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How finely chopped should vegetables be when making stock?

I've watched several YouTube videos now to learn how to make vegetable stock. Most of these videos show the vegetables being chopped into relatively large chunks - for example, carrots and onions ...
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Can Kale be hot like horseradish?

I just made a fruit smoothie with Kale, banana, Apple, blueberries, vegan protein powder, chia and flax. It was like drinking a smoothie with horse radish. The blueberries were the only difference ...
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Vegetable stock for a vegan gravy

I am vegan. I want to make a vegan gravy sauce but I want to make my own vegetable broth without too much salt. I don't want to use a ready to use vegetable stock and nutritional yeast. How can I add ...
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How to cook very large Brussels sprouts?

My normal cooking method for Brussels sprouts is to steam them in a microwave steamer like this: I usually get a bag of the pre-cut sprouts, but this year I bought a stalk and I have some very ...
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How to cook Beansprouts so that they remain crispy

I have tried different methods of cooking Beansprouts but I just never seem to get a consistent crunchy tasty end product. Can somebody please share a recipe or method because I absolutely love ...
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How to add flavouring ingredients to steamed or boiled veggies?

I'm a newbie cook from to prepare the nightly dinner for my wife and I. I usually have a meat and stream or boil sweet potato, corn, Brussels sprouts, asparagus or broccolini. It occurred to me that ...
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Does cooking vegetables increase their flavor?

Is there some scientific explanation for why one cooks vegetables? I mean apart from increasing the ability to digest. Are there flavor enhancements going on? Does the temperature have to rise about ...
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Does anthocyanin still exist once the purple beans have changed to green during cooking?

When purple beans are cooked and they turn green I understand that is because the anthocyanins are only purple in an acidic environment. So, when the beans turn green after cooking does that mean ...
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How good a substitute is callaloo for spinach?

I have seen some good recipes using spinach and have heard over and over that callaloo (amaranth) can be used in place of it. There is confusion about callaloo the plant and callaloo the dish I am ...
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What physically/chemically happens to a vegetable when it is cooked?

I've discovered that if I eat raw vegetables, I can't digest them well if at all. If I steam, boil, nuke, bake, grill, or otherwise cook the vegetables, I feel fine. What are the physical/chemical ...
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How briny should the water be when soaking broccoli to remove bugs?

I've seen advice to drop homegrown broccoli in a pot of salted water for a while so the bugs come out. What's the right salt:water ratio and how long should I soak?
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Are large veins in a rhubarb leaf safe to eat?

I've got a lovely rhubarb plant. Nice stalks, huge leaves. The biggest leaves have veins in them bigger than some of the smaller stalks. It seems a shame to throw them away— but obviously I am not ...
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Is it safe to reuse water used to steam corn?

Now that the corn season is underway, someone in the house is steaming corn almost on a daily basis. Is it safe to leave the pot on the stove(covered) with the water in it and reuse it 2 or 3 times ...
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How to keep saute pan hot without it burning for searing fresh greenbeans or zucchini

Im working in a restaurant that has pan-seared greenbeans and sauted chopped zucchini with onions&peppers. It seems were constantly waiting for the damned veggies or GB to complete our plates so ...
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Strange orange gel on surface of zucchini?

There's a strange orange gel-like substance on the surface of a zucchini that's been sitting in my kitchen for a few days. It's a bit like tiny globs of orange marmalade. Any idea what it could be? Is ...
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Why would hot-packed green beans go bad when still sealed?

My hot-packed green beans went bad. They are still sealed, look nice and green. On the bottom there is a white slime. When I opened a jar they smelled terrible. What happened?
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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How do you defrost frozen chili peppers without them turning soggy?

How do you defrost frozen chilli peppers without them going soggy? (I suppose this applies to other frozen fruit and vegetables with a high water content.)
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What does the refrigerator crisper compartment actually do?

In most refrigerators you will be able to find a compartment for your vegetables and fruits. This compartment is called the crisper and it is supposedly able to keep your vegetables and fruits fresh ...
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Is there an easy way to trim the ends off green beans quickly?

A staple in our house is green beans. It's not uncommon that I'll buy 5-10 lbs and blanch or cook them all in one session, to reheat or eat cold in lunches all week. I also buy fresh beans in bulk ...
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crispy Dilly beans

I tried a new variety of green beans this year due to being powdery mildew resistant. I grew (Provider) beans. They are beautiful long, straight green beans. I made a batch of Dilly Beans, using my ...
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Is corn a fruit, vegetable, or a nut?

I've been debating with my friends whether or not corn kernels are considered to be fruits or vegetables or nuts. To my knowledge, a fruit is a sweet "bubble" (in that it's a membrane with a fleshy ...
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What can I use instead of swede (rutabaga) when making pickle relish

I want to make a British-style pickle relish at home. I think the best recipes involve swede (rutabaga in the US), because it gives texture and flavour, but isn't overpowering. Unforunately, I can't ...
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Is sweet-tasting raw kale normal?

I just tried eating kale for the first time, raw, in a salad without any dressings, and to my surprise it did not taste bitter at all unlike descriptions of its taste that I've seen online. In fact it ...
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What kind of cabbage is on my photo?

I bought it very cheap during the closing of the grocery market. The seller said that it was some kind of lettuce, but it tastes like upper leaves of cabbage.
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Has there been some change in the varieties of broccoli sold in US supermarkets in the last few years?

Having eaten broccoli all my life, in the last year or two I have noticed some differences in most any broccoli, either fresh or frozen. The primary differences I notice: 1) There are many small ...
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What are the major differences between yams and sweet potatoes?

I was just wondering what the major difference between yams and sweet potatotes. I know yams are more orange and I love yams!
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Can Kebabs be frozen?

I have made why I fear is far too many beef and pepper and onion kebabs for a party. Can I freeze any of them beforehand, or will the vegetables be mushy when thawed? Is there a better way for me to ...
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Can this ratatouille be saved?

I just made a batch of ratatouille using green bell peppers. There is a bitter metallic taste. Is there anything I can do to salvage this batch? This is what I did. Olive oil was used throughout. ...
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What are different methods of preserving chillies?

I've been given three chilli plants: Bulgarian Carrot Jalapeño Scotch Bonnet I'm not going to be able to use them fresh before winter arrives. What methods of preserving would be appropriate ...
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My dishes seem the same [closed]

I have been learning to cook for a little while now, and can make 10+ good looking and tasting meals but I have a problem I am encountering that I notice more and more as I learn new meals. It seems ...
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Sprouts and “better-to-cut-out-parts” in vegetables

A while ago I read that "all the green parts in tomatoes" actually contain a not so healthy "active ingredient" which would be better not to eat. What I knew was that we couldn't digest those parts ...
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roasting vs microwave+roasting beets

We made a recipe tonight for halibut and beets. It called for cooking the beets in the microwave with some water until tender, peeling and slicing them, then putting them in the pan with the fish to ...
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Where can I find/buy Peruvian Parsnip (AKA: Batata Baroa or Arracacha) in the US?

Not to be confused with the common parsnip that is usually found in regular supermarkets. Either online or in specialty markets that ship via FedEx would be ideal. Thank you.
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Do you have to wash frozen vegetables?

Do frozen vegetables have pesticides on them? Are you supposed to wash frozen vegetables before you cook them and eat them?
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Can I learn to like more vegetables? [closed]

For me, seeing people enjoying thier fresh made salad in summer is one of the most irritated thing to watch. I'm 18 and there are very few vegetables I can eat without puking. I haven't eaten fruit ...
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Why would cooked spinach contain more iron than raw?

I've been researching the nutrient content of various foods and I've found that cooked spinach appears to have more iron than raw spinach (3.57 mg / 100g vs 2.71 mg /100g). Intuitively, I would have ...
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Is it possible to preserve color in steamed vegetables?

When I steam green vegetables, like broccoli, they come out bright green. A few minutes later though, and they have darkened and dulled. Is this a symptom of cooking them for too long or is there some ...
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Gas grill flames very high cooking chicked wings and vegetables

I have a gas grill which I use once a week or so. Today I put some peppers and onions as usual, but I also put chicken wings (first time). After a few minutes of cooking, the fire went super high, ...
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Are frozen onions any good? (And general advice with frozen veg)

Whilst I am not that good, I love to cook and I absolutely love onions! When I cook, the longest part always seems to be peeling and cutting onions.. and hate the crying! (mainly because I buy the ...
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What is the best way to store chopped vegetables?

To speed up our cooking during the week, I would like to chop up all the vegetables I will need for the week on a Sunday and then just use them throughout the week. What would be the best way to ...
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How to prepare salsify (schwarzwurzeln) to minimise sap?

This morning I tried cooking salsify (aka Schwarzwurzeln) for the first time. It needs to be peeled before cooking, which I did rapidly and with a bowl of water nearby, as per advice on various ...
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What kind of onions for dal?

I'm making dal for the first time and have all of the ingredients below, but I can't decide whether to use white, yellow (vidalia), or red onions. I have all three in stock. Here are the other ...
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How do I avoid botulism formation when vacuum sealing and freezing raw chopped vegetables?

I want to chop onions and green peppers then freeze in a vacuum sealed bag without blanching the vegetables first. I read the article on blanching after vacuum sealing and then blanching but to your ...
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How much is a sleeve of celery?

I was reading a recipe for Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew and noticed that one of the ingredients called for a "sleeve" of celery. I've heard of a stalk of celery, but I've never heard of a ...
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Is there some trick to vacuum sealing broccoli?

In Sous Vide for the Home Cook Douglas Baldwin gives a recipe for broccoli. In brief, blanch the broccoli, cool in an ice bath, then vacuum seal as a single layer in a bag with salt, pepper, and ...
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How to replace Bouillon cubes without making them on my own

As far as I noticed the Combination consisting of Bouillon Cube, Wine and spices can make up a good basis for many vegetarian dishes, for instance with Pasta or Rice. I am using a particular sort of ...
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What is the rate of loss of vitamin C in fresh vegetables?

If I keep fresh vegetables in the fridge, how quickly is vitamin C lost? What is the rate of loss in percent per day, or any other relevant measure?
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Cooking vegetables with butter and water

I have been cooking vegetables, such as pea, green beans, broccoli, etc, and even eggs, by placing some butter and water in a fry pan, then cooking the food with a lid on to steam until the water ...
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What is the best way to store prepared raw vegetables

I help and elderly friend who has asked me to pre-prepare some vegetables for her. This way she'll be able to cook them for herself later. I would like to know the best way to store pre-prepared ...