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Which oils are considered flavorless?

The cake recipe is calling for a vegetable oil. I have refined sunflower oil, and refined soyabean oil. Do they qualify for flavourless oils? I haven't noticed any taste in any oil by now! Taste buds ...
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How to prevent unwanted taste transfer?

This was surprising to me. Every other week I make straw fries. These are kept on the counter in a plastic container and with kitchen-paper. The container is open because otherwise the fries lose ...
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What is the correct temperature when extracting saffron flavour?

I have several recipes that call for saffron. Obviously, they all say to put the saffron in some water to extract the flavour so it spreads more evenly in the dish. However, there is no mention of the ...
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Which wines have a strong, bitter flavor?

I experimented with adding wine and dark chocolate to a sauce. The result was generally OK, but the wine was not strong enough in comparison to the chocolate, I would have liked more of its taste to ...
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Meat and fruit dessert

I'm having an event where one of the rules is that every dish has to contain both fruit and meat. I've spent the last half hour pondering as to what should I prepare as dessert. Question: What makes ...
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What savory flavors would pair well with chocolate pasta?

I want to experiment with making savory homemade pasta with cocoa powder. I think the earthy flavor and dark color will be striking. I have been thinking about what kinds of flavors could be used for ...
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How would I add heat to a brine?

I am interested in making roast chicken with a bit of a kick. I'm thinking about adding heat to the brine, but I'm not sure what the best way of doing that would be. How would brine work with hot ...
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What chemical(s) gives molasses its flavor so that it is used as an ingredient?

I'm curious why there isn't a zero-calorie molasses substitute. The USDA nutrient database lists a bunch of minerals, but what is it that gives it the "taste" of molasses?
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What are the ways of classifying bread?

What words and dimensions are used to describe bread and their recipes? I realize describing bread is subjective, I'm only looking for common words to describe bread.
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Painted Pony beans pate

I'm going to make a pate using Painted Pony beans as a base. I want to add roasted walnuts, but I don't know whether basil and garlic would be acceptable to put to the dish. Would this make for a ...
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What's the best way to learn what each seasoning is?

For example, Iike cayenne pepper is spicy and marjorum has a smoky flavor. I just want to learn the different flavors of each seasoning, so I can know exactly what seasonings to use for the different ...
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What causes lemons to be bitter when cooked and how to avoid it?

I know that the bitter taste in lemons is due to the rind (the white part), but I don't understand why there are recipes where it's ok and others where the taste is just terrible. I recently ...
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How can I quickly save a tasteless curry?

I made a curry last night for this evenings meal. The main components of it are aubergines, yoghurt, ginger, tumeric, cumin and chilli. After cooking it I tasted it and it is sadly quite tasteless. ...
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How do I remove bitterness from zucchini?

I have thin-sliced zucchini and steamed it for use in my soup. One of the zucchini turns out to be bitter. I have saved half of it for use on the next day. Is there a cooking method that will remove ...
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How to balance out sourness of lemon juice, specifically in a mayonnaise?

I've just made some mayonnaise, and it's turned out fine - texture wise. However, I used too much lemon juice when I made it. What are the possible ways to balance this out, mellowing the 'zing'? It's ...
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Does beetroot and chorizo work together in a dish

I'm currently going through a phase of cooking a lot of beetroot. I also love Chorizo. I was thinking of doing a Beetroot and chorizo risotto. But I'm unsure if the flavour profile would complement ...
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What is the black, slightly sweet, flavour in some Asian food?

It seems to be a popular ingredient in Asian (esp. Chinese?) food. I encountered them on pork spareribs, and some side dishes. Apparently it turns everything completely black when it is added. I can ...
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Counteracting a metallic taste in canned tomatoes?

I used some canned tomatoes to make chili, which normally works fine, but today it has a really strong metallic flavor. From what I can tell, this is just because they're probably low-quality, so I ...
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What does 6% acidity taste like?

A friend and I have been doing research on a recipe and he encountered a statement to the effect that the result should be around "6% acidity." I am not familiar with what this would mean in the ...
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How to extract the most flavor out of vanilla beans?

Today I made creme brulee, which I'm not very familiar with but have done once or twice. The consistancy was fine, aswell as the caramelized sugar, but it had a very low taste of vanilla, even though ...
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Is there an aging process by which to “oak” meat?

I was hoping there might be more ideas under this question, but I have been reading up on aging and curing meat and would like to know if there is some kind of process that, while aging the meat, can ...
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What causes chicken fat on the surface of soup, and does it add flavor to the dish?

I was making a Japanese ramen soup recipe which involved cooking raw diced chicken thigh in the soup for a few minutes. Soon after adding the chicken to the soup, globules of fat started appearing on ...
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Why do drinks drunk from a glass instead of a bottle taste differently?

Cola drunken out of a glass instead to a bottle/can taste differently to me; it is much better. Is this due to more aroma smelled by your nose when drinking out of open glass changing the kind of ...
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Does sesame seed oil taste like toasted sesame seeds?

When you have sesame seeds on a toasted bun, is that what sesame seed oil tastes like?
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What Sampling Bread to use for Pulled Pork, open faced?

I'm making a bacon based chili with smoked pulled pork (orange juice marinade by injection, smoked dried pusilla/ancho/guajillo rub) where I reserve all the liquid at the end of the process, roux it ...
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Principles of full flavour in dishes

I have become interested in learning how to cook better, and how cooking works. I prepared a dish, a kind-of pie made from tortillas as the base and top, with potato, feta cheese, sauteed soft rings ...
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Is it safe to eat marinated beef that has been frozen for three days?

What if I marinated beef with oyster sauce, salt, sugar, soy sauce, garlic and onion but put into freezer for 3 days. Is it still good to eat?
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3:1 ratio of oil:vinegar, vinaigrette — how can I use this in soups?

The introduction in the book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking mentions that this mixture can be used to flavor meat and many other dishes. I have created many soups and I ...
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Does splitting spaghetti in half change the taste?

I've heard that splitting spaghetti in half before cooking them change the taste. Is it true?
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What does vanilla extract add to a recipe?

I have been cooking for a while and have noticed small amount of Vanilla extract needed in cakes, cookies, muffins, even a smoothie recipe. Often times I forget the Vanilla or don't have any. What ...
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Which part of yellow cake batter gives it the yellow cake flavor?

We recently made a cobbler by adding oil, water, and powdered yellow cake mix (from a box) on top of sugary fruit filling and it came of the oven crispy and delicious with that distinctive yellow cake ...
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How to remove the bitter taste from green bell pepper?

Green pepper has a more bitter taste than red or yellow pepper. Are there tricks to remove or diminish this bitter taste? A special way of cooking, or adding a bit of sugar or something maybe?
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Lamb's Gamey Flavor

Lamb has long been one of my least favorite meats due to its gamey flavor. However, some lamb dishes that have been prepared for me tasted great with very little gamey flavor. But I have never been ...
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How can I make the most effective use of high-quality olive oil?

I was recently in an organic market and sampled some of the finest olive oil I've ever tasted. I bought a bottle, and I'm now looking for ways to maximize my enjoyment of it. I'm familiar with ...
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What ingredient adds the sweetness on Croissants in Europe?

I'm travelling in Europe right now, and in France, Spain, and Italy I've had croissants and similar pastries. Unlike the ones I've had in America, these have a bit of sweetness to them - my intuition ...
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Does the drying out of vegetables affect the taste after cooking?

If I cut the onions and vegetables in the morning, they dry up till evening. Is there a taste change when you eat cooked vegetables, which dried out over 8 hours (before cooking)?
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How to get rid of the taste of flour in homemade bakery?

I usually get random cookie and cake recipes from the internet and try them. They are good but all of them have floury taste to me. Possible culprits are the flour I use and how I mix and bake dough. ...
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How can I make my lemonade more tart/tangy?

I'm making lemonade, but no matter what ratios of lemon to sugar I use, I can't get that tartness and tang that I can taste in my favourite commercial drinks. I noticed that even with drinks that ...
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Why is my icecream bitter?

I am new to making homemade ice cream. I just started to feel confident with plain vanilla, so it was time for the next step - adding fruit. The custard recipe says it can be turned into fruit ice ...
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Is nigella oil (black cumin or black caraway) aromatic?

I have a weak spot for aromatic oils. Not essential oils, but the cooking oils like hazelnut oil and avocado oil. I love making dishes where they are the primary flavour component (e.g. a veloute ...
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How to cover up bad jenever?

Last weekend, I bought a bottle of passion fruit jenever. Normally, this tastes very sweet and has a nice fruity flavour. But unfortunately, I had to buy a brand with which I'm not familiar with. The ...
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Frozen yogurt flavor pairings

I like to make homemade yogurt and I am experimenting with timing to get my yogurt to be not so sour but still completely set. Yogurt is, by definition, quite acidic since that is what sets the ...
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Masking the grass flavor of green tea

I would like to start drinking green tea regularly. Unfortunately I am much more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. On top of my general apathy towards tea I happen to think that green tea in ...
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“Odd” flavor in some white fish - how to predict?

I am able to taste a flavor in some fish (usually white fish) that most other people do not (I also can smell the asparagus pee smell, and am a strong taster ... but not supertaster?... of bitter ...
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Counter to bitterness in soup

My minestrone turned out too bitter. How can I counter it? The soup contains tomatoes, pasta, Savoy cabbage, celery, carrots, burnt sautéed garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Sugar seems to be ...
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Why do cauliflower or brussels sprouts sometimes taste bitter, and (how) can I avoid it?

Cauliflower or Brussels Sprouts sometimes taste slightly bitter after cooking. Is this some mistake in the way they are cooked or is that just the vegetables themselves?
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Reducing the saltiness of commercially prepared seasoning

I've been cooking a certain brand of noodles, and noticed that the seasoning provided is quite salty than you'd expect. Is there a way to reduced the saltiness without a noticeable change in flavor? ...
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How does one remove the “fishy flavor” from seafood?

My sister really doesn't like a strong fish flavor and is very picky. Are there any effective ways to prepare the seafood in such a manner that reduces the fishy flavor/taste? If "seafood" is too ...
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What flavorants stand up to long cooking?

My answer to this question (link) prompted a question in my own mind. I wanted to share some tips regarding when to add herbs, spices, aromatics, etc., and had a few suggestions (bay leaves and garlic ...
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How Can I Tell If Meat Has Been Brined?

My wife and I were eating some rotisserie chicken the other night and she commented something to the effect of "I think they brined this because I can taste the seasoning pretty deep in the meat." I ...