Questions on understanding and manipulating the flavor of foods.

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Aiding the Maillard reaction: Baking Powder or Baking Soda?

I will attempt to cook a Thai Green Chicken Curry. I'll be using cubed boneless chicken thigh which I would like to brown really well. I remember reading somewhere that Baking Powder or Baking Soda ...
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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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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

My crockpot roast beef has the best aroma ever but the flavor of the finished product is only average. I had a 4 pound tri-tip roast and seasoned it with the usual onion, garlic, worcestershire sauce, ...
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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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how to fix pudding that got extra sweet?

i have made the chocolate pudding and accidentally added loads of sugar..now it is too sweet n too sticky..what can i do with it except throwing it out?
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Should brussel sprouts ever taste chemically?

So I got a bunch of what I thought were locally grown organic brussel sprouts from the local coop the other day. They came in an unlabeled zip lock bag, which usually means small local farm. I ...
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What are “goes well with” recommendations based on?

I heard a lot about what food goes well with some sauce or drink. Why does someone say that? Based on what? Do they only try those foods together or is there any sort of property on the food that ...
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What is it that makes bacon so delicious?

I am aware of many of things that bacon has going for it. It is high in fat, high in salt, and smoked. But taking a potato, frying it, covering it in salt, and sprinkling on liquid smoke, does not ...
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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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What is the Chinese celery and cabbage appetizer called and how is it made?

My favorite Chinese restaurant for 30 years closed a few months ago. Back many years ago they had an appetizer that they served when you were seated that was excellent. It was very simple, only ...
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Flavors in Fresca

I was trying to reproduce the flavors in Fresca without very much success. Supposedly it is a grapefruit-flavored drink, but in all honesty it doesn't taste like grapefruit to me, and when I make ...
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How can I mask the flavor of frozen vegetables in soup?

Sometimes it is nice to just grab ingredients from the pantry / freezer and throw things into a pot for a quick "homemade" soup. Typically quick soups like this utilize a mixed bag of frozen ...
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Confused about the addition of garlic

I keep reading online that garlic should be added at the end of dishes because they'll otherwise turn brown and bitter. What confuses me is that a lot of recipes using various methods (sauteeing, ...
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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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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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How does a coffee bean get its smokey flavor?

I've tasted on a number of occasions coffee that has smokey flavor. Is this a natural flavor of the beans or was it acquired in other means (e.g. during the roasting process)?
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What do soybeans taste like?

I've read about the beneficial use of soybean in the food industry, so I wonder what it tastes like? How can it be explained? Does soybean taste like regular beans? Also, what's the difference in ...
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How can I make my dish less sour?

I use peri peri sauce for grilling chicken, but it's coming out to be too sour. How can I neutralize the sauce?
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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 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 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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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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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 can I get more lime flavor into my key lime cake recipe?

I found a great recipe for key lime cake, but it seems to lack the key lime flavor I am looking for. It has lime zest and juice in it, still a great cake, but it seems not enough lime kick to it.
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What is flavor development?

Probably this is something covered in cooking academies/universities, but I'm not a professional chef, I just happen to like cooking a lot, and I want to get better at it. I often hear the phrase ...
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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 can I do about excessive lime flavor in a pork roast?

I marinated a pork roast in lime, garlic, oregano and a little olive oil. The flavor of lime is over-bearing. Is there anything I can do to counter the lime taste?
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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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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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Why does tilapia and swai fish taste like catfish?

I have been cooking fish for over 40 years. Catfish is a fish I can not stand. My family buys and loves tilapia and swai and no matter how I cook, grill, bake, fry, season, marinate, flour it, ...
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Extract v flavoring

What is the difference in measurements when using flavoring vs. extract? I.e.: orange flavoring vs. orange extract. I've used the extract but there is an alcohol taste that I don't want.
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Why did my salsa go bitter?

Recently I made 2 separate batches of salsa from the same ingredients: 1x Red Capsicum 1x Brown Onion 3x Green chilis Half a head of garlic Salt Sugar Lime Juice The first batch was great. I dirced ...
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How do I make tasty seitan in a pressure cooker?

Today I made my first seitan. I mixed gluten some spices and herbs with cold water and kneaded a bit, then boiled in broth for 40 minutes; I failed to leave it undisturbed. When done, the chunks were ...
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Non-spicy flavors for a spicy-hot food lover? [closed]

For medical reasons, my friend who adores spicy-hot food, is trying to cut down. What can we do to food to make it taste "less bland"? Inspired by this post from a stranger
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Does peppermint flavour work with orange flavour? [closed]

I want to make some cupcakes. I want to flavour the body with orange and the top with peppermint (along some blue colouring). Would this work, on a taste level? EDIT The reason why I am asking this ...
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Minimizing or Controlling the Flavor of Infused Butter

When making a butter which will be infused hot, are there any ways to minimize or control the flavor compounds which will be extracted? I would like to make a cannabis butter, but to maximize it's ...
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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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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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Flavor and Chemical Composition of Thyme

What is the flavor of Thyme? What chemicals give it this flavor?
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What Sampling Bread to use for Pulled Pork, open faced? [closed]

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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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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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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Bitter bell peppers

Why do sweet Mini bell peppers turn bitter when cooked in a crockpot? I make chicken with tomatoes and put some Mini peppers in and they were horribly bitter
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Is there pattern to stack lasagna?

I've been cooking lasagna at least twice a week, but I still haven't been able to come up with a flavor that makes me "happy". Is there a particular way to stack lasagna for full flavor? Say: first ...
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Should I use dried or fresh chilli/ginger in chai tea?

Well, the question is in the title really. What are the pros/cons? I'm making some concentrate by cooking it for a long time.
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What is the difference between a wilted salad and a massaged salad?

What is the general difference between preparations and use cases of a wilted salad compared to a massaged salad? As many wilted salad recipes call for warm dressing, does this mean the wilted salad ...
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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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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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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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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 ...