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597 views

Why are my strawberries keeping so long?

The California strawberries my husband buys are completely white at the stem, but bright red throughout the body, as well as being tasteless and staying fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Is it ...
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1answer
74 views

Which of these Ingredients/additives assist in the longevity of frozen, microwavable foods?

My last question was closed due to egregious subjectivity so I'll be very objective with this post. Premise: Frozen, microwavable foods are "usually fully cooked during preparation, and only need to ...
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2answers
93 views

Adding melted butter to cold milk in baking

I've seen a lot of recipes, particularly for things like quick breads, that call for combining melted butter with milk and eggs before mixing with dry ingredients. Of course, if the milk and eggs are ...
0
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4answers
78 views

Looking for a good text on science of grilling and barbecue

I am looking for a good scientific text about grilling and barbecue. I am looking for something that scientifically goes into the thermal decomposition process of wood when heat is applied to it, ...
0
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1answer
84 views

Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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1answer
28 views

How do I tell if my cheese culture is still good?

I made cream cheese in November and prepared some of my own starter culture from that batch to save money down the line when I wanted to make cheese again. Well, I haven't made cheese since then (now ...
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1answer
47 views

Butterscotch Pudding Clumps

Excellent butterscotch pudding has been a Holy Grail of mine for forever. I have an idea of exactly what I want, but I've never accomplished it. Either the flavor isn't rich enough, or it's clumpy. ...
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2answers
28 views

refrigerating cooked waffles

I have a gluten free recipe to make waffles: 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose (plain) flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 3/4 cup milk ...
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101 views

Is US flour significantly different than it used to be, or than flour outside of the US?

I encountered this statement elsewhere: The wheat in the US has been genetically modified to be much higher in gluten. People who live in other countries and then come here cannot use their ...
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1answer
34 views

Coating fruit before adding to a cake

I recently had an apple cake at a restaurant that was delicious. It tasted like a gooey-er version of a spice cake with apples and coconuts. I think I can recreate this at home using a box spice ...
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3answers
132 views

Is there a trick to turn old bread into almost-new bread?

Whenever I buy bread, it's flavor and texture is amazing in the first day. The bread is humid and soft. In 2 or 3 days, it gets hard. Is there some trick to renew the bread to a nicer state?
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0answers
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Does quality decrease by heavily reducing wine?

Somewhere I read a suggestion to reduce wine separately before making a red wine sauce. After doing that, the alcohol taste is always gone, and I can control the wine taste efficiently. A few times ...
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0answers
79 views

Cooking lamb that falls off the bone

Mother's Day is coming up and I'd like to cook my mother a nice lamb shoulder roast (cooked in the oven), I've cooked lamb before but always with mixed results. I want Lamb that's juicy, tender, ...
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2answers
102 views

What specifically makes microwavable frozen food taste so delicious? [closed]

Update: Here is an objective and non-opinion based question. I recently asked another question on how I could make a weeks worth of pasta on a Sunday night and have it still taste good throughought ...
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1answer
55 views

What to order at a Japanese restaurant? [closed]

We would be visiting a Japanese restaurant this weekend. However we are completely clueless what should we order this being our first time. Could you suggest something for beginners? Normally we ...
6
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2answers
99 views

Are there any differences between the commonly recommended types of woods for chopping boards?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the number of options for the type of wood in a cutting board. I've tried searching Google with every combination of phrases that I could think of, and I don't feel like I've ...
1
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1answer
50 views

Replacement for file powder

File powder isn't sold locally. I know it is made from Sassafras leaves, but I don't recall ever seeing those locally either. What are my options for a something that is more common that I might use ...
2
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2answers
81 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
33 views

Making my cocoa mix into instant cocoa mix

Yes, I have read the answers to this question, but none of them are what I am after. I even posted an answer there, but it is an expensive, if delicious one. The key word I am after is instant cocoa ...
0
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4answers
105 views

Is it safe to add raw eggs to homemade coffee creamer?

I've been looking for a decent dairy-free coffee creamer alternative. I stumbled upon a blog post for 'paleo coffee creamer' that has just 3 ingredients: a can of coconut milk, 2-3 eggs, and some ...
2
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3answers
862 views

Does all pizza have butter?

Does pizza normally get made with Butter? For example, if someone is allergic... or has an intolerance, to butter do they need to avoid pizza? What about individual pizza companies like Pizza hut, ...
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1answer
97 views

Is a broccoli that already turned yellow anyhow harmful?

After I bought a broccoli I placed it into my fridge. Today I rediscovered it and wanted to eat it. Now the crown of the broccoli already turned yellowish (it's actually a yellowish-greenish-brownish ...
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1answer
87 views

Is it normal to wash an apple, or other fruits, with dish washing liquid?

I've never seen anyone do that until yesterday. So I wanted to know is this appropriate for when preparing apples for any meal, how about other fruits? Unlike plates, fruits can absorb chemicals.
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1answer
47 views

Should I freeze gyoza before or after cooking?

I'm about to make a big batch of gyoza and I don't want to eat them all now. I was thinking about freezing them and I want to know which is best from a food-safety and a quality perspective. If I ...
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1answer
2k views

Why is there such disparity between the calories in a banana and the calories in this pack of dried banana?

If I Google calories in banana I get the result of 89 per 100g. However, this pack of chewy banana says 320 per 100g. Why the difference? The ingredients are Dried Banana, Rice Flour, ...
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2answers
47 views

How do I flavor fish en papillote?

I cleaned and gutted a whole fish then stuffed with rosemary and garlic. Wrapped it foil and cooked it on charcoal grill. After it was done cooking, the fish lacked the flavor of the herbs.
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2answers
50 views

Chicken enchiladas still safe to eat

I cooked chicken and made up enchilada with sour cream and the green sauce and made extra. How many days can I keep them in the refrigerator before reheating?
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1answer
58 views

Problems drying out chili sauce and in to a powder

I make a chili sauce that I want to turn in to a seasoning. I’ve made a few batches by spreading the sauce out on silicon sheets in a thin layer and baking it at a low temperature until it dries. ...
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0answers
37 views

What should I do with 100% cacao square? [closed]

I received a fancy box of chocolate squares as a gift. One of the squares is 100% cacao (no sugar). It is very small, but I would like to make something with it to share. Any ideas how I can use this ...
3
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3answers
84 views

Baking pizza without an oven

How can I bake a pizza without an oven (or any other fancy stuff, so no suggesting of charcoal, sun oven, and so on). Just using a plain heating element on the bottom, like a burner, what are the ...
1
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1answer
118 views

Can I cook pasta without heating it up… ever?

More of a survival question than anything. I have a bag of dried pasta, a plastic container, a can of tomato sauce, and some salt, and I find myself out in the wilderness with no heat to speak of. ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

covertin grilling time to oven time

My recipe calls for grilling a pork loin for 25-30 minutes over medium high heat with the lid closed. How do I convert this to oven cooking?
2
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0answers
69 views

How to slash bread to let steam out

I'm trying to make loaf bread with filling swirled into it.... I had issues with the chestnut paste because it had butter so it left gaping holes...the redbean paste held up better..but it was really ...
2
votes
3answers
459 views

How can you judge when a non-stick pan is the correct temperature for pan frying?

With stainless steel pans you can perform a water test to see if the pan is the correct temperature for frying but how do you tell with a non-stick pan?
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1answer
54 views

Please help me to fix my bread to be more soft and smaller hole [duplicate]

This is what happen last time how to make dense texture bread? I follow what rumtscho said and went a bit out of the track. and this is my result: the hole is quite big which is not what I want. ...
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2answers
129 views

How to properly prepare a weeks worth of pasta and microwave it at work

I've been making a pound of pasta on Sunday and eating for lunch at work throughout the week, where we just have a microwave. The first time I did this, I cooked a jar of pasta sauce and combined ...
0
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1answer
86 views

Can an open package of sausage lead to contamination of other foods?

My roommate has a pack of sausages in the fridge that has been in there for a week. They opened the package tonight and left it in the fridge opened. I don't know if I should throw it out or not? ...
5
votes
1answer
141 views

Is there a downside to tenderizing meat?

I'm specifically asking about manual or mechanical tenderization prior to cooking, as with a meat tenderizer (also called a mallet). Wikipedia says Tenderizing meat with the mallet softens the ...
1
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1answer
34 views

Freezing traditional Greek dishes

I cook many authetic Greek dishes for Greek Easter. This year I have very little time to prepare. Can I make dishes like Moussaka, Dolmades, Spanakopita in advance and freeze them?
5
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1answer
532 views

Rules for refreezing food

What are the general rules regarding when can you refreeze food that was frozen and then thawed in the fridge? and what are the reasons behind them? (Hygiene? Food quality?). Let's assume for the sake ...
1
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1answer
34 views

Oat Flour for pasta not rolling well?

I experimented by substituting all purpose flour with oat flour that I ground up myself from organic oatmeal for pasta intended for ravioli. I used roughly 3 cups of oat flour : 4 eggs ratio, ...
30
votes
2answers
4k views

Why is 180 degrees C so common in recipes?

Is there any particular reason 180 degrees Celsius is so commonly called for in baking, roasting, deep frying?
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0answers
42 views

Substitute for dry milk powder

My recipe,for dog biscuits,calls for pumpkin, rice flour, and 2 tablespoons dry milk powder. I have no milk powder, what can I use instead?
2
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2answers
53 views

Cream separates to oil when heated

When I heat 35% cooking cream on the stove, a layer of oil separates. I tried heating in the microwave and still observed the same. Is that normal in the process of heating cream? Should I use a lower ...
0
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2answers
93 views

Making espresso correctly - rerunning hot water several times through an espresso puck to fill an Americano

I just bought a Delonghi espresso machine from Target. It came with a "single-shot" filter and a "double-shot" filter. The double-shot filter holds 11 grams of tampered grounds. I read somewhere ...
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1answer
90 views

Watery Russet Baked Potato

I have tried cooking baked potatoes (Russets) using the Alton Brown recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-baked-potato-recipe.html For some reason they keep coming out very ...
1
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1answer
28 views

making pie crust using oil or not

in making the easy pie crust, it calls for oil. When you make the crust can you substitute the oil for eggs or something like that or is oil the best thing to use when making pie crust. I know that ...
1
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2answers
60 views

mashed potatoes - fixing undercooked potatoes

I decided to do mashed potatoes. I boiled the potatoes (needed 3-5 min more, the were in about 30 min) I just realised they're undercooked I cut the potatoes into smaller pieces (2-3 cm chunks) ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Can I use a yoghurt marinade in sous-vide cooking?

I want to cook a Indian-inspired chicken dish. The recipe calls for yoghurt in a marinade for the chicken. I am fine with the marinade, but I also want to cook the chicken sous-vide. I now wonder ...
0
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1answer
60 views

Adjusting a brioche burger bun recipe

In my question to create the perfect burger from scratch, I want to create my own brioche bun. The first recipe I followed was far too cakey (as well as the wrong shape, see here), and too heavy. My ...

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