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Avoid ice crystals in frappuccino

Starbucks' frappuccino has a fairly smooth consistency and mouth-feel. When I attempt to make something similar with my stick blender, I tend to end up with a layer of ice crystals floating on the ...
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Please Help Me Solve a Gumbo Roux Mystery

I’ve got a question about gumbo and roux that has me stumped, I’m hoping somebody out there can solve the mystery. I made a gumbo on Sunday. First I made the roux, using equal parts flour and oil, ...
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How to clean an octopus - and is it worth it

I've bought an octopus from my fish monger, but, when I asked if he could clean it, he openly admitted he's never done octopus before and doesn't know how. Well, neither do but I've taken it on ...
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1answer
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How to make Coconut/Chili Sauce (based on Photos)

This is a Vietnamese dish described in the menu as "Scampi with Coconut/Chili Sauce". Can anyone tell me what ingredients I would need to make this sauce at home? I enclose two different variants ...
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1answer
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What's the fastest way to cook fluffy white Jasmine rice?

From raw grains until ready to eat, what's the fastest method you can think of to get fluffy white rice (Thai Jasmine variety). I've tried using a pressure cooker and it's pretty fast, but there's ...
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Is my microwave still safe to use after accidentally heating metal in it?

My small kid used a metal bowl in a microwave oven and there was a spark. I immediately switched off the oven. There was a burnt mark on the left side of the oven. Though the microwave oven switches ...
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What can I use instead of cheese? [on hold]

My husband is allergic to milk products, so I am looking for a filling that doesn't have cheese. I think I;ll try a combination of bacon bits, apricots, onions and walnuts. with a spoonful of ...
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What types of food is suitable to be prepare at home and to be eaten during tea breaks? [on hold]

As a parent, I need to prepare some food for my child's tea breaks - usually about 2 pm to 3 pm. I know some food cannot last that long. So, my question is what types of food are suitable to be ...
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59 views

What is the easiest way to remove chicken leg/drumstick tendons?

I would like to make chicken drumsticks / legs (with skin on) easier to eat by removing the tendons and the fibula bone. Cook's Illustrated mentions this technique: Holding a paring knife just ...
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2answers
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Quick and Easy Beef Stew and Dumplings

I want to combine two off the shelf products with existing recipes into a single off the shelf heat and eat ready to go meal. Dinty Moore Beef Stew & Dumplings Pillsbury Slow-Cooked Chicken and ...
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Making whole wheat bread in a bread machine? What kind of flour?

Disclaimer: I may not know what I'm talking about, feel free to correct me if you think I'm making a fundamental error. I just got a bread machine and I love it. It's so easy! But I'm ...
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How do I neutralize melter honey?

I was wondering how to neutralize melter honey into more of a straight sugar base and get the acid levels down.
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59 views

Developing good knife skills [on hold]

How long does it take to develop proper, fast, "fancy" knife skills? Right now, I'm at absolutely nothing. I can barely manage to cut an apple without nearly murdering myself.
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1answer
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Making cherry ice cream, should I macerate the cherries?

I am going to be making cherry ice cream, I haven't used cherries before but in making strawberry ice cream I have always macerated the berries. Should I do the same for cherries, the few recipes I ...
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1answer
46 views

Coffee roasting, worth upgrade from popcorn popper

I've been roasting for about 3 years and have gone thru about 3 or 4 poppers for roasting coffee. The machines wouldn't stop working I'd just notice they slowly started taking longer and longer to ...
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2answers
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Frying fish without it falling to shambles [duplicate]

How on earth do I pan fry fish without it turning to hell? For the fish: Stainless steel pan Oil heated until it sizzles when droplets of water are thrown in Plain fish, skin side down first Try and ...
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1answer
38 views

How to remove dirt from inside green/spring onions?

I love spring onions (I believe they're called green onions in the US); I use them in salads and to add flavor. The problem is, whenever I get them from the supermarket, they're filled with dirt. No ...
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Very unusual kitchen tools

I found this very interesting post. I can guess what some of them must be but have no idea about the others. Can someone please help identify these:
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How can I make parmesan spreadable?

I can't get enough of parmesan cheese. I often find myself taking pieces off of the block, or shredding it just to dump it straight into my mouth. I always wished there was some way to somehow ...
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How safe is it to combine flavor extracts?

I experiment a lot with food combinations, and I know enough about their chemistry to avoid the particularly terrible ones. However, I know too little about flavor extracts to apply the same logic. ...
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49 views

What are the most common kitchen tools and utensils universally?

What are the most common kitchen tools/utensils universally? In particular, the different types of knives, spatulas, cutting boards, etc., which are the basic general knowledge kitchen tools that are ...
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0answers
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Bell Pepper Mousse - won't charge or discharge

I made an ISI Whip recipe for Bell Pepper Mousse, chilled the mixture in the container for 2 hours, then charged the mixture twice, heard gas release, shook it vigorously 20 times and it would not ...
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1answer
47 views

Chocolate seized during dipping, how to prevent it?

I used a double boiler (two pots) to melt chocolate for truffles but half way into dipping the truffles in the chocolate, the chocolate hardened and became very clumpy. How do I keep the melted ...
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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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1answer
66 views

What is the spicy kick in “Kraft Tangy Spaghetti” box meal?

So, since I've lived at home, there has been a boxed spaghetti mix that has always been especially good to me. The thing I like about it is a subtle heat of some kind of pepper or spice. I've tried ...
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1answer
373 views

Cooking ribs weirdly?

So my brother who's pretty inexperienced brined his ribs, smoked them for an hour, put it back in the brine/fridge, and plans on sous vide+searing them. Is there danger in putting the cooked pork back ...
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Is it valid to claim that a jam contains no preservatives?

Some commercial jams state on the label that they contain "no preservatives", or are "preservative free". As I understand it, jam is a type of fruit preserve. Like most fruit preserves, it is ...
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1answer
45 views

Can vegetable enzymes kill yeast? [duplicate]

I used a juicer to juice vegetables. Then, I used the juice in making bread. Some of my friends said that something in vegetables affects the fermentation, namely the enzymes. They said it can kill ...
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How to make a cover for a molten cake?

I recently visited a restaurant called Zuma, and they had this unbelievable chocolate molten cake. As you can see they have a cover on top, like a sheet of chocolate. How would one make this? I am ...
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126 views

Is there such a thing as too much vanilla?

I have been making cookies for decades and I have noticed a dramatic change in quality based on the usage of vanilla. Using weak vanilla or just not enough will lead to bland cookies, oftentimes ...
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2answers
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Too much cayenne chilli pepper

I have added cayenne chilli pepper, instead of cayenne pepper, and (I think too much) to my green tomato chutney. How can I reduce the spice and still be able to store the chutney?
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Rancid Walmart flour [duplicate]

The flour I've been buying at walmart lately smells like dead rats(I would guess they would smell like this). Real strong, does not seem to change the taste of my cooking. I am planning on going back ...
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2answers
650 views

What is this spoon-like kitchen utensil with a rubbery head and wooden handle called?

What is this utensil or kitchen tool called that has a rubber-like head and a wooden handle? What is it used for?
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1answer
99 views

Effect of undutched cocoa on baking

I'm trying to add unsweetened non-dutched cocoa powder to a biscotti recipe (this one). I've read that this type of cocoa is strongly acidic. Will I need to make any changes to the quantities of ...
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1answer
52 views

Substitute for coconut in macaroons

Looking over several chocolate macaroon recipes, several of them use coconut in conspicuous amounts (such as this one or this one). What is an appropriate substitute for dried coconut here? It seems ...
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1answer
54 views

wusthof ikon or shun classic? [on hold]

I'm using some Victorinox Fibrox knives currently and looking for an upgrade for my knives. After hours of reading review, I'm slightly leaning toward Shun because of its sharpness, harder steel, ...
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1answer
31 views

Storage of cheese starter cultures

I have decided to give a go at home cheesemaking. I got a nice book by Mary Karlin, which seems to explain things relatively well. Now, most recipes would call for something like 1/4 tsp of starter ...
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3answers
81 views

Should I use a base to offset the sour in overripe sourdough starter?

My starter is active and mature, but sometimes I don't have time to check and feed it at its optimal activity for my preferred sour (very slight). This means by the time I get to feeding it, it's ...
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2answers
104 views

How to prepare this (Chinese) snack?

I've bought a bag of small dried and salted fish at my local Chinese market. My guess was that the thingies could be eaten right out of the box, but they are too bony and salty. I guess they need ...
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4answers
140 views

How to cook rice & chicken simultaneously?

I've been eating a lot of brown rice + chicken breast lately, and they both seem to have the same process for cooking (heat for 25-30 minutes). Therefore it seems I might be able to get away with ...
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2answers
80 views

A substitute for jaggery

What can I use to substitute for jaggery in curries or dals? I've tried white and brown sugar, raw and polished, but there's still some vital taste component missing. Is there a way to simulate that ...
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1answer
101 views

Crisping chicken skin after braising

I have a go-to chicken dish that I like a lot. I marinate thighs in a soy based marinade and then brown them. Then I mix the marinade flavors, chicken broth and rice and put the thighs in skin side ...
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79 views

Why does waffle dough get dark?

Always when I make waffles or pancakes the dough of it gets dark after a few hours. It looks like having black sprinkles. Why is that and how long can I still use it? The ingredients I use for ...
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2answers
108 views

Should I drain water after I cook noodles in microwave?

I have just cooked noodles in microwave. In some websites it says to drain water before eating it. Some doesn't say about draining water. Should I drain the water as I have cooked it in microwave?
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1answer
72 views

Does the freshness of the ingredient impact the longevity of the cooked dish?

Using ingredients that aren't fresh will generally negatively impact the flavor of the dish, but does it impact how long the cooked dish will last before it goes bad? For example, if I make two pots ...
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1answer
92 views

Homemade sport drink [closed]

I'm trying to develop a recipe for homemade sport drink as Gaterade and the like contains unhealthy and/or unnecessary ingredients that I dislike. I found a base recipe I'd like to work with to ...
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2answers
112 views

Why not use a polypropylene dish with carbonated drinks?

I found a polypropylene (♷) measuring cup in my home today, of the sort that comes with an immersion blender for preparing drinks. Printed on it is the warning "not to be used with hot or carbonated ...
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1answer
67 views

What is the difference between custard pie and custard tart?

What's the difference between a custard pie and a custard tart? I looked at "Pie" vs "Tart"?, but it doesn't really answer my question as a custard pie does not really have a lid. ...
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Why did my attempt at pan-searing beef filets fail miserably?

Background: I am very much an amateur cook; I would consider myself a novice at best, so pardon my ignorance! I decided to try to cook a nice dinner for my family recently. Part of that dinner ...
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Bournvita in cold coconut milk

Can I mix Bournvita in cold coconut-milk with sugar for quick energy drink in the morning?

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