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Shaking Method for Garlic

I can't pinpoint why, but this method fails for me. At best, shaking only peels two or three garlic cloves. I've ensured that all garlic bulbs and metalware are dry. Would someone please help? What ...
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Tools to peel and crush a whole garlic bulb

I'm conscious of this other question, yet this is (veritably) a different question that doesn't duplicate. What are some tools or appliances that peel an entire garlic bulb? Are there any for ...
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Tips for Removing Silk from Corn?

Does anyone have any tips for how to easily and quickly remove silk from ears of corn? I find that it takes a long time to pick it all out.
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What are “cooked” potatoes?

I came across a recipe for skillet potatoes that asked for "cooked potatoes cut into 1/4-inch chunks". While the 1/4-inch chunk part was easy to understand, I'm not sure what is meant by "cooked". ...
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How to prepare dried tortellini?

I bought some tortellini with meat at a local mall. The problem is I didn't buy prepackaged, but just some 200g out of a big bin, at a stand where you just load as much as you need, and get the ...
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Mixing mushroom-potato-carrot soup and warming later (Should I?)

I've got what is probably a pretty basic question - but this is the first thing I've tried to prepare in my life that didn't involve boiling noodles and adding cheese afterwords. I'm looking at ...
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What can I do with frozen eggs?

Although a previous question asks if raw eggs can be frozen, my eggs froze, in the shell, because the chicken coop into which they were delivered was very cold last week. I thawed the eggs, and they ...
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Will a fishmonger or bait shop clean a fish you caught for a fee?

I love fishing, especially saltwater surfcasting, but up until now it's been mostly "catch and release" - this summer I would like to try fresh-caught striped bass or bluefish. I am terrible at ...
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What method of coffee preparation gives the most caffeine in the finished cup?

As the question asks, which method from the list below will give the most caffeine in the final product (ie. a cup of coffee). Assume the same beans with the same grind (while the different ...
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How do Chinese restaurants tenderize their meat?

I eat at a lot of Chinese restaurants now and also while growing up. I often wondered how is it that the chicken, pork, and beef in dishes are always so tender. I can never replicate it when I cook. ...
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How far in advance can I stage pizza?

We're having friends over and I'd like to make 3 or 4 pizzas. I'm considering stretching out the dough and put on the toppings ahead of time, say an hour ahead of when I pop them in the oven. How long ...
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How does commercial whole grain bread stay fresh for so long?

Every recipe I have tried the bread turns very hard within an hour of baking, and I'd like something I could eat over the course of a couple days (breakfast toast and such). The 100% whole wheat bread ...
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Why isn't my homemade yogurt smooth?

Last week I successfully made my own greek yogurt! I was and am very excited that I finally got it to work. But now the problem is, the yogurt I am making is just not very smooth. Store bought greek ...
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Marinating in a bag vs pan

Does it make a difference if you marinate a steak in a plastic Ziploc bag or just a covered pan?
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Pre-pounding chicken

I usually buy chicken about 1.2 kilograms at a time. I eat half of that in a day. I store the rest in the refrigerator. The usual recipe is breaded chicken and as such, requires pounding the chicken. ...
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How do you remove the pit from a mango?

I've only attempted this once, and it was a complete disaster. Can anyone provide some tips for a beginner?
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Why should we add alcohol to make extract

Why is alcohol used to prepare extracts, such as mint extract?
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What is what I'm doing called?

At restaurants, I know that meats are often cooked by searing or grilling the meat to "mark" it, and then it is put in an oven for some time to be cooked. I also understand that this is done partly ...
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Is it ok to brine a frozen turkey? [duplicate]

I have heard it is not good to brine a frozen turkey because it has already been injected with a salt solution. Will it be ok to eliminate the salt in the mixture to infuse the other flavors? (ie. ...
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Is it important to warm the flour before making bread?

When I was taught to bake bread one of the tips I was given was to warm the flour first. It's a step I often skip as I haven't really found a quick way to warm it through evenly (but gently) and I ...
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How do you prepare a steak to be rare and very rare (blue)?

I really enjoy steak, and the lowest I've gone is medium rare in terms of how it's prepared. My questions are: How do you prepare a steak to be rare? How do you prepare a steak to be very rare ...
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How can you prepare turnips to make them less bitter?

I peeled and quarted turnips, then roasted with carrots and onions in olive oil and maple syrup, but the turnips were really bitter. Is there a way to roast them (or even another cooking method) to ...
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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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Cooking with a cut or burn on my hands

I know from this question that I should avoid cooking (at least without gloves) if I have an open cut. However, once a cut starts to heal, how can I tell if it's safe to cook without gloves? Are ...
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What precautions should I take when preparing food while I have a cold?

If I have a cold, what precautions should I take while preparing food to make sure that I don't transmit germs?
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I need to quickly and safely thaw frozen ground beef, what are my options?

Since reading the answers to my question about defrosting meat on the counter I've been good about giving my meat time to defrost in the refrigerator. However, my plans for tonight have changed and ...
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Shredded steak for south east asian dish

I have a recipe for Nasi Goreng, which calls for 1/2 lb of shredded raw rump steak. I'm not sure how one goes about shredding steak - any suggestions?
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Coooking the Turkey the night before [duplicate]

If I cook the turkey the night before then cut it up, put in refrigerator wrapped or covered in container is it safe to reheat the next day and if fluid added in pan will it moisten it?
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How to prepare chanterelles?

I always find myself buying chanterelles because I really like them when I eat them somewhere where the chef knew what he/she was doing. I always end up with an inedible mess -- or at least something ...
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Is it recommended to rinse the teapot with boiling water before putting the tea leaves in?

Is it recommended to rinse the teapot with boiling water, or does that make no difference?
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What is the difference between French-pressed and Turkish coffee?

The taste and preparation of French-pressed and Turkish coffees are highly different, but I think they are both the same kind of coffee, named coffee Arabica. Turkish coffee has smaller grains and ...
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What is the proper way to make a cup of mate?

I've seen different videos on how to make a perfect cup of mate. After putting loose tea in the gourd, some people cover the gourd and shake it upside down, some people shake it on its side, some ...
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How to melt butter most conveniently?

Many cake recipes ask to add melted butter and mix it in. In my experience butter needs to be melted to a temperature of about 50-70 degrees Celsius to be soft enough for mixing in. Melting a piece of ...
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How to work with Dried Mushrooms?

I was recently given a bag of dried mushrooms and am unsure how to work with them. What's the best way to use them?
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How can I peel pearl onions quickly?

I love pearl onions, but I'm always put off by the idea of peeling every single one. Are there any shortcuts to peeling pearl onions?
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Can I pre-cut sweet potatoes?

I am planning on making a sweet potato gratin. Can I slice the sweet potatoes the day before and keep them in the refrigerator?
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What's the least messy way to prepare grapefruit?

I usually cut it in half (through the equator) and eat it with a spoon but the juices tend to spray everywhere. Is there a better way?
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When “sorting” lentils, what exactly am I looking for?

When a recipe calls for lentils, sorted and rinsed, what am I looking for? I've heard debris, such as leaves or sticks, but also "bad" lentils. Is there anything else I should be looking for before ...
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Why prevent apples from turning brown?

It's somewhat well-known that applying an acidic solution to sliced apples prevents them from turning brown as quickly. I believe that the primary motivation to prevent the "browning" is aesthetic: ...
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Smartphone app to guide me with cooking [closed]

I would like to cook a meal, but i have no clue about cooking. Is there some kind of an app (smartphone / ipad) that would guide me through the process of cooking a specific meal? Step by step like in ...
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Do I need to boil kidneys?

I was just speaking to someone in the sci-fi chat today when the subject of kidneys came up: Kidneys aren't "bad" in that they have the consistency and taste of muscle/meat... but they're very ...
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How to prepare Stevia leaves for consumption?

I have a Stevia plant growing on my deck and I'd love to use it in a recipe. Does anyone know a way to use Stevia leaves?
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Use of robotics in gourmet kitchens

I don't know if this question is relevant here, or if it should wait for the upcoming Robotics Proposal, but I'll ask it anyway. Chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran AdriĆ  are known for ...
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Is It Possible to make corn tortillas at home without a press?

I don't own a tortilla press and until I have more cabinet space, one is not in my future. However I value making as much as I can from scratch and love using tortillas in my cooking. I have made ...
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What is the best way to prepare a 'chow chow' (chayote)?

I saw this in a grocers in an area which is predominantly populated by Korean people. It reminded me of Audrey 2 from 'The Little Shop of Horrors'. Any ideas on how best to use it?
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How long & at what temp do I cook stuffed pork sirloin roast?

I have a supermarket, stuffed pork sirloin roast. I want to make it today. It wieghs 2.80# How long and at what temp do I cook it, and should it be covered or uncovered? I've never made one of ...
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Should I let stock cool with the bones/veg still in it?

I've just made some stock and its bed time now. Do I need to strain my stock before I go to bed, or can I leave it overnight with all the stuff in it and strain it in the morning? Is one preferable ...
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What are some methods to deal with cleanliness when working with raw chicken, pork, etc.?

I'm super paranoid when prepping/cooking chicken, pork, etc...especially now that we have an 11 month old crawling around. So, I'm constantly trying to be vigilant about keeping the raw meat prep area ...
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How do I learn to cut/chop ingredients? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills? I'm about to join some cooking classes but I'm totally green at this sort of thing. So I can preserve some of my ...