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traditional italian pasta: with or without eggs?

I read that in the north of Italy they would use eggs in their recipes (the recipe to make the pasta itself). Is it an actual tradition or is it just a recent trend? I always thought that the pasta ...
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265 views

How do they Prepare Steak so fast in Restaurants?

I've been wondering how restaurants are able to serve food so fast. How are they able to serve thick steaks in 20 - 30 minutes? Here's the process that I know of: Bring the steak to room ...
2
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1answer
90 views

How to stop icing from running off iced buns?

Recently I've attempted to make iced buns and as a first attempt, they went well. However, after one night my icing began to slide off the top of the buns, leaving me with either bare or patch-worked ...
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1answer
44 views

Is it ok to freeze miso paste?

Recently, I bought a pack of miso paste. It contains 1kg, far more than I actually need. Is it ok to freeze what I don't need? If so, how long could I keep it frozen?
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3answers
100 views

Can I make meringues with commercial egg whites?

I want to make a bunch of meringue cookies, but I don't want to waste a bunch of eggs. If I buy something like Egg Beaters Whites, would that work?
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1answer
3k views

What is the difference between a prawn and a shrimp?

Are prawns and shrimps the same thing or are they different? Basically, I think they're the same but one of my friends was arguing that they're similar but definitely not the same thing and they ...
3
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3answers
450 views

Can I use Basmati Rice for fried rice?

I have some left over boiled Basmati Rice in the fridge and I was wondering if anyone has ever used it to make Chinese Fried Rice given that the recipes generally call for Jasmin rice? Does it have ...
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0answers
19 views

Adjusting for different size pan (Cheesecake) [duplicate]

I'd like to make this cheesecake recipe but don't have the 10" springform pan that it requires. Instead, I have a bunch of smaller 4" pans. How should I adjust the recipe? Bonus question: the ...
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1answer
218 views

What is a blended sauce?

There are three types of sauce, which is 1. roux, 2. blended, and 3. all-in-one. I get what the all-in-one and roux sauce are and what steps to take to achieve it, but what exactly is a blended sauce? ...
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3answers
129 views

Rice - Expiration Date

How relevant is the expiration date on uncooked Rice (different varieties)? Are there ways to store rice to prolong it life?
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76 views

How long do I cook my brisket?

I have always cooked brisket in a slow cooker, to beautiful effect, but I'm going to be cooking for a crowd this week, and a slow cooker won't be available to me. (not to mention I cannot fit this ...
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2answers
96 views

How do I clean my cast iron grill pan?

I'm recently the proud new owner of what I appears to be a Le Creuset "Skinny Grill" which is an enameled cast iron grill pan. I fairly new to cast iron but I'm accustomed to the no-soap cleanup and ...
8
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1answer
143 views

Does the speed of opening of a bottle of wine influence its flavour?

While having a (good) bootle of wine at a friends place I've been told the following: The bottle should be uncorked slowly and silently, not to spoil its bouquet. This statement came as ...
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5answers
218 views

What techniques or tricks make soft, flaky pastries instead of leathery ones?

These are my first experiences with the lovely pastry, puff pastry. I loved it so much that I'd bake more and more of it everyday. The only problem I encountered is that my pastries had a tough ...
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0answers
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Mixing arm of Moulinex Optipro DDF644 stopped working

Can anyone advice on the how to repair the mixing arm of the HSA 6689924B Optipro moulinex stick blender, that I purchased in KualA Lumpur, malaysia? It simply stopped whirring, one fine morning, ...
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1answer
89 views

What material wok did I get while thrifting today?

I asked all 4 employees but nobody could tell me. It is heavy, and it doesn't look like the same material as my cast iron pan. A magnet sticks to it. There are no markings on it at all. I think ...
2
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1answer
107 views

Why is it that caramel sauce should not be stirred after it has boiled?

The internet says swirling is fine, but not stirring. Why is that so?
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1answer
40 views

What can make a radish lose its flavour in a dish?

I wanted to try something new so I had the idea of putting radish in with my tuna salad. I really like the spicy punch of radishes so I was excited to taste the end product. I got a bunch and chopped ...
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1answer
45 views

Frying panko crusted pork chops

I've been trying to fry panko coated pork chops. Followed standard recipe which includes seasoning, dipping it in egg wash and milk, coating it with panko breadcrumbs, the usual drill. However, when I ...
4
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2answers
191 views

Maintaining crispy fried potatoes while cooking with onions and peppers

I love fried potatoes, and I love them even more when there are some delicious vegetables mixed in, like onions and bell peppers. The problem is that I can't figure out how to cook all these things ...
6
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3answers
599 views

How to evenly fry cubes?

I have long struggled with pan-frying cube-shaped foods to try to get them evenly browned on all sides. I have this struggle with potatoes and tofu, and there are likely other foods it applies ...
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2answers
67 views

Substitute apricot with some other fruit in this Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Pastries recipe

This recipe (scroll down to the bottom of the page) calls for apricot to use on the topping of the pastries. What fruit do you recommend to use that will be as good, along with its jam for the glaze? ...
2
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2answers
140 views

Can half cooked pork chops be cooled then fully cooked later?

I started baking pork chops at about 2pm. 30 mins into cooking I had to leave. I turned off oven and left. It's now 640pm and I'm just getting home. The pan is still slightly warm. Are the pork chops ...
5
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1answer
85 views

Can an all wheat flour be high in protein, yet low in gluten?

I know that wheat protein isn't all gliadin and glutenin (the proteins that give dough its stickiness and elasticity and together create gluten), but high protein wheat flours are also generally ...
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3answers
74 views

Fatty liquid vs non fatty liquid in dough

I have been making bread at home over the past month or two using a simple 4 ingredient recipe with 60 - 75% hydration and have become familiar with the soft, light consistency of the dough when the ...
4
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1answer
127 views

Frozen prawns - blue dye

I'v been given some prawns from parents where they bought in bulk. The prawns leak a blue dye? Does anyone know if this is normal?
2
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1answer
78 views

Can I make puff pastry with half the butter?

I made puff pastry with Gouda cheese inside and it turned out really good. The only problem I had was the amount of butter and it was too buttery. I'd like to know if it is possible to reduce the ...
2
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3answers
73 views

Off taste from refrigerating cheese?

Every time we get a extra large block of cheese, by the time we get to the end of the brick, what's left gets an off taste, from being in the refrigerator so long after opening the package. The price ...
2
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0answers
57 views

What to do when too much butter added to my puff pastry dough?

I made puff pastry dough, but I figured I've added too much butter to it and now that it is in the oven, the butter has melted and covered the dough! (I need your advice for the next time) What should ...
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0answers
51 views

Is it possible to keep puff pastry dough in the fridge for future use?

I made puff pastry but there's extra dough in my kitchen that I don't want to make more Torte Milanese for which I needed puff pastry. The extra dough doesn't contain butter and is not the required ...
3
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1answer
77 views

How to stop mushrooms from discoloring everything?

A few times in the past week, I've cut up a few mushrooms (I'm pretty sure they're button) and sauteed or fried them with a few other ingredients for dinner. I absolutely love the taste and the ...
3
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3answers
162 views

Oops! Too much hot pepper. Now what? [duplicate]

In my home, we're not very fond of capsaicin, and I put too much crushed red pepper (the dry spice, bloomed) into a vegetable soup[1]. What can I do to remedy the soup? (Obviously, I can cook another ...
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2answers
64 views

Do alcohol and salt help in preservation of dehydrated vegetables?

I dehydrate vegetables and keep them in glass jars for a long time. Is it a good idea to put a small amount of alcohol 70% in the jar before I insert the vegetables, in order to kill the bacterias? Is ...
2
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1answer
50 views

How to achieve more solid consistency when preparing seitan from wheat flour?

I'm making my own seitan from wheat flour, rather than using vital wheat gluten. I usually do about 4-5 washing steps when preparing my seitan. It is good, but I would like it to be more stiff/solid ...
4
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2answers
92 views

What makes the difference between domed and flat cookies?

I'm baking cookies using recipe from Ruhlman's Ratio, which goes something like this: 100g butter 90g sugar 160g flour 1 tsp baking soda (I use baking powder) 150g chocolate chips I scoop the ...
6
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0answers
135 views

How to tell if it is honey, super filtered honey, or corn syrup?

There is this article here in Australia that an importer have labeled corn syrup as honey. It has been imported from Turkey and it has been sold to people. I think this is not just happening her in ...
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1answer
66 views

can you make a mud cake using cooked quinoa instead of normal wheat flours

I have been told you can make a mud cake substituting cooked quinoa for normal wheat flours. Is this possible and do you need to add anything else?
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1answer
224 views

Have strawberries changed or have I?

Strawberries used to be one of my favorite fruits. I am continually disappointed when I bite into them lately and they have little flavor unless it's that slightly fermented taste. I am sure that ...
8
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2answers
335 views

Will a small “breather tube” on my bottles harm the oil/vinegar/liquor inside?

I have several glass bottles with speed pourers like this: I am thinking of using these bottles to hold my oil/vinegar/soy sauce/etc as well as liquors for my home bar, for efficiency of pouring ...
5
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1answer
566 views

Nattou - white dots on it safe to eat?

I bought a couple packs of Nattou (fermented soybeans) and stored it in my refrigerator. They come sealed in plastic, so I opened the plastic and only ate about half of one container. I wrapped it ...
2
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3answers
259 views

What are “cooked” potatoes?

I came across a recipe for skillet potatoes that asked for "cooked potatoes cut into 1/4-inch chunks". While the 1/4-inch chunk part was easy to understand, I'm not sure what is meant by "cooked". ...
0
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1answer
47 views

Making sorbet with fruit frozen before processing

I've accidentally frozen a bunch of good strawberries with the leaves still on. I want to make them into sorbet. I don't plan to cook the berries. Should I: Thaw the berries, cut the tops off, ...
18
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11answers
2k views

Are there books describing the general principles of cooking? [closed]

Perhaps my question is too weird, but whenever I read a book on cooking, it's just a list full of recipes. There are a lot of examples but there are no explicit laws or general principles of cooking ...
3
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2answers
158 views

How can I get hash browns to bind without using egg?

I don't want to add egg to bind hash browns. What is the best way to bind hash brown without the eggs? My first thoughts are should I still grate the potato, or boil first to soften to enable them to ...
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2answers
113 views

when does a boiled egg become a poached egg?

This is a very serious question. a poached egg is an egg without its shell in boiling water. a boiled egg is an egg in its shell in boiling water. So, if an egg is being boiled but then cracks out ...
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0answers
38 views

Spaghetti Sauce - turned off - frozen seven hours later [duplicate]

I cooked spaghetti sauce - turn it off and then froze is seven hours later. Is it safe?
0
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1answer
177 views

How to safely reuse scissors used to open food packaging multiple days in a row?

I often have to resort to prepared food from the local supermarket for a number of consecutive days because my parents are on vacation. This food is sealed in vacuum bags and usually requires 3-5 ...
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3answers
80 views

What to do with soggy mushy potato chips?

We had crispy potato chips (not french fries) made by a catering service. They arrived already a bit on the soft side, and on the next day they are quite soft and mushy. I don't like wasting food, so ...
0
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0answers
40 views

is my curry salvagable? [duplicate]

So I was asked to make curry last for dinner tonight, I prepared it last night and left it outside to cool with a net over it. Everything looked fine when I saw it this morning, it was still slightly ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

What cut of ground beef is ideal to mix with ground lamb for kofta?

I'm attempting to replicate kofta that I had at a Mediterranean place last week. They were a mix of beef and lamb, yet neither flavor was more pronounced than the other, in fact it had a sort of ...

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