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1answer
33 views

When is it better to fry with oil and when is it better to fry with butter?

I usually see people frying eggs with butter and sometimes with soy oil - for example. But there are a lot of other ocasions in which these two options appear. My guess is that there are kinds of ...
2
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2answers
74 views

How-to Cut Baking Chocolate bar clean for perfect squares

My recipe calls for 1/2 square of baking chocolate per cookie. But trying to cut thru the bar into the indicated squares just crumble and are not neat or exact. Is there a method of somehow either ...
2
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4answers
5k views

Substituting for Madeira wine in a mushroom stuffed with sausage recipe

The recipe calls for Madeira but I am thinking about using another wine. My choices are: Pernod, Calvados, pinneau du Terrier or dry sherry. What does anyone recommend on this subject?
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7answers
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Can meat freeze from the inside out?

We received a turkey recently which was meant to be 'fresh'. When it arrived it was frozen on the inside. We are told that the fridge was probably set a bit low so the turkey froze on the inside. ...
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0answers
10 views

Use by date on cacao butter

I have just used cacao butter 6 yrs out of date to make raw chocolate adding honey and raw cocoa powder. I didn't realise until after I had made the chocolate how out of date it was. Is it OK to eat? ...
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25 views

Freezing meat - whole or in pieces?

I have a beautiful, top quality beef tenderloin in the fridge. It's from my local butcher and I know it's been handeled with great care up to now.As my guests had to cancel, I'll have to freeze it - ...
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0answers
23 views

How can I make these cookies less sweet without ruining the texture?

I've finally found a snickerdoodle recipe that results in cookies with that perfect "bite": a crispy outside -- not crunchy, but an almost-infinitesimal stiffness that resists your teeth just a little ...
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1answer
344 views

What should a good cookie dough look like?

I've been trying to make a good, chewy cookie recipe for the last 4-5 months but nothing good ever shown up. I've tried countless recipes on the internet with no success. One thing that I noticed was ...
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5answers
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What flour and technique do I need for hand pulled noodles?

I can't get the dough I tried to be good enough so that I can pulled it and make noodles out of it. What kind of flour exactly do I need? What are other things do I need? I have used self raising ...
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0answers
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Tomato Sauce Turns Dark/Sweet

I tried to make my own tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes using a slow-cooker (for quite a long time). I gather this may not have been a good idea because the result is very dark red and it's super ...
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0answers
37 views

Mistakenly Used Egg Whites instead of Egg Yolks [on hold]

I accidentally used egg whites instead of egg yolks in my cookie recipe , but when I realized what I did I added the yolks....but my texture is not like it is suppose to be? What can I do? Any ...
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0answers
19 views

Whipped cream running permanently from siphon

I have a Kayser siphon of whipped cream. I filled it with whipped cream (not fully though), added some sugar and swung it. It works perfectly, only today it wouldn't stop. But once Ive used, it won't ...
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7answers
5k views

What can I use as an alternative sweetener for smoothies?

I make fruit smoothies often, and started off adding sugar. I'm looking for a more "natural" sweetener though. I know I can use honey, but it adds a distinct taste that I'd like to avoid. I've tried ...
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3answers
95 views

Relating the Color of meat to doneness

I want to know more about how to correlate the color of meat to its level of doneness. How do I recognize how cooked my meat is based solely on color?
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4answers
10k views

How long can I refrigerate cookie dough?

I made the made the mistake of making my neighbors these cookies peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies. Every time I see either neighbor they thank me again for the wonderful cookies, "Oh they ...
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0answers
34 views

All my breads seem to taste and look the same

I have been working through a few different recipes from the bread bakers bible, and I can't seem to get the breads to differentiate. I am using the specified ingredients, and following the ...
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1answer
64 views

what kind of meat is used at carving stations?

If I go into a cafeteria and they have a hunk of meat on a carving board that the cafeteria is calling "roast beef"; generally what cut of meat is used? The cafeteria slices it very thin about an ...
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0answers
883 views

What cut of beef do most restaurants use for carving roasts [on hold]

I love the roast beef at cafeteria's such as Furr's & Picadilly.. What cut of beef
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3answers
6k views

How do I accurately take a chicken thigh's temperature?

I tried to bake chicken thighs the other day and I used my probe thermometer to tell me when they were done. Well it seems that I did something wrong when inserting the thermometer because the thighs ...
7
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2answers
55k views

Can I use Chocolate Chips in place of Semi-sweet baking chocolate?

I don't have baker's semi-sweet chocolate and recipe calls for a box with 8 squares. Can I replace with chocolate chips and if so what would be the ratio?
2
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0answers
21 views

Will cooking meat with the thermometer in affect the cooking time?

Last night I cooked 3 pounds of chicken breast tenders using my preferred "set it and forget it" method: Preheat the oven to ~350°F Lay out tenders in an oiled baking dish & season as desired ...
2
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4answers
403 views

Can refrigerated shredded mozzarella cheese go bad if the refrigerator door was left open overnight?

A bag of shredded mozzarella cheese was in my refrigerator. The door to the refrigerator was left partially open overnight. Can I still use this cheese or should I discard it?
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1answer
39 views

How to choose the right kind of flour?

I love to cook but I'm not too much into baking. My mom is currently visiting from overseas so there is more baking going on in the house. Unfortunately, she doesn't really know English so it's hard ...
3
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1answer
38 views

Seeking a creamy/melty Swiss Cheese commonly available in the US

My next kitchen project is killer Reuben sandwiches with all of the components homemade (home corned beef, homemade sauerkraut, homemade dressing, fresh homemade sourdough rye bread). The one thing I ...
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3answers
60k views

Why use yeast instead of baking powder?

Both yeast and baking powder are used to gas-fill the pastry, make it expand and thus make it soft and fluffy. Using yeast is rather inconvenient - it can be dead already or if the yeast is submerged ...
3
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2answers
54 views

Challah rolls open up when baking in the oven

I cook Challah rolls very often. Sometimes it all goes great. Some other times I encounter an issue I cannot identify where it comes from. The baked challah roll comes rises in the oven and opens up ...
5
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3answers
102k views

What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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6answers
9k views

How do I get my chocolate chip cookies to turn out thick and soft?

How can I get my chocolate chip cookies to come out thick and soft? I always use real butter; is this a problem?
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0answers
21 views

How long is homemade spiced apple cider good for in a sealed Mason canning jar?

I bring the cider to a boil and simmer the spices for 15 minutes. Immediately after, I pour the cider into canning Mason glass jars with the lids that have the button. How long should I expect the ...
0
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0answers
24 views

How to make a coconut bar?

I am trying to reverse engineer this coconut bar. I placed all the listed ingredients together into a pot, heated it up, mixed it up, let it cool, but the result was bad. Any ideas of how to find ...
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8answers
16k views

Are Damascus steel kitchen knives worth it?

Many manufacturers currently offer kitchen knives with Damascus steel blades at a premium. Besides looking cool do such knifes have any better characteristics compared to simply good forged stainless ...
7
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8answers
4k views

When is it appropriate to serve shrimp with the tail still attached?

I ate at a local Italian dive last night and ordered Shrimp Fra Diavolo, which included a spicy sauce served over linguini noodles. The dish was great, but the tail was still attached to the shrimps ...
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7answers
6k views

What is the difference between various types of flour?

Is there a difference between the various types of flour that you see in the stores (i.e. Cake, Bread, and All-Purpose? Is it really necessary to stock 3 types of flour in my pantry or is this just a ...
3
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3answers
67 views

How can I prevent pastry becoming soggy when it has a filling and is stored overnight?

I want to make sausage rolls the night before and store them in the fridge before cooking. I am worried that the sausage meat will make the pastry go soggy. How can I prevent this?
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1answer
44 views

What is the procedure for Pillsbury cookies?

I read the answer about spritzing the dough with a little water but my question is....do you take the dough (I buy Pillsbury in a roll) out of the refrigerator and immediately start your cookies? Or ...
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2answers
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?
6
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2answers
7k views

What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe?

I have a recipe for a chocolate buttermilk cake. It's not constructed like most cakes, but it's always turned out OK. I've always wondered what does the coffee in the recipe do? Is the coffee ...
3
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3answers
725 views

My chutney will not freeze, help!

Weeks ago I made a chutney of local ground cherries with onions and raisins. It came out very syrupy but I figured it will still be good in small doses with meats. I was recently on vacation when ...
5
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4answers
838 views

Is there a way to make Beef Jerky at home?

I would like to make beef jerky at home, is there a way to do this?
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0answers
22 views

crunch and crispy honey cookies

I tried a honey cookie recipe that I found on line. The cookies came out very tasty and nice but rather soft. How do I achieve a crunch and crispy effect in honey cookies?
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5answers
905 views

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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4answers
2k views

How to make cakes/scones that won't go off, for display purposes

This is a bit of a strange question, but I thought someone here might be able to help. I am trying to make some cupcakes, scones or similar to display on a home-made cake stand in a shop window. I ...
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0answers
88 views

I used evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk in a fudge recipe. How do I fix this?

I was given a fudge recipe citing evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. Is it possible to fix this by adding sugar and re-cooking the fudge or is it just a recipe gone bad?
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1answer
98 views

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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11answers
64k views

Is it safe to eat smoked bacon without grilling?

The reason I ask this is due to the fact nothing on the bacon packaging indicates it can or cannot be eaten 'raw' and in general eating raw meat is a bad idea.
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0answers
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Egg Yolks in Making Tassies

I am making the pecan filling for some tassies. I have extra egg yolks, and want to know if I can use 2 yolks intstead of 1 whole egg.
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2answers
209 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 ...
5
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3answers
1k views

How to include soy milk in bechamel

A visitor has left a nearly full bottle of soy milk in our fridge. Personally, I hate the taste of soy milk, I find it too sweet and nutty for me, yet I feel compelled to use it up somehow. I am ...
1
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1answer
50 views

wet cured ham spoilage

I left a frozen wet cured fully cooked ham still in the shrink wrap in a cool water circulation last night to thaw it. At some point my wife used the faucet and set the temp on the tap up. When I ...
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2answers
75 views

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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