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Can I safely roast a chicken for 4 to 5 hours on a low heat?

Hard pressed office worker and cook here. If I go home at lunchtime and put in a medium sized chicken to roast in the oven can I ensure it's ready to eat when the family get in in the evening? I've ...
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Turning Left Over Broth From a Roast Into a Soup Or Stew

Two nights ago, I made a roast. Not wanting to waste anything I kept most of the left over beef broth (about 3-4 cups). My current idea is to turn this beef broth into a soup or a stew. Here's what ...
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Making a natural gravy?

We generally do a roast on the weekend and we end up with a load of really nice juices in the roasting tray. What is the best method of turning this into a nice natural gravy?
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Does searing meat lock in moisture?

I just saw a claim to this end in another thread, and it is perpetuated about the internet and in many cookbooks. So: Is it true? Does making a nice crust (maillard reaction) on a roast seal in juice ...
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What is the purpose of basting a roast?

Is the purpose to add flavor, moisture, or both? Do you really think it makes a difference?
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Does brining a chicken/turkey before roasting really make a difference?

I've tried brining a chicken (brine = 1 cup salt to 16 cups water, over 10 hours) and couldn't taste a difference.
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What brand of roasting dish would you recommend?

Over the last few years I've gone through at least 3 roasting trays that have some kind of coating that has worn off - mostly ones bought in supermarkets. I'd like to get something that will last, ...
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Why does my chicken breast become so dry?

When I roast a whole chicken, I always make sure that my chicken is cooked to the proper temperature. Quite often, this results in juicy legs and thighs, but dry breasts. Is there a reason the ...
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How to stop sweet/sugary dressings from ruining a baking dish?

Through trial and error I've discovered that squeezing a fresh lime over roast parsnips (prior to roasting) make the end product absoutely sublime. The problem however is that the sticky sweet lime ...