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What is a “raw smoked” gammon (or ham)?

In many recipes I've come across the term "raw smoked gammon" (sometimes also "raw smoked ham"). English is not my primary language, so such terms are sometimes difficult. This site has an answer on ...
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How do I properly wash bugs out of green onion?

How do I remove bugs from the inside and outside of green onions? I don't want to split open the green onion just to remove them, and washing them thoroughly in cold water seems to get the onions ...
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1answer
312 views

lemon juice curdling white chocolate

I was trying to make white chocolate truffle.....but when I melted my white chocolate and added lemon juice to it, it curdled and there was huge chocolate butter floating on top of my mixture...can ...
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Is it safe to drink the whey?

If you make cheese with starter culture and rennet is the whey that is a byproduct of this process safe to drink? I have heard from some that there does exist some who are fond of drinking this but ...
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1answer
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Putting half thawed joint of pork back in fridge to fully defrost?

I have a 2kg joint of pork which I took out of freezer last night and kept of the kitchen counter. I was wondering is it safe to now put back in the bottom of fridge to continue the safe defrosting ...
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Does wrapping banana stems actually prolong their life?

I've seen a few times the suggestion to wrap the stems of bananas to prevent them from ripening. Yet at least one person who was espousing this admitted it was based on a misreading of a study: I ...
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4answers
638 views

How to make modeling chocolate shiny?

I have modeling chocolate panels I am using for a cake. They have a very soft shine from being smooth, but I was hoping to bring them to a higher shine. I had wanted to make them out of tempered ...
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2answers
86 views

How can I remove a stuck liquor decanter stopper?

I had a decanter half full of vodka that has sat in my basement for about a year unused. Now the stopper is stuck on the decanter. How can I get the stopper off to get the sweet sweet vodka out for ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between a Jus, Sauce and a Gravy?

I've just booked my Christmas meal. This included Sausage, mashed potatoes and an Onion Jus. Why Jus and not Gravy? Begs the question, What is the difference between a Jus, Sauce and a Gravy?
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2answers
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Why will my dense, concentrated stock not solidify to jelly?

I boiled all the bones from a roe deer for stock and got about four litres all of which was solid when refrigerated. I took half of it and left it in a pan in the bottom over of an Aga for two days ...
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What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef?

What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef? I am told they just butcher the animals dfferently. Certainly the cuts don't seem the same. For example is faux fillet really exactly ...
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What kinds of grocery stores tend to carry guava?

I cannot find guava in the grocery stores near me. The only grocery store that was selling guava closed last week and since then I have been to Food Lion, Wegmans, Walmart etc. but I cannot find ...
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2answers
110 views

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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5answers
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Fastest way for cloning Milk Kefir Grains

It's about two weeks that I make Kefir at home. I started with three mid-size Kefir grains, and now I have six ones (three of them are really big) Now my friends get interested in making Kefir too. ...
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4answers
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How to convert a muffin/cupcake recipe to a large muffin recipe

I'm looking at the side of my "breakfast - O - meal" box at a recipe for 12 muffins. The kind you would use with a standard muffin tin. What kind of variation should can I use to make the recipe work ...
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1answer
147 views

Why don't oyster crackers contain oysters?

I perused the ingredients list of a bag of oyster crackers and to my surprise they don't contain any oyster ingredients at all. Since then I have looked at a multitude of different variety of oyster ...
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1answer
30 views

Softening nougat candy

Is there a way to soften nougat candy (Brach's peppermint)? I live in a dry climate , have had them for a year, and don't want to break any teeth. On the other hand, I don't want to throw them away. ...
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1answer
193 views

Purple skin with white flesh yams/sweet potatoes have black/green spots after I boil them. Can I still eat them?

Our local food distribution site gives what they call sweet potatoes. They are purple looking on the outside with white inside. When I boiled them they got kind of black or green streaks in them. Am I ...
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4answers
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Is there a vegetarian gelatin substitute that is as strong as gelatin?

I've made several mold (shaped) desserts with both gelatin and gelatin substitutes, and the substitutes have always failed to hold the shape of fully domed chocolate molds and the like. Are there any ...
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4answers
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Tricks for removing sausage casing?

I often find myself making a sauce or a garnish for pasta using sausage meat that I am really just using more as a cured/seasoned ground meat - I remove the casing, then break up the sausage in a ...
8
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4answers
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What is the difference between pancetta and bacon?

I see pancetta next to the bacon at a local butcher and was wondering what the difference was between the two?
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5answers
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Pancetta Mold. How to tell whether it's safe to eat?

I've been hanging my own Pancetta based on the recipe in Ruhlman's 'Charcuterie' book. Some small white dots of mould have started to appear. I want to identify whether this mould is to be expected ...
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7answers
8k views

Removing that eggy smell from cakes

I've been baking for not that long now and I usually peruse the web and the hundreds of books I have at home before I attempt a recipe. However there is one thing I am just not able to get down right. ...
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2answers
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My pizza crust is very hard and tough and not light and crispy, why?

I'm having trouble getting my pizza crust light , airy and crispy. I'm not sure if it's the mixing of the dough because I'm using a smaller mixer 20qt as opposed to my old 60qt. The bowl is not smooth ...
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2answers
2k views

Can you make latte-art with a panarello wand?

I have a deLonghi Icona coffe machine. It contains a steaming wand of the panarello kind (with a hole in the top that automatically injects air). I tried to steam the milk to create a microfoam that ...
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3answers
14k views

What to do about yeast that doesn't work?

I am using a new container of yeast from the store; I keep it well-sealed (it's a small jar) and refrigerated. I make sure to use warm water in bread recipes - I check the temperature using a ...
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3answers
4k views

Is there any reason not to decrystallize honey?

The other night some friends of mine tried to convince me that decrystallizing honey is bad for the honey. I don't buy it. Is there any truth to their claims? I couldn't find anything to support ...
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1answer
71 views

Vacuum-packed cheese question (botulism)

Vacuum-packed cheese, stored in refrigerator for awhile (2-3 weeks), then placed in freezer. Cheddar and Provolone. Any risks, especially in regards to botulism...opinions sought. Never heard about ...
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2answers
6k views

Properly melting butter and sugar together for butterscotch bar recipe

I've been trying to make butterscotch bars. I'm not a new baker, but I don't have much experience in melting brown sugar and butter together. The recipe (included at bottom of post) I'm using says ...
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0answers
54 views

Raw Kale - Korean side dish

I'm trying to get more raw veggies in my diet in general and Kale is such a good one. I recently had a raw kale side dish at a Korean restaurant that may or may not have been fermented. It's flavor ...
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2answers
2k views

Thawed shrimp floating vs. sinking

I bought two 2-pound bags of frozen 41-50 count/pound shrimp. When I thawed them in cold water, one bag's shrimp all sank and the other bag's shrimp all floated. Bag 1 Bag 2 ...
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4answers
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How long should I cook pork for (at 100° C)?

I have a pork shoulder cooking in the oven right now at 100° C (212° F). I was planning on roasting it for 7 hours, will this be long enough to cook it safely? I saw the FDA chart about minimum ...
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5answers
7k views

Counteracting a metallic taste in canned tomatoes?

I used some canned tomatoes to make chili, which normally works fine, but today it has a really strong metallic flavor. From what I can tell, this is just because they're probably low-quality, so I ...
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4answers
100 views

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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1answer
4k views

Why do US chicken taste “gamey”/rancid in no time despite proper storage?

I am a new member. We are relatively new to the US, moved here 8 years ago, originally from Asia. I've purchased the chicken brands Foster Farms, Costco/Kirkland, Save Mart, Safeway, and more, but no ...
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11answers
36k views

Is there a difference between Kansas City strip and New York strip?

Wikipedia gives the impression that Kansas City strip refers to the same cut as New York strip. Are they really the same cuts? If so, which name is more "authentic"? And if not, what's the difference ...
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1answer
89 views

Which cooking method gives the leanest bacon?

I've recently discovered the joy that is baking bacon. It's made me curious: does baked bacon render out more fat than pan-fried? How about microwaved?
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11answers
36k views

Which type of oil/fat should I use for deep frying?

I just got my first ever deep fryer yesterday. Looking round in the shops, I found that I can get bottled frying oil, or a white solid block type of fat which I've never used before, I guess it may be ...
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7answers
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How do I make a frappuccino less watery?

I'm trying to recreate a Starbucks caramel coffee frappuccino, but it's coming out awfully watery. I've watched them make it and here is what they do, as far as I can tell: half fill the blender ...
5
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1answer
86 views

What is Canadian-style sour cream?

I recently bought a container of what was labeled "Canadian-style sour cream" at a produce market in the Bay Area. Being from Canada, I was curious to see what it was, since all the sour cream I've ...
4
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1answer
240 views

How do I bake chocolate chip cookies like Subway?

I want a chocolate chip cookie like the ones Subway has. Those cookies have a smooth top and chewy texture. I have a recipe for 3/4 cup fat, 0.5 cup sugar 0,5 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 egg, 2 ...
4
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1answer
232 views

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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2answers
2k views

Are limes and lime juice more acidic than lemons and lemon juice?

I attended a business meeting in the Midwest and one of our clients took our management team and a few other business partners to dinner at an awesome Mexican restaurant. When the appetizers were ...
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1answer
248 views

UHT Milk: small white floating stuff?

Sometimes the UHT milk I use has some small floating white particles (about 1 cm long, few mm wide) This is milk that has been kept sealed at room temp (30-35C) for about 2 months Any way to know if ...
2
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1answer
247 views

How to reduce the masala taste from chicken roast

We cooked chicken roast and we cooked it in three batches. this is for a party. Good thing- OF the three batches two of them turned out to be pretty good. Issue- The third one turned out to stand a ...
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6answers
28k views

How to dry homemade pork sausages with proper humidity and temperature?

I am new to this and am attempting to dry some pork sausages. I was told to add a quarter pound of salt for every ten pounds of pork meat, which I did (I used ordinary table salt). I have the sausages ...
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10answers
10k views

How to warm plates before serving?

I realize that serving on warmed dishes is preferable to serving on cold/room temp dishes, so as not to leach the heat out of your freshly-cooked food. How can I warm my plates? I have two kinds ...
3
votes
2answers
72 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
55 views

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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2answers
86 views

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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