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Why does food spoil in the freezer?

Many recipes suggest storing perishable food, such as left-over chicken stock, in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Why could one not store it frozen for longer, surely bacteria and mould cannot grow ...
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1answer
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Flavored caramelization

When should flavorings to brown sugar-caramel be added: during caramelization of after? I make caramel regularly for inclusion in coffee based drinks. The caramel recipe is simply: brown sugar ...
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1answer
51 views

Effecient way to dab grease from dehydrating meat without paper towels

I have read the question here but that question doesn't help me, since the options available in that situation, are not applicable in this situation (see "Limiting factors"). Problem I love to ...
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2answers
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How to dry Eucalyptus leaves (to later on make herbal tea from)?

I recently collected Eucalyptus leaves that I'd like to dry out to later on make herbal tea from. I've cleaned the leaves and scattered them on a grid, but I'm wondering if there are fast techniques ...
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What constitutes a 'waxy potato'

Potato salad, dauphinoise, sauteed, with potato cooked but firm and keeping its form with a wonderful waxy texture. Common all over France but a rarity in the UK. What varieties should we be looking ...
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2answers
55 views

Sauté meat then vegatables, or vegetables then meat?

Most Joy of Cooking recipes call for browning of meat, then removing the meat, and sautéing vegetables, until they're soft, though occasionally it's the reverse. Does it make a difference? If so, ...
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542 views

How do I drain sauerkraut?

One of my favorite sandwiches is the Reuben. One problem I tend to have when making this at home is the sandwich is damp from the sauerkraut. I buy sauerkraut from the store. Before putting it on the ...
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What can I do to fix/improve a dry cake?

So a lot of times a cake is really dry, whether the recipe author intentionally does that or if I did something wrong I'm not sure (maybe it's how it's meant to be but it doesn't suit my tastes). ...
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1answer
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How can I achieve a good socarrat with paella cooked in the oven?

I'm cooking dinner for a friend who pointedly bought me a paella pan. Normally, I would never consider making paella in the oven, but my stove is electric and the coil is not nearly as big as the base ...
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64 views

Fresh pasta noodles in lasagna

When making lasagna noodles from scratch, do you need to cook the noodles first? If I was making it the regular way, layers, I wouldn't think it would need to be cooked. But I'm rolling the noodles ...
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2answers
132 views

Replacements for baking soda in a cake?

Sometimes I wish to bake a cake, but sometimes the country that I'm in doesn't have baking soda (it's not the country that's changing itself, but me that's changing country from time to time). I have ...
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1answer
180 views

Clarified butter: what happens if the foam isn't skimmed off?

I know that most recipes for making clarified butter discard this foam. But I've also seen some recipes, like this one for ghee, which do not skim the foam. The butter will form a foam which will ...
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Is butter ever the same after having been melted?

I was recently doing some experiments with butter which involved melting it gently in the microwave and pouring it into dishes. It seemed to me that after the butter had cooled and re-solidified, it ...
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1answer
56 views

Ling Ling Potsticker Sauce or Similar

I love pot stickers. I love them steamed, but even better deep fried. I've tried different brands and they all have a similar dipping sauce. It's hard to describe, but I'm sure a lot of you out there ...
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1answer
53 views

Explaining raising dough

I bought dough containers and would like to know a couple things: When I mix the dough do I put it in the refrigerator right away and can I seal it with the lid on or do I use seran wrap? When I take ...
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1answer
179 views

Making KFC-like chicken

I brine my chicken and use only salt, pepper and garlic powder in bleached flour to taste. I think this comes close to the Colonel's. Can anyone taste other spices in the original recipe?
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1answer
58 views

Tricks for knowing when a cheesecake is correctly done [duplicate]

I have just made a cheesecake, (not my first), but will admit that for me it is a bit of a guessing game to know when it is perfectly done. I know that the sign is when the middle still jiggles, ...
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1answer
63 views

How to use vanilla beans?

I used a vanilla bean in a water-based beverage and did not get any taste. Further research showed that vanilla is apparently oil soluble, not water soluble. I know that it is a common practice to ...
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1answer
82 views

What is the name of this Chinese Fish Soup where guests cook their own fish in broth?

One of my friends tells about some kind of a delicious fish soup that he ate in china. But he doesn't know the name of the dish. It was served in a big bowl in the center of the table (in a ...
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0answers
41 views

is it safe to put frozen pork overnight in the microwave light without turning it on [duplicate]

Is it safe for the frozen pork is now spoiled or do I throw it away I'd like a professional opinion
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2answers
648 views

Cooking chicken breasts in Buffalo sauce, cast iron

I really like to cook chicken in my cast iron skillet and I cook it down with butter and Texas Pete Sauce (my mother does the same, but in Teflon). My issue is that it takes about 20 minutes to cook ...
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1answer
72 views

Keeping Donuts fresh

Is there a way to preserve donuts and sell them in retail packaging, similar to how you would buy chips and cookies at the supermarket. I see Entenmann sells packaged donuts but I'm curious to know ...
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3answers
207 views

Substitutions for “European style” butter in croissants

I've been trying to make croissants at home. Many recipes I've read specify "European style" butter, with a higher fat content. However, finding this kind of butter locally is very difficult. In the ...
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1answer
57 views

Understanding 2 unit yield from 1lb ready to cook chicken

I have a recipe that calls for 2 unit (yield from 1lb ready to cook chicken) and it says it is 158 grams. Can someone explain how this measurement works. How does 2 units from 1lb of chicken end up ...
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1answer
67 views

Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces?

Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces? Thawing whole bunch may not make sense since I do not intend to eat them all ...
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1answer
78 views

Chiffon cake deflating

I'm currently on a chiffon-making spree but all my chiffon cakes keep on collapsing after cooling. Here's the recipe I used: - 100g flour - 100g sugar, 50g for meringue and 50g for yolks - 1 tsp ...
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1answer
56 views

How long to cook green onions relative to other vegetables

I'm planning to put some green onions into my fried rice. Normally when I make fried rice I'll brown some yellow onions in a big covered pan, add some slow cooking vegetables(Eg: carrots), leave ...
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1answer
110 views

How to have my solar system stick that would be edible

I am doing a solar system project in my science bell. I have the choice to make edible food. So I wanted to make cookies for the solar system. Here's the problem, I can get all the colors I need with ...
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1answer
123 views

What is the optimal method for making box macaroni and cheese?

I have two young children (3 and 4.5), who both love Kraft Macaroni And Cheese, or similar variants. As a child, I also loved it, and between the two I've made a few hundred batches, at least. ...
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2answers
124 views

Possible substitue for vinegar

Hi I have recently really been getting into cooking however the girl I am dating has allergic reactions to vinegar, which is in a lot of sauces and stuff. Looking for possible substitutes that might ...
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2answers
106 views

Pemmican — how was it prepared without metal tools?

The wikipedia article states that "The meat was cut in thin slices and dried, ...". Well so, but how would the people who chased a heard of grazers down a cliff some 10k years ago cut the meat into ...
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6answers
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When turning instant soup into liquid soup, how can I optimise dissolution?

At work, when I'm hungry, I sometimes resort to instant soup (Royco, in case it's relevant). Simple to make: heat water, put package content into cup, pour water into cup, stir. However, I often find ...
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2answers
107 views

Optimal cooking tool for long-duration steaming

I'm a recent college graduate, and will begin working 40 hour weeks soon. I'm not good at cooking, and I prefer to cook all of my food (fish, chicken, turkey, vegetables) by steaming them in a small ...
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1answer
50 views

Can I use a fondue bourguignonne set to make cheese fondue?

I have a fondue bourguignonne set (this model). Can I use it to make cheese fondue? The manual explicitly says that it is not suitable for chocolate fondue, but it says nothing about cheese fondue. ...
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1answer
49 views

Which factors determine the absorption levels of foods? [closed]

I wonder if there are some general rules for primary food groups (meat, veggies) that a cook can use to increase/decrease the amount of oil, water, and other compounds uptaken by the target ingredient ...
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2answers
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Are these tomatoes San Marzano knockoffs?

I buy these tomatoes at my local grocery and always assumed they were San Marzano brand. I was waiting for my soup to simmer and was reading the label when I noticed the initials on the label actually ...
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2answers
131 views

What is the difference between milk (simple) and milk drink?

Here in Finland I have come across two types of milk. One is simple milk (maito/mjölk) and the other is milk-drink (maitojuoma/mjölkdryck). They also have variations like fat-free, light, whole ...
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2answers
119 views

What can I bake for my nut allergic friend?

I have a friend who has tree-nut allergy so he isn't able to eat any kinds of nuts, because of this every single time I bake something for my class he can't eat it because of his allergy. When I ...
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2answers
66 views

Slow Cooker: Recipe says Medium, mine has high and low only

I want to cook a recipe that says to cook at medium-high for eight hours, however my slow cooker only has high and low. How do I cook my recipe so the meat doesn't resemble old shoe leather? Thanks ...
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1answer
63 views

Is Indian sandwich bread meant to always be grilled or toasted?

In India, there are brands of commercially available white bread, specifically labelled and sold as "Sandwich bread". They are available as square and triangular shaped slices. These breads differ ...
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1answer
64 views

whole vs ground spices

I'm new to cooking and I just find some trouble understanding these two terms (probably because english is my second language ?). I have tried google but I couldn't find something that would give a ...
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2answers
110 views

Bottom part of Biryani got burnt , rice always gets sticky .how to prevent?

Bottom part of my Biryani always got burnt , rice always gets sticky.but i want each grain separated ? .how to prevent burning & stickiness of rice?
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1answer
113 views

What did I do to make the chocolate bloom like this?

I've been trying to create some moulded pralines and have been tempering chocolate using the microwave method. The microwave method was to heat the chocolate in the microwave in small bursts until ...
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1answer
51 views

Could I substitute Anaheim chilies for Guajillo Chilies in a curry paste?

I am trying to prepare a red curry paste, and the recipe calls for dried Guajillo chilies. I could not find them at any of my local stores, but I did find dried New Mexico and Anaheim chilies (which ...
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1answer
71 views

Looking For A Soy Flour Substitution

I have found what looks like a wonderful recipe for a low carb yeast bread that I really want to make. It only has 3.4g of net carbs/slice, which is gonna be pretty hard to beat! Especially if this is ...
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3answers
176 views

Do eggshells let flavours pass through during boiling?

If i had 2 eggs. 1 i boil in plain water. The other i boil in say a curry sauce. After boiling and peeling, would they taste different to one another? Do the shells let any flavour through?
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1answer
116 views

Garlic clove has turned to a firm jelly texture

I keep my garlic on my kitchen shelf by the window. Out of the whole garlic bulb one the cloves has changed to a yellow/orange colour and its texture is like hard jelly. Its slightly squidgy but firm. ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between quick cook and traditional steel cut oats?

I've noticed a grocery store sells both Quick Cook steel cut oats and Traditional steel cut oats. Quick Cook take only 5-7 minutes to cook on the stove, while traditional require 25-30 minutes. ...
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1answer
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When making soda bread, 45 min on baking sheet or 15 min on cast iron skillet?

I am looking at these two recipes for making Irish soda bread: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/213830/brennans-irish-soda-bread http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51447/irish-soda-bread-in-a-skillet/ They ...
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0answers
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How to make Krave like shells?

How can I make a shell which has the same texture and taste as the shells on Krave Cereal? I'm wanting to make my own with my own filings but have no idea where to start. On the box it says ...

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