Questions about what temperature is optimal for cooking/preparing certain food or how certain temperatures can affect different types of food. Questions can also include how to best achieve/maintain a certain temperature for a specific type of food.

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What does a fridge do apart from storing and cooling?

There are quite a lot of recipes ending with 'Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours'. I've had this with tiramisu, chocolate mousse, panna cotta to name a few. All of these have ingredients like ...
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What temperature of water will kill yeast?

In other words, what is the maximum temperature of water I can use in yeast bread dough? I don't proof the yeast, I use active dry yeast and I just add it to the other ingredients and knead it in.
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How to decide the baking temperature when recipe doesn't mention it?

On what factors does the temperature setting depend? Of course if I have to bake a stone, I would need to set the temperature at 900C perhaps :rolleyes: ;), but in normal cakes where you have a ...
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How do I know if my meat thermometer is ovenproof?

Ever since a supposedly "ovenproof" thermometer shattered glass on my turkey Thanksgiving 2006 I have been afraid of these things. Is it generally safe to use them? Any maximum temperature I should be ...
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Digital meat thermometer that does not cause juice losses

Sometimes when I'm trying a new cooking method that uses different cooking temperatures compared to what I use normally, I find it difficult to estimate when my roast/meat is done. Digital meat ...
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How can you prevent the lettuce from wilting if covered with something hot?

If I want to make a shrimp salad, I put the lettuce and other raw vegetables on the plate, cook the shrimps and put them on the veggies. However, after a minute or so, the lettuce becomes soft, like ...
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How to approximate the Maillard temperature (154°C) in a pan?

Are there any common (non-toxic) household substances with boiling or smoke points close to the temperature at which the Maillard reaction occurs, 154°C? I want to be able to check that my pan is ...
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Could rice or pasta be cooked without hot water?

I moved in a brand new house. I have no stove, microwaves or hot water for a week or two. I'm vegetarian and I've already prepared fresh veggies wrap, salad, hummus, sandwichs, .. but I'm wondering ...
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Why must I return the chilled chocolate cookie dough to room temperature before baking?

According to a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I chilled the cookie dough before baking but it was also written to turn the cookie dough to room temperature before baking. What is the purpose of doing ...
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Ceramic vs Stainless Steel in coffee mugs

My travel mug broke :( Looking at replacements, I find that most travel mugs with designs tend to be stainless steel, whereas my prior mug was ceramic. Is there a difference in heat retention between ...
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Is there a more exact temperature for cold smoking?

In researching cold smoking a product there is quite a large gap between 80-100* . Does anyone use a more exact temperature? Does it vary because of the product? Any little hints to give the smoking a ...
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Should you wait certain amount of time after steak reaches 170 degrees internal temperature

I was wondering if the steak reaches internal temperature of 170 degrees (for well done) is it done at that instant or should you still wait a certain amount of time after the thickest part has ...
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Does searing cause more or less oil to be absorbed than frying?

Let's assume that I have two identical pans, with equal amounts of oil in each, and two practically identical slices of tofu (or whatever else, but I'm referring to items that would be more spongiform ...
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When smoking is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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What's the best option for water for tea in the office?

When making tea at home, I have all the equipment I need to make a fine cup of tea. In the office, however, my options are more limited. It seems my sources for hot water are: Straight from the tap ...
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How do I prevent burned chicken breasts when cooking on the stovetop?

Ok I'm going crazy with this. I've tried everything, but no matter what I do, it always results in my chicken breast burning and becoming black. Here is what I usually do: Grab a chicken breast, wash ...
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Is a little oven less hot than a bigger oven?

Some months ago, I found a recipe for cookies and made them in a big oven; they were delicious and cooked very well (soft cookies) at 180 °C (356 °F) for 7 minutes. I recently tried the recipe again, ...
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Exactly what is “low heat” for making cheese sauce?

Having a poor track record of making cheese sauces, I'm determined to do it right at least once in this decade. I read that one should use "low heat" only. Too much heat causes the cheese to go ...
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How to adapt brownie recipe to cook well in a mini-muffin tin?

I've got a great brownie recipe that works awesome in a 9x11 pan. The top comes out crunchy, the bottom cake like and the middle nice and fudgy. I figured I would try to make them in a mini-muffin ...
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What does it mean to broil 4 inches from the heat for x minutes?

I was looking at some recipes online and it said 'Broil 4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.' Does broiling mean a specific temperature? I have never broiled anything before ...
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Infrared thermometer for oven temperatures

IR Thermometers read surface temperatures. Can they accurately read the interior temperature of my oven through the glass panel? Or will it be reading the surface temperature of the glass rather than ...
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Temperature probe recommendations?

I am looking for a temperature probe. Specifically the kind you put in meat before putting it in the oven and the display is outside of the oven. I've purchased three in as many months and each one ...
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Oven Temperature: How to be sure the selected temperature is correct.

I suspect that my - fairly new - oven gets too hot, so I bought an oven thermometer, which confirmed this. So I called the supplier. They say that in order to obtain the correct actual oven ...
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Milk temperature for white sauce

Should I introduce the milk hot or cold when making white (béchamel) sauce? Searching around I found multiple opposite opnions, like on this answer (see the comments). Also different advice from ...
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At what temperature should one bake a coconut crust for a Hershey Bar Pie?

Today I plan to bake a hershey bar pie. I have done this in the past but never really get the crust to turn out like I expect. I am wondering if I am not cooking it at the correct temperature since ...
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Egg temperature for meringue

All the experts insist that a meringue must be made with room-temperature eggs. Why? I ask because my experience runs completely opposite, at least when it comes to flourless/nut-based desserts where ...
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Trouble cooking steak to the standard internal temperature

I just cooked a steak following Gordon ramsey's "perfect steak" method found on youtube, I flipped the steak every minute about 4-5 times on medium-medium high heat, but I couldn't get the internal ...
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Roasting meat at low temperatures

I have a 4lbs boneless leg of lamb I intend to roast in an oven this weekend. I am thinking of trying very low temperature roasting. I was inspired by Alton Brown roast beef episode where he cooked ...
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Is slow cooking for 24+ hours safe?

I've been cooking a 15 lb (7 Kg) pork shoulder for 24 hours, and the temperature has been around 140°F (60°C) for both meat and liquid. I didn't realize the temp was so low until just now when I stuck ...
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Why does food cook differently in a double-boiler?

I understand that food cooks differently in a double-boiler than when cooked "directly" - but don't know why that is. How does utilizing a double-boiler change how food cooks?
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Keeping Food Hot & Delicious

I'm having a large amount of guests over tomorrow and I wanted to know how can keep large portions of food hot and ready to serve without it getting cold or damp, while also keeping my deserts cool ...
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How much could I safely heat a content-less cast-iron pan?

To which temperature could I safely heat my cast-iron pan on the stove, without any contents? I don't want to re-season it afterwards. Afterwards, I'd just let the pan cool off in room temperature. ...
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How do I control the temperature of water for an extended period of time?

When making the "perfect" mash, Heston Blumenthal recommends cooking waxy spuds in hot water for half an hour at the temperature of 72 degrees Celsius, exactly. At 75 degrees stuff starts breaking ...
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Why does strata have to come to room temperature before baking?

I've made strata a few times before, usually for brunches where I have a number of guests coming over and don't want to spend all my time in the kitchen. I always follow instructions in the recipe; I ...
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Pork butt roast: slicing temp vs pulling temp

At internal temp of 170F, will the pork butt slices be very tender and moist or should one continue to higher temp closer to pulled of 195F to achieve?
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What is the correct temperature for storing home-made frozen yogurt?

I have made frozen yogurt for the first time yesterday. It was stored overnight in the freezer at -18°C (-0.4°F). When I checked it this morning it had solidified a lot more than I had expected. Is ...
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Best way/temperature to get maillard reaction on meat/steak

Background In relation to this question/answer. What temperature does the Maillard reaction occur? The answer to the question above states that over 400F/200C there is basically no maillard, only ...
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Temperature of tandoor for making naan

What is the temperature used in a tandoor for making naan or kulcha? I know it's higher than 500 deg. F [260 deg. C], but don't know the exact range of temperatures resestaurants use. Update: ...
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How can I warm bread making ingredients to room temperature?

My room temperature is 65°F (18°C). The recipe calls for the ingredients (milk, egg, butter, etc.) to be at room temperature, 75-90°F (24-32°C). How should I warm them? Can I use the microwave, or ...
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What temperature(s) should sweetbreads be cooked to?

It is very easy to find quick references for the various doneness temperatures (rare, med. rare, etc.) of different animal meats, but not so easy when it comes to offal. Sweetbreads, as far as I know, ...
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What temperature and time do I need to bake a 35cm Madeira cake?

I am cooking a very large wedding cake (35 cm or 14 inch) and can't get the cooking time right. Is there a specific temperature I should use?
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Did 150 °C (300 °F) ruin my cream sauce, or is it just overcooked, or fine?

I made a new recipe -that had chicken, mushrooms and onion sauteed in butter, to make a casserole. I made a white sauce - butter/flour, lactose-free milk, and it thickened very slowly, so added some ...
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How long should I let a tea with lemongrass steep?

Every time I have a tea with lemongrass in it the tea ends up with a really strong and rather terrible aftertaste. I drink several different types of tea, and am pretty sure that I am letting the ...
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Can the broiler replicate a regular gas oven?

My oven has been broken about a month, and I am getting a new one delivered Saturday. But in the wake of a failed pilot on the bottom, I was curious about whether the broiler could replicate the ...
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Is there a difference in tepid water and lukewarm water?

Is there a difference in tepid water and lukewarm water? Are the terms interchangeable?
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Can I test my oven temperature without an oven thermometer?

I've got a new oven, I haven't baked in it enough to really gauge its accuracy. Is there a way to test it without an oven thermometer?
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How to make chicken absorb more salt when cooking a soup?

This is a really important question for me, it can actually make the difference between me recovering from a chronic illness or not. Basically I have been cooking a basic soup : 1kg chicken: 1.5 ...
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What temperature is the “warm” setting on a conventional oven?

I'm making a rack of pork ribs and I want to try and cook them as low and slow as possible, with time not really being an issue. Just wondering if the warm setting is enough to do the trick. I'm ...
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What is the purpose of heating agar powder

Is agar powder heated so that it will form a gel when it is cooled? if not then what is the purpose of boiling it?
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...