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What are “rye sours”?

Not the drink. I'm interested in making this bread: King Arthur Flour Caraway Rye. The recipe recommends the addition of vital wheat gluten or King Arthur's rye bread improver. This is how the King ...
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3answers
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What is the best way to store fruit in bulk to make smoothies?

Next year for university I'm moving into a new house with a large chest freezer (a big upgrade from my current freezer drawer). I've always been a fan of making fruit smoothies with banana, milk, ...
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

I love dipping things like pretzels in melted cheese. I've done this lots of times at fairs and other places with 'pretzel carts', but I've never been able to replicate it myself at home. Whenever I ...
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2answers
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Do pan “pores” exist, what are they, and what are their effects?

There are a number of common cooking lore techniques which revolve around the idea of "pores" in the surface of a pan. Two of the ones I've heard most often: (1) When heating a pan where sticking is ...
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0answers
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Fresh deer meat at room temprature still ok? [duplicate]

I bought 40kg of deer from professional hunter. He kept it in cold storage for 2 days after he shot it, then we cut it into small parts together in cold room. Then I took it to my home to put it into ...
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Why is my bread so dense and moist?

I have been trying to make bread using a bread mix and my mixer. I read that the amount of water you should add can vary on the humidity at the time. The mix instructions say that I should add 300ml ...
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1answer
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How to get good barley texture

I have had barley a few times where each pearl is light, slightly dry and separate. When I've cooked it at home I get a very gummy, clumpy texture. I have been cooking it by rinsing the barley, ...
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5answers
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If a recipe calls for canned beans and I want to use dried beans, what do I need to do to the dried beans first?

This is for chili in a slow cooker and I'll be using red beans of some kind--kidney I suppose. I know I need to soak them, but do they need to be pre-cooked too?
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How are beef cuts labeled in Russian?

I looked up cut of beef on Wikipedia. There are no Russian names for cuts. I'm wondering what they're all called in Russian.
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What seasonal vegetable side dishes are appropriate for Hungarian Goulash? [on hold]

We are planning a traditional Hungarian Goulash dinner, and apart from egg noodles, would like a vegetable side-dish to accompany. It's late October, and we'd prefer some seasonal ingredients if ...
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1answer
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Can I use ocean water to cook my pasta?

It is said, that the water you use to cook pasta should be as salty as ocean water. So can I simply use ocean water to cook my pasta without adding salt to it?
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2answers
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Egg yolk sizes changed over the years?

Have egg yolk sizes changed over the years? I have an old recipe from the 1950's I believe. It's called Norwegian Crowns. It calls for 2 hard boiled egg yolks. You force them through a sieve and ...
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How to make wet fries?

There's a place that does 'wet fries.' They look more like English chips though, and they're basically floppy and wet from the sauce it's placed into. The ingredients, as told by the manager, are: ...
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7answers
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How do I eliminate Corn Meal “grittiness”?

I recently made some corn bread on my own from scratch for the first time. The flavour was perfect as was the general firmness/crumbliness of the bread. However, the corn meal in the recipe resulted ...
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2answers
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How do I make bread with LOTS of seeds?

A local bread shop cooks a loaf of bread that is packed with seeds, much more than a couple tablespoons. The seeds are mixed within the matrix of the bread, plus sprinkled on top and in the baking ...
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4answers
228 views

Desalinating dried/smoked fish

In the metropolitan area where I live, there is truly a great selection of dried fish in various ethnic food stores, my favorite of which is herring. However, it is always very salty and I have a ...
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7answers
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How can I store chopped onions in the fridge without the smell?

I am cooking for a large group and am trying to do as much as I can in advance. One thing I would love to do in advance is chop several onions. I have done this before with a single onion; I stored ...
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2answers
243 views

Colouring oil - chocolate look alike

Does anyone have experience with colouring vegetable/olive oil? My goal is to end up with a brown-chocolate colour so that the result would be a chocolate look-alike.
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3answers
770 views

Best vegan substitute for egg wash

What would be the best way for replacing egg wash when baking bread? I've tried unsweetened soy milk but it didn't brown that well.
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2answers
423 views

How to reduce the sourness of homemade frozen yogurt?

I like to make homemade yogurt and I am experimenting with timing to get my yogurt to be not so sour but still completely set. Yogurt is, by definition, quite acidic since that is what sets the ...
4
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1answer
57 views

What's this odd stuff coming out of my meringue?

I used this (http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/58871/authentic-french-meringues/) recipe, but added some vanilla, probably a bit extra sugar, and baked them at 185 instead of 200 with the door open.
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10answers
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In my new mixer, my bread dough gets wrapped around the kneading hook. What should I do?

I just got a new stand mixer - a nice, heavy 500W mixer with a 5-liter bowl. Until now, I'd been making bread by hand and kneading it on the countertop. So the first thing I tried was using the mixer ...
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1answer
52 views

Fully cooked ham left out for 10 hours, is it still safe to eat? [duplicate]

I received a fully cooked 13 pound pit ham from work at 12 noon. It was refrigerated when I got it. I made it home 4 hours later after running errands and it was 38 degrees outside and the ham was in ...
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2answers
64 views

Is there a reason to not add salt when making a soup?

On several occasions I have had friends make soup without salt and then tell me that salt should be added only when the soup is served. I've read Why is it important to add salt during cooking? But ...
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6answers
4k views

How do restaurants make chicken fried rice? What ingredient am I missing?

Everytime I try to make chicken fried rice like I get at the take out place it never tastes like it does when they make it. We all know the basic ingredients Rice (1 day old), Chicken, Green Onions, ...
2
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2answers
176 views

How large does an oven need to be to fit a 18 lbs turkey?

Can anyone tell me the interior oven dimensions needed to comfortably fit an 18 lbs turkey? I've searched around on the internet, but seeing as Thanksgiving is an American holiday, where most people ...
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6answers
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How do I maximize the shelf life of my homemade hot sauce?

I am planning on putting this year's crop of hot peppers to use by trying my hand at making my own hot sauces. I've never tried this before, but I've found a number of recipes on the Internet. ...
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0answers
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Refreezing Turkey Breasts [duplicate]

Sobeys meat department called me as I had ordered Turkey Breasts only. When I picked them up there was a red sticker on the packages that said Previously Frozen....I asked the clerk from the meat ...
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1answer
4k views

How to fry crispy bananas?

I've fried bananas in a pot with some butter, but they remain soft and I would like to make them more crispy. Should I use oil instead?
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3answers
1k views

bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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2answers
466 views

Making vegetables (those with leaf) more “crunchy” (bite/tear off easily)

Are there any solution to make leafy vegetables more "crunchy"? (I usually boil my leafy vegetables in water but it seems that when I bite them, they usually does not tear off easily. They become ...
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4answers
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What are some tips for making Baklava?

I've attempted to make Baklava just once in my life and the results were pretty disasterous. Some issues I have questions about when making the Baklava: How to handle the Phyllos dough sheets? ...
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1answer
1k views

Help identify a strange root vegetable

The other day I ventured into a grocery store that sold a lot of root vegetables that I have never seen before. One of the vegetables was a large round thing, and when I poked it, grey 'smoke' came ...
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4answers
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Is there any cut of beef that's close to Kobe beef?

I have had the real thing in Japan and it was fantastic and very expensive. I don't usually eat steak at all. The Kobe beef steak was the first I ate in my entire life. It was very tender and tasty, ...
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0answers
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What is the history of the standard sheet (bun) pan?

What is the history of the standard sheet (bun) pan? Who came out with the sizing? Why that size? When did it occur? There are full size(26x18 Inch), half(18x13) and quarter(13x9). image from
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12answers
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Timing cooking: methods / workflow

I'm looking for methods to improve timing or workflow during cooking. How to multi-task effectively, getting the maximal amount of differing dishes on the table, for each course, etc. A multitasking / ...
3
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3answers
238 views

Can I use flavored beers in beer bread?

I'm making beer bread and only have blue moon or leineys lemon shandy. Would these work without a fruity flavor overpowering the bread?
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3answers
555 views

How to get rid of the raw tomato smell from tomato sauce?

I'm making marinara sauce with crushed tomatoes, and no matter how much seasoning I add or however long I cook it down, the smell of raw tomato is still in the sauce. Does anyone know how to get rid ...
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6answers
4k views

How important is fresh ground coffee vs a good coffee grinder?

Given a choice between using a good coffee grinder a few days in advance, or one of those whirly-chopper grinders immediately before brewing, which would you choose?
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2answers
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Why exactly is thawing via hot water bad?

I read all over the internet and labels that you shouldn't thaw with hot water? However, tons of people leave meat to get to room temperature, so how is thawing with hot water bad? For instance, when ...
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3answers
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Using whey from yogurt to make ricotta

My girlfriend and I make a large batch of yogurt every week, and have done so for more than a year now - we just eat a ton of the stuff. THis leaves a lot of leftover whey which we used to just throw ...
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1answer
370 views

White chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache?

I've been trying to find out if white chocolate mud cake would taste nice with a dark chocolate ganache. This is for a cake that I am making for someone (so I can't make a mistake) and need to find ...
8
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8answers
28k views

How can I thicken whipping cream?

I used to live in Britain and I'm familiar with using Double Cream (48%+ fat) in all my recipes. However I moved to Canada a year ago and double cream doesn't seem to exist in North America. This has ...
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3answers
92 views

Is this extremely soft “French raclette” cheese actually meant for raclette?

I bought some cheese labeled "French raclette" that's quite soft even when refrigerated. (In the store it seemed almost gooey, losing it shape, and in my home fridge it's still soft but a bit springy ...
8
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3answers
5k views

Can I store suet or home-rendered tallow at room temperature for a year?

This weekend I will be in possession of 100 lbs of beef suet (which I'll be getting from a butcher friend) and plan to render it into tallow. I can't even begin to imagine exactly what this amount of ...
2
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0answers
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Is it safe to reuse unrefrigerated canola oil for deep frying? [duplicate]

Last night I deep fried some frozen chicken wings. After letting the oil cool, I filtered it through a cheese cloth and put it in a bottle. But I didn't refrigerate it. How long will it keep like ...
6
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2answers
119 views

Baking below sea level

I now live on the Sea of Galilee (600+ feet below sea level), and my cakes all seem to fall, no matter what I do. Is baking affected by being below level?
6
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2answers
564 views

Can I substitute powdered walnuts for all-purpose flour in a cake?

I saw a recipe where ground-up walnuts were a substitute for flour but this was for a cake that you do not cook (it was a recipe for chocolate cake made out of zucchini. Can powdered walnuts ...
5
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5answers
1k views

How to improve the taste of sour coffee beans?

I was given a few packs of grain coffee. The smell was pretty nice and it was written that it's 100% arabica. That encouraged me to grind some and brew it in moka pot. The result I got was not ...
3
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5answers
958 views

creme brulee without torch

Is it possible to finish a creme brulee without a torch? Are there any other creative methods to get the sugar to crisp up on the top of this delicious dessert?

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