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Meat juice reabsorption sous vide

I frequently cook sous vide at home--primarily for the sake of convenience. I have been generally satisfied with the results, and normally get tender and juicy meat. One thing that bothers me, ...
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Precautions making carpaccio

I saw in TV chefs making carpaccio. They get a nice raw meat and fillet them in thin pieces. Then they make a sauce and side dishes. Isn't eating this raw meat dangerous?
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How to prepare mutton so it's not tough?

I had a mutton shoulder and I wanted to prepare it in a way which imitated to some point doner kebab, so the meat was sliced into thin pieces and fried on a pan. However it was a bit tough. I'd ...
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How can I add meat into a completed tomato sauce?

Yesterday I was cooking for someone and was planning on making a bolognese sauce, but when it came to start cooking (ie. after doing my mise en place), she asked if I could leave the meat out of it, ...
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How necessary is it to marinade meat before making jerkies?

So I just got myself a dehydrator, for the purpose of making jerkies. I was thinking of just seasoning the meat lightly instead of marinating them, which takes considerably more time, needs more ...
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How do you make homemade sausage without meat grinder/sausage stuffer?

I have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on this specialized equipment to make sausage, which I may only use a few times a year. There must be some other alternatives! edit: no Kitchen Aid ...
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How long / to what temperature should I let meat rest?

It has been made abundantly clear to me that I should let meat rest after it has been cooked. Once the meat is resting should I time the duration of the rest or measure the temperature of the ...
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Best practices to minimize smoke when cooking meat using a cast iron skillet

What are the recommendations to minimize the amount of smoke generated when cooking burgers, steaks or other meats in a cast-iron pan?
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How do you correctly use a meat thermometer?

I have two meat thermometers. I bought a second one because I thought the first one was resulting in overcooked meat, however the new one is doing the same! They are both standard metal prong 'analog ...
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Differences between cooking a whole duck vs chicken or turkey?

I've cooked whole turkeys and chickens many times, but never a whole duck or any other "gamey" meat. Is there a difference in what should be done or technique in general? I've been told by others ...
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on proper thermometer poking?

When you use a thermometer and poke a large hole in the meat, can you use the same hole to accurately gauge temperature later on?
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Whale carpaccio, what type of spices and garnish to use? [closed]

I'm making whale carpaccio tomorrow for a friend's birthday, and I don't know what type of spices and garnish I should use for this delicate and flavorful meat. What are some good flavour pairings ...
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What is the easiest way to remove chicken leg/drumstick tendons?

I would like to make chicken drumsticks / legs (with skin on) easier to eat by removing the tendons and the fibula bone. Cook's Illustrated mentions this technique: Holding a paring knife just ...
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Salt in boiled meat

Is there a way to estimate consumption of salt when dealing with the boiled meat? I.e. I had 500 grams of meat, boiled in 2 litres of water, with 5 grams of salt diluted in that water. If the water is ...
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Why is meat red?

What makes meat red? At first I would think it is the blood, but most packaged meat doesn't seem to be bloody per se, and plus, different meats (chicken, beef etc.) range in color from deep red to ...
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What methods are there of getting fresh local meat & produce?

I often go to Whole Foods, but I feel like I'm getting ripped off there. I can walk out having spent $120 on a single bag of groceries. I try to get to a Farmer's Market occasionally, but not often ...
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Advice for low temperature cooking

I want to try out low temperature cooking of some meat, e.g. beef I don't have a reliable oven and am looking for advice before starting. Or alternatives to ovens. I heard some people use meat in ...
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What can I do to prolong vegetable and meat freshness in the freezer?

In an effort to improve my eating habits I am thinking of buying more vegetables and meats while at the store so that I have them to cook with. However, with a busy schedule it is hard to try and ...
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How do I make sure that the meat cooks well and yet stays juicy on a bbq?

I am a bbq rookie and learning to cook various kinds of meat on the grill. I usually cook chicken, lamb, pork, beef and fish. However, I am struggling to get any of the meats I cook to be well-cooked ...
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How do I prevent smoked brisket from being chewy?

Last night I smoked my first brisket. I used a charcoal smoker which was given to me. I followed the advice given to me by the previous owner coupled with some quick reading from the manual and ...
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How can I increase the extraction of gelatin and minerals from bones into my stock?

I am interested in knowing how I can increase the solubility of gelatin, marrow, and minerals in my stock. Thanks.
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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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why roast marrow bones at 450F?

Many of the recipes for roast marrow bones suggest a short (20min), high temp roast. Are there any reasons to cook them at such a high temperature instead of, say one hour at 350°F?
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Juice from meat extinguishing charcoals when grilling?

I've never heard anyone else talk about this problem, but it seems to happen to me all the time: I've been grilling regularly on a Webber charcoal grill for about a year. I have done my best to ...
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What kind of beer for beer brats?

I have a package of bratwurst that I am going to cook within the next few days. The only two beers I have in the fridge are a stout and a lager. I'm sure I could use the lager and it would turn out ...
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How to dry homemade pork sausages with proper humidity and temperature?

I am new to this and am attempting to dry some pork sausages. I was told to add a quarter pound of salt for every ten pounds of pork meat, which I did (I used ordinary table salt). I have the sausages ...
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Testicles as food?

When I read that you can buy and eat testicles I wondered whether I should try it once, since I'm basically open to anything that tastes good. I wonder how I should prepare them. If I buy testicles ...
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Doner kebab aroma

Doner kebab is a kind of food which draws every person who is passing by just with the aroma coming from the place where they make them. In a place where I live they make doner kebabs using pork or ...
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Is it possible to cook a meatloaf using clear glass Pyrex containers?

Still trying to restock my kitchen pans after my recent move and am on a budget, but what I do have is as set of clear pyrex, that looks about like this set: ...
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Should good prosciutto be refrigerated?

I recently bought a whole bunch of really good, freshly-cut prosciutto in Italy, and I plan to eat it in about a week or two. However, I'm reluctant to stick it in the fridge until that time. In my ...
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Why marinade meat with acid or enzymes?

This might sound like a queer question, but why do we marinade meat with acid / enzymes? Given that marinading doesn't tenderize meat, it just turns the outer fibers into mush and releases the juices ...
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Is “quick brining” as effective as an overnight soak?

I recently came across this article, Quickly Brine Chicken When You Don't Have Much Time, which suggests 2-3 hours in a 10% brine, followed by a 1-hour rest. Does this work? If so, are there any ...
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How deep do you need to insert the probe in a piece of meat to guarantee accuracy?

I have a wired thermometer that I mainly use for roasts, which can support the entire probe inside the meat. However, I used it last night to cook some country style ribs (pork) and was only able to ...
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Making Subway-like salads at home w/ zero work

I often buy salads at Subway because I'm lazy. However, I'm also cheap, and Subway's markup on salads is quite high. I want to buy items at a supermarket and simply mix them together to make a ...
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How does the USDA grading system work?

I understand it has to do with the marbling of the meat. Does the grading system apply to the entire cow, as in any cut from this cow is considered prime/choice/select? Or is it done by the portion ...
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Is rare pheasant safe?

I'm planning to cook pheasant breast this evening and want to know if I can have it rare, as I would with duck breast. I know most government food agencies err on the side of caution (cook until all ...
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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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Döner Kebab Spices?

I'm trying to replicate the spice mix used for Döner Kebab. I am interested in spice combinations from any area. However, I am most interested in which spices are used to prepare it around western ...
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Keep or remove skin when grinding poultry?

After reading this I made "burgers" with ground chicken thigh. (Didn't have turkey thighs handy.) I have the feeling chicken thighs have plenty of fat, so less likely to dry out than turkey, but it ...
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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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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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secret ingredient in a restaurant bolognese

I have dabbled with almost every ingredient I can think of in varying amount to get my Bolognese to taste similar to a restaurant made Bolognese in the italian alps. Including: Pepper Sugar Salt ...
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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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Preparing Meats using Dry Rubs

I have recently begun testing different types of dry rubs in preparing meat dishes. What base ingredients (outside of spice blends) should I be looking for in a good quality dry rub? If it is ...
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How to prevent meatballs from drying out when I substitute a lean meat?

The meat in question that I use would be ground turkey, though this could apply for any leaner ground meat used to replace beef. This would also be more for recipes such as turkey burgers and ...
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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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Are 'sweet' and 'mild' - Italian Sausage - the same thing?

Do they refer to the same kind? Or is there a subtle difference? And what essentially encapsulates the concept of a sausage being sweet? Is it typical sucrose driven sweetness inherent to the ...
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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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Will meat overcook in a boiling water pot?

I recently ate at a restaurant that had you cook your own food. They had a heating plate in the middle of the table and they would set a small pot onto it and add in spices/vegetables to the water, ...
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What am I doing wrong with my pressure cooker?

Every time I try to cook beef in my pressure cooker it gets dry and inedible. Today I tried with 2 x 450 g (2 x 1 lb) beef, with .5 l (2 cups) water and 25 minutes. The result was very dry and there ...