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Does Boiling Water, Instead of Warm Water, Hurt the Flavor of Tea/Hot Chocolate

I have a counter-top water kettle that I frequently use to boil water for tea, hot chocolate, and powdered drinks (e.g. chai). I don't think anything of it when the water starts boiling and keeps on ...
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Water boiling and cooking time

Will there be a difference in the time for which it will take for eggs to be prepared in the cases mentioned below? A. Cooking eggs in a pot on full gas power until the water reach boiling point - ...
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Does water that's been left to sit and then reboiled taste different from fresh water boiled once?

This may sound like a silly question, but I've always wondered: If I boil some water and use some of it and leave the remainder in the kettle, and then a few days later boil that same water again, ...
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What to do when too much liquid added to flour mixture?

I seem to have a bad habit of mis-calculating ingredients, particularly the liquid ones. Can I just boil off excess water that I've added to a flour mixture (in this case a pizza dough)? Any other ...
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Is it safe to reheat old water in an electric kettle?

I usually throw away the remaining water in the electric kettle before refilling it if the water is more than about a day old. In theory wouldn't boiling kill any impurities the old water might have? ...
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Boil water first when cooking what foods?

The directions on some packages of raw food (frozen vegetables, dry beans, dry pasta, rice, and the like) indicate that one should first boil water, then add the food, wait for the mixture to boil ...
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How can I clean these brown iron stains in my pot?

I use a big aluminium pot to boil water. I think the water contains iron because after 4-6 months, the inside of the pot is full of brown stains. The colour is just like ferric. There are lots of ...
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Create a water + baking soda solution?

I was wondering if there is a way I can mix the two and put it in a spray bottle? I would like to use water + baking soda in some cases to spray a little rather than have large amounts. Is it ...
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French Press Coffee amount [duplicate]

Okay so I have a french press, and I have been trying to figure out how much coffee I need. Here is the scenario: It is a 15 oz press, I been reading that the general rule of thumb is 2 tbs of coffee ...
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What is the white foam that builds up when I make tea?

I microwave water in order to make tea. After it is microwaved and I drop the tea bag(green tea) into the water, thick white foam builds up on the top. What is it and should I worry about drinking ...
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Using noodle cooking water to loosen sauce?

One of my guilty pleasures is perusing my wife's Real Simple magazine for recipe ideas and cooking tips. In the March 2013 issue one of the cooking tips has me a bit confused. In the Three Steps to ...
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What's the purpose of adding water to an egg wash?

Many recipes I've seen call for beating a tablespoon or so of water in with the egg for an egg wash. What is the effect of adding the water to the egg wash when baking?
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Flour and water… at which temperature?

What is the difference between adding hot, lukewarm or cold water to flour? EDIT: I'm curious about the following dishes, they all call for flour and some water and I'm not sure how warm the water ...
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Why does sauce go watery after freezing?

If I freeze a sauce, particularly something with mince in it, when defrosted it produces excess water. The sauce before frozen is nicely thickened. I think it might be because the proteins in the ...
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How to replace water in meat (chicken, beef) with another liquid?

Is there a non-destructive way to replace water in meat such as chicken or beef, with another liquid (e.g. lemon juice)?
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Do I need to adjust recipes when using hard water

Our well water tastes very good but is extremely hard (220 mg/L). Do I need to make any adjustments when cooking or baking or will it work fine?
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Using other liquid than water when making stock

I got to thinking... I usually hear chefs (particularly Alton Brown as of late, since I am watching Good Eats) say that water is neutral and should only be used as a last resort, serving only to ...
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How can I create a drinkable ice slurry?

Based on the idea behind this question on the physics sister site to this site, how can I process ice to create a drinkable ice slurry? When I stick ice cubes and water in the blender, the ice shards ...
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Why do crisp bread rolls have more water than soft bread rolls?

I was wondering why my recipe for crisp bread rolls needed more water than soft bread rolls.
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Marinades: Water vs Oil

What's the theory on using water vs oil for chicken marinades? I ask because of this recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1731460 After multiplying the recipe by a lot, ...
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Are there culinary uses for the water left from peeling almonds?

Is there a possible use for the water used for peeling almonds? (Throw the almonds in boiling water and let them soak for a couple of mins before peeling them: the water left is yellowish and almond ...
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What property makes a liquid soapy/bubbly?

Is there a scientific or food industry term for what makes a water solution behave like a detergent, and perhaps an associated unit of measure? For example, the pH of a solution measures its acidity; ...
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What is the purpose of vinegar in this lollipop recipe?

I found a recipe for lollipops. It uses 2:2:1 ratio of sugar:water:vinegar. What exactly is the role of vinegar in it? The recipe was: 10 spoons of granulated/crystalic sugar 10 spoons of ...
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At what point is water considered “at a boil?”

Lots of recipes call for waiting for the water to come "to a boil." However I have never been sure when that is. From my viewpoint it could be at three different points: First start to see small air ...
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How much warm is warm water?

I'm following a recipe for making dough for a challah recipe, 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? ...
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Can I fix a box cake recipe where I added oil instead of water?

I screwed up and put 1 1/4 cup veg oil instead of water in my box cake recipe. Is there any way to fix this? Can I add flour or something? Or is it doomed for the trash can?
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Oil-like stain when cooking with gas

I've been boiling water with some new pots on a gas stove and it leaves (left) a stain on the bottom (on the inside) that has the same color pattern as when oil drifts on water. What could be causing ...
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Is it safe to cook with rainwater?

Is it safe to use rainwater as an ingredient versus tap water - or even cooking things in it like pasta? Would there be any differences in measurements or cooking times - the thought being that there ...
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Boiling things using salt

Since recently i have to cook for myself and a lot of products mention i should boil some water with salt and when it boils add the product. Why on earth do you have to add salt to the water?
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Boiling eggs on an electric or gas stove: why the boiling time difference?

Having fairly recently moved from a country where cooking on gas is the standard (the Netherlands) to a country where cooking electrically is the standard (Sweden), I've noticed that I need to boil my ...
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My water is boiling too fast

Every time I try to boil a pot of water to make spaghetti, I leave the kitchen to go do something else (I am very busy lol). Sometimes I come back to find the pot boiling over and a mess on my stove! ...
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How can I maximize the caffeine content of my coffee?

Like many people, I rely on coffee in the morning to really get me going for the day. I always use more than the directions require to get more caffeine for that extra morning jolt. How much ground ...
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How do you smoke water?

Roux mention in this answer smoking water. How do you do this? What does it taste like? How do you use it? Sounds fascinating!