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What should I look for when buying a ramen bowl?

I live in Italy and I love ramen, but I can't seem to identify the characteristics that make for a good Japanese hot noodle serving bowl. What's a good capacity? Is there a well-known substitute that ...
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How do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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How heavy should a Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese ...
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How can I fry leftover mashed potato?

Today I need some tips on reusing mash potato. And not the "don't do it" tip. I mean, how can I fry it? So far I've pretty much limited my reuse of mash potato to fried pattie-type things, but I ...
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What can I do about lumps of butter in my cake batter? [on hold]

Why are there lumps of butter in my cake mixture when I have used a whisk and rubbed in well?
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Does it make sense to parboil spare ribs before you roast or grill them?

I was thinking about doing it as a time saving device - any recommendations?
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What should I do with a turkey after roasting but hours before dinner?

I work overnight, from 12 AM to 8 AM. When I got in, my only instruction was to check the turkey by 1 AM. I was also told by the co-worker I was relieving that she put the turkey in at 9 PM. And the ...
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When a recipe calls for Wine, does it make a difference what wine to use?

In other words does it make a difference in the event that a recipe calls for a Red wine you use a Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz ect..?
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Why does the roux separate from my gumbo?

I love gumbo, and make it about once or twice a month. However, I've noticed that my roux will occasionally separate from my stew and float up to the surface. I've sampled it, just to see if it had ...
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What material/metal is typically used under the layer of coating in 'ceramic' frying pans?

I am looking at different ceramic frying pans, e.g. this lagostina one, but from reading the product description it is really hard to figure out what metal is the main body of the pan made of. For ...
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How do you cook calamari / squid and avoid making it tough?

I am having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbor who is a seafood monger. It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid ...
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Oyster Mushroom Chowder

I just created an oyster mushroom chowder with a cashew-cream base for my vegetarian wife who can't do dairy. It turned out OK, but I overdid the celery and it tested strongly like cream of celery ...
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How can I tell if soy sauce is of good quality?

How can I tell if soy sauce is of good quality? Is it possible to tell from the smell and colour of the sauce? I'm aware of the differences of dark vs. light soy sauce (see this question: Soya sauce. ...
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Turning regular noodles into no-boil noodles

I've been told by other that you don't need to boil the noodles for lasagna before you assemble and bake it. They claim that you can just lay them out on the pan raw and assemble as usual and the heat ...
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Why is my pecan pie always runny

My pecan pie used to be firm years ago. Now going by the same recipe its always runny. This time I added an extra egg, stirred it less and with a wood spoon so as not to get air and foam in the mix. ...
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Substitute for sesame oil?

An Asian recipe I'm trying calls for sesame oil. However, the only bottle I found is $6, and since I'm only using a tablespoon of it, and am on a tight budget, I don't want to spend that much just to ...
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How to make my graham cracker bites crispy/crunchy?

I am attempting to make crunchy graham cracker bites (think granola but made from graham crackers). I wanted to use the recipe below as a base: 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup sugar ...
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What is the best marker for writing on glass?

I am looking for a permanent marker for writing on glass spice containers that can endure being washed. I thought of just using sticky paper labels but they will not endure washing. Should I go for ...
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Reasonable level of inaccuracy in thermometer?

A little over a year ago I purchased an expensive digital scale / thermometer combo: http://www.breville.com.au/thelittlegeniustm-kitchen-scale.html It works fine however recently I took a go at ...
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How long does a stew stay ok to eat when not stored in a fridge? [duplicate]

My wife makes a nice stew and then stores it for up to three days in a cast iron cooking bowl with a heavy lid (in the oven usually). Assuming it is reheated to "hot", is it still safe to eat after 2 ...
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How do I avoid gummy, unworkable pasta dough?

I've tried several times to make egg pasta from scratch. No matter how much flour I add or how much I knead, the result is the same: the dough is too sticky to pass through a pasta roller or even to ...
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Thanksgiving leftovers out all night [duplicate]

I packed all my leftovers in tupperware, and accidentally left them all out on the table overnight -turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables. Do I have to throw everything away?
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Cooking Ramen noodles in broth or not?

I was wondering if there’s a downside in cooking ramen noodles directly in the broth it will served in. From the recipes I see, ramen noodles are cooked in slightly salted water and then incorporated ...
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Which end of the cucumber should I save for later?

When using only half of a cucumber, which end of the cucumber should I save for later use - the stem end or the blossom end?
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1answer
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Why is there liquid at the bottom of my lemon meringue pie?

Why is it that whenever I make a lemon meringue pie, (packaged lemon filling, directions followed EXACTLY), and I cut into it, there is always a puddle of liquid on the bottom? I do use 7 egg whites ...
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How to ferment dosa batter?

I have never been successful in fermenting dosa batter properly in the US. I generally soak urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for a few hours and grind them together. Even if I leave the batter in ...
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How long do you let a turkey rest after cooking?

I have heard mixed advice on how long you should let a turkey rest after cooking. Last year my wife and I watched a Thanksgiving cooking show with Gordon Ramsey and he said you should let the ...
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How much brown sugar should I substitute for white sugar? [duplicate]

I'm making a cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries and want to substitute brown sugar for the 1 cup of white sugar without making the sauce sweeter. What quantity of brown sugar do you suggest?
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Pumpkin pie filling way too thick

I am making pumpkin pie from scratch, the filling is way thicker than in the video recipe I followed. Will it still cook properly? I used 2 cups of fresh pumpkin, 2 eggs plus one yolk and one cup of ...
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1answer
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How can you make gelatin at home? (just a clear cut recipe would be awesome)

Is there a recipe for homemade gelatin out there? Maybe something from a really old recipe book, be it fish, chicken or beef. I've been searching all over and obviously most people's opinions are to ...
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Why will my dense, concentrated stock not solidify to jelly?

I boiled all the bones from a roe deer for stock and got about four litres all of which was solid when refrigerated. I took half of it and left it in a pan in the bottom over of an Aga for two days ...
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Seasoning on Magnalite anodized aluminum fry pans needs to be removed and re-done, what is process?

I bought a set of three Magnalite anodized fry pans(used) and was told they needed to be cleaned out and re-seasoned. What would be the best way to remove the old seasoning?
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Why is my pumpkin soup sour?

Whenever I make pumpkin soup I always find it to be way too sour and I end up adding a Tbsp of brown sugar to correct. Are Pumpkins naturally tart, or is there a reason why this is happening? Are ...
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Why did my grandfather-in-law salt his beer?

My grandfather-in-law was born in England in the 1920s and fought in World War II. Somewhere along the line he acquired the habit of salting his beer before drinking it, which persisted for the rest ...
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Advice on meat cuts for German rouladen

I've been trying to figure out the best cut of beef to use for a German rouladen recipe. From the butcher and Google searches I've seen advice ranging from slicing flank steak (how would that work?) ...
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Fried capers and caper alternatives

I've really been getting into capers lately - mostly just the ones you buy from the store in the little jars that cured in either brine or lye. I didn't even know what the heck they were for a while ...
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1answer
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How to protect roasted coffee powder from degrading during daily use?

I have to buy coffee roasted powder in 100gms packet. I use 1 tablespoon on coffee per day. I do keep the coffee in an airtight container and then in an opaque cover. How should I protect remaining ...
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bew maytag broken again [on hold]

my refrigerator is keeping 30.00 degrees on less then recommended setting should I call to have it repaired it just broke 3 weeks ago because it was too warm and they changed the motor the main ...
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How can I remove excess fat from stews or soups without refrigerating?

I've read that adding cork (from wine bottles) absorbs the fat. I'm not sure if this works or not. Are there any other ways to remove excess fat without standing there and spooning out or ...
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1answer
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Should I default to higher or lower power when the recommended power is not an option in a microwave?

I often cook takeaway dishes at home. Some of these dishes ask for 4 minutes at 850 Watt (for example, ravioli with mascarpone sauce). My microwave oven supports 750 Watt and 950 Wattt, but not 850 ...
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1answer
665 views

Is it safe to deep fry two turkeys in the same oil for Thanksgiving?

Should you deep fry two turkeys in the same oil or is it better to use fresh oil for the second turkey?
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What makes store brand mayo white?

So, I've finally accomplished making mayo. But it has a yellowish hue to it, obviously this is the case because of the egg yolks. My question is this: Why is store mayo white? What makes it white? ...
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1answer
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What are the effects of salting a thin steak that's grilled on a pan?

What are the effects of salting a thin (1/4" to 1/2") beef steak right before being seared on a pan, compared to not salting at all? (there are no other spices used, salt or nothing). Does the ...
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Difference between Maida and All purpose flour

I'm baking tonight and I'm out of All purpose flour. I'm lazy to run out to the grocery store. Can I replace All purpose flour with Maida (Maida is better known to Asian Indians - we use it for making ...
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1answer
136 views

Why didn't my crumpets cook in the middle?

I tried to make crumpets today, first time I've used yeast so didn't really know what to expect. The recipe I followed was: 450g plain flour 1tsp caster sugar 14g instant yeast 350ml skimmed milk ...
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Best thickness for shaped pizza dough for good sliding from the peel/tray into the oven

I made pizza yesterday and encountered an issue. My dough was not very sticky, it was sliding well when adding flour to the surface. However, after I added toppings (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, ...
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477 views

How did/do the Russians make carrot tea?

A while ago I read a book about the Russian Civil War (it was Blood on the Snow by Emanuel Litvinoff) in which the characters frequently drank coffee made out of acorns and tea made out of carrots. I ...
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Are there any reasonable substitutions for lemon juice?

In the past I cooked myself into a corner when I realized mid-recipe that I didn't have any lemons or lemon juice available. Nor did I have any limes. I can't remember the exact recipe, but I ...
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2answers
951 views

Why did my reverse spherification method fail to produce proper spheres?

After much experimentation with reverse spherification this weekend, I completely failed to get an acceptable product. Caviar didn't form properly. In particular, when dropped from an eye dropper, the ...
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How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?

What is the safest, quick way to defrost chicken? Microwave? Running water over it?

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