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What is the texture/taste difference between cured and uncured bacon?

I understand that the main difference between cured and uncured bacon is that one is cured and one isn't. But, is the curing process the same for all slab bacon? And does it make a difference, taste ...
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What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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What would be a good substitute for coconut milk in curry sauces?

Specifically, if I work from a started paste that require adding coconut milk, what would be a good substitute?
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How to substitute unsweetened baker's chocolate for powdered cocoa in cake recipe

My friend would like to make a chocolate cake using this recipe: HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake. The ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa ...
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How can I thicken my smoothie without frozen ingredients?

I like thick drinks and I cannot lie. You other posters can't deny, That when a shake pours out, all watery and fast My first thought is "that's just nast(ay)" Normally, I put in my smoothies a ...
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Using beef jerky cuts for stir fry?

I have some cuts of beef intended to be used for beef jerky. I have not yet dried them -- the meat is still fresh. I don't know what cut of meat was used. Can I use it for stir fry?
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Is there an alternative to using oil when baking muffins

I make a lot of muffins and I am constantly altering the recipes to try and create the perfect muffin to satisfy my taste and keep me regular. I also avoid using sugar and oil. I have been ...
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Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?

I realize there is another question about corned beef from scratch, but the answers don't really cover my question. Many recipes for making your own corned beef still refer to the use of saltpeter (...
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Substituting for Candlenuts in Indonesian Food

Indonesian cuisine relies heavily on candlenuts as a base and thickener for spice pastes which are the foundation of the cuisine. This includes many of the various rendangs and sambals, such as ...
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What are some good substitutes for salt for those on low sodium diets?

I try to keep my sodium intake fairly low to ensure that my blood pressure doesn't get too high. Salt is such a common part of cooking, and it's especially difficult to cook Asian-style food without ...
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What are the difference between outside and inside skirt steak?

Skirt steak comes in two cuts: outside and inside. While I am sure the difference in cut affects how the meat should be prepared and cooked I am not sure in what ways. A few things I've read about the ...
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Is there a super close substitute for graham crackers?

I'm from Canada (where there are multitudes of graham crackers!), but I'm currently living in Australia. They do not have anything like graham crackers here, and I could really use them for a couple ...
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What's a good vegetarian substitute for Worcestershire sauce?

The only thing I really miss since I started the whole rampant vegetarian thing is the taste of Worcester sauce in all sorts of dishes. Is there a way to get close to the flavour without doing ...
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Using Chakki Atta instead of whole wheat flour?

I bought a bag of chakki atta from an Indian grocery store. The back of the bag says that it's 100% whole wheat flour. It was cheaper than traditional American style whole wheat flour, so I decided to ...
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heavy cream and half-and-half substitute

I am trying to make ice cream and it calls for 3 cups half-and-half and 1 cup heavy cream. I don't have either but I do have one gal of 2% milk If I can make some half-and-half and heavy cream out ...
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Substituting for Madeira wine in a mushroom stuffed with sausage recipe

The recipe calls for Madeira but I am thinking about using another wine. My choices are: Pernod, Calvados, pinneau du Terrier or dry sherry. What does anyone recommend on this subject?
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What can I use as a substitute for grated coconut in heavy syrup?

I have a Latin American recipe that calls for grated coconut in heavy syrup. Apparently, you can commonly buy it in cans in Latin America, but not here in the USA. Can I substitute some mixture of dry ...
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May I use cacao butter in place of coconut butter?

I'm out of coconut butter and am making fat bombs that call for coconut butter. I have plenty of cacao butter on hand. Can I use that instead? Thanks!
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Kosher alternative for blood sausage

The title explains it all, is there a kosher substitute for blood sausage?* Blood sausage is not kosher due to the inclusion of blood, the consumption of which is forbidden by Jewish law.
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Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?
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What vegan substitutes are available for cheese?

Suppose I want a cheesy-tasting sauce that is vegan. How could I obtain this flavor (or something close to it) without using any actual milk or cheese?
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How to cook for a diabetic without making the other guests suffer

I'm looking to host a big dinner and want to make it as diabetic friendly as possible. I'm also looking to not make special diabetic friendly dishes that only 1 person gets. I want to make meals that ...
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What can I use instead of clam juice?

I would like to make a "Thai beef with carrot-basil salad" recipe. The sauce for the ground beef includes the following ingredients: 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ...
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Tarragon: French vs Russian vs Mexican

In this question about tarragon lookalikes on the gardening stackexchange, I asked about whether I have grown a tarragon lookalike or whether tarragon can be tasteless if grown improperly. I added an ...
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Possible to thicken gravy without flour or cornstarch?

I'm on a diet where I can't eat a number of things that I would typically use to make gravy, specifically corn and flour. I'm planning on roasting a chicken tonight and I was thinking it would be ...
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Fat free oil substitute

Can someone please tell me a fat free substitute for oil in cooking (not baking) that will not compromise the flavour of the dish? I am asking for a substitute in frying/sautéing vegetables and ...
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What can I use as a replacement for ricotta or cottage cheese in a lasagna?

I really cannot take the texture of ricotta or cottage cheese in food, to the point where I will gag when it is in my mouth. However, most of the recipes I have seen for lasagna involve using one or ...
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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To make a cream cheese icing, can I use cottage cheese?

Can I use cottage cheese instead of cream cheese to make a carrot cake icing?
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Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce in baking?

Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce (unavailable) in baking muffins?
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Non-shellfish Shrimp Substitutes?

When I was young, I loved shrimp, crab and lobster. Sometime in my twenties, I started to develop a mild allergic reaction to them (i.e. tingling in the throat), so I have for the past years been ...
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What's the point of “cheese alternative” that has dairy in it?

I was at Trader Joe's again, and I bought this cheese alternative. Being hungry out of my mind, the thought to check the ingredients never crossed it. Now I, a vegan, am stuck with having to eat a "...
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Liquid glucose in marshmallows

What does liquid glucose do for a marshmallow? Has anyone replaced liquid glucose with golden syrup or any other syrup for that matter? What are the effects of using alternatives for marshmallows? ...
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Replacements for baking soda in a cake?

Sometimes I wish to bake a cake, but sometimes the country that I'm in doesn't have baking soda (it's not the country that's changing itself, but me that's changing country from time to time). I have ...
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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Possible substitue for vinegar

Hi I have recently really been getting into cooking however the girl I am dating has allergic reactions to vinegar, which is in a lot of sauces and stuff. Looking for possible substitutes that might ...
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Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for rice wine?

I'd like to cook something that calls for rice wine, but alcohol is prohibited for me. What can I use as a substitute for it?
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Difference between old fashioned and quick oats?

What are the difference between old fashioned and quick oats? Can they be substituted for one another in recipes?
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Could I substitute Anaheim chilies for Guajillo Chilies in a curry paste?

I am trying to prepare a red curry paste, and the recipe calls for dried Guajillo chilies. I could not find them at any of my local stores, but I did find dried New Mexico and Anaheim chilies (which I'...
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what is a good liquid to replace tequila with?

I'm looking to try a marinade recipe I found recently that calls for tequila. However one of my friends is unable to consume alcohol. What would be a good flavorful liquid to use? I'm looking for a ...
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Can I substitute potato starch (katakuriko) for cornstarch in a cookie recipe?

I have a cookie recipe that calls for cornstarch. I was wondering if I could substitute it for potato starch (katakuriko, in Japanese).
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Replacement for ground almonds in a joconde sponge

I am going to try and make a petit gateau with a pistachio joconde layer, however I am not a big fan of almonds. Is there anything I can use that would act as a decent replacement for the ground ...
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how to seperate peanut oil from roasted peanuts at home?

I want to enjoy a peanut’s protein without a concern of a lot of calories , so I want to sepearate some oils from peanuts with simple home equipments , is it possible ?! How much ...
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What went wrong with my brownies?

I've read numerous forum posts and mini-articles about substituting applesauce for oil in brownie mix, but for some reason it went horribly wrong: (Okay, that's actually after trying to salvage it ...
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i need help making brownies

So I'm cooking brownies for my husband before he gets out of work.. It's his birthday he hates cake. But I put everything together. I have no veg oil. What can I use to substitute for it?
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Is there anything special about “homogenized” shortening?

I'm interested in trying to make this "water whip" pie crust. Unlike a typical pie crust where lard/butter/shortening is cut into the flour, the shortening is apparently melted and whipped before the ...
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What can I use instead of Sriracha if I only want to make a dish non-spicy, but similarly flavorful?

The specific recipe I'm making is http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/08/spicy-noodles/ (copied at bottom for posterity). I'm a big fan of the spice, but my guests and partner are often not. Since the ...
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Consuming cardamom pods

I'm making a dish that calls for six cardamom pods added while cooking. After the dish cooks, should I make the effort to locate and remove the pods? I'm assuming they're like Bay Leaves, unpleasant ...
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How can I cook cod without lemons?

I have cod and every recipe that I can find says to use lemon juice, but I personally hate lemons. What can I cook the cod with, other than lemons? I don't want it to be dry and I want to bake the ...
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What can I substitute for rye flour?

I am trying to make marbled rye bread, but around here I can't find rye flour. All I can find is all-purpose flour, bread flour, and maybe cake flour. Is there some way I can substitute stuff to ...