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Preventing my toast from becoming wet when I put it on the plate

Since I moved to my new flat, I have a problem when heating bread in any way. What happens is that if I put it on a plate, it gets very wet on the plate side. This is so acute that drops appear on the ...
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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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What is the hottest part of a chili/chilli/chile pepper?

I often hear different points of view to this question - some say the hottest part of the chili is its seeds, yet I've heard some (arguably more believable) sources claim that the white part that ...
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Science of fast (high heat) vs. slow (low heat) scrambled eggs and omelets

There seems to be a lot of disagreement about cooking "light" (as in texture) scrambled eggs, which would seem to be one of the simplest of foods. (To be clear, I'm specifically asking about the ...
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What can you do with an infrared thermometer?

Infrared thermometers have plummeted in price in recent years, and are now inexpensive gadgets for the home cook, not to mention the pros. What are the primary uses of an infrared thermometer in the ...
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Is it safe to use non stick cookware over a flame? [closed]

I have recently started to learn how to cook. Whenever I am trying to make a chapati or to cook a vegetable, I start experiencing an acute headache, most likely because of the steam or maybe the flame ...
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Why must the oven be preheated for a Pyrex glass pan?

This Pyrex glass safety label says "Always preheat oven". Any idea why?
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Smell Something Burning. Course of action?

What do I do when I smell something burning in my pot of mutton in gravy? Stirring is the best way to prevent this but what if some charring has already taken place? Wouldn't it be better not to stir ...
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Is it unwise to store oils etc above gas stove/oven?

Due to space constraints I keep my oils and some various cooking sauces above the gas stove/oven. These can get VERY hot up there. Am I ruining my oils? The red wine seems like a bad idea in ...
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What is the best way to douse a charcoal grill?

When the heat of a charcoal grill gets too hot, what is the best way to douse the fire; the objective being to lower the temperature without putting the fire out completely? How much water should be ...
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Heated up oil for frying, stirred it, tiny bubbles appeared and rose slowly but with very loud popping sound - why?

Last night I tried deep frying stuff for the first time. As the oil heated in the pot, I thought it would be a good idea to stir the oil (I was really scared of it catching on fire). It was probably ...
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Why would the first few pancakes come out perfect, but only get worse from there?

I have never been a pro at making pancakes. I tried again yesterday making them, using this recipe: Ingredients 1½ cups flour (375ml) 2 eggs 600ml milk pinch of salt Method Mix all the ingredients ...
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Does a double walled glass mug really keep the liquid warm?

I saw some double walled glass mugs like this one and I am wondering if that really works in keeping the liquid warm. If not, is it just for the looks and marketing spin? Is there a vacuum ...
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Solution for uneven heating on an electric coil stovetop

I'm struggling to find a solution for my apartments coil stovetop and its uneven heating. I've never run into the problem until I started working on my holiday hard candy recently. I can't keep the ...
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What is the impact of high heat on wine?

I usually use wine in my tomato sauces, which are usually slowly simmered on the lowest heat setting. I'd really like to make this recipe from The Pioneer Woman blog. However, I'm concerned about ...
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When making fried rice, how does the amount of heat affect the taste of the food?

This answer talks about the amount of heat required for cooking fried rice which tastes similar to restaurants. I want to understand the science behind it. Please explain.
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Is there something wrong with the corn kernels that don't pop?

Usually, at the end of a bag of popcorn, or when you pop your own on the stove, there is a certain number of kernels left unpopped. Why is that? Is there something that changes in the kernels that ...
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Exactly what is “low heat” for making cheese sauce?

Having a poor track record of making cheese sauces, I'm determined to do it right at least once in this decade. I read that one should use "low heat" only. Too much heat causes the cheese to go ...
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Challah rolls open up when baking in the oven

I cook Challah rolls very often. Sometimes it all goes great. Some other times I encounter an issue I cannot identify where it comes from. The baked challah roll comes rises in the oven and opens up ...
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Is my pan too hot for brown sauce / gravy?

I've tried to make the following sauce the last couple of days. The same pan is used for everything. Fry steak. Put steak on plate. Sauté onions. Melt butter and mix with flour. Add stock. Season. ...
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A question on the level of water when making tea in an electic kettle?

Suppose I boil water in an electric kettle in order to add hot water in a cup containing a tea bag. Should I cover the metal ring with water or is it ok if the level of water is halfway through the ...
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How hot do charcoal grills get?

As a college student, I am working with limited cooking equipment. There are several outdoor charcoal grills however, which students sometimes have cookouts on. How hot do can these grills get? I have ...
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Watermelon - picking and managing them during heat

There are a lot of posts and videos on the internet about picking up the correct watermelon. Sure. I get that. My question varies a little different. I currently live in the UAE and climates here ...
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Is there a way to heat a precooked ham in a 425 degree oven?

Is it possible to protect a precooked ham while heating in an over hot oven? For example is it possible to heat a precooked while cooking a turkey at 425 by say wrapping it in a double layer of foil, ...
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Does the alcohol in wine affect cooking process?

When cooking with wine or other booze does the alcohol have an affect on the cooking process? Example: deglazing a pan or making a wine-based sauce. My understanding is that the alcohol evaporates ...
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Cezve doesn't leak with cold water in it, leaks after heating

I have a cezve I bought some time ago. I've tried making some coffee with it, and after about 30 seconds of heating on the stove, it starts to leak (dripping one by one). Is there any way to fix this, ...
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Barbequeing with a charcoal grill

Today I headed to a nearby camp ground which had some charcoal barbecue stands. I put in around 2 pounds of charcoal and put a thin slice of pork meat on the grill. After 40 mins, it was ...
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What is direct heat?

Why is it that when I check google images for Direct heat, I see pictures of a flame under a grid like surface? Is that direct, or indirect? And what'd you call sticking a marshmallow directly in a ...
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Is raffinose broken down into its component sugars when cooked?

Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) doesn't have a bitter aftertaste and ...
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The mystery of heating up canned beans- What the tin says

Cans of beans say "Heat for 3-4 min. DO NOT BOIL". Does anyone know why canned beans should not be boiled? Surely they were boiled when they were first cooked, so where's the problem?
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Which cookware material should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea?

I have glass, plastic, stainless steel, earthenware, and melamine vessels. Which one of out of them should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea for a long duration? Is there any better ...
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What's the fluid that comes out from cheese after heating it up?

I just put some cheese sandwiches into my microwave oven, and I can see a small layer of fluid on the surface of the cheese (trappista). What's this and why I can't see it before heating cheese up? I ...
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How long can I leave a pork roast in a PC550 slow cooker on warm after it's cooked?

I recently prepared a pork roast, but it wasn't ready in time for supper. Once it was fully cooked, I switched it over to "warm" for the night to be ready for today. But now I'm a little worried if it ...
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Can you safely use a cast-iron grill pan as a heat diffuser?

We recently got an earthenware tagine. However, being earthenware, it can't be directly exposed to the stove flames. The manual calls for a heat diffuser, but those are apparently impossible to find ...
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

A recipe asks for a teensy cake to be cooked on High for 70 secs in a 950 watt microwave. What temperature would 'High' be? like in Celsius or Farenhite
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Why does food cooked in the microwave heat inside-out?

The other day I was heating a left over casserole that was placed in the freezer for 24 hours before I decided to reheat it. I heated it in the microwave for 4 min. What I noticed was the outside ...
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How can you cook multiple omelets without burning them?

Over the weekend, I was making omelets for 5 people in a single frying pan. The first few came out fine, but by the time I got to the fifth one...well, I'm glad that one was mine. The pan had gotten ...
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Is it OK to just have two cutting boards: one for stuff to be heated, another for other stuff?

Some say one should use more than one cutting boards because if you use just one board for raw meat and vegetables, bacteria from raw meat moves to the board and then to the vegetables, then you eat ...
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Will this pan works with induction?

I am thinking about buying two pots online. I looked at Amazon.ca but I have a hard time to know whether the pots I am looking at will work on induction. How can I know without being able to stick a ...
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Can I heat frozen waffles in the oven without a baking sheet?

Where I live I currently don't have a toaster, baking sheet, pan, or really anything that I could use as a container in the oven. I'm starving and I'd like to heat up some frozen waffles and was ...
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Bottled coconut oil

I order coconut oil and it is bottled. In the room temperature, it is solid, so I cannot reach the contents of the bottle. Is there a way, how to get that oil? I don't want to spoil it.
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Best heat source for fondue? Will an induction cooktop work?

I recently visited a fondue restaurant, which had a cooktop built into the table. By all appearances, the cooktop appeared to be an induction cooktop, but I wasn't sure; it could have simply been a ...
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Heating aioli as part of cooking or not

Just learned how to make aioli a while back and I'm curious if it can be heated while cooking or if it is something intended for the end while plating.
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Why would milk form a dense emulsion when warmed?

About a week ago, I noticed that the milk I had bought a few days before seemed to curdle in coffee -- if you haven't done this before, it can happen with sour milk, and separates into tiny cheese ...
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Is there standard terminology for the doneness of bacon strips?

As you lower temperature on strips of bacon, you go from: a light, hot sear (very soft, chewy bacon), to a hot sear followed by a light saute in its own lard (getting towards al dente), to a medium ...
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What vegetables oils are safe to use at high temperatures (350, maybe 400 F) , say, stir fry or pan-frying chicken/fish?

I've read in a number books that at high temperatures vegetable oils oxidize. Also, some vegetable oils (I have heard) are processed at high temperatures so they may already be in the same state as ...
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Is Microwaving considered dry heat or moist heat and why?

I am wondering if microwaving food is considered dry heat or moist heat. It has a similarity to frying in oil as it doesn't heat it in water. And I know frying in oil is dry heat. But if I put bread ...
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Does the fatty acids in olive oil convert into trans fatty acids when heated?

There is not much I can add on the title without going off topic, just was wondering about it. Any seasoned advice?
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Gas stove output

I have a small apartment Hotpoint gas stove that I routinely use for cooking every day meals as well as more elaborate ones using my hoard of kitchen equipment from omelette pans to cast iron wok. ...
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Adjusting cooking temperature and time

I have a recipe for a hard biscuit-type item that I plan to sell. The recipe I use bakes them at 350 F for 35 minutes. For safety reasons I need to bake them at 390 F. Does anyone know of an easy way ...