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Why doesn't chocolate go bad?

After all it has oil and sugar in it. Why doesn't bacteria love it? Thanks!
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1answer
463 views

What does natural vanilla extract smell like?

I bought a natural vanilla extract, but it had a strong aroma somewhat like spirit or what you get in almond essence? Is that normal? I've only used artificial vanilla so far and they smell really ...
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7answers
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Is there a way to keep chilled cookie dough from flattening while cutting it?

Whether using a serrated or straight knife, this seems to be a problem. I end up reshaping them by hand on the cookie sheet so they are round instead of oval. Is there a way to slice the dough to ...
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12answers
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Do you heat the pan first, then add oil? Or put the oil in and heat up with the pan?

As the title says... I personally heat up the pan first, then put the oil in and after it's heated up add the ingredients. I go with the line of reasoning that doing it this way gives the oil less ...
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2answers
174 views

Corned beef on warm for 2 hr before cooking

I had my corned beef in the slow cooker on warm for 2 and a quarter hours before I saw it was not on high. I then turned it to high and continued to cook it. Is it still safe to eat?
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2answers
122 views

How much can I change the height of a cake?

It's pretty common to find cake recipes with pans that don't match the size of pans you have. I know ideally you would make sure total area of the pans is the same as in the original recipe, so that ...
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1answer
100 views

Does sugar go bad?

The package of sugar cubes I use have an expiry date. Even 2 months after the expiry, I cant taste any difference. Does sugar actually go bad, and should I throw away sugar past its expiry? Also, if ...
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2answers
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What is the proper/most common way to serve curry?

I went to a Thai restaurant this afternoon and ordered Massaman curry, which I've never had before. When I make curry at home, I usually mix it with chicken and pour it over rice and eat. But this ...
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1answer
335 views

Do all varieties of cocoa naturally taste bitter?

Very simple question. I bought some roasted cocoa seeds and tasted them, they have a slight "bitter" flavour and not "sweet" as I imagined when I was a kid. Now, chocolate is made by adding sugar to ...
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2answers
97 views

How can I incorporate brown lettuce into something appetizing?

I have four bags of lettuce that have gone brown. A nice fresh salad is obviously out of the question. Is there anything I can do with it?
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0answers
13 views

Baking with oil, lard, shortening - how to substitute? [duplicate]

I'm looking at simple bread recipe that calls for vegetable oil. I'd like to experiment to see how the choice of fat affects the final product. Does anyone know what would happen if I replace the ...
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1answer
40 views

Can I fit normal kenwood bowls in the major series

I have a Kenwood Chef Major and while it's great, I find the mixing bowl to be a bit on the large size for simple jobs. I'm wondering if there is any reason why I wouldn't be able to fit a normal chef ...
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1answer
41 views

Substituting vegetable oil spread for oil in cake mix

My cake mix calls for 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and I am out of it. Can I use Blue Bonnet 53% vegetable oil spread in the place of the oil? Thanks!
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1answer
3k views

Why doesn't my Lemon Posset thicken? What am I most likely doing wrong?

I've have once succesfully made this Gordon Ramsay's Lemon Posset, but on the last two tries attempts I've not managed to thicken it. After it has bubbled and kept bubbling for approx. 3 mins, I pour ...
2
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1answer
54 views

What are the effects of using different types of ground mustard?

I made a cheese souffle recipe that called for 1 tsp of dry mustard. I used ground mustard that was 40% yellow and 60% black.(And it wasn't fine like powder) Everything went perfectly with the ...
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14answers
27k views

How to ferment dosa batter?

I have never been successful in fermenting dosa batter properly in the US. I generally soak urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for a few hours and grind them together. Even if I leave the batter in ...
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4answers
34k views

Are bay leaves dangerous to (unwittingly) eat?

When I first started working as a cook, I was instructed in no uncertain terms to only use whole bay leaves when cooking so that when the leaves were removed, still whole, one could be sure that no ...
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2answers
95 views

Are there similar scales like the Scoville scale?

Are there any scales that have been applied to any of the five basic tastes or other types of food sensations that have been quantified based on their affect on people, similar to the Scoville scale? ...
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8answers
1k views

Bagged or Loose Leaf Tea

What are the practical differences between using bagged vs. loose leaf tea? Are there differences in quality, caffeine content, etc.? Why?
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5answers
4k views

How is Kiwifruit used to tenderize Meat?

I just read today that Kiwifruit is used to tenderize meat. I wanted to make some fruit chutney anyway, normally I'd go for mango, but why not use kiwifruit fruit this time? I read that the actinidin ...
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1answer
111 views

What meats are appropriate for dry-aging

We know that dry-aging can be used for beef to evaporate water, concentrate flavor and let some of the enzymes break down the connective tissue in the meat, resulting in a tender & juicier steak. ...
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13answers
54k views

What can be done to thin chocolate for dipping?

I have been dipping chocolates for many years. I recently tried a new brand of chocolate that has a fantasic flavor, but it is thicker than I'd like when melted. I know adding cocoa butter will help, ...
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6answers
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How do I ripen a Mango?

I've bought a fresh mango for a recipe, I've not used mango fresh before and it's currently pretty green (there didn't seem to be any that were more ripe at the shop) and came with a sticker on ...
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5answers
1k views

How do I stop my pans boiling over?

Yesterday the wife and I decided to boil some potatoes in a normal non-stick pan. We added salt, potatoes and boiling water. We put this on an electric hob, with no lid at maximum heat (marked at ...
2
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1answer
128 views

What is the temperature range for food not to burn your mouth?

I'm trying to get a temperature range for knowing when food is too hot to eat. Most of what I am finding is temperature ranges for food to kill bacteria instead. For example, if I'm serving a hot ...
4
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1answer
131 views

Water vs. milk/cream (or nothing) in traditional (French) omelets

Previous questions here have addressed the reasons why water or milk is added to scrambled egg mixtures in cooking. However, the two questions I've linked seem to parallel a distinction I've noticed ...
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3answers
3k views

Using a vacuum sealer to marinade?

With the vacuum sealers that have hit the market, they're have been a lot of toys added onto the products. One such device is used for marinating meat. It just looks like a tupperware bin with a ...
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6answers
4k views

Keep chicken with skin from catching on fire on the barbeque

Short: Is there a proper technique for cooking chicken (with skin) on the barbecue, without little chicken-fireballs? Long: My previous landlord loved to cook on the barbecue, much to the ...
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1answer
252 views

How to make curly homemade flat noodles

I know how to make egg noodles, and I either roll them out or use my pasta machine with the fettuccine cutter. This gives me flat egg noodles. I like the curly ones that I buy at the store for some ...
6
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3answers
111 views

How to keep celery crisp?

I like celery, but it seems to go limp very quickly when I buy it. What's the best way to store it to keep it crisper longer?
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5answers
32k views

What is the difference between shawarma and gyros?

I see both of these terms used in restaurants that seem to specialize in meat on a vertical rotisserie served in a pita sandwich. I'm not clear on whether there is a difference between the two or if ...
6
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1answer
57 views

Why has my honeycomb toffee set in layers?

I made honeycomb toffee today, but it's set in 'layers'. The top is crispy and bubbly, as it should be, but there's a layer on the bottom of chewy sticky toffee without bubbles. Can anyone tell me why ...
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10answers
72k views

Is there something better than mineral oil for cutting boards?

I've been using mineral oil to oil my wooden cutting boards ever since I found out this was a good thing to do. I had a couple of bamboo boards up until I bought a really great John Boos carving ...
3
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9answers
19k views

How to prevent cucumbers from tasting bitter?

I am a cooking dummy and I hate bitter cucumbers. :) Help!
2
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1answer
11k views

Can I test my oven temperature without an oven thermometer?

I've got a new oven, I haven't baked in it enough to really gauge its accuracy. Is there a way to test it without an oven thermometer?
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4answers
118 views

Why does my rice smell?

I don't understand why my rice smells like eggs.. We have a new rice cooker that we used for two months now. I wash it, but should I deep clean it? Also, I put my rice in a big plastic bin so I won't ...
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2answers
121 views

I bought Cod fish on Sunday afternoon and cooked it Tuesday night… It was a little chewy, was that because it was bad?

I bought the fish from Whole Foods, so I assume it was good quality. The recipe that I used said to cut the fish into strips and cook 2 mins per side. I wasn't sure if that meant top and bottom or ...
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0answers
77 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 ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Re-use rice for multiple batches of horchata?

After a making a batch of horchata, I always feel wasteful throwing away all of the uncooked rice. Can it be re-used for another batch, or has it given up its good flavors? If not, are there any ...
2
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2answers
92 views

How to choose a pan for making caramel?

Is there any noticeable difference in taste and texture when making caramel on a non-stick pan versus a normal pan? I have seen a few cooks making caramel on a stainless steel saucepan and others on ...
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vote
2answers
41 views

What are speed ovens (combo microwave / oven) good or not good at?

We're considering a speed oven as a 2nd oven, probably 27". Our main range is an all gas 30" range. What are those microwave / traditional ovens combo good at? What are the best uses? Conversely, what ...
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1answer
148 views

When a recipe calls for 'individually wrapped caramels', are these soft caramels (e.g. Jersey caramels) or hard candies (like werthers cream candies?)

I am in Australia but the recipes are from the US. I can't seem to find out what kind they would be.
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4answers
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Why is my green tea brown?

As Crystal Gale once wrote, "You're gonna make my green tea, brown." Or something like that. When I typically order (the free or close-to-free) green tea at Japanese restaurants, it's usually ...
3
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3answers
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Wooden cutting board turns black

My wooden cutting board is turning black! I tried reposition the cutting board and even tried hanging them but regardless of the different configuration, water still accumulate at a certain region ...
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3answers
948 views

What can I use to replace the tomato juice in gazpacho?

I'm trying to find cold alternatives to hot soup. A friend pointed me to gazpacho. I tried that, and we really liked it. However, I will be cooking for someone who does not eat cooked tomatoes ...
4
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1answer
142 views

What is bearnaise sauce thickened by?

As from the title, what is Bearnaise sauce thickened by? There are a few different ingredients in bearnaise sauce that helps in thickening such as egg yolks, but how is it thickened and what other ...
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3answers
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Water in the microwave to reheat pizza better

I've seen this claim various times on the Internet; for example at http://imgur.com/vlh4M Put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza to keep the crust from getting chewy ...
2
votes
2answers
84 views

How can I concentrate citrus juice at home?

I used to make no-bake pies as a kid that consisted of whipped topping, condensed sweetened milk, and frozen lemon- or lime-aid concentrate (thawed) mixed together and poured into a graham cracker pie ...
2
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1answer
36 views

Smoking a whole duck - when to remove from heat?

I am going to be smoking a duck on my grill in the next few days, and I'm finding a ton of conflicting information. I was hoping you all could help sort it out. What breast/thigh temperature am I ...
3
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2answers
74 views

How to extend the freshness of salsa?

I often make salsa containing tomato, onion, garlic salt, green pepper, red pepper, lemon, and salt. I store it in a Glasslock container in the refrigerator. By the second day, the taste is still ...

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