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Decoration food long-term preservation

I need to preserve some fruits (raisins, figs, pomegranates, and dates), in tiny bottles, so they last for years. I don't mind ruining the food, as it will anyway not be used for eating. I can fill ...
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Is it best to slice roast meat if eating the next day?

So I have just roasted a chicken, a lump of beef (not sure which cut) and some pork shoulder. We will be eating the meat over the next few days. Would it be best to slice the meat now (after ...
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How to keep bags from floating in a sous vide supreme

I have had a few items float a little in my sous vide supreme machine. Mostly veggies. How do I keep them from floating up and stay submerged?
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Ziploc vacuumed bags expand in sous vide

I had an issue yesterday when I tried to cook some root vegetables in my sous vide supreme. I chopped them to roughly 1" lengths and placed them in a few quart Ziploc freezer bags and vacuumed them ...
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Is it possible to make evaporated milk using powdered milk?

I have read a related question about how to make evaporated milk, but the answer specifies that homogenized milk must be used. I was wondering if its possible to speed up the process by using powdered ...
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What is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans?

Almost everywhere on the internet I see that garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same thing. Here on Seasoned Advice I also see that the tag chickpeas comes up when you type "garbanzo". So I guess ...
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Not getting the creamy result beating butter and sugar

I have this "weekend meyer lemon cake" recipe: The problem I am facing while making the cake is that I don't get the creamy mixture, mixing sugar and butter. it's like bread crumbs right now, or ...
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Is there any pan in which water or common substance shouldn't be boiled?

I think that my pan in question is coated nonstick aluminium, some coating of which has already abraded or eroded. I'll try to take a picture to confirm. The pan was purchased sometime ago so I don't ...
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Does heat distribution vary between uncoated stainless steel pans and non-stick pans?

The refrain about non-stick cookware being easy to scratch is well-known, but setting that aside, can the choice between those two types of pans change the end quality of your food? Are the two types ...
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How long will an eggplant salad hold in the fridge? [duplicate]

I made an eggplant salad containing baked eggplants, olive oil, lemon juice, Tehini paste, galic, salt, fresh herbs, etc (no mayonnaise or dairy products) . How many days do you think it will keep in ...
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How can I make fresh burger buns like Hardees?

I am pretty new to baking and having recently just come back from Saudi Arabia I was privileged to visit the Hardees food chain (non in the UK where I live) and fallen in love with their fresh baked ...
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My beef roast is dry on top and soggy on the bottom, how to correct it?

When I put a lamb roast on, I rub it in salt, put a few dabs of garlic and pour two glasses of red wine in, and leave it in the slow cooker for 8 hours. Everyone who has never tried this before says ...
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Achieve the same consistency as 8 hour slow cooked inside skirt steak in a fraction of the time?

I have a process that calls for a 6-8 hour slow cooker braising of inside skirt steak. The skirt steak becomes incredibly soft and the connective tissue adds a lovely gelatinous luxurious mouthfeel ...
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Crispy pork belly, how can I cook the inside more?

I recently discovered that there is an Asian market in my neighborhood. I was thrilled to discover it. I ended up purchasing a bit of pork belly cooked on-site and highly recommended by the owner. She ...
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Why didn't my apples caramelise?

Today I tried to make a Tarte Tatin, with mixed results. Everything tasted great, expect that my apples didn't really caramelise. Note: This recipe is more like an interpretation of a real Tarte ...
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What kind of tray or tray coating to use for pretzels?

I've been making traditional German pretzels with a lye bath, but the pretzels tend to bake onto the baking sheets. I've tried a few different kinds of trays, all with less that perfect results. ...
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Wouldn't this cake batter be too runny? Would the coffee affect the texture?

I came across What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe? as a similar question to one I'd just asked about baking. Looking at the recipe she provided there, wouldn't the amount of ...
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What size cake pan could be substitued in place of muffins?

I have a recipe that the blogger said made 24 mini muffins and had enough batter left for 4 regular sized muffins. If I want to make it into a cake or loaf, what size pan would I need? I know it ...
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Terrine shrunk during cooking

I did my first terrine this weekend. I used this recipe with 300g rabbit meat, 100g rabbit livers, 300g pork cheeks and 300g lard, marinaded in armagnac, white wine and salt overnight, minced, mixed ...
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Potato and onion used in cheese & onion pasties

In online recipes of cheese & onion pasties, they call for raw potato and onion mixed with grated cheddar cheese. I am wondering if the chopped potatoes and onions cook properly in the oven, don't ...
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Can a blunt knife be sharpened?

The knives I have just come from a second hand shop, and are quite blunt. Is it possible to sharpen them using an ordinary sharpening stone/steel, or is there a point that they are 'too far gone'?
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Even heating: skillet thickness vs. electric element size

I've recently started transitioning to stainless-clad aluminum-core skillets, and one oft-compared property of various offerings is the thickness - generally a thicker sandwich contains a thicker ...
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Can we (safely?) use salmon after storing it (in deep freeze?) for two years or more?

I'm from Poland (in case there is no such thing in other countries) and a few days ago I bought a quark cheese mixed with salmon and some herbs, produced by some German milk factory for one of local ...
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Worm in dry bread, what is it?

I was picking up some bread and I noticed something moving in the box. After some searching I found the thing and it turned out to be a worm or a larva. Any idea what it is and should I start throwing ...
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Trying to make a 3 layer curd tart

Want to make a 3-layer curd tart or pie using layers of blood orange, lime and lemon curd but don't know how to do it. Do I need to heat all three curds, let all three cool, then pour into pie shell ...
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What cut of beef can I use to make “sukiyaki beef”?

I want to try a recipe for Gyudon (shown below) that calls for thin-sliced "Sukiyaki Beef". My local grocery store doesn't carry anything by that name. I'm comfortable with thin-slicing beef myself ...
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Does unopened whole wheat flour have to be refrigerated? [duplicate]

The organic whole wheat flour that I bought is in a sealed thick plastic bag and has never been opened. Should it be refrigerated (or frozen)? And does opened white flour need to be refrigerated? My ...
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flaw in stainless steel

I just purchased a chafing pan from Sam's Club by Bakers & Chefs. The second pan in the stack appears to have several black scratches or gouges in the material. I'm wondering, since it is not ...
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Should ciabatta sandwich rolls be dry and dense?

I found a recipe calling for ciabatta sandwich rolls. My supermarket sells these, baked in their bakery, however, I found this bread dry and dense, which I do not find appealing. Should this kind of ...
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Why use a sandwich press instead of an oven or pan?

I often make hot sandwiches. Usually I just put butter on the outsides of the bread, then put them in the oven just until the cheese melts. I see other people just put the sandwiches in a pan with ...
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Adding spice to poaching liquid

I have recently started poaching some of my sausages. I add a spoon of barbeque spice to the hot water when I poach it. The sausage turns out great but I'm left wondering if the spice I add to the ...
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What can I subsitute for Aluminum foil in the oven? I am allergic to Aluminum

I am allergic to Aluminum and have always had a problem with what else I can use to line baking dishes or pans in the oven and toaster oven. Can you give me an idea of what else might be oven proof ...
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Butter and chocolate left at room temperature

I mixed butter and melted chocolate chips (dark chocolate I think) together intending to make icing but changed my mind about the icing. I put the chocolate butter in the fridge and it's fine but the ...
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How to make Honey Roasted Peanuts just like Planters?

I tried to make honey roasted peanuts looking at some blogs. But I didn't come out so well. It was not very crisp and sticking with other peanuts definitely not like what you get from store. Any ...
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Freezing whole strawberries

I'd like to freeze strawberries for winter, I read online that a method is to sprinkle sugar on them and put into a zip-lock or plastic bag or an air-tight container. another method is to make ice ...
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When buying blue potatoes how can you tell what color the flesh will be?

Most of the time when I purchase blue potatoes they have blue flesh. However, once in a while I get some that have a creamy golden flesh. Looking at them I had no idea they would be different. I know ...
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Steel Pan non-stick improvement by polishing

I recently started to research into my cookwares and decided a stainless-steel pan was a good budget investment to learn to cook better my steaks and other items. I cooked my first steaks over the ...
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How long can a packet of sliced ham be used once opened? [duplicate]

When buying ham slices from supermarket, I get like 10 slices in them. I want to use it for a week. But the packing says when once opened it should be used within 2 days. So it seems like the 8 ...
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what shall I do about this ground meat? [duplicate]

I left some ground meat in the refrigerator on a plate uncovered for 2 days, would it still be good to use it doesn't look like there is anything wrong with it? Answer asap please.
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How can I improve my fried rice?

I'm an amateur cook with almost no experience (never taught by my parents, first time cooking on my own was first few days living on my own), so I'm studying very hard because I want to be a great ...
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Help! I sliced my flank steak along the grain, is there a way to still have tender meat?

I don't know how to cook beef, I'm really not a meat eater; however, I prepared a recipe from memory and I was in a rush and I thought I remembered reading to slice the meat along the grain...I was ...
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Refrigerator leaks [migrated]

I have a refrigerator with the freezer on top, It freezes and cools just fine but there is water leaking down from the freezer to the refrigerator area. What could be the problem?
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Can you warm biga in a microwave?

This might seem like barbaric question, but is it possible to bring refrigerated biga up to "frisky" temperature in a microwave, without damaging it? I'm too impatient to just let the warm room take ...
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Why won't my crueler rise [duplicate]

I followed a recipe for cruelers that came out delicious! Unfortunately they didn't puff the way I was expecting them to. Just wondering if Anton might know why or have some tips for getting them to ...
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Did I just almost start an oil fire?

I wanted to make some burned onion rings, so I chopped up some onions and let it cook in oil on the stove. Heating the oil was taking a long time so I decided to leave the oven alone for a bit. I ...
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What do I need to consider when upgrading to a 40 quart mixer?

I have a cookie business. Currently I'm using a Kitchenaid 7 quart mixer and can only make 50 cookies at a time. I'm thinking of upgrading to a Hobart HL-400 40 quart mixer. I selected this brand ...
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What would be a good substitution for powdered milk in cereal cookies?

In a TV show, a recipe was used that its main ingredient was corn flakes. I don't know if it has a name but it calls for caster sugar, butter, corn flakes and milk powder. It's called Cornflake ...
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How to set the temperature in a refrigerator without proper indication on the dials?

My refrigerator is old, I don't know how old. I am unsure on how to set my dials.
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How does “BHT added to packaging material” actually work?

This is not a question about the merits of BHA or BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole or butylated hydroxytoluene). It is a question about how BHA/BHT work when "added to packaging material". The BHA is ...
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Spices storage conditions

I have seen in a lot of places that spices and dried herbs need to be kept in an airtight container. I have several container that are virtually airtight, but they have couple small holes that if ...

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