Questions on understanding and manipulating the flavor of foods.

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How to reduce the bitter taste in broccoli rabe

My typical way to cook broccoli rabe is to saute it in olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes for a few minutes and then eat it just above room temp. While I don't mind the bitter taste others do. ...
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Can I increase the cocoa content in fudge?

I've been using a standard fudge recipe that works great, and yet I only wish was that it was even more chocolatey, with more cocoa taste. If it was less sweet that would be fine, too. Can I ...
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Resource for combining flavors [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is some online resource that compiles different flavors and their combinations. I'm imagining some site that I could search one tag or several, say "orange" and "cake", and ...
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Balance overly sweet liqueurs

When dealing with particularly sweet liqueurs, in particular Midori (a very sweet melon flavored liqueur), I tend to find their sugary nature overpowering the rest of the drink. What is the best way ...
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Why does food taste bland when we are sick? [closed]

Once, I had a high fever and everything I ate seemed to taste bland. Why is this so?
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Basic carrier sauce/syrup for different sweet flavors?

I have an application where I would like to have a half dozen different flavors (all sweet) that are in the form of a sauce or slightly viscous liquid. Rather then 6 recipes I am hoping to find a ...
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Is it a good idea or a waste to fry with olive oil? [duplicate]

A NY Times article says it's a waste: After I’d heated them, none of the olive oils had much olive flavor left. In fact, they didn’t taste much different from the seed oils. But How to Cook ...
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How to add flavouring ingredients to steamed or boiled veggies?

I'm a newbie cook from to prepare the nightly dinner for my wife and I. I usually have a meat and stream or boil sweet potato, corn, Brussels sprouts, asparagus or broccolini. It occurred to me that ...
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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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Why does melted asiago impart a strong numbing mouthfeel?

I've put asiago in a couple dishes as of late (mac and cheese as well as a risotto) and always tend to get a strong taste accompanied by an almost ... numbing sensation in the mouth. Is this normal of ...
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How can I tweak this (US) Southern themed cocktail? [closed]

It periodically falls to me to produce thematically-sound cocktails for wife's Book Club meetings. Tomorrow, we are serving the Southern Discomfort (for 'Gone Girl'): 2 oz blood orange juice 1 oz ...
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Other uses for Korean salted shrimp

I purchased a jar of tiny Korean salted shrimp to make kimchi. Since I only use a teaspoon or so at a time for the kimchi, I wondered if there were other (Korean or otherwise) creative uses for these ...
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Why does curry flavor improve overnight (beyond the effects of permeation and infusion)?

The flavor of a curry usually improves overnight. Harsh overtones mellow and disparate elements combine for a richer, more coherent result. Some people think this is just because the flavors from ...
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Re-boiling of tea?

I used to keep tea in thermos container after preparing. But i want to know how to keep it hot when serving within 5-10 minutes. When I reboil it as-is, then it becomes tasteless: it's like ...
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How can I improve rich taste of spiced milk tea?

I don't have experience in preparing milk tea. I do have good previous experiences with preparing lemon tea, ice tea and black tea. I mostly used to drink black tea or lemon tea, but nowadays I have ...
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pre-soaking tea in cold water prior to brewing

My friend recently gave me the advice that tea bag should be soaked in a little bit (barely enough to submerge the tea bag) of cold water for a couple of minutes. Then hot water should be added to ...
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What helps against astringent mouthfeel from spinach or chard?

Spinach and chard dishes, if prepared from fresh veggies, have a somehow astringent mouthfeel, that can be unpleasant. Does anybody know what exactly causes this mouthfeel chemically and/or knows a ...
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What determines the 'saltiness' of salt?

I've bought two brands of salt that are completely different in terms of 'salt' concentration(not sure if this is the correct terminology). I realized this because I needed three or four times more ...
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How to help my vegetable beef soup that I added too much tomato to?

I was making my homemade vegetable beef soup and put too many cans of tomato sauce and paste in it. My husband says it is a tomato soup instead of a vegetable beef soup. What can I do to improve it?
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How to add flavor to potato soup (using minimally processed ingredients)? [closed]

I've made my first potato soup and it has no taste. Just to get an idea this is how I made it: chopped and onion and a carrot and place them with some oil to fry. After the onion got brown, I added ...
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How to add a salty/bacon flavor and texture to vegan collard greens?

As a vegan of nearly a year bacon has come as a "great loss" and my collard greens have suffered for it greatly. I have been experimenting with tvp bacon bits, vegan bacon strips (both frozen and ...
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How should I order unknown wines in a tasting

I hope this is not too off-topic. We are doing a wine tasting soon, where everyone presents a wine (assume all red, dry). As there will be a wide variety of types, I think the order is quite ...
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How to bring taste back when too much creme fraiche is added

Occasionally it happens that I add to much creme fraiche to a pasta sauce. Recently this happened with a pasta that contained aubergine, courgette, white mushroom, onion, chicken and some pepper and ...
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Can salt make sour fruit seem sweeter?

I got a little debate started via the comments on this answer. The poster suggests the use of salt to make a sour kiwifruit-sauce taste sweeter in the same way you would use salt to make something ...
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How do I cook with bay leaves?

I am an amateur hobbyist cook. So a lot of the time I will toss in a dash of something, taste the dish, and add a bit more. Experimenting sometimes with disastrous results... but I learn :) One spice ...
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roasted garlic vs. raw

Without giving it much thought, I've always roasted garlic for use in cooked preparations (hummus, spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, etc.), and used it raw for uncooked preparations (salad dressings, ...
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How to make flavoured salt for potato chips

A chips shop offers potato chips (french fries, in the US) in different flavour like chicken, chicken roast, bar b q, et cetera. I saw they make simple potato chips and then add a salt type stuff to ...
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PH and sour / acid taste

I had always thought low pH foods had a noticeable sour (acid) taste, and vice-versa. But when reading The Bread Builders by Daniel Wing & Allan Scott, on page 54, it says: The sour taste of ...
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Why do US chicken taste “gamey”/rancid in no time despite proper storage?

I am a new member. We are relatively new to the US, moved here 8 years ago, originally from Asia. I've purchased the chicken brands Foster Farms, Costco/Kirkland, Save Mart, Safeway, and more, but no ...
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Why does readymade food always have so much flavor to it? [closed]

What am I doing wrong. When I make food it's never as flavorful however much seasonings I use.
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How does the shape of an espresso cup affect the flavor?

Similar to the question: Why do drinks drunk from a glass instead of a bottle taste differently? Where the top answer notes the logic behind each glass for a particular drink: Wine glasses, for ...
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Lemon cake has no flavor

I have tried and tried numerous recipes for lemon pound cake. None of them taste very lemony. I tried adding extra lemons n lemon extract but no real difference. The only thing to make it taste ...
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Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?

To try to narrow the scope and help deduce an answer to this question, I'm wondering: Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?
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Can texture affect taste?

I was about to write to a friend: "...but texture affects taste", when I stopped to wonder if this is in fact the case. After some research I'm still not sure of the answer. Wikipedia's article on ...
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To chop or to blend?

Many dishes start off by finely chopping and then frying vegetables (usually onions, carrots, celery and maybe garlic) to get a good flavour base. If you want to get the maximum flavour would it not ...
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Can food be boiled “extra fast/hard” in water?

Once water is boiling you can either leave the heat on quite high, or turn it down a bit so that it just keeps boiling. Apart from extra water vaporating, does this have any effect on the taste of ...
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How to prevent food colouring changing the taste of food?

I am a keen baker with a big sweet tooth. I often use coloured icing and sponge when I bake, but often the colouring I use changes the taste of the icing/sponge. Does anyone know how to prevent the ...
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How is it that (temperature) heat makes some seasonings and foods (spicy) hotter, but mellows others?

Toasting many spices,and heating some peppers increases and brings out the spice and heat. Other foods, such as onions, shallots and garlic (yes, I know they're from the same family; just can't think ...
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What preparation is done to banana peppers?

I only recently moved to an area (Northeast Ohio) where banana peppers are a common topping on pizza and sandwiches, and have discovered I quite like them. When used as a topping, if I were to grow ...
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What to do with too-bitter sorbet?

I made cherry sorbet according to a recipe, only to find that the cherries I'd bought have a strongly bitter taste to them (not unusual for cherries in my experience). Now the sorbet tastes strongly ...
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What is the difference in flavor between a fermented pickle and a vinegar pickle?

I'm interested in experimenting with pickling, and I'm wondering what the difference in flavor is between a classically fermented pickle and one made using vinegar. I've search online, but can't find ...
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What counters astringency?

I've been attempting to make green smoothies lately as part of a health kick. The way I've been doing it is to use a normal smoothie recipe, but to add handfuls of spinach. In general, the results ...
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Lime on Fish tastes Bitter

I recently cooked tilapia in foil packets. I used Season All, and topped eached filet with guajillo salsa (flavored with lime) and lime slices. I noticed a bitter aftertaste when I was eating the ...
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Does using flaked salt make a difference when using it in cooking?

I have a few recipes that call for flaked salt, I can only seem to buy it in bulk 1kg bags here. I want to know that if you use "salt" in a recipe does it really matter to the final taste what kind of ...
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Is it a good idea to grind dried oregano with a mortar and pestle?

Someone explained to me that I could increase the surface area of my herbs significantly when grinding them in a mortar with a bit of salt. It is indeed quite easy to grind them down to a powder. I do ...
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What is a good book about soup?

Thanks for reading! I really love soup, and mine always comes out pretty badly - once in a while I get a good one, but generally pretty disappointing. Can anyone recommend a good book for making ...
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Why is it that white fish do not have as strong of a “fishy” taste as other fish?

As a rule my wife does not like the taste of fish, or pretty much anything that once made its home in the water. However, she's decided to give fish another shot. Not wanting to hit her over the head ...
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Where does the chlorine taste in yogurt come from?

My parents used to make yogurt some years ago. When they tried to make some last month, it turned out very firm and smooth in appearence, but tasted like chlorine. The taste is so strong that even ...
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Does butter reduce perceived sweetness?

In another question I ask about the ideal flour, sugar, butter ratio to use in crumble. It appears that the amount of sugar people add in their recipes depends more closely on how much butter is added ...
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Would a fruit cocktail flavoured cake work?

I am baking a Cinderella Princes cake for my daughter's first birthday party. I have now had the crazy idea of having a rainbow cake under the skirt of the dress. Not only this, but I had another ...