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Why should I roll the meat in flour for a ragout

Most recipes for ragout call for rolling the meat in flour before adding, including one recipe whre you don't sear the meat but add it with the vegetables and everything else once the onions are done. ...
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Is all sausage considered a “Processed Meat”?

Over the years, I've read a lot of health information that says processed meats are some of the worst foods for you from a fat, sodium, and nitrate intake perspective. Then I read that Sausage is a ...
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Meat alternative for tempura?

I am having friends over and plan to make tempuras. Two of them don't like seafood in general so my choice of shrimps and squid might not please them so I was looking for a meat alternative for them ...
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Pasticcio vs Lasagna

What's the main difference between this two dishes, Pasticcio and Lasagna? I think pasticcio has ham and I think both have béchamel sauce. They both need to be baked (as far as I know) but honestly, ...
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How should baking soda be used to tenderize meat?

At some Chinese restaurants, I've had beef dishes where the meat was unusually tender. It also has a somewhat unusual texture, which is hard to describe. I understand that this is a result of using ...
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How do restaurants store meat/steaks?

I am opening a restaurant in a third world country. Do any of you have any advice on commercial storage units (freezers,drawers) concerning meat/steaks? Should they be cut into pieces or left as a ...
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Butchery and guts, could it be dangerous?

I've been living in uk for one year now, i'm italian and i miss some of the street food of my homeland. I would like to prepare the stuff showed in this picture, however i've been discouraged to do ...
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Separate cutting boards: Cooked vs Uncooked meat

I know it is common knowledge that one should using different cutting boards for meat and vegetables (cross contamination), but should you also use a different cutting board for raw/cooked meat? Or at ...
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What is a good way for a beginner to start sous vide cooking?

I am just about to start experimenting with Sous Vide cooking. My plan is to start out with some very simple equipment (A PID controller and a kettle) and slowly build up until I have made my custom ...
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Can I cook ribs by starting them one day and finishing the next?

I am serving ribs at a party, but I can't be at home that afternoon. If I cook them the day before and then finish them off right before party, will them still be tender?
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How to deal with a fresh hare?

My neighbour has just given me a freshly shot hare, but has been pretty unhelpful as to what I should do with it. Pheasants I can deal with, but this is a step too far. Any suggestions (apart from ...
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How to bake ground beef

I have 3.5 pounds of 93% lean ground beef. I want to easily cook it like this: Put tinfoil on a pan. Put all of the ground beef on it. Put it in the oven preheated to 450F for 30 minutes. Is this ...
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What types of alcohol will make meat tender when marinating?

When marinating meat for Russian "Shashlik"(BBQ) some people marinate meat in alcohol. My uncle prefers to use beer when preparing pork. My Georgian(this Georgia) friend uses red wine, which was the ...
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How is Kiwifruit used to tenderize Meat?

I just read today that Kiwifruit is used to tenderize meat. I wanted to make some fruit chutney anyway, normally I'd go for mango, but why not use kiwifruit fruit this time? I read that the actinidin ...
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Why is fish not considered as meat?

While reading a thread on cooking.SE an old question popped into my head: I am an Asian and had no problems with dishes with both meat and “fish”. But some of my elder German friends say that meat and ...
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Minced beef or lamb clumping - how to stop it

I've noticed that sometimes, I'll cook mince and providing I stir and chop the meat, it doesn't clump, but sometimes it does clump and I can't seem to work out any kind of pattern for when it does ...
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Does meat marinate while it is in the freezer?

Put a skirt steak in a plastic bag with a marinade and then promptly put it in the freezer. It has been in the freezer for a couple of days now. I want to thaw it out for dinner tonight, but I'm ...
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Why cook stewing meat low and slow?

I know that you're supposed to cook cuts like beef chuck at a low temperature until they reach a high enough internal temp for the collagen to melt, which is why the same method wouldn't work for ...
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Is it bad to cook frozen meat without waiting it to be unfrozen?

I wonder if it is bad to cook frozen meat (chicken, fish, beef,...) without waiting it to be unfrozen? Sometimes, I realize I forget to take meat out of my freezer beforehand, when I am too hungry ...
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Tips for getting a meat loaf to come out just right?

I'm very new to cooking and honestly don't enjoy it all that much, but I am trying to expand my skills beyond very simple foods like tuna helper and chicken, so I thought I would try making a meat ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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How to bake salmon

What temperature should the inside of the salmon reach? And for how long? Is 450F an acceptable preheated oven temperature? How long per pound should salmon be cooked at 450F?
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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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Color changes in ground beef?

So this sounds lame, but I have never cooked burgers before. Well my dad came over and since it's my first house I purchased we did the traditional grill out. I bought a charcoal grill and he showed ...
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Can you eat alligator?

I have heard of people eating alligator. But only southern people. I am from Ohio and don't know any place in Ohio that has alligator meat. Another thing I am concerned about is that alligators have ...
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In a restaurants' kitchen in SC, is it DHEC approved to store raw meat next to ready to eat food?

In a cold table, is it dhec approved to hold raw meat up top next to ready to eat food, provided they have lids. There is a 3-4 inch steel spacer in between each top holding area. It would not be ...
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Keep roast beef fresh?

I find that roast beef in the refrigerator starts going bad within 24 hours and after a couple of days, it is noticeably bad smelling. How can I keep the roast beef fresh? How do butcher's do it?
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I left unopened pack of lamb burgers to thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours [duplicate]

I left unopened pack of lamb burgers to thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours, if I cook them thoroughly should they still be safe to eat? Please advise, haste is appreciated.
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What kind of meat is used in cheese steak?

I want to do some cheese steak at home. I was wondering what kind of meat should I buy. What part?
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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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Meat juices can they be saved for recooking meat?

Can I keep the dripping and meat juices to cook with at a later date?
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Difference between Fleischkäse, Mortadella, and Parizer

I am a great fan of some cold meats typical to Germany, Italy, and Romania. Surprisingly, I was unable to find a definition of how they are made which is sufficiently accurate to determine any ...
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Should beef be cooked before adding to the pot for Stroganoff?

I'm following a recipe for Beef Stroganoff in a slow cooker. The recipe does not say whether I should cook the stewing beef at all before adding it to the slow cooker. I tend to thoroughly brown ...
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What meats can I serve medium rare and why?

It is generally accepted that pork and chicken must be cooked completely (unless put through a strong curing process) while certain cuts of beef and lamb can be served on the rare side. Why is this? ...
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How to identify a fresh meat?

I live in a big city, and there is not many fresh butcher shop here. Meats are found on supermarkets and they are passed by a frozen proccess to be able to stay longer on shelfs. I would like to know ...
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Using frozen mince beef [duplicate]

I forgot to get my mince beef out of the freezer to cook tonight, so it's still frozen...Can I cook it straight from frozen or does it need to fully defrost?
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What is the history of souvlaki and is there any benefit in cooking meat on a skewer?

I'm wondering about the origin of souvlaki. Was it only something of a convenience (easy to cook lots of pieces together)? Or does this way of grilling lead to better results, as opposed to just ...
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Pork Belly - served with soft fat

I have been to two restaurant now and been really disappointed with their pork belly as I was expecting the fat would come crispy and when it didn't the waitress said Chef said its slow cooked so ...
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How long is it safe to marinate meat?

I started marinating some almost-thawed chicken and skirt steak in the refrigerator on Monday. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten around to cooking the meat. Is the meat still safe to cook ...
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How can you tell when a roast is done?

How can you tell when a roast is done? How long should they roast for?
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My dishes seem the same [closed]

I have been learning to cook for a little while now, and can make 10+ good looking and tasting meals but I have a problem I am encountering that I notice more and more as I learn new meals. It seems ...
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Broiling Specifics

I have 2 questions when I broil lamb chops. When the recipe says to broil lamb chops 4-5 inches from the top element, to they mean the top of the lamb chop should be 4-5 inches from the element, or ...
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When is it OK to cook a burger medium?

When does it seem to be OK to eat burgers cooked medium and sometimes not? I live in the UK and for many years it has been well-instructed that you cook your burger through to ensure that any ...
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Should meat be seasoned before or after cooking?

When should meat be seasoned? I heard that salting meat prior to cooking draws out the moisture but I have noticed that a number of chefs season their meat prior to cooking.
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What is the correct order to both marinate and velvet the meat?

Velveting a meat is a Chinese technique to coat meat with oil and egg whites and can prevent overcook. In the process, it needs to be left for about 30 minutes in refrigerator for the coat to apply ...
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What meat should be used for Bolognese?

Bolognese sauce is a recipe that has earned my disrespect, despite me always keeping a pound of supermarket ground beef in the freezer ready to make it. You see, I use it as a fall-back recipe for ...
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Can thawing meat too quickly affect its quality?

Can thawing meat more quickly (e.g. warm water, microwave, warm oven) than normal (leaving out at room temperature) affect the taste / texture of the meat? Is there a particular maximum rate of ...
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Maximum temperature for thawing meat

When thawing frozen beef in hot water (meat in sealed bag / container in water), what is the maximum temperature that the water can be to not inadvertently start cooking the meat or otherwise affect ...
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Pork loin vs pork roast?

I've seen both boneless pork sirloin chops and pork sirloin roasts in the grocery store, for different prices. From their names, I would think the chop is intended for grilling and the roast is ...
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How long do you let a steak from the fridge come up to temperature, and when do you salt it?

Before cooking a steak, you're supposed to let it sit out at room temperature. You're also supposed to salt it. What is the proper timing for these steps? How long do you let the steak come up to ...