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When freezing prepared meats, is it better to freeze the meat separate from the sauce/gravy?

I am making a corned beef with a glaze to be eaten next week. Is it better for me to freeze the meat + gravy together, or to freeze the meat in one container and the gravy in another?
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Freezer warmed to -6C. Safe to eat the food?

My freezer recently warmed to -6 degrees Centigrade during a long power outage from its usual -18C. It's now on its super freeze cycle and cooling back down again. Is the food inside still safe to ...
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Is it better to fry or grill a steak?

Whenever I cook steak at home I usually grill it, but is this as good as frying? I have usually grilled so it is not cooking in the juices and I thought might be healthier, but have been told that ...
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What is the meaning of “cream of X” in a soup?

I have often had "cream of tomato" or "cream of mushroom" soup. But I still have no idea how the recipe or preparation differs from "normal" soup. What is the difference? Is it a specific ingredient ...
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1answer
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Green tomato soup calls for creme fraiche. I cannot have creme fraiche. If I add heavy creme will it be ok?

I want to make green tomato soup but the recipe I have calls for creme fraiche. I cannot get creme fraiche. Will using heavy cream as a substitute smooth out the sourness of the green tomatoes and ...
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Why don't other grain proteins behave like gluten?

There are many excellent explanations here (and elsewhere) of what gluten "does." What I haven't seen anywhere is an explanation of what makes gluten so special. Where do its marvelous elastic ...
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Pork fat and vinegar storage/safety

About a month ago I made pulled pork, with cider vinegar. After cooking, and putting about half of the cooking liquid into the pork I poured the other half into a mason jar and put it in the fridge. ...
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Cooked meat diaper: toxic?

I accidentally left the meat diaper underneath my roast in a slow cooker. After 8 hours, the diaper is mostly disintegrated. I am able to fish out fragments, but big chunks seem to be missing. (For ...
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Sweet potatoes: to cook or not to cook?

I would like to dehydrate some sweet potatoes. Here I found a recipe for dehydrating fresh sweet potatoes in low temperatures without cooking them first. But here they say that fresh sweet potatoes ...
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1answer
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How long can we preserve yogurt using a refrigerator?

How long can we keep yogurt into refrigerator till which we can consume it ?
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1answer
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How long to steam fish for?

I bought a Homemaker Food Steamer. How do I steam Fish (Ling Fillet) in it? How long should I steam the fish for?
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1answer
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Mrs Butter Worth's Original syrup [closed]

What is shelf life for my bottle of syrup? Bar code # 644209397181
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Why isnt my salt about 39% Sodium?

I'm looking at the nutritional information on a pack of salt, as per the panel, 33.5g/100g is Sodium, everything else is in mg, totaling up to less than 1gm. The Ingredients section lists Salt as ...
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1answer
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grain-free noodle/ravioli/dumplings dough

I'm celiac and I'm intoleran to virtually all the grains (also to corn/maiz). So, the question is if I can make noodle/dumplings dough without grains? Yuca and potato starch are good for me, also ...
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What's the fastest way to cook oatmeal porridge?

I often eat porridge for breakfast, and the way I've been cooking it is by adding oats & milk/water to a bowl, putting it in the microwave until it boils, and waiting for it to cool. The problem ...
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2answers
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What are bagel chips?

This recipe for southern-fried chicken mentions something called "bagel chips." What exactly are bagel chips, and how do you make them? All I can find are recipes for it or places that sell ...
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1answer
94 views

So much water in cake, how to fix?

My mango chantilly cake has been fallen, due to too much water inside the plastic storage. Now, assuming that I don't have oven what are the practical workarounds that I can do to fix the cake? So ...
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1answer
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Preparing dried mushrooms for risotto [duplicate]

I plan to cook a basic mushroom risotto. However, the supermarket near us did not have shitake or any other uncanned mushrooms, they only had dried ones. My question is, do I just remove the stem and ...
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2answers
65 views

What is inside the Prawn Cocktail crisps flavour?

I'm looking to make something close-enough at home for a friend. I'm suspecting it doesn't actually have Prawns in it.
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Can I make fried chicken without a deep frier?

I've made southern style fried chick before and really enjoy it but found using all the oil to be quite expensive. Could I: A) Pan fry it? (I know this one is a stretch but could it work if the ...
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1answer
131 views

Baking bread for fishing bait

I would like to experiment a little with new fish bait. So I want to make special bread for fishing with specific aromas and tastes like this bread. Bread needs to be elastic and rubbery-spongy, so ...
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What is the rate of loss of vitamin C in fresh vegetables?

If I keep fresh vegetables in the fridge, how quickly is vitamin C lost? What is the rate of loss in percent per day, or any other relevant measure?
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Saving old chocolate

I found a bag of chocolate chips in the back of a cabinet that's well past the 'best use by' date and showing signs of bloom. From experience, I know that it won't melt right, and has a tendancy to ...
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2answers
78 views

The recipe for chess pie includes cornmeal and vinegar-why?

I am making a chess pie, and the recipe calls for vinegar and cornmeal-why? Can I leave it out?
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3answers
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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1answer
245 views

How does MSG enhance food flavor?

Back many moons ago I used MSG all the time. When a lot of controversy cropped up I gradually went away from using it as I was concerned about the high sodium content it was purported to have. Now, ...
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2answers
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What would be an alternative cooking technique for the Orion Cooker to get more tender ribs?

After cooking my first batch of baby back ribs on the Orion Cooker, I found that they were more "Kansas City Style", as opposed to what I like (fall off the bone). So although the Orion Cooker is ...
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3answers
236 views

How to add more toppings to frozen pizza?

I generally buy frozen Pizza Margherita in store for making a quick lunch if I am running out of time. However, I don't really like the taste of the baked Pizza because it is just Tomato and Cheese. I ...
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0answers
113 views

Is it safe to drink?

How long is it safe to store warm milk in thermos flask? I carry warm milk for my daughter when we are out . She likes it with chocolate horlicks . But I m not sure if it is bacteria free if consumed ...
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Egg safety. When to eat and when to not eat

I have a question about Eggs and when it is safe to eat them. I'm not sure if this is on topic or not so sorry if it isn't. I've read online that there are 2 ways to test if an egg is safe to eat or ...
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Tart Taste to Hot Bath method canned Vegetable soup

Why does my homemade vegetable soup cooked for at least 3 hours and then I put into canning jars in a hot bath for 45 minutes taste tart? What can I add to take the tart taste away? It has been ...
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1answer
58 views

Flavored Vegetable Cooking Oil

Can I flavor cooking oil with black pepper? I had French fries from a restaurant that tasted like they black pepper. Delicious. I asked the person serving them if they used a flavored oil, but he ...
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1answer
85 views

How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open?

I've made honey cake pretty often, and it almost always splits open in the middle. Why does that happen and how can I prevent it? Edit: attaching a picture of the cakes I just made Basic recipe ...
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4answers
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Vegetable “jam” with salt instead of sugar

My bread baker has a program for preparing jams. The recipe says to put 3 cups of fruit with 1 cup of water and some lemon juice. This tastes great and it is also preserved well for over a year. Now ...
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6answers
282 views

Cheesier Cheese Sauce?

I'm trying to make some nacho cheese sauce. As the recipe calls for milk, I think the overall cheese flavor is getting diluted. I'd like to make my cheese sauce taste really cheesy. I'm going to try ...
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2answers
200 views

if you put a dead animal in the freezer, wrapped in a plastice bag, lay the dead animal on top of the other

if you put a dead animal in the freezer, wrapped in a plastic bag, lay the dead animal on top of the other food in the freezer, can the smell of the dead animal contaminate the other food in the ...
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1answer
125 views

What is the real difference in lo mein, chow mein, mei fun, and chop suey?

Prompted by the question How to cook Lo Mein? and some of the answers regarding types of noodles, I started wondering what the real differences are in the 4 named dishes. I know what the ...
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1answer
124 views

Are vegetable (or coconut) oils more common used for frying and cooking than extra olive oil or it is a myth? [closed]

People suggest to use coconut or other vegetable oils (e.g. Sunflower oil) for frying and cooking, because heat destroys the oil where toxicological relevant compounds are formed, but it seems that ...
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4answers
842 views

How to cook Lo Mein?

I just moved to China and I would like to cook some lo mein ( chinese noodles ), this is the easiest way to get some veg. food here :) The lo mein I bought are not the fresh ones but the dry ones. ...
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1answer
108 views

How to authenticate food products?

I recently encountered some sellers trying to pass off what probably was counterfeit food at my supermarket. The counterfeiting was easy to detect. Some products had labels that were faded and not as ...
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2answers
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I bought Mainland's vintage cheddar, it tastes… stale?

Normally I bought a cheddar slice, which I've been eaten since child. It has a smooth and milky taste. This time I wanted to try something premium so I bought the pricier, but same kind of cheese. ...
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1answer
53 views

can shortening be used to replace lard in baking bread?

I have a bread recipe that calls for lard. Is it possible to replace it with shortening and still get the same soft texture in the bread.
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1answer
62 views

Can I sterilize homemade mustard jars in the oven?

I make home made mustard and sell at market stalls. It's been interesting - and growing. I am trying to fine tune my process. The mustard is a fermented product (can be sitting doing its thing for ...
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3answers
93 views

Brined chicken - too salty

I brined chicken breasts overnight. When I grilled them they were too salty to eat. Any suggestions for the ones I brined and froze?
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3answers
260 views

How to peel, cut and prepare prickly pears without getting the thorns in your skin?

Peeling the cactus pear fruit, or better in known in some grocery stores as the prickly pear can be painful, because of thorns on it. The skin of the fruit is covered in tiny needles (called ...
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2answers
139 views

Should I fry the chicken first or should I pressure cook it first?

I fried the chicken breast in the oil till its surface was brown and then I pressure cooked it. The result was hard chicken. I found it quite difficult to chew. What should I do next time to make it ...
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1answer
350 views

Toads with a flat batter-y

At the weekend I made Toad in the Hole. I put some sausages in a glass dish in the oven at about 180 centigrade. Then I followed my usual batter recipe which is: 100 ml milk 100 g plain flour 2 eggs ...
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2answers
220 views

Why is fish not considered as meat?

While reading a thread on cooking.SE an old question popped into my head: I am an Asian and had no problems with dishes with both meat and “fish”. But some of my elder German friends say that meat and ...
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2answers
102 views

Is putting meat in the fridge to marinate necessary?

I watched some cooking videos and sometimes I see that in order for the pepper, salt, sake, or whatever go into the meat, the meat needs to be put in the fridge, even for 30 minutes. Why is that? Is ...
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1answer
152 views

How did Cardinal Mazarin give name to a Swedish cake?

Mazarin is a classic Swedish pastry, well known in neighbouring countries as well in lots of variations. It seems that - as one with a bit of historic background may guess - it is of French origin. ...

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