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Using beef jerky cuts for stir fry?

I have some cuts of beef intended to be used for beef jerky. I have not yet dried them -- the meat is still fresh. I don't know what cut of meat was used. Can I use it for stir fry?
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Is it still possible to make cast iron skillets as good as the old ones?

You always hear people talk about old cast iron vs. new cast iron: the old stuff is lighter, smoother, and generally better, while the new stuff is heavy, pebbled, and generally a poor imitation of ...
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GMS and CMC ratios in Ice Cream

I was exploring a variety of online sources and I stumbled into the emulsifier Glycerol Monostearate (GMS). According to Wikipedia it is commonly used in ice cream to make its texture creamier. I ...
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How warm must dough be in order to rise?

While making some focaccia this afternoon, my wife said, "sure the house is 'warm'; it'll be fine." One hour later, no rising. It may be worth noting that our house is 66F. So we stuck it in a warm ...
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Why are eggs not stored in the fridge better in baking?

I have always wondered why baking with refrigerated eggs VS room temperature eggs comes out much better. Can anyone explain why please?
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

A recipe asks for a teensy cake to be cooked on High for 70 secs in a 950 watt microwave. What temperature would 'High' be? like in Celsius or Farenhite
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Can a sour dough starter be too active?

Can a sour dough starter be too active? My starter almost tripled in 4 hours. Should I keep feeding it and when do you know that it is ready?.
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Alternative to low calorie spray for frying sausages?

My wife has recently decreed that we are to use low-calorie sprays instead of oil. For the most part, these seem fine. However, I have been through several different types and not found one that is ...
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Benefits of boiling meatballs before frying them

I was watching a cooking show yesterday where the chef used a process I have never seen before, without explaining why. I've been wondering about it and can't come up with a satisfactory answer, which ...
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Is there any way to store hollandaise sauce?

I've just made hollandaise sauce following Alton Brown method. I used only about 4 tablespoons and I have about 1 cup left. Using google I found that I shouldn't put it on the fridge, doesn't freeze ...
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Identifying a white crispy garnish to a pork dish

We went to an excellent restaurant last night and one of us was served pork with an unfamiliar, edible garnish; It was a crispy, long, white item which may have been a little salty and a little ...
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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flexibility of a doughBun (brioche)

i'm working on an excel file wich could calculate a " brioche dough" . is that somebody could tell me how to get the most flexibility and softness with less fat and sugar ? Juggling several fat : ...
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When slow cooking a whole chicken for curry, should I put the vegetables in at the same time or wait?

Hi guys I need some quick advice. I am about to slow cook a whole chicken and I and one question: Should I put the vegetables in while its slow cooking or will it be too mushy?
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How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...
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40lb.round of opened grana padano cheese

I bought a 80lb. round of Grano Padano cheese and had it opened horizontally to use 1/2 of it for wedding. We "chunked" out a good portion of the center so the guests could nibble on it while tasting ...
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Warming refrigerated butter at a table in a restaurant

I love to cook. One of my favorite ways to cook is to go to a restaurant, look at the menu, get ideas, and order creatively. It helps to tip well. For example, I've been successful creating diet ...
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639 views

Crock-pot/slow-cooker basmati sushi/ketupat

I have successfully made sushi rice or ketupat cakes with long grain basmati using the slow cooker. I see the advantage that I could use fragrant or any usual household rice rather than sticky rice. ...
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Soaking millet before making ogi

I have a recipe for making Ogi - soured mixed millet, that calls for soaking whole millet grains, then blending them, then souring them with whey for three days. I'm wondering why is there the first ...
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How to soft and hard boil eggs in the same pot so they are ready at the same time?

The method I usually follow is to place the eggs in cold water, then take the pot off heat once the water starts boiling and let the eggs sit in the water for X minutes. I usually do 4-5 min for soft ...
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Can tempered chocolate be seeded with a different chocolate?

I have unsweetened chocolate, which is stored in seized form (soft, grainy). I use it for chocolate sauces. Is it possible to temper this chocolate by: Sweetening it with white or brown sugar? Then ...
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How can I store truffles?

My husband will bring home some fresh white truffles from Italy. I never had truffles in my kitchen and I don't know how to store them. Any advice? Subquestion suggested by casperOne: It would be ...
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What can I do to keep high hydration dough from sticking to my hands?

Whenever I try to knead (by hand) or move after kneading, a high hydration dough like ciabatta, it sticks to my hands terribly and often seems ruin any shaping I try. I've tried flour on my hands, ...
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Preventing a burnt burger patty when pan frying

So when I cook the burger patties on a frying pan (I lack fancier methods of cooking them), the bottom tends to get burnt pretty black. Yet when I bite into the burger, you can see that it's only a ...
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How can I grate soft cheeses?

Sometimes I need to shred a block of a soft cheese such as mozzarella, or cheddar. When I use my grater, the cheese starts to get kind of chunky as I'm grating it. I end up wasting a lot of cheese ...
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Can't get the right thickness of sugar and cornflour

I've been trying to make a middle eastern sweet, but I'm facing a problem. The main ingredients are 1/2 cup Cornflour dissolved in 3 cups of water, 1 and 3/4 cup Sugar, 1/4 cup oil, and other ...
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I moved to US recently from India and I am looking for Plastic jars for storage,

I generally store lentils/spices in plastic jars/bottles cos they are not heavy and can be handled easily unlike glass ones . I am finding it tough to get them in Walmart,Dollar Store.Is there any ...
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Is there a problem with defrosting meat on the counter?

I generally defrost meat on the kitchen counter. A friend of mine suggested that this was dangerous and suggested that I defrost meat in the refrigerator. I am no biologist but it seems to me that as ...
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How can I cook 1/2 a cup of rice?

Almost every time I make rice, I make it for just me and my partner. We've found that the right amount for us is 1/2 a cup (125mL, a regular cup not a rice cooker cup) of uncooked basmati rice. I make ...
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103 views

How do you avoid getting burnt by hot oil?

I find myself getting hit too much by boiling oil. Even when I keep my face really far from the pan it hits me. Are there any general guidelines or best practices to avoid getting hit by boiling oil? ...
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Using a Power Pressure Cooker XL for high altitude canning above 6000 ft sea level

I just purchased a Power Pressure Cooker XL and was planning on using it for canning. However, upon reading the owners manual, it says it is not recommended for canning over 2,000 ft sea level. I live ...
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Roasted chicken ends up only salty outside

I tried to make roasted whole-chicken yesterday, by patting dry inside out with paper towel and salting it inside out followed by roasting for 1 hour at 465 F. It was nice overall except that it's ...
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Heston Blumenthal roast chicken

I just watched Heston Blumenthal - Perfect Roast Chicken where he does a few thing unconventionally. He roasts the chicken at approximately 200 F and stops the roasting process when the internal ...
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0answers
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Microwave and metal

My 3 year old grandson placed a metal can opener and a glass salt shaker in the microwave and turned it on. There was an explosion and white smoke. Is the microwave still safe to use?
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What is the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce?

The title pretty much says it: What is the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce? I Googled and got a bunch of hits but none of the answers left me feeling like I actually understand the ...
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391 views

Is the un-moldy part of tomato paste still safe to eat?

Today when I was making Bolognese sauce, I removed the moldy part of the tomato paste and use the non-moldy part in the sauce. After searching on the internet, I found out that I can get sick from it. ...
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When to add vegetables in slow cooker?

I'm doing a nice beef roast in the crock pot today. Normally I roast the carrots and potatoes together in the oven but due to other things I need the oven for I'm going to add them with the roast. I ...
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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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How to make Meatloaf bond?

I just made meatloaf by mixing 90% ground beef with shredded cheddar cheese, milk, an egg, and oats. I cooked it on 350 degrees for 50 minutes. It tastes fine but the mixture is kind of mushy and ...
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Fermenting pickles - sun or shade?

I am fermenting pickles in a glass jar, using a brine of 1 TBS salt to a glass of water and a bit vinegar. Should I place the jar in a sunny location or in the shade?
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What is the best way to open a tightly fitted lid of a jar?

Help! I need to get a jar of pasta sauce open but can't seem to budge it. I've tried using a dishtowel, and running it under hot water, but the lid is still stuck. What else can I do to open this jar? ...
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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

Everyone on the internet says you should never thaw meat outside of the fridge. My fridge is about 40f cold, and meat NEVER thaws in it. Its always at least -4f even after sitting in fridge overnight. ...
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1answer
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How long can a vinaigrette last if emulsified with raw egg?

Started a new job and walked in to some vinaigrettes that are 2-4 weeks old, some of which contain raw egg. Obviously, I'm a little concerned. How long can a vinny last with raw egg?
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Eggs smelled bad but not anymore when I put them in the ref

I recently bought a dozen eggs. But when I cracked them, they smelled bad, though they didn't float on water (which means they're good). When checking closely, I found out that even the unopened eggs ...
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Fake poached salmon machine?

I went to buy what was advertised as "poached" salmon from my supermarket's prepared food counter and noticed that some of the edges were browned, so I was like, "Huh?". I interrogated the guy whose ...
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Is One Of These An Appropriate Substitute For A Stewing Hen For Making Chicken Stock?

A.) Cornish Hen B.) Baking Hen C.) Capon Both Michel Roux and James Peterson advise using a stewing hen for making a chicken stock, but unfortunately no grocery stores in my area carry any. They ...
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Can I use amaranth flour or another grain flour as a substitute for white flour in tortillas?

I am trying to make a healthier tortilla, which I have always made with all-purpose white flour. Is there another grain flour I can use that will produce a tastier and healthier tortilla, and still ...
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1answer
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What kinds of corn can be nixtamalized?

What kinds of corn are the standard for nixtamalization? I mean, do they use sweet corn, popcorn, dent corn, flour corn, flint corn, pod corn, something else, or some/all of the above? I'm guessing it ...
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108 views

Can you caramelize onions without using fat?

Serious Eats: caramelizing onions In this article the writer suggests slightly caramelizing table sugar and after that toss the onions in the caramelized sugar. My question is - wouldn't you need a ...
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How do I prevent salmon sticking to the BBQ grill?

I love a good BBQ and cooking steaks & sausages etc are no problem. However, whenever I put the salmon fillets on the BBQ (skin side down), no amount of oil seems to prevent them from sticking to ...

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