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2answers
337 views

Why “Yeast Extract”

I'm having dinner at a popular burger joint, and the have their house seasoning on the table. It includes "Yeast Extract". What would be the reason to include this in a season?
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6answers
3k views

What does “natural” actually mean?

More and more I see "natural" or "all natural" labels on the slightly-cheaper alternatives next to "organic" products, and I find it somewhat confusing. I know that (for example) tofu does not occur ...
0
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0answers
41 views

Garlic in Olive Oil [duplicate]

We put several cloves of garlic in Olive Oil and stuck it in the fridge. The garlic was not pressed or anything, just peeled and placed in the oil and then placed in the fridge. The next day it was ...
2
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3answers
250 views

Can I slow cook a 3.25 beef roast for 4 hours on high, refridgerate in the crock pot overnight and then cook on low again in the morning for 4 hours?

Can I slow cook a 3.25 beef roast (not browned) with vegetables for 4 hours on high, refrigerate in the crock pot overnight, and then cook on low again in the morning for 4 hours? I am new to cooking ...
3
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1answer
132 views

Why does lemon juice thicken condensed milk?

Or is it the other way round? For instance when making a cheese cake. Anyways, the more chemical the explanation, the better!
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0answers
60 views

Can coconut oil yield the same texture as butter/shortening in a cake?

Most cakes usually require having a solid fat, like butter. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but with a lower melting point, making it seem like a good candidate for substitution. If it is ...
3
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2answers
104 views

How to make good looking cake pops?

I've tried to make cake pops a few times but they never came out as beautiful and tidy as the pictures I found on the web. I would love to try more and more to nail the goal but I think I must know ...
4
votes
2answers
86 views

When is it OK to crowd the pan?

I am reading some books on cooking technique and often see the guidance "don't crowd the pan" when sautéing or pan frying, so that food cooks by browning/maillard, rather than steaming. However, many ...
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3answers
79 views

Help with flavours for authentic Italian pasta sauce?

I'm making my own pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes but unfortunately Italian basil (ocimum basilicum pilosum) is not widely available in my country. Here are my options: leave it out entirely (so the ...
1
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1answer
113 views

Why does a cake recipe call for 2 tbsp of hot water?

This is my sponge cake recipe, I would like to know why add the 2 tbs of hot water 4 egg separated 1 tsp vanilla essence 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp cream of ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

What exactly is essence?

The most popular is the Brand's Essence of Chicken, but there are also other products that are "essence", like "essence of fish" and even "essence of beef". There are also other terms that seem to ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

when do I tenderize my steak?

I have a roller meat tenderizer and I was wondering do I roll over the meat before I marinate it or after? Or does it even make a difference of when I do it?
5
votes
1answer
80 views

Can I candy pomegranate?

It seems that making candied fruit is easy: cut it thin and boil in sugar syrup until ready. I'd like to make candied pomegranate, keeping the seed-surrounding bubbles intact. Will it work, or will ...
1
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0answers
37 views

Substituting Lard for Soy Shortening

how do I convert my cake recipes from shortening to lard-I live at 6000 ft altitude. The lard is hydrogenated and has more water so it needs adjustment. I'm at altitude and that requires adjustments ...
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votes
1answer
136 views

How much does one cup of fresh spinach weigh? [closed]

How much fresh spinach is in one cup? When I read articles they always say eat "1 cup of spinach", but I don't know how much spinach that is. I am talking about 4x6 cm leaves.
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0answers
30 views

Choc pudding, cook & serve hasn't thickened

I cooked it for 30 min over medium high heat, stirring frequently. I used 2% milk. It didn't thicken completely, but eventually I removed it from heat, thinking it would thicken in the fridge. It ...
1
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2answers
41 views

How to keep saute pan hot without it burning for searing fresh greenbeans or zucchini

Im working in a restaurant that has pan-seared greenbeans and sauted chopped zucchini with onions&peppers. It seems were constantly waiting for the damned veggies or GB to complete our plates so ...
5
votes
3answers
692 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
99 views

Why add vanilla extract after removal from the heat, and what about fake vanilla extract?

Recipes for pralines, for fudge, even for hot cocoa say to add vanilla extract only after removing the dish from the heat. Why? Does that apply to artificial vanilla extract also?
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Do Asian groceries carry vital wheat gluten?

I want to buy vital wheat gluten for bread baking but I've only had luck finding it at health food stores where it's quite expensive. I know seitan is made from vital wheat gluten so I was wondering ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

Chicken stock in slow cooker - danger zone?

How does one know if slow cookers are holding foods in the danger zone too long? I cooked chicken stock on high (a bit too full, water one inch from the top) but it wouldn't simmer, it seemed like 2-3 ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

can someone tell me what exactly is msg used for?

What exactly is msg? What is it used for and why do some restaurants have signs saying "contains no MSG"?
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0answers
43 views

Is hardware store blowtorch propane safe for grilling? [duplicate]

I bought some 1lb propane tanks at a hardware store for an LP grill unknowning that it says for propane blowtorches only (not sure if that implies to not use it with non-propane torches or to not use ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

Why boil adzuki beans for anko twice?

This anko recipe calls for boiling the adzuki beans twice, draining and re-filling the water in between. Why is this done? Is this necessary?
3
votes
2answers
114 views

Why does store-bought peanut butter in a jar have so much more oil than fresh ground?

When I buy fresh ground peanut butter, it has a very dry, paste-like texture with almost no oil. It can sit on my shelf for a week in warm weather and no oil separates out. When I buy peanut butter ...
2
votes
1answer
44 views

Distribution of heat using a silicone oven tray

I have recently bought a silicone oven sheet, which consists essentially of a thick sheet of silicone rubber stretched across a metal frame. It shrugs off grease and caramelised food, and it's a joy ...
1
vote
2answers
127 views

Will MSG improve taste of a food for someone who dislikes the food itself or will it make it worse?

Let's consider a situation where someone dislikes a taste of, let's say, broccoli (or some other food), and MSG is added to that product during the cooking process to improve the taste. Will the taste ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

Cheese Extract - How to Use it?

I've recently bought cheese extract (or essence - the seller didn't know the difference and the bottle says 'cheese flavour' and smells like a room full of cheddar). I've never used it before but ...
3
votes
2answers
88 views

Does preferment add sourness to taste of bread?

I have made bread using both sponge and preferments. The sponge bread does not taste as sour as preferment bread. Does preferment add sourness to taste? What other flavors can we expect? What can I ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Medium sauces versus Mild! [duplicate]

I can never remember which is hot. NOw i have a medium enchilada sauce in my recipe and need to cool the heat way down... help! How do I make my meal so that my child will be able to eat it. She does ...
3
votes
1answer
94 views

Why is there so much crema on my espresso?

I buy fresh beans of lighter roasts, grind a few minutes before extraction, pull a double shot normale, and end up with a lot of crema, I mean a lot! Right when I'm done, the top 90% of the shot is ...
2
votes
3answers
81 views

Does injera require a starter?

I want to make Ethiopian injera bread at home, but the recipes I've seen are inconsistent about whether a bread starter is needed. Do I need to use a sourdough starter? Can I use baker's yeast, or ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

How is bacon powder used? [closed]

Heard so much about bacon powder and am attempting to make it. I have no idea how I will use it and could use some ideas.
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votes
7answers
6k views

Will Cinnamon ever dissolve in a cocktail?

I have this idea, that making a cinnamon, vanilla and brandy cocktail would be delicious, and it is. But it is also kinda grainy. What I have been doing: In a 500ml glass, add 15m brandy, add 1/2 ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Teryaki sauce becomes viscous after boiled

I recently cooked chicken in a Teryaki sauce/marinade, and it turned out great. I cooked the chicken on both sides, and then cooked it in a bath of Teryaki for about 3 minutes. The Teryaki bubbled a ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

How can I vacuum seal acidic ingredients with meat or poultry for freezing?

What if I want to prepare packets for sous-vide and freeze them? I want to include an acidic marinade in the bags, but I don't want to turn the meat into mush.
2
votes
1answer
146 views

What can I do to prevent big holes in the bottom of bread loaves?

Can you give me any ideas to control this type of hole in bread?
2
votes
1answer
72 views

Is it not possible to can some species of fish without adding oil?

Some canned fish is available in oil or brine (e.g. tuna, salmon, saury), while other types of canned fish are only available with oil (e.g. sardines, mackerel). If I were to home can some of the ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

How do I prepare fresh clams for clam chowder?

I regularly prepare New England-style clam chowder with all fresh ingredients except for canned clams which I use out of convenience. I have been feeling guilty of trying to pass my recipe off as ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

How to clean fresh champignons? [duplicate]

I bought some fresh champignons from the supermarket. What's the proper way to clean them before cooking (or rather frying) them? Should I just wash them with cold water? Should I peel them?
1
vote
2answers
119 views

Minimalist Burger Patties [closed]

I've got more grass-fed ground beef than I know what to do with and, I'd like to perfect my burger recipe. I see lots of involved recipes with tons of spices, but I'm looking to keep it simple. The ...
2
votes
3answers
104 views

What can I use to replace beet sugar syrup for cookies?

I'm making cookies that call for beet sugar syrup but I don't think it's available in my country. What can I use in substitute for it?
2
votes
3answers
197 views

Is it bad to eat cheese after its expiry date?

I accidentally ate some packaged shredded cheese without knowing its expiration date. It expired in December and it is now February. it tasted fine, and it wasn't moldy. will I be okay? or should I ...
4
votes
1answer
67 views

How to make a stable culinary Parmesan foam

I have Knox powdered gelatin, soy lecithin, and a 0.25 liter ISI whipper. I just need to make one cup of this special liquid to pour into the whipper but I do not know the ratios of cheese, ...
3
votes
1answer
191 views

What are 'boiling potatoes'?

If a recipe calls for 'boiling potatoes', what variety(ies) is it referring to, and why? Example Recipes: Punjabi-Style Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ginger (Aloo Gobi) Potato and Cauliflower Curry ...
1
vote
3answers
62 views

Adding lime juice to green curry paste and heating

I am trying this recipe which requires preparation of a green curry paste with lime juice as one of the ingredients. Once the paste is prepared, I add it to a pan with hot oil (after which I add ...
3
votes
1answer
118 views

Why is my quiche weeping?

A quiche that I've made for years with no problems is now seeping a ridiculous amount of liquid. The ingredients include bacon, shredded swiss, onion (small amount, finely diced), eggs, half and half, ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

Easiest way to peel pomelos?

What is the easiest way to peel a pomelo and obtain skin-free wedges that are ready to eat? Ever since I bought them a couple of years ago already peeled in Thailand, I have felt I am missing ...
4
votes
1answer
44 views

Should I season my sushi rice before or after cooking?

When I make rice for sushi, I season it with sugar, salt, rice vinegar, and mirin. I'm never sure if I should add these at the beginning or near the end of cooking the rice. Does it matter when I add ...
2
votes
2answers
102 views

Why remove the skin and seeds of a tomato?

Many recipes ask for peeled and seeded tomatoes, which I find both wasteful and too hard work. What is the point of removing seeds and skin of tomatoes? Just texture and presentation? Or can it ...

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