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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
6answers
10k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

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 ...
1
vote
5answers
22k views

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
1
vote
2answers
812 views

Heston Blumenthal roast chicken

I just watched Heston Blumenthal - Perfect Roast Chicken where he does a few thing unconventionally. He roasts the chicken at approximately 200 F and stops the roasting process when the internal ...
14
votes
7answers
148k views

Time vs. Temperature - What changes what?

Really basic question that's bugging me... Speaking mathematically, 200 degrees of heat for 10 minutes should be the same as 400 degrees of heat for 5 minutes , but that's not the case, right? So ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Meat thermometer for Caja China?

I'm looking to purchase a Caja China: http://www.lacajachina.com/La_Caja_China_p/lcc-g102.htm and I know that without a meat thermometer, I'll never quite get it right. It's critical that the top ...
7
votes
3answers
10k views

What temperature are dark beers (stouts and nut browns) supposed to be consumed at?

I remember reading somewhere that certain beers are supposed to be drunk much closer to room temperature than most people drink them for optimal flavor. Specifically stout beers and nut brown ales ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
49 views

Which factors determine the absorption levels of foods? [closed]

I wonder if there are some general rules for primary food groups (meat, veggies) that a cook can use to increase/decrease the amount of oil, water, and other compounds uptaken by the target ingredient ...
2
votes
2answers
63 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
174 views

Home oven over 500°F?

I am curious why I can not find a home oven that can reach temperatures over 500°F/260°C. Every oven I have seen maxes out at 500°F. I am wondering are there safety regulations that limit this, or ...
5
votes
6answers
23k views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
17k views

Frying with Induction Stovetop

My electric oven died about six weeks ago and, in the meantime, I've been using a 1500 W single burner hot plate. I have proper pans for induction but I can't get certain things to fry properly. ...
5
votes
2answers
181 views

Are there reasons to use olive oil when roasting food at high temperatures?

I see many times chefs choosing olive oil as the fat for cooking recipes that undergo heats of 400f+ (very much above the smoking point of refined olive oil) for 30 minutes, and its virgin olive oil ...
0
votes
3answers
89 views

What does the “operating range” of a thermometer mean?

http://www.thermoworks.com/pdf/thermopop_operating_instructions_web_a.pdf The manual lists an "Operating Range" of "Between 32f to 122f". I thought this was the safe temperature for the entirety of ...
17
votes
4answers
3k views

Is there no use for high temperatures in ovens?

I'm about to buy a new oven. I can buy one which is able to steam the food, or one without. The one with steam (a nice, but not necessary feature) only goes to 230 °C / 446 °F, while a ...
4
votes
9answers
339k views

What temperature to cook a pork tenderloin at?

What temperature do you normally cook a pork tenderloin at? I was searching on the internet and saw anywhere from 325°F (165°C) to 450°F (230°C) and couldn't seem to find a good answer. Also, does ...
3
votes
3answers
90 views

Our oven consistently undercooks food

Our home oven consistently undercooks food when we follow the recommended cooking directions. Case and point: We just bought some chicken skewers from Costco. The directions say to cook them at 350F ...
0
votes
2answers
70 views

How reliable is determining cooking oil temperature with a thermometer?

Sometimes I dip my meat thermometer in the hot cooking oil and I wonder if the reading is accurate since I do not use a lot of oil so the metal rod is always making contact with the bottom of the pan. ...
5
votes
1answer
299 views

How should you saute in butter?

Sauteing is pretty problematic for me with butter. It is difficult to find the sweet spot where you don't burn the butter but don't steam the veggies, and even then seldom I will not get a sizzle even ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

How do you prevent veggies from burning in dishes that take longer to cook?

I can handle mirepoix like flavor bases well when I make pasta sauces. But if I try something like making a flavor base for chicken pot roast the onions (which were sweated before adding the other ...
2
votes
2answers
168 views

When reducing, why do you simmer instead of boil?

All recipes call for simmering a dish if you wish to reduce. I know that if for example if I wish to reduce wine, it will take me double the time or even more if I simmer instead of just cranking the ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

Glass Dish Baking Temparature

Generally I have heard that most recipes are designed for baking in metal dishes. I have also heard that glass will get hotter than metal, and thus I should cook it at a lower temperature for longer. ...
1
vote
4answers
255 views

Is 440° F too hot for an oven temperature?

I recently purchased a pre made casserole and the instructions stated that it should be placed in a 440* oven for 55 minutes. This seems like a very hot cooking temperature to me - am I mistaken? ...
37
votes
3answers
9k views

Why do tomatoes get so hot?

Ever noticed how certain foods seem to get a lot hotter than others? I almost never burn my tongue or mouth... except on tomatoes; Pizza sauce, tomatoes in panini sandwiches or spaghetti sauce. ...
17
votes
1answer
5k views

Why do some powders clump in hot water?

Why do some powders like flour or green tea causes lumps in hot water while other powders like sugar or cocoa readily dissolve? Cocoa: http://imgur.com/ncmN1ki.jpg
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Keeping steaks hot after cooking in a cast-iron pan

I have been using my cast-iron skillet for some time with good results. Essentially, I bring out the meat from the fridge with time so it gets at room temperature, then I heat up my pan until it ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

How to prevent my marshmallows from melting in my hot cocoa?

Whenever I make a hot cocoa, adding powdered cocoa in a hot water (not boiling), and add my marshmallows in it, the marshmallows just melts until they are completely gone. I really want to feel the ...
0
votes
0answers
63 views

how long before bacteria set in already cooked food? [duplicate]

My boyfriend buys precook food all the time, and thinks you can let it sit out for hours and is eatable! I've tried telling him that is why we always have the runs! How long do we have before it's not ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

Microwave Surface Temperatures too hot

I have a stainless cavity Microwave. Most all microwaves I have ever used are cool to the touch after use. This was gets extremely hot. I have measured over 80C, 179F on the front center of ...
12
votes
11answers
141k views

How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it?

How can I keep hot food hot when transporting it, e.g. to a friend's house or a potluck? I usually just give up and take cold food, but I'd like to have more options.
2
votes
2answers
92 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

How hot does popcorn need to be before it pops?

I'm interested to know if I can make popcorn in the oven, such as in a covered roasting pan. I'm also just quite curious to know the temperature it needs. Would it pop in a 250C oven? If so, what ...
8
votes
4answers
16k views

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 rapid dry yeast and I just add it to the other ingredients and knead it in.
-1
votes
1answer
65 views

Latest temperature sensing tech?

I'm looking around for other, newer temperature sensing technology, beyond the inserted thermoprobe. I bake cookies (hundreds and hundreds rolled) and like to monitor the internal temperature of the ...
2
votes
2answers
229 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
137 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
131 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

How much thermostat “range” in oven temperature is too much?

I recently renovated my kitchen and have a new Bosch wall oven. I've noticed many baking recipes that used to be reliable are no longer so. I have a ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and calibrated my oven ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

In what stage should the temperature of meat be taken?

The temperature of meat is different when it is in the pan, when it's just out and starts resting or when it's done resting. When a recipe or safety recommendation calls for a specific temperature, in ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

How to properly measure the temperature of meat with a meat thermometer [duplicate]

I have a Thermapen meat thermometer that I use for precise temperature measurement. Although it's easy to read and fast, I'm not exactly sure how to take readings. With a large piece of meat with ...
16
votes
1answer
9k views

What do I need to know about temperature and food safety?

What general rules do I need to follow to keep my food safe? How do I know what temperature to cook something to, or whether my food is safe at room temperature?
24
votes
4answers
9k views

Why should a stock be simmered and not boiled?

Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook says that a stock should NEVER be boiled, why is this? Does the higher heat extract bitterness or something else undesirable? It seems a little strange because ...
10
votes
2answers
15k views

How warm is “warm water?”

I'm following a recipe for making dough for a challah bread, and the recipe calls for warm water. How warm should the water be (in degrees)? Do I need to heat it, or is room-temperature good enough? ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

How do I prevent grainy fudge?

I want to make peanut butter fudge. My dad can make it perfect by just eyeballing it and dropping a spoonful in cold water to know when it is just right. but I have never been able to do it that way. ...
11
votes
4answers
31k views

How do I accurately take a chicken thigh's temperature?

I tried to bake chicken thighs the other day and I used my probe thermometer to tell me when they were done. Well it seems that I did something wrong when inserting the thermometer because the thighs ...
30
votes
12answers
61k views

How to rest meat but not let it get too cold?

Having read this question I am persuaded that resting meat is good for its flavour. But if the meat has a good temperature straight after it's been cooked, it seems as though it will be too cold after ...
1
vote
2answers
67 views

How to keep aglio olio warm?

I realize aglio olio is best consumed warm. When it cools it's not as nice as the oil thickens. Am I putting too much oil or should I use a thinner olive oil?
13
votes
5answers
57k views

How long should I cook pork for (at 100° C)?

I have a pork shoulder cooking in the oven right now at 100° C (212° F). I was planning on roasting it for 7 hours, will this be long enough to cook it safely? I saw the FDA chart about minimum ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Sous vide timing for prime rib

I'm looking to sous vide a boneless, 6 lb rib roast, for New Year's Eve. If I set the temp for 136F, how long should I leave this to cook? My thought was 6 hours, but that's just based on ...