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 temperature should “simmer” be for candying fruit?

I want to make Candied fruit more efficiently, and all the recipes I have found say basically "bring simple syrup to a boil, then lower to simmer with the fruit/peel in until translucent" So my ...
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cooking oven temperature

I have a murphy electric cake oven. it is a classic electric cake oven(not a modern one) In the recipe book it is mentioned to preheat it to 200 degree C for 10 mins. But it is not specified anywhere ...
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What temperature should a crock pot slow cooker cook at?

I have a crock pot that will generate a low boil on the "Low" setting and dries out anything that is cooked for a long period. I'm wondering if the temperature regulator is too high, but I can't know ...
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Use BBQ for both searing and slow-roasting beef

When I make roast beef in the kitchen I typically have these two cooking steps: Sear on all sides in a frying pan on high(ish) heat; Slowly roast it in the oven on low(ish) temperatures. I've ...
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Proper kitchen temperature for doing “fermentation”

I am looking at the Saveur magazine annual 100 issue. There are a couple of items related to fermentation; and I am intrigued. The recipes instruct to let the mixtures to stand at room temperature ...
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How long should I bake a hamburger meatloaf, and at what oven temperature?

I invented my own recipe for meatloaf: hamburger, bread, 1 egg, dried onion bits, Worcestershire sauce, a bit of ketchup. Put into the oven at 350 degrees F. Please advise the ideal oven temperature, ...
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slow roasting; internal temperature higher than oven temperature

How can the internal temperature of a roast get higher than the oven temperature? I have seen recipes that cook pork at 120 degrees C and get the internal temp much higher than that.
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Does it take more energy to maintain a higher cooking temperature?

This is just the curious cat in me. When heating water on a stove top in a covered pot, once the desired temperature is reached, does it take more energy to maintain the temp if it is higher (say ...
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Why do some foods have to be cooked only when the pan is really hot?

I like fried rice. When I try to make it myself, though, it never turns out the way restaurants make it. Restaurant fried rice almost has this sort of "smell-you-can-taste" that's not directly part of ...
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Implied cooking temperatures on food packaging

Every time I follow directions I see instructions like this: Bring water to boil Stir in pasta Return to rapid boil Cook for 6 minutes for al-dente I set the stove burner to high for Step 1. Do I ...
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electric smoking 2 pork loins, increase time and or temp?

We're using our electric smoker to do 2 pork loins close to equal size. We did only one loin before and it was great! Do we need to adjust the time and or temp to do it right again? We want to do ...
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Slow Cooker: Recipe says Medium, mine has high and low only

I want to cook a recipe that says to cook at medium-high for eight hours, however my slow cooker only has high and low. How do I cook my recipe so the meat doesn't resemble old shoe leather? Thanks ...
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Roasting more than 1 meat in using one oven

How do I manage the roasting time and temperature for roasting/baking more than 1 beef wellington using the same oven and at the same time. Thanks.
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regulating temperature in cheap offset smokers

I recently acquired a cheaply made offset smoker, and-- ahead of the big event-- did a 'dry run' to get a feel for how it behaves. I think my biggest issue will be regulating temperature; the smoker ...
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What are the consequences of leaving the fridge 2 inches open overnight?

My girlfriend accidentally didn't close the fridge properly and left it open 2 inches all night (more than 8 hours). I had a lot of raw chicken breast and raw salmon in there. Is it still edible? When ...
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Safe to buy food baked in plastic containers:

I recently bought some baked goods (corn break I think) from Fred Meyers, and it seesm to be baked right in the plastic container it came in. Is this safe? This question makes it seems like this is ...
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Tweaking a Macaroni & Cheese Cake

This is basically the first loaf I have baked and I am having difficulty knowing how I should tweak it. I have four directions to go with it and would like to know in which direction I should go, or ...
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Can I marble two cakes that call for different cooking temperatures?

I have two cupcake recipes that I would like to combine into one marbled cupcake. However one recipe bakes at 350 degrees and the other bakes at 375 degrees. Can a combination be done?
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Making a 2 ramekin recipe into an 8 ramekin recipe: Do I change the cooking time?

I've read answers about doubling a casserole recipe in a larger container, or putting two cake pans in the oven instead of one. But what about a recipe that asks you to put your ramekins into a ...
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how long to cook stuffed chicken breasts

I have chicken breasts stuffed with rice. How long should I bake them and at what temperature?
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Kneading dough - significance of warm hands

I made bread the other day and kneaded the dough by hand. The recipes everywhere ask for warm water, which is understandabe for the yeast to rise. When my mother kneads dough using the same recipe, ...
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Bread Proving Time in Warm Climates

I'm following one Paul Hollywood's recipe for the "Basic White Tin Bread" from his book " How To Bake". In the recipe it states to prove for about 1 hour, until the dough is at least doubled in ...
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Correct temperature to serve a chocolate gateau (cake)

This is not so much a cooking question but a serving question. The cake consists of layers of almond sponge, coffee butter cream, and chocolate ganache. At what (serving) temperature would I get the ...
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How should I control the time and temperature when baking two dishes?

I want to cook multiple dishes at the same time using a conventional oven. A 9x 13 pan with potatoes should bake in an oven of 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The other dish, a ham, should be in a 325 ...
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Can I use meat thermometers to measure room and oven temperature?

Can you measure the oven temperature or room temperature for things like proofing bread when better alternatives are not available? How accurate will it be? I have a TheromoWorks Thermopop which I ...
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How do I modify cooking methods for a markedly smaller roast than most recipes state?

I purchased a small boneless leg of lamb roast for my husband and I to enjoy as an Easter meal. It's about 2.5 lbs. (1.3 kg). I have experience dry roasting larger cuts of beef in the past, but ...
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Crock Pot to Enameled Cast Iron Pot Cooking Times and Temperatures

I have an enameled cast iron pot, but no 'crockpot' slow cooker. I am reading A LOT of conflicting information online about how to adjust electric crock pot slow cooker recipe cooking times (and ...
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How is baking bread in a ceramic pan different from using a metal one?

I just used my ceramic bread pans for the first time. The top crust was just like it used to be when I baked with those cheap metal pans with the stick-free surface that I'm wanting to avoid now to ...
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Cooking with a crock pot - temp

I'm thinking about getting a slow cooker, so I was checking out some recipes. Many say something along the lines of: Cook Time 4 - 5 hours on LOW 2 - 2.5 hours on HIGH Slow Cooker 4 - 4.5 Quarts 6 - ...
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Distribution of heat using a silicone oven tray

I have recently bought a silicone oven sheet, which consists essentially of a thick sheet of silicone rubber stretched across a metal frame. It shrugs off grease and caramelised food, and it's a joy ...
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How long to bake lasagne at lower temerature?

Good Day Seasoned Advice, my recipe states that I need to bake my fish lasagne for 40 min at 180 degrees Celsius. I will go out and want the food to be ready when I return but will not be back within ...
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How hot does the water need to be when cooking stock?

What's the minimum water temperature for making stock? (from either meat and vegetables, if they're different)
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Commercial fridge for thawing

In commercial use, what temperature is set in a refrigerator used primarily for thawing? Because food keeps longer when colder, my home fridge is kept so close to freezing that ice cubes sometimes ...
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Fridge temperature [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the ideal fridge temperature I have brought a fridge thermometer to check the temperature of a new fridge (Amica). On it's highest setting (7) it alternates over ...
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Why does flatbread have to be microwaved / cooked / toasted?

I was eating at a Subway restaurant the other day and they asked if I would like my flatbread toasted... I responded with a "No thanks." They said, "Well technically the flatbread still HAS to be ...
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

A recipe asks for a teensy cake to be cooked on High for 70 secs in a 950 watt microwave. What temperature would 'High' be? like in Celsius or Farenhite
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Smoke point and toxicity [closed]

I was taught to make omlettes with a hot pan and cold (room temp) oil. My wife thinks that I'm giving our family cancer. I heat the pan quite hot, hot enough to smoke the olive oil that I add. The ...
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What's is the internal temperature of pancakes?

I made pancakes made out of a nutritional shake but some of the health benefits disappear if heated over 115 degrees F. So wanted to know what the typical internal temp is for pancakes?
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Cooking too long, or too hot?

I have just moved into a new apartment, and am learning the ins and outs of this new oven. But being new to cooking/baking in general, I find that everything comes out burnt, one way or another. ...
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Should I cook my pot roast on high or low?

My pot roast recipe says to cook on high for 6-8 hours or low for 3-4 hours. However, the instructions for my new Crockpot say that the low setting is just for warming, and should never be used for ...
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What does a meat thermometer display if the meat temperature is uneven?

Let's say I'm cooking a piece of meat and the whose outside temperature is higher than its inside temperature. If I stick a meat thermometer through the piece of meat so that part of the needle is at ...
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How to set yogurt in the room temperature between 20 to 16 degree Centigrade?

It is winters here, and the yogurt never sets the way I used to set it during summers. If for example, we have 1/2 litre milk, what is the near exact temperature (for heating the milk), and the near ...
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How to know the doneness for a tough cut of meat

You're always hearing that a tougher cut of meat like a brisket or a shoulder be cooked low and slow to break down the tissue and be tender. I have also heard (by the experts) that a tough cut of ...
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Cooking multiple dishes at once in the oven

What is the rule of thumb for adjusting temperature and cooking time when cooking multiple dishes in the oven at the same time? In particular, if the dishes have different required temperatures and/or ...
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The cook time and temperature I need is not an option on my crockpot

How do you adjust the cook time for a recipe that says cook on low for 6 hours to coordinate with a programmable crock pot that only has settings for 4-6 hours on High and 8-10 hours on low?
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How to determine perfect pan temperature for steak?

I have an electric stove that makes it hard to adjust temperature rapidly. I normally cook steaks in cast iron pan which I put on the biggest stove circle, with the highest setting of 12. I noticed ...
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How can I cool chocolate in a couple of minutes?

I wonder how to cool chocolate in a couple of minutes, without losing its quality. I'm looking for a portable chocolate cooling machine. I think of using it in my kiosk. Meanwhile, it's acceptable to ...
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I'm tweaking a Lasagna Bolognese

I'm using fresh pasta sheets (boiled al dente), a very slow simmered Bolognese, a whole milk ricotta mixture with a fair amount of spinach, basil, egg and Parmesan and a Bechamel sauce. The thing is, ...
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Boiled chicken: coloured parts of the meat?

When I try to make chicken soup I usually find parts of the meat don't seemed to be cooked properly: red, purple, or brown bits which I think should be white. Sometimes some pieces come out white ...
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Inside of the cookies turn up soft, almost uncooked?

I don't know what temperatures I have to be using to bake cookies but I am following a European cookie recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LON4tuXR93A The problem is I searched for the same ...