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Are these chestnuts safe to eat? [duplicate]

I bought some chestnuts last week. The package date said December 4th and I want to cook them. It's the 5th today. I kept them out on kitchen counter all week. Are they safe to cook and eat still? If ...
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Are there any substitutes for squash puree?

I am trying to make a recipe that calls for squash puree. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any in stores. Is there a good substitute?
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Are there cheeses with less saturated fat?

I like cheese, but I'd like to find ones with better fat ratios. Do all cheeses have high amounts of saturated fat? More importantly, are there any natural cheeses that have a high mono- and ...
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How to get cheese melted without burning grilled cheese

I've been using a George Foreman like grill for grilled cheese sandwiches. The problem is the bread seems to burn before the cheese is thoroughly melted. How can I fix this? Do I just need to add more ...
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How much of “wasabi” is actually wasabi in the United States?

After looking at wasabi's Wikipedia page I was shocked to find out that real wasabi loses the majority of its flavor in 15 minutes if left uncovered and that in the United States "wasabi" is actually ...
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Warm butter in trunk [duplicate]

My niece lives in Florida and her butter fell out of the grocery bag and has been in the trunk of her car for 7 days. It has been in the 70's all week. Is it safe to eat ?
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Brown stuff is on some of my dried bay leaves

Brown powdery stuff is on some of my dried bay leaves from a bulk food store. What is it and Are the bay leaves bad?
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Oil in Ramen broth

Many recipes online suggest that at some point I should sauté some onions or scallions with vegetable oil and add them to the broth that is meant to go with the ramen. I know of toasted sesame oil and ...
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Is rare pheasant safe?

I'm planning to cook pheasant breast this evening and want to know if I can have it rare, as I would with duck breast. I know most government food agencies err on the side of caution (cook until all ...
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How is satiety measured? [migrated]

I am aware of satiety only through experience, rules-of-thumb and possibly myths. For example: white bread is not filling, a pasta meal can be filling but because we "burn" carbs quickly pasta itself ...
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Fabric to be used for cheesecloth

I want to make my own cheesecloth as to aid the make of Paneer. Is there any type of fabric I should avoid or any other pitfalls to avoid? Can I use just general cotton and will this be effective in ...
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1answer
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How long will my homemade marinade with orange juice last?

I have a question regarding a marinade that I made. It contains juice. How long will it keep in the refrigerator? I have the final marinade in a air tight glass jar. Here are the ingredients: 6 ...
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Is roasting a whole duck something a beginner should avioid?

I have experience in my own kitchen and I can follow a recipe. I was planning on serving roasted long island duck for a Christmas party for about 8-10 people.
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Does it matter that my pots are bigger than my ceremic cook top element?

I need to replace my ceramic cooktop which is ten years old, but now most of the cooktops within my budget have smaller elements, so my frypan will be larger than the elements. Does this matter?
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Turkey stock in refrigerator

We boiled the carcass of the turkey and let it set in the refrigerator for about 5 days. When I took it out to prepare the soup it was like gelatin. I know that's OK, however at the bottom there was ...
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Are there any differences between preparing/cooking a turkey that was labeled “basted with real butter” vs a regular turkey?

I've roasted numerous turkeys numerous ways, but never bought a turkey that was basted with butter. I've always just bought a regular turkey, usually I brine it, and then roast it. I've always had ...
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1answer
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How to cook frozen goose

We were given about 8 lbs of frozen goose breasts in a bag. I would think we can defrost it and will then have to cook all of it; slow cooker to be the best option. Is there a method of cooking this ...
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1answer
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Selecting a big joint of meat to cook without an oven [closed]

I've got slightly overstretched on a Christmas dinner party and the guestlist has hit 25 people! I'm going to do a roast turkey and the usual trimmings (traditional to the UK, American friends; think ...
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Do cream Dispensers/Chargers produce more cream than Cream Bottles purchased in Stores?

My question is that, Do they make more cream than if i was to buy a bottle of Whipped cream from the stores? In that case would I be getting more value for money buying a Cream dispenser/Charger or ...
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Using gas cooker now having problem cooking food

I have a new world gas cooker bur I am finding following recipes cooking guidelines results in undercooked bases of i.e. scones, fruit pies, or Xmas fruit loaf. When baking blind, the top of food ...
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OK to “recook” partially cooked poultry?

Cooking a leftover turkey. Took it out because it looked done and meat thermometer said it was done. It was sitting on the counter resting for about an hour, and when I carved it the meat at the very ...
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2answers
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Can vegetable oil be used in place of butter?

I just happen to have one of those Betty Crocker cookie mixes on hand today, and the ingredients list at the back calls for 1/2 a stick of softened butter. I don't have any butter to spare today, but ...
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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I am searching for a ways to preserve the banana, and most of the time they said that I need to wrap the stems in a plastic or scotch tape so the gas wont come, they said that this gas is the reason ...
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1answer
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Should cold turkey and roast beef be heated before putting on the gravy?

I bought some good quality roast beef and turkey carvery style. However they are both cold, so I want to add gravy. I don't know if I should warm the meat before putting the gravy. Another ...
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How do I use Cacao Nibs in the chocolate making recipe

The chocolate making recipes usually say Cacao powder and Cacao butter. What if I have nibs? I can process/blitz them, but do I substitute the nibs for powder, butter or both? What is the ...
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1answer
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Making stroopwafels with a pizelle iron

Last year we spent our honeymoon in Holland and Belgium, and so for Christmas this year I wanted to surprise my wife with 2 types of cookies we were introduced to while we were there - stroopwafels, ...
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1answer
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red spots on the chicken

Are those red spots on the chicken ok? or does it mean chicken has got some bacteria or it is not fresh?
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Is carnival glass safe for serving food?

My grandmother-in-law left us a very large collection of carnival glass. This has led to a mild debate over whether it is safe to use. Are there foods that shouldn't be served on carnival glass? What ...
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469 views

How to stuff and/or spice the chicken BELOW the skin?

Recently watch a cooking show, and in one of the recipes (before cooking the chicken) the instruction was to put the spice below the skin of the chicken. How to do it? Does it have some special ...
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1answer
67 views

Sous Vide and Plastic Melting?

Is there a danger of the plastic bag melting for cooking via sous vide? How do you know when the plastic has melted?
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1answer
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When is an avocado considered bad?

I'm generally an avocado purist, so I throw out any brown spots, but I notice that many restaurants serve avocado even with the brown stuff... When is an avocado considered bad, and when should the ...
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How to store homemade pasta without freezing

I'm curious how to make pasta (and in this case I'm talking about say, spaghetti, angel hair, shells or lasagna noodles, no filling) and store it dry like I would find in a box at a store. I would try ...
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Why do my huge bone broth ice cubes become tiny puddles when melted?

I made some bone broth soup and froze it in ice-cube trays. When I melt these huge ice cubes (via microwaving), they melt down to a tiny puddle of bone broth. What gives?
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Is a smoked pork shoulder a suitable substitute for ham hocks?

In reference to a recipe for ham hocks and beans, can I use smoked pork shoulder instead of ham hocks and still get a good result? What will be the difference in end product, if any?
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cinnamon in bread dough

Is there a reason, besides the beautiful appearance, that cinnamon is added as a swirl instead of added directly to the dough? I heard once that it inhibited the yeast but I can't find confirmation of ...
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Jam scum after sealing

I made strawberry jam and bottled and sealed using wax discs. I'm planning on selling the jam but scum has formed on top. If I open the jars they will have to be refrigerated and won't last. Is there ...
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What are the options for sweetening?

This question relates to a tomato based sauce, but I imagine it applies to all dishes. I recently made meatballs in a tomato sauce; typically, I find that any tomato sauce is too bitter. I found a ...
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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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1answer
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Chicken Tikka Masala tastes a bit off

I have made chicken tikka masala recently and it turned out alright. I got the texture and look properly, but, however, the taste seems a bit off. I have used the chicken tikka masala, onions, cihlli ...
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1answer
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Burning crumpet bottoms

When I cook crumpets because the pan has to be so hot and the heat has to remain hot for the bubbles to form. How do I stop the bottom of the crumpets from burning?
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1answer
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Should iodized salt be avoided when salting meat?

Should iodized salt be a avoided when salting meat? I have heard people telling me that iodized salt makes meat taste funny when using it for meat purposes. Is this true or can regular table salt ...
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1answer
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Why does my knife leave grey streaks in the butter?

Sometimes my flatware leaves grey streaks in butter. I've only seen this with knives in cold butter. They claim to be stainless steel which I would think wouldn't do this. If I recall they were the ...
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My crockpot turned off while making beef stre [duplicate]

I put uncooked beef in my crockpot with veggies. Cooked it for 7 hours. I went to bed thinking it would continue to cook thru the night and it turned itself off during the night. When I woke up it ...
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1answer
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What caused my homemade “Nutella” to go bad?

I had a first try on a self-made recipe for a chocolate-hazelnut cream, in short Nutella. Question Even though I used ingredients that wouldn't have gone bad singularly, the cream as a whole had an ...
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2answers
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Why do most belly pork recipes recommend cooking the pork at a high temperature at the beginning of cooking?

Most belly pork recipes recommend cooking the meat at a high temperature at the beginning. And then lowering it for a number of hours. However, I have found that when I do that, the skin rarely forms ...
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1answer
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Can You Blowtorch A Pig Skin to Make it Crispy?

I like to try this recipe here. http://panlasangpinoy.com/2014/01/11/crispy-oven-broiled-liempo/ Liempo means Pork Belly in our country. Anyway, my oven is a simple gas oven with no broiler option. ...
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Why potatoes need to be boiled in order to make alcohol?

I have read a couple of recipes and descriptions of what needs to be done in order to produce alcoholic beverages such as vodka and rum. I was surprised to learn that basically all the sources use ...
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How do I heat up rice and pasta at work?

I want to heat up rice or pasta at work so I can have a hot meal with rice and chicken or pasta and chicken. There is a microwave there - can I use that?
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Can I fix my universal meat grinder which leaks when I make cranberry orange relish

'Tis the season for cranberry orange relish, but what a mess! The source of the leak: where the handle meets the barrel of the grinder. Is there a gasket there that can be replaced?
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1answer
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Baking a pie in air grill / electrical convection oven?

I got a following device, apparently not too common one. :) Marketed here as air grill, but also named electrical convection oven. It took me a bit of trial and error to learn to cook meat in it ...

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