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Why does microwave popcorn burn?

I've been experimenting some with do it yourself microwave popcorn, and some trouble getting the 'burn time' right has led me to a question that I can't find a good, definitive answer to. What is the ...
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What is the proper way to maintain a can opener?

I bought a hand crank can opener (Oxo) because of the good online feedback and only use the "shake" dry approach. It quickly developed rust in between the metal. If I invest the time and scrub, I can ...
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Will my results differ when using a sourdough starter vs poolish for pizza dough?

I've read about differing techniques for getting the best flavor, texture, and chewiness in my pizza crust. One of the commonly suggested routes is to include a sourdough starter as part of the ...
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Baking Turnips But are coming out burnt or soggy

I have tried baking turnips but they turn out very soggy or burnt. Any ideas? Below is the recipe I was using. Oven 350 Turnips Olive oil Rosemary I baked the slices on a baking sheet with the ...
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Can I substitute cocoa for semisweet chocolate?

If I have a recipe that calls for semi-sweet chocolate (melted), what could I use along with unsweetened cocoa powder as a substitution? In other words, what quantities of sugar and cocoa powder would ...
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1answer
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What is the impact of high heat on wine

I usually use wine in my tomato sauces, which are usually slowly simmered on the lowest heat setting. I'd really like to make this recipe: ...
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How to make sugar glass without corn syrup or cream of tartar?

I'm trying to make a relief sculpture copy out of sugar glass. I don't live in the US, so the corn syrup is not easily available. I read in multiple recipes that cream of tartar can be substituted ...
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What are “fondi di carciofo” called in English?

I would like to know what the English name is for the Italian word fondo di carciofo as I was not able to find it on the Internet. Basically, carciofo means artichoke and fondo means the bottom part ...
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How to pick avocadoes with small seeds?

Two avocadoes may look the same size from the outside, but the one with a smaller seed will have more flesh and may thus be more desirable. So how do I tell which avocadoes have smaller seeds? ...
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What is the meaning of the term whole grain?

Often I have read that whole grains are healthy. So, what is a whole grain and what is a non-whole grain? The Pasta I have says "Durum wheat" as the ingredient. What should I understand by that?
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Is this yeast classed as instant yeast?

I want to do this recipe which contains these ingredients for the bread part.. 250g/9oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 5g salt 8g instant yeast 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, softened, ...
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How can I create a scotch egg with a runny yolk?

I ate a scotch egg at thebreslin.com in New York City. The dish was clearly cooked fresh and the yolk of the egg was still runny when I cut into it. It was pretty amazing. My question - how can I ...
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why does my non dairy creamer not dissolve in coffee?

I use Nestle's Everyday Whitener to make coffee. But with some brands of coffee (eg: Davidoff) the creamer doesn't seem to dissolve. It instead remains suspended as granules in the coffee. But with ...
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How should I prepare venison hind leg sous vide?

I have a piece of venison I want to cook. On the package is says "hind leg". It is a 1kg piece without bones, in a rather round shape. I want to use sous vide on this piece, but I am not at all sure ...
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How to know whether the oven's door has loosened and leaking out some energy or is as tight as it was when new?

The child had been playing with the oven door without my knowledge for some time. How to know whether the oven's door has loosened and is leaking out some energy or is as tight as it was when new?
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What can I do to help prevent flatulence from beans?

I love the feijoada (typical Brazilian recipe). For optimal cooking, beans should be soaked in water for 12 hours, but it seems this is the cause of flatulence. What is it in beans that causes ...
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1answer
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How long / to what temperature should I let meat rest?

It has been made abundantly clear to me that I should let meat rest after it has been cooked. Once the meat is resting should I time the duration of the rest or measure the temperature of the ...
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Can I use Cheddar cheese for pizza?

I know that most of the time Mozzarella cheese is used for pizza and often in combinations with other cheeses including cheddar. I have noticed in quite a few things I cook like sandwiches, ...
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1answer
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Black Beans - Toss the soak water?

I'm making a two pounds of dry black beans by: Sorting out the rocks, dirt, malformed beans Washing any dirt or mud from the remaining beans Soaking for only 1 hour in 2 gallons of water and 2 ...
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Low Hassle, Knead-Free Doughs

I wanted to try creating a type of curry filled pastry, but I am curious if there are any good doughs I could utilize that don't need the large waiting times/kneading/rising that most bread recipes ...
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How to make Cheeze Burst Pizza same as Domino's?

I'm a true pizza lover and at Domino's they make a great style called "Cheese Burst", the only problem is I can't eat it due to religious reasons. As a Jain, I don't eat some common foods. For more ...
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1answer
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Vegan breakfast recipe [on hold]

After being vegetarian for the past year and a half, I am deciding to try to go all the way and become vegan. Does anyone know of any good vegan breakfast recipes that are easy-to-follow?
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Easiest way to strain fry oil?

What is the easiest way to strain fry oil? I strain fry oil so it can be reused. I've been using cheesecloth put inside a funnel. It works but it's a bit messy and a hassle. Is there a better ...
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How to keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice?

Is there any way to keep fresh-squeezed fruit juice (especially apple or orange) for at least one week without losing taste and vitamins in it? Would a jar with a tight lid be useful?
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2answers
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How to roast peanuts for peanut butter?

Do I have to roast peanuts before grinding them or after grinding them? Does it matter? May I roast the peanuts with their papery skin on? What should I expect from the output if I make the peanut ...
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4answers
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How to use a honey dipper?

I have a honey dipper I thought would be worth making use of. It does great at not dripping honey as I take it out of the jar. However getting the honey out of the dipper is another matter. I've tried ...
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1answer
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Sweet rice recipe help? Panama cook book recipe

This is from my vague Panama cookbook for "Sweet Rice." It's a side dish, not dessert. Ingredients: - 4 or 5 coconuts (Google says 1 coconut is 1 or 2 cups of coconut milk) - 1/2 pound of ginger ...
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1answer
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Roasting a frozen Creole Pork Leg?

I have a cookbook from Panama and the directions are sometimes missing or can be very broad. I'm a new cook so I need exact directions. I've tried Googling too but can't seem to find other recipes ...
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Baking in gas oven does not brown the top

I need advice from those who bake in gas oven without fan. I bake on the middle rack and have an oven thermometer(my oven is -20 deg off). My cakes get baked darker on bottom and paler on top. Cookies ...
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2answers
708 views

How to season / care for a Bundt pan?

I just got a new cast-aluminum Bundt pan and I want to take care of it so my bundts don't stick. Does anyone have any helpful advise about how to season and clean the bundt pan?
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What are some dishes indigenous to Seattle? [on hold]

Looking to make some dishes local to both regions of the Super Bowl teams. Does anyone know of any foods that represent Seattle well or are popular there?
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4answers
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Keeping rice paper spring rolls moist

I've made some fresh spring rolls by filling rice paper sheets with vegetables, cheese and peanuts, without any cooking. I've kept the uneaten ones in the fridge for a night in a sealed box. The ...
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6answers
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Translating cooking terms between US / UK / AU / CA / NZ

This post is an attempt to keep track of the terms that differ between dialects of English or exist in some dialects but not others: British / Australian / Canadian / American / etc. Please note that ...
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2answers
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How to mount a ham?

I bought a Serrano ham on sale. It's the whole pig's leg, and it comes with a kind of a stand. However, the stand was delivered in pieces like IKEA furniture, but unlike IKEA, it has no manual ...
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What makes Kewpie (Japanese) mayonnaise so different from Hellmann's?

According to Amazon, Kewpie mayonnaise contains vegetable oil, egg yolk, vinegar, salt, MSG and spices (no sugar). Hellmann's (which I specify only because it seems like it's the 'canonical" American ...
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1answer
60 views

Replacement for the ring seal or gasket in a blender

I have a Moulinex blender and the seal ring or gasket is torn. I have searched everywhere to get a replacement. is there a replacement or is Oster the only seal rings I can get. Is there a DIY ...
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2answers
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What is the difference between regular (vege. oil) and butter recipe cake mixes?

Many commercial cake mixes use vegetable oil, but I have seen some (usually 10% or less of what the store carries) that are "Butter Recipe". These use butter instead of vegetable oil. What is the ...
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1answer
191 views

Starters vs Entree

I've been watching Hell's Kitchen USA and they have Starters/Appetisers, Entrees and Desserts. In Australia, we have Entree, Mains and Desserts, so its very confusing what Starters and Entrees are and ...
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2answers
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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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1answer
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How do you stop banana flower soup from tasting astringent?

I have made banana flower soup 3 times now. The first time it had a nice, unique warming/comforting flavour. The second time it was inedible. The third time it was almost inedible. The recipes I have ...
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Why or why not beat an egg before adding?

When adding an entire raw egg at the same point in a recipe (not separating the yolk and white), what determines whether it should first be beaten, or dropped in whole? I've seen some recipes call for ...
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1answer
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Cooking peanut butter cookies, is there any adjustment using crunchy vs. creamy?

I assume most recipes call for creamy. Should I use more crunchy? Should there be a cooking adjustment for time or temp?
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How to Judge the Appropriate Feeding Schedule for Immature Sourdough Starter

I am a week into the development of sourdough starter. I initiated the starter on spring water and a flour mixture that is 1/2 whole grain rye (Hodgson Mill) and 1/2 whole grain wheat (King Arthur). ...
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What's the difference between a flauta and a taquito?

At one of my favourite local Mexican haunts they list Flautas and Taquitos as separate meals. One day, they were out of flautas and the waiter suggested I get taquitos as they are "the same". They ...
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In peanut butter cookies, what is the criss-crossed pattern on the top good for?

I've been making peanut butter cookies, but skipping the step of pressing the top of the cookie down with a fork. What does this step do for the cookies?
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8answers
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Cooking away alcohol

When you cook with wine or spirits, when does the alcohol cook away? Obviously high temperatures will do it, but how low of temperatures will work? Also, does it vary by the type of alcohol?
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How can you reduce the heat of a chili pepper?

There are many chilis that have amazing flavors but are so hot that it is hard for most of us to appreciate them. Beyond the standard suggestion to discard the seeds and cut away the ribs, are there ...
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What can I substitute for eggs in a pancake recipe?

I'd like to make pancakes. I have all the other ingredients that I'd normally use (flour, canola oil, sugar, salt, and corn starch) in a pancake mix, but I don't have any eggs. Can I substitute milk, ...
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Is there anything I can add to homemade bread to preserve it?

I love making our own bread - we rarely buy shop bought, but it tends to go off very quickly. Part of the appeal is that it doesn't have any "junk" in it - artificial preservatives - which I'm sure ...

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