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Do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor?

I really don't know how to best phrase this question, but do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor? That is, what should I expect from an extract? For example, say I put maple extract into milk. ...
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Is there any substitute for vital wheat gluten?

There's pizza dough recipe which calls for vital wheat gluten and I cant find it anywhere in India. Is there any substitute for it?Can I use seitan as a substitute? Thanks
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Is it a good idea to cook stew in the oven in a stainless steel pot?

If I cook stew in my oven will it come out better using a heavy enameled dutch oven than a stainless steel covered pot?
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Can I make baked veal more soft?

I usually cook meat in a steamer or multicooker, and it gets very soft. This time I've decided to experiment and baked a big chunk of veal stuffed with garlic in the oven. Not that result was ...
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Curing with smoked salt

I have a question about Ruhlman’s home cured bacon recipe. I do not have a smoker and I know the smoking step is optional but I was thinking that if I used Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes instead of the ...
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How to upscale fried onion recipes for commercial production

I want to go into commercial production of fried onions but have not been able to find the right type of recipe. All the sites have given the recipe for a few servings but not on large scale. ...
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What determines the variety of paprika to use in recipes?

Spanish smoked paprika is powerful stuff that can enhance or overpower a dish. How do I judge when, how much, and which type of paprika (Spanish, Hungarian, sweet, hot, smoked, etc.) to use?
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Can rosehip tisane be used as a substitute for red wine in cooking?

I'm currently watching a cooking series (The Everyday Gourmet) and in one of the lessons the chef talks about what to look for in a wine. For red wine he mentions to look for a wine with a deep red ...
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51 views

How to make Barley bread?

I started experimenting with baking using mixture of wheat and barley. The loaf was very tasty when made this way. Barley is one of the grains that has gluten. So is there a recipe for bread with ...
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Does 100% rye sourdough bread always have a sticky crumb? How do I make it stick to the knife less?

Every time I make a 100% rye sourdough, it sticks to the knife when I cut it even after letting it sit for a day before cutting. Is this normal? I have tried to vary the hydration ratio a bit, but it ...
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1answer
77 views

What is: Yellow Flour?

We were told that yellow flour (Italian) can be added to normal white flour to make a good crispy pizza dough? What is this yellow flour?
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1answer
37 views

Can you thicken a pudding just by reducing?

Pretty simple question I hope. I am trying to recreate a recipe I made several years ago using heavy cream, lindemans framboise lambic, raspberry puree, and sugar. I don't recall using any thickeners ...
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139 views

My gelatin didn't gel

I made two small packets, boiled 2 cups of water, then put in 8 oz of frozen pineapple filled with cold water the rest of the way to the 2 cups mark. The Jello sat in the fridge overnight and today ...
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1answer
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How do I fix my dough after I did not activate the yeast properly?

This is my first time making anything using yeast, but I decided to try making Dominique Ansel's At-Home Cronut recipe. Everything was going fine, but I realized that I had bought rapid-rise yeast ...
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4answers
168 views

What causes the crown of the bread to crack during baking?

What causes the crown of a bread loaf to crack as it bakes? I would like to prevent it.
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Pot sticking to induction cooktop?

I recently bought a Max Burton 6400 induction cooktop. I used it a few times with some pans I already own and had to problem. Today I wanted to heat some milk up quickly, and I used a cheap Ikea ...
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49 views

Adjusting cooking time and temperature when making smaller portions

I'm perfecting a recipe for queijadas de leite - a traditional Portuguese custard/pastry. It's a mixture of eggs/sugar/milk/flour, very liquid in its raw form. The original instructions call for 30 ...
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1answer
66 views

What is a flan pan called?

I love making (Filipino) leche flan for my wife and I. However, I use a 9" round cake pan that I wedge into a 9"x13" cake pan, which I fill with water until it just touches the bottom of the cake pan. ...
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2answers
67 views

Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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Cooking pasta in a Pressure Cooker

In recent times I'm experimenting with different techniques to cook pasta, the pressure cooker is an inspiration I had from Davide Scabin (link in Italian), even though he's surely not the first one ...
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0answers
74 views

Liquid glucose in marshmallows

What does liquid glucose do for a marshmallow? Has anyone replaced liquid glucose with golden syrup or any other syrup for that matter? What are the effects of using alternatives for marshmallows? I ...
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1answer
44 views

Making a better caramel for granola bar

I came up with a recipe of granola bars where I melt 10 tbsp of brown sugar 4 tbsp of honey 4 tbsp of soy oil 2 tbsp of water Vanilla extract and mix with 4 cups of rolled oats + 1 cup of rice ...
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How long will soaked chia seeds last?

I was just wondering how long you could keep chia seeds in the refrigerator after they have already soaked in the water. I know dry chia seeds have an extremely long life if stored properly but I ...
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How to make a dessert with dynamically opening flower petals?

Anyone has any idea how to make petals open when sauce is poured onto the plate like pictured in this video? I realize it requires a lot of artistic skills to do it on this level, but what is the ...
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95 views

Is salt related to smell?

Can the salt content affect the fragrance of the dish? If so, how does it happen? Does salt have a fragrance of its own?
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196 views

Mason Jar Stuck Inside Another

I need help! I just finished making sauerkraut and was using a mason jar inside of a larger mason jar to weigh down the cabbage. Now, I can't get the inner mason jar out. I've tried soap around the ...
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What is the science behind velveting meat? [duplicate]

In a lot of Chinese restaurants, the beef you get in stir fries are extremely tender. I'm aware that they use a technique referred to as 'velveting' the meat, which involves using corn flour and ...
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Can i freeze dough without killing the yeast?

I want to freeze unbaked dinner rolls. Can I do it after the first rising or the shaping or the second rising or do i have to partially bake them to prevent killing the yeast?
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3answers
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How can i optimize the use of my convection oven?

Is there a resource i can use to learn how to bake in my convection oven? I know that it can improve the results greatly and i am just not understanding it. I know that you are supposed to bake at ...
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1answer
31 views

Lacto Fermented Vegetables - Off Flavors

Is anyone aware of some solid reference information on lacto-fermented vegetables? I am especially interested technical information, such as what off flavors may occur due to which circumstances. The ...
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1answer
43 views

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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86 views

*Cannot* get that “Oven Spring”

I cannot, for the life of me (no matter what recipe I try), ever get the bread to rise that last bit in the oven. It always falls a bit instead. It proofs nicely, but it just won't rise more in the ...
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1answer
74 views

How to Bake Cookies Without a Convection Oven?

I'm used to bake cookies in a convection oven and they bake well. However, now I have a normal oven (without convection) and I am unable to cook them well: The bottom of the cookies is burnt and the ...
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0answers
46 views

Cooking lemon juice into stew

I have recently discovered a much broader use of lemon juice in my cooking and now add it to almost all stews and soups a few minutes before the end of cooking. But I am curious if there are benefits ...
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1answer
71 views

Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

I got ~1 Kg of bananas and I want to calculate the calories in it. Provided that the peel is discarded, which is the remaining mass of bananas from the original Kg? Since I have no weight measuring ...
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Extremely Tender Hospital Beef

My dad was recently in the hospital for intestinal surgery. While he was recovering they served him some beef that he was very surprised to find incredibly tender. He let me have a bite. It was so ...
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2answers
521 views

General Principles of making risotto

I made risotto for the first time last sunday - thanks to the advice I got from the posts here and here. I came to know about risotto from this site (probably not the correct way to learn about the ...
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1answer
1k views

Rolling boil has barely any steam?

I'm trying to reduce a sauce I've got but I noticed something interesting. When I raise the heat so the sauce is at a full rolling boil, there is barely any steam coming out so I presume there is ...
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1answer
906 views

Why do patterns appear on tempered chocolate?

Sometimes, during a single session, spots and lines may appear on tempered chocolate. This seems to happen with the first third of production. Chocolates produced later in the batch do not exhibit ...
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68 views

Cake flour or all-purpose for shortbread?

The recipe calls for either, and I have both. What difference am I likely to see in the final product using one or the other? Would there be an advantage to going halvsies?
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Lemon juice sprayer/container

I often zest up my food with lemon juice and I usually have squeezed juice in the fridge in a jar because I like it pre squeezed, with pulp and seeds removed. However, a jar is not an ideal container ...
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1answer
49 views

Best Way To Remove Fajita Contents From Marinade

Usually when I marinade something it's just a single piece of meat. I can just pull it out and discard the rest of the marinade. However, when I have strips of chicken and vegetables all marinating ...
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2answers
262 views

Soaking fruit in alcohol

I thought that soaking fruit in whiskey would be tasty so last night, I filled a mason jar with pear pieces and filled it up with Jack Daniels. What is the optimal amount of time this should be ...
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2answers
71 views

How to prevent brillant pink raw bread dough from cooking up to yellow?

I added some cooked beets to a bread recipe. The result was a lovely pink dough: After cooking, the rolls were yellow on the inside with some of the pink still visible in the crust: Why? Any ...
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The mark of a true chef [closed]

We all know the mark of a true chef is how much you enjoy your own cooking, so how do you detect the true master chefs you come across in everyday life? I myself weight 143 kilos, and i'm a very good ...
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1answer
78 views

Why Does a Lot of Pastry Have an Orange Flavor?

At several different bakeries I've gone to over time, I have gotten pastries from danishes to cinnamon rolls and so on. Sometimes those pastries (the pastry dough itself) have had a slight orange ...
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3answers
168 views

How to tint powdered sugar (icing sugar)?

I'm looking for a way to tint powdered sugar without wetting it. I know that there are powdered food colors but I think that part of what activates the color is the fact that they get wet when you ...
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2answers
91 views

Sous Vide Interrupted

I'm trying to cook beef short-ribs sous-vide at 140° for 72 hours. Imagine my shock this morning when I went into the kitchen and found the machine had turned itself off! It could not have been for ...
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3answers
112 views

How do you quickly prepare tomatoes for pizza?

Whether is be homemade pizza or adding topping to the self-rising frozen pizza we love adding meats and veggies. We often have tomatoes at hand. I slice them thin and lay them on a paper towel and ...
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3answers
830 views

How do you apply colored sugar just to the raised image on a cookie

I bake a LOT of cookies, but tend to gravitate toward the soft and chewy type - normally a drop cookie but I have also done rolled and pressed cookies. Recently my daughter asked me to make a cookie ...

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