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What does it mean to sort beans?

I have some bags of dried beans. The instructions say, for overnight soaking: OVERNIGHT SOAK: Rinse and sort beans in a large pot. To 1 lb. of beans (about 2 cups), add 6-8 cups cold water. Let ...
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Why does my ricotta cheese go bad in a few days?

No matter if I buy my ricotta by weight or by package it goes bad (funky smell, the puddle of cheese water gets grainy, some yellow tint on the sides of the cheese, losing its mellow sweet taste) ...
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Home-made vanilla syrup expiration date [duplicate]

I found a recipe online for a home-made vanilla syrup, the type you add to a latte to turn it into a vanilla latte, and I'm having trouble understanding the authors best-before date. The ingredients ...
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Can I replace sugar with cane syrup in sourdough recipe

I'm baking my own sourdough bread (whole wheat-rye). Recipe calls for adding 2 table spoons of sugar with a bit of milk to get the starter, well... started. I thought about replacing it with cane ...
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1answer
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Can a clear glaze be made without gelatin or starch?

I'd like to press some edible flowers onto a cheesecake I will be making. I'll need some sort of a glaze, and my first instinct was egg whites, but then I learned that those tend to brown, which is ...
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I am flying to Macau from Michigan and would like to take a kilo of frozen Cured Canadian Bacon

The flight is roughly 20 hours.Will it still be safe to eat once I arrive in Macau?
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Are calemondin leaves edible?

I have a little bush which lost quite a few leaves due to overwatering. They are healthy looking and fragment. I wonder if I can use them in a similar way to kaffir lime leaves? I couldn't find much ...
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Pasta edges break when being rolled in pasta machine

When I make pasta, and roll it through my pasta machine, the edges always end up cracking up a little. It becomes quite difficult to pass it through the machine without it tearing and dividing my ...
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Store cracked eggs for a week?

I love using Egg Beaters but I want to start using more natural eggs. One of the things I love about Egg Beaters is that I can just pour the eggs from the spout, directly into my pan. Call me crazy, ...
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Gaul Divided into 3 fats

There is a cookbook with at least two editions about French cooking based upon dividing the country into fat regions: butter, olive oil, and lard (?). I cannot find it on-line though I did previously. ...
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What type of bread buns do premium burger restaurants use? [closed]

If you have a hamburger at a fancy deli they'll often have a very fancy bun. However, I have never seen these buns for sale at bakeries or grocery stores. What kind of different buns exist for "high ...
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What happens if I use my sourdough starter too soon?

What happens if I use my sourdough starter before all of the good yeast and bacteria are fully developed? Would the bad bacteria make me sick? Or would cooking it kill all of the bad bacteria and ...
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What can I add to this food to make it taste good? [closed]

I want to make some sprats + potatoes + some cheap vegetables like cabbage soup. What can I add to it to make it taste better? Some types of spices or some other cheap type of vegetables maybe? As ...
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Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce in baking?

Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce (unavailable) in baking muffins?
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should I let my sourdough loaf proof in the fridge or on the counter?

I've been watching tons of videos on making sourdough recently, and quite a few say to let the sourdough loaf do its final proof, or rise, in the fridge. Is this necessary? Would it speed up if I just ...
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How many risings for bread?

The background: I baked bread a couple of days ago, and I was out of yeast, so I borrowed a couple of packets of Fleischmann's Instant Yeast from a neighbor. I'm used to dry active yeast, which ...
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1answer
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Buy Omega 3 eggs in bulk?

I maintain to a high protein diet and consume a lot of eggs. No, seriously, a lot of eggs. I want to make the switch to Omega 3 eggs but I'm not really able to find these in bulk through your average ...
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1answer
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Pyrex pie plate on hearthstone

I recently read that one of the methods for keeping the (non-blind-baked) bottom crust of a pie from getting soggy is to preheat a baking pan with the oven and bake the pie on it so the bottom crust ...
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How to get the most chili flavour out of a chili pepper?

I always find myself enjoying someone else's chili dish whether its curry, Mexicana pizza etc, more than my own. It's not the burning sensation that's lacking but more the chili flavour. What are the ...
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Bavarois Issues

One of my assessment dishes is a bavarois. Now I am having a lot of trouble, my first one turned out amazing, second was a flop and so was my third. My third one, the custard set in th fridge, before ...
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1answer
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Does pre-packaged spaghetti sauce need to be cooked?

My daughter-in-law and I both prepare our spaghetti dishes with pre-packaged spaghetti sauce, bottled or canned. We both add it to browned ground beef. I use it as a base - to which I add sauteed ...
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1answer
61 views

Purple garlic color change [duplicate]

I bought a bag of peeled garlic cloves as a convenience(I know, shame on me) I stored the unused cloves in the fridge and the began to show purple areas on the cloves. I don't think this is anything ...
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Can I do Chow Mein without rice wine nor substituting it?

I mistakenly bought "rice wine vinegar" instead of "rice wine". Now I am missing this ingredient from the recipe but I still want to do it. I could replace with red wine but I guess it's not a good ...
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Black mold inside Misto oil sprayer collar

There is some black mold I can see inside my sealed Misto internal clear plastic air collar that is just below the sprayer and around the sprayer tube when the sprayer mechanism is unscrewed. I ...
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1answer
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Tarragon: French vs Russian vs Mexican

In this question about tarragon lookalikes on the gardening stackexchange, I asked about whether I have grown a tarragon lookalike or whether tarragon can be tasteless if grown improperly. I added an ...
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1answer
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Creme Brulee did not set, can I fix?

My Crème Brulee did not set. Recipe: 2 cups heavy cream 6 egg yolks 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup light brown sugar Directions Heat cream in heavy saucepan just ...
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Why is rice parboiled? And how does parboiling change rice?

I have recently been using raw rice at my home. I have noticed that the non-parboiled rice sticks to each other while parboiled rice does not given the same amount of cooking time. My questions: ...
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Why is honey heated and filtered for normal markets?

The honey which we get in the markets is of utterly low price as compared to raw honey. As we all know that this honey is heated at great temperatures and filtered. My question is then why is honey ...
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Which is a better option for making dosa batter. Indian mixie or US blender?

Moving to US next week planning to avoid the Mixie as it weighs almost 3 kgs . Which is the best option in blenders for making soft batter and chutney? I have got few recommendations like Osterizer ...
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1answer
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What can I use as a substitute for grated coconut in heavy syrup?

I have a Latin American recipe that calls for grated coconut in heavy syrup. Apparently, you can commonly buy it in cans in Latin America, but not here in the USA. Can I substitute some mixture of dry ...
2
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1answer
58 views

Is there a way to revive an old potato?

I was making mashed potatoes the other day and one of the potatoes I had was a little old. It was not as firm, and was slightly wrinkled than the potatoes I'd just bought. I didn't use it at all. Is ...
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1answer
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Vegan ice cream has chalky texture

I made vegan ice cream for the first time. The recipe: 350 g peeled bananas, frozen 100 g raspberries, frozen 100 g coconut cream 50 g agave syrup I put everything through the high speed ...
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1answer
115 views

How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad?

How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad? It asked for red onion, which I didn't have so I used the only thing I had, shallot. I used far less than indicated. I have already ...
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Are curd and sour cream typical middle-eastern food?

I keep going to restaurants around my city (São Paulo) where in certain days of the week, some of them serve middle-eastern food. Curiously, there's always a whitey cream that some of the restaurants ...
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1answer
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Why yoghurt comes out different every time?

When I make yoghurt at home the result is different every time even though I follow exactly the same procedure: Bring a gallon of milk to 85°C Cool to 43°C Add yoghurt culture from the previous time ...
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1answer
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Creating a specific cream for a cake?

My grandma used to make a waffle cake with chocolate cream filling, Romanian/Hungarian/Russian style. My mom is trying to recreate it, without success. But she doesn't exactly know how to make the ...
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Salt curing duck breast

I made a salt-cured duck prosciutto according to the recipe in Charcuterie. It was covered in salt and refrigerated for 24 hours and then hung out to dry for 7 days. The book recommends storing at a ...
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1answer
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Why are avocados so expensive?

Avocados are in my opinion one the most loved fruit in the world. I live in South Africa, for a ready ripe avocado you would easily pay between R25 (1.61 usd) and R40 (2.58 usd). For a South African ...
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1answer
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Is it feasible to smoke meat with spruce needles?

I am thinking of constructing a makeshift smoker and smoke some meat out in the woods this weekend. When burning spruce needles they produce a lot of smoke; is it suitable to smoke meat with spruce ...
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1answer
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Alternate seafood for etouffee

Last week I made etouffee for the first time, and it came out pretty good. Unable to find crawfish or raw shrimp, I used pre-cooked cocktail shrimp, which worked but was a little bland (and the ...
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1answer
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Why is a glaze applied to the top of a hot cross bun?

I am making hot cross buns and wondering why the buns have to have a glaze... Any scientific answer or is it just because it's nicer?
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I burnt rice in a pressure cooker, do I need to throw my pressure cooker away now? [duplicate]

I made the mistake of NOT ADDING WATER to some brown rice in the pressure cooker! I was listening to an audio book and well....it wasn't a good a idea to split my focus like that! The inside bottom of ...
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1answer
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My applesauce has fermented, is it safe to bake with?

I don't have access to refrigeration, so I use applesauce as an egg substitute. I have a plastic can (it's got a metal & rubber lid like a Mason jar but the container is plastic) of store bought ...
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1answer
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Freezing a frittata

I'm hoping to make a frittata to last a few days to take to work for lunch. Am I able to freeze it, if so are there any ingredients that do not freeze well and I should avoid putting in the ...
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Why does my milk bottle lid have two dates

I'm living in Switzerland at the moment. I've just come back from a short holiday and realise I've left some milk in the fridge. The top oddly has two dates. One marked a which was yesterday and one ...
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1answer
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Corned Beef, Cabbage vs. Reuben - Multipurpose?

Good evening, all. Quick, specific question here (something too esoteric for most cooking sites I checked): I have ~2.25lb of Corned Beef Brisket (Point Cut)", fresh & vacuum-sealed with spices ...
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Advice on two-tier cake and height

What is the recommended height of cakes when making a two-tier chocolate mud cake? Or to get a decent height, should I make (as an example) two shallow nine-inch rounds for the bottom layer and two ...
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Why did my ricotta cheese did not completely melt in the Alfredo?

Today I sauteed a quarter cup mushrooms in 3 tbsp butter and added 250ml cream. Everything was set for me to add the ricotta and finish the Alfredo, but it only partly melted. Beyond a certain point, ...
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Ham left out, over night fully cook low in my house was 60 degrees [duplicate]

I left a fully cooked ham out for 16 hours when I realized it I refrigerated will it still be ok to cook.
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Can I cook/eat unhulled malted barley? [closed]

I've got a small bag of whole barley malt intended for brewing beer. After doing a bit of reading I'm getting conflicting information. Some say the outer hull in not edible, while others say it is ...

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