions, carrots, chilli, garlic and bay leaf. The bay leaf gets cooked with the rest for a while and the sauce tastes ...
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How can I make my own Super Noodles/instant noodle seasoning?

I like BBQ Beef Super Noodles, but they don't taste the same as they used to. The flavour sachet is not as strong as it used to be (maybe they use more filler nowadays). I can buy plain egg noodles, ...
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How can I get weak-tasting tomatoes?

I love the weak tomatoes that you get at fast food restaurants like Subway. Whenever I buy tomatoes from the grocery store or the farmer's market, they're too strong and I end up throwing them out. ...
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Sweet and sour chicken not sticky

I have been trying now for a while to make sticky sweet and sour chicken. It tastes great. But its not sticky. How do I achieve this? I only use chicken wings for this. I make a sweet and sour sauce ...
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How are crisp flavours made?

So, in my local supermarket, I stumbled upon these bags of "Wiltshire Cured Ham, Mature Cheddar and Farmhouse Chutney" flavoured crisps (a.o.) and inquisitive as I am I couldn't help myself but to try ...
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What are some flavors that have a strong early presence?

I've just started using Soylent and I'm in the process of making it more palatable. Most of the flavors I've tried adding help, but they come in as an aftertaste. What are some flavors I can try ...
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Is “sealing in the flavor” an actual thing?

Someone mentioned searing food to "seal in the flavor". My response was that searing was a way to add a delicious crust, and nothing more or less. However, I recently noticed a frozen food mentioning ...
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How can I process clear avocado oil with a pleasant scent, and how can I dry it faster?

I am processing my oil by cold press. I have to dry it first. I have three challenges: The color of my oil is darker than intended. My oil has a very strong smell. I am seeking a cheaper and faster ...
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Why does my coffee late taste different when pouring the milk before I add the coffee?

I always have a home made coffee late in the mornings. I use a moka pot. I usually add the coffee to the glass and then add heated up milk. I add milk until the colour of the coffee looks how I like ...
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How to clear your palate between different flavored dishes when cooking?

I found myself making a couple of disparate-tasting dishes. One was a salad dressing with blue cheeses and garlic, and another was meat flavored with thyme and rosemary. I tried to taste both while ...
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How to reproduce charcoal flavor in steaks and burgers from restaurants

Recently I went to a couple of restaurants. I had a burger at one and a steak at the other, both had a distinct taste that I can't describe. Kind of a charcoal taste but I know they were cooked over ...
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Is sweet-tasting raw kale normal?

I just tried eating kale for the first time, raw, in a salad without any dressings, and to my surprise it did not taste bitter at all unlike descriptions of its taste that I've seen online. In fact it ...