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Why are non-orange coloured carrots so uncommon?

Carrots come in a great variety of colours, from almost white to dark purple. However, the most ubiquitous colour variety is orange, and often the only to be found in regular supermarkets. Why is ...
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How can you prepare turnips to make them less bitter?

I peeled and quarted turnips, then roasted with carrots and onions in olive oil and maple syrup, but the turnips were really bitter. Is there a way to roast them (or even another cooking method) to ...
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What other vegetables can be used in cake/muffin baking?

Vegetables have been commonly used in baking cakes and muffins. A common one is carrots to make one of my fave - carrot cake. Recently I also found out about adding zucchinis (or courgettes) to ...
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Why exactly do leafy vegetables turn to mush when frozen uncoooked?

I've heard 2 explanations: because of enzymes that get destroyed when cooking (which is chemical) and because plant cells expand when the water inside freezes, and then the cells burst (which is ...
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Celeriac (aka: Celery Root) Skin - Edible or Not?

I have recently become extremely fond of cooking - I have no idea why! - and I recently discovered celeriac (celery root), too. Following a Jamie Oliver recipe called Zombie Brain, I roasted a whole ...
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How to freeze your own produce & meals, without cell wall break down?

I've just spend 30 minutes reading online, and got a bit frustrated. I want to be able to freeze my own grown vegetables & even meals to a very high standard. I can't quite be bothered with liquid ...
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How much nutrition dissolves in boiling water? [closed]

At what temperature does all nutrition dissolve in water? I want to help people that can't eat solid food, by giving them liquefied food.
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What are the differences between different types of onions, and when do you use them?

I used a recipe for a mean black-eyed-pea salad this past weekend which called for a red onion. Since I wanted extra onion flavor in the salad anyway, I decided to pick up a Vidalia onion to throw in ...
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Why do purple snap beans turn green when cooked?

We often get snap beans from the CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) that are either entirely purple or mottled purple. When cooked (at least when steamed or blanched), however, the purple color ...
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Can I put other vegetables in a manual wheat grass juicer?

I'm thinking about buying a wheat grass juicer, but the fact that it only juices one thing gives me pause. Are they adequate at juicing vegetables such as spinach, kale and carrots?
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Why does cooking mushrooms longer alter the taste so much?

When pan frying sliced regular white mushrooms, I prefer to cook them on high-heat with a generous amount of EVO until they shrivel up quite a bit and become golden brown in color. This is opposed as ...
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cooking vegetables for mashing

Inspired by some of the answers and comments on a recent question on boiling potatoes whole or diced, I'm curious: What's the best way to cook a combination of vegetables to be mashed? I'm thinking ...
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What happens if I add corn before bringing the water to a boil?

I accidentally added vegetables and water to the pot from the beginning instead of bringing water to a boil then adding the fresh corn kernels What happens if I do this? Will my end result be ...
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How to get fresh green peas?

I've only ever seen green peas in snow peas or snap peas, in the frozen food section, or in the bulk/dried foods section. When a recipe asks for x cups of fresh peas, does that mean I have strip them ...
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Can vegetables be roasted at lower temperatures?

I tried to bake some new potatoes, small tomatoes and hot peppers, in extra-virgin olive oil, using a recipe calling for 1 hour at 100° C. I was skeptical of the 100° C temperature, so I set the ...
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How to freeze cabbage?

I have a glut of home-grown cabbage at the moment, more than I can eat before it goes bad! Is there any way to freeze cabbage (raw, cooked, whole, shredded...) or would I have to make gallons of ...
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How does boiling remove vitamin C from food?

It's generally known that boiling vegetables removes a large fraction of vitamin C, but in what way? Does the high temperature destroy it? Is it merely absorbed by the boiling water?
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What do you use to get the vegetables out after steaming?

When you put a steamer in a pot of boiling water and put vegetables inside the steamer, how do you get them out after they are done? What tool do you use?
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Good websites/cookbooks covering more tailored approach to cooking vegetables? [closed]

The produce I get in weekly CSA box are all quite unique. I get at least 3 different kinds of kale, 4 different kinds of lettuce, and so on. Even with the same kind of lettuce, sometimes it's young ...
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Are there alternatives to okra as a thickening agent?

I had a go at making a gumbo last week, and it went really well. The only problem was that the okra proved to be fairly difficult to source (after several supermarkets and groceries, we managed to ...
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How do I duplicate these chips?

Fell in love with some green bean chips I found at the local health food store. It doesn't have any info on the packaging about how they're made, but they're just green beans that look full (not ...
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Does the vegetable crisper make a difference? [duplicate]

My wife is always yelling at me for not putting the vegetables back into the crisper in the fridge. Does the crisper make a big difference vs. just putting vegetables in another part of the fridge? Or ...
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After you bake eggplant, is it fine to not drain the water?

An eggplant can be baked or grilled; then you peel it. I read that you have to drain it then (e.g. in a colander), even overnight. What if you don't drain the water-does the taste change considerably? ...
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Do vegetables ripen like fruit?

This may be a silly question, but I've never seen an unripe vegetable. Is the growing of a vegetable different from a fruit's? I could pick a carrot up from the dirt whenever, and eat it, but I would ...
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How can I create this coconut milk, fruit, and veggie snack at home?

My baby and I both enjoy Happy Creamies. I don't enjoy the price, however, and I do enjoy making food for my family. I'm trying to figure out what the basics of a similar homemade item would be. ...
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Keep “soup greens” once done cooking?

I have a Polish cookbook (translated to English) from the 1950's and most of their soup recipes contain a bunch of greens/veggies but it's not always clear if they are just to be used as flavor or as ...
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What helps against astringent mouthfeel from spinach or chard?

Spinach and chard dishes, if prepared from fresh veggies, have a somehow astringent mouthfeel, that can be unpleasant. Does anybody know what exactly causes this mouthfeel chemically and/or knows a ...
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Why does my chard taste bitter when I cook it?

I've tried cooking it in various ways, but it always ends up tasting bitter. What am I doing wrong? I'm using fairly young chard (homegrown), using the whole leaves.
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Is it possible to fry vegetables in cream?

Cream A: The fat that gathers on the top of boiled milk. Cream B: The cream available in packets: http://www.amul.com/products/amul-freshcream-info.php Can vegetables be actually "fried" in these ...
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Proper cook times for mushrooms, onions, and peppers

One of my favorite meals is poached chicken cut into strips and stir fried with mushrooms, onions, and peppers and a bit of oil-based salad dressing for flavor. However, most of the time I get the ...
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What do I do with a kohlrabi?

I've recieved several kohlrabi from my CSA, and I have no idea what to do with them. I found a recipe for a curry using kohlrabi, but it wasn't great. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get the ...
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Are Green Potatoes OK?

Sometimes when peeling a potato, I find that areas of it are a bright shade of green. Does this mean that: A) The potato is OK to eat? B) The potato is OK to eat, as long as the green parts are ...
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Simmering split peas smell bitter - why?

Today while simmering split peas with a good meaty ham bone, the whole works smell so bitter. I'm wondering why. I love pea soup but haven't made it very often. In the end it did taste fine but had a ...
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Freeze cauliflower?

I didn't have any issues putting broccoli in the freezer and warming it up again. Worked great. Can you do that with cauliflower, though?
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Is it possible to extract juice from bok choy and napa cabbage using a blender?

Is it possible to extract juice from these vegetables using a blender? How much would it take to produce 100mL of juice? Baby bok choy: Napa cabbage:
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Should I store root vegetables with or without the dirt?

When you buy vegetables at a farmers market, often you will get root vegetables (e.g. potatoes, carrots) that are unwashed and with its dirt still clinging on them. I heard somewhere that this will ...
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Why blanche vegetables before freezing?

I have a bumper crop of french beans, runners, and (earlier in the summer) peas. I know that we're supposed to blanche vegetables prior to freezing and my general purpose cookbooks tell me how long to ...
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What can I use as the leaf in dolma?

I want to make dolma, but grape-leaves aren't available here. What can I use instead? I would like to stay as close as possible to the original, grape-leaved dolma, in looks, taste and texture.
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How to keep vegetables and herbs fresh for longer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Store Fresh Herbs How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? Due to my lifestyle it's hard to tell in advance whether I will be ...
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What would give Swiss Chard a gritty texture?

I made Swiss chard rolls last night and when we would bite into them there would be this gritty bite once in a while, almost like biting into a small gravel. Swiss chard itself has a gritty texture ...
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Are there culinary applications for carrot tops/greens?

The family members who taught me to cook have always tossed carrot tops/greens into the compost pile or the trash (and my regular grocery store carries carrots without tops), so I've never really ...
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Food safety of meat vs. veggies and fruit with mold on them

Obviously, it's bad to eat moldy food, so I don't do so. However, the other day I was presented with both an old pot roast and asparagus in the fridge, both of which had grown mold. Of course, I ...
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How to wash vegetables without running water?

I live in a subtropical climate where most people cook vegetables, rather than eat them raw, so when making green salads, I must be careful to ensure that everything is clean. I have seen ...
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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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Identifying quality fruits/vegetables at a farmers market

I have recently started venturing out on Sunday to our local farmers market, where there are a large number of people selling various fruits and vegetables. I find that they have a better price than ...
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How to roast mixed vegetables together?

For a soup, I want to roast carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, onions etc., so what would be the procedure? If I put them together in a vessel and close the lid off, they'll get watery. If I put ...
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Is the root/rhizomes of ground elder edible?

Ground elder is a terrible weed with delicious leaves. But is the root edible too? Wikipedia: Aegopodium podagraria, commonly called ground elder, herb gerard, bishop's weed, goutweed, and ...
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How can I let fruit ripen faster?

In addition to specific fruits like avocados and bananas, and the specific trick of using a brown bag, I would like to know if there are ways to let fruit and vegetables in general ripen faster. Are ...
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Is blanch freezing vegetables required for short term storage?

I need some vegetables to last for about a month until I've juiced them all. Blanch freezing many vegetables sees them last for periods 6 months and longer, but it's a bit of a hassle. Would just ...
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What juicer is best for leafy greens and vegetables (like carrots)?

There are many juicers out there and not any one juicer is best at juicing everything. I am specifically interested in juicing leafy greens and vegetables like carrots.