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What are the basics and options of brining meat, for example chicken?

What are the basics and options of brining meat, for example chicken? I ate at a restaurant in Santa Fe that specialized in brining and the chicken was amazing. Id like to know what the process is ...
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Preparing trout and avoiding bones?

We had recently been given some fresh caught-that-day trout. The trouble is that we didn't know how to prepare it. The last time my wife filleted it, but we ended up with lots and lots of little ...
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How do you prepare a fresh deer for cooking?

I'll be getting a fresh deer, gutted by the hunter that shot it, but I need to prepare it myself. I've heard that it's a good idea to let it hang for a day or two before skinning it, is that true? ...
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How do you prepare a Rabbit?

A family member gave me a couple rabbits to cook and I'm not sure how to prepare them. I'd prefer something on the smoker or grill. Do I marinate, rub, brine? I'm just not sure how to prepare it.
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How do you cook pork chops without drying them out?

Every time I cook pork chops, they come out dry even though I only cook them to 150 degrees. I broil them btw, like they said to at the store. Is there a way to prevent this?
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Is there an easy way to french trim a rack of lamb?

I had to be part of a lot of french trimming of racks of lamb at the weekend, and it seemed to take a long time, so it got me wondering, is there an easy way to do this? some preferred tool?
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How do you peel garlic easily?

How should I approach peeling a clove of garlic to get the skin off most quickly? Is it different if I'm doing a bulb whole?
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Preparing eggplant with less oil

I love cooking with eggplant (or aubergine/brinjal in your specific English flavor). However to get rid of the bitter taste and slightly spongy texture, I end up using huge amounts of olive oil, ...
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Do I need to use sterilized jars straight away?

When making jams and preserves you obviously need to sterilize the jars. After the jars have been sterilized do you need to use them straight away or can you sterilize them in advance and keep them ...
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What is the proper ratio of heavy cream to chocolate for a thick ganache?

Most recipes on the internet call for a 1:1 ratio that I've seen but this ends up being rather watery. I want a thick chocolaty ganache. Is there anything special that needs to be done to achieve ...
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Daikon in place of pasta

I remember seeing somewhere that one could use daikon in place of pasta, but I can't seem to find how one would prepare it. Have you done this? If so, what should I be aware of when I try it out?
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Why should I soak beans before cooking?

Every recipe says I should soak beans in water overnight before cooking. Why? I did some experiments. I have tried soaked and unsoaked beans from the same batch. There was no difference in cooking ...
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I want to make my own cheese. How do I get started?

I've seen people do their own mozzarella and it seemed easy. Any tips on how to get started (equipment, ingredients, recipes)? What about blue cheese and other stronger cheeses?
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How thoroughly do you need to clean the inside of a chicken before baking it?

My wife's family breaks apart the inside and cleans out what is in between the bones. My family just rinses the inside and then bakes it. Do you need to be super thorough when cleaning a chicken or is ...
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How do you open a coconut?

Without killing yourself or others?
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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 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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How to clean mushrooms?

Some people say cleaning with water removes the taste from mushrooms. But if I don't use water the mushrooms will carry a lot of dust. Do you have any techniques for cleaning mushroom so I don't ...
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Proper ratio of Water to Rice

When making rice, what is the proper ratio of water that I should use?
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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 ...