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3answers
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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 ...
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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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7answers
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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 ...
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1answer
68 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
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1answer
76 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
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1answer
147 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?
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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
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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 ...
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0answers
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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?
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2answers
120 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
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3answers
106 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
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3answers
203 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 ...
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1answer
70 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
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1answer
192 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 ...
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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
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1answer
120 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
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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
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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
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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 ...
2
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2answers
75 views

Pyrex Percolator on stove?

Does anybody use a vintage Pyrex percolator on their stove? Electric? Gas? Is it 100% safe? I just saw it in an old movie, which is what gave me the idea to look for one.
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1answer
72 views

Expiry date of custard powder?

I bought a pack of 'Custard Power' around 4 year ago. I placed the pack in my store room and completely forgot about it until now. The packet was 100% unopened until yesterday, when I found it. I ...
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2answers
113 views

How to store cut fruits & vegetables for days?

Is it possible to store fruits and vegetables (like apples, beetroot, pomegranate, etc.) for days, after they're cut? Here are some things I've read, but I don't know which works best and if at all ...
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2answers
328 views

How can I prevent strawberries from discolouring cream?

When I put strawberries onto a sponge covered in cream, how can I prevent the strawberries from discolouring the surrounding cream?
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1answer
124 views

When you try to “catch” yeast from the air: is it normal for the flour and water to split

I'm trying to "catch" wild yeast for the first time. 36 hours ago I mixed a cup of flour and a cup of water and left it out on a shelf with a paper towel over the top. It's been between 45 and 70 ...
2
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1answer
73 views

Inexpensive vacuum sealer not pulling out air

I bought a Seal-a-Meal for sous-vide cooking. It felt like a bargain at the time, it was very inexpensive because it was a close-out model. It seals great, I'm not having any problem with leaking, but ...
2
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3answers
92 views

What properties allow something to be considered “milk”?

Traditionally, milk is defined as (from Merriam-Webster): 1: a white liquid produced by a woman to feed her baby or by female animals to feed their young; especially : milk from cows or goats that ...
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1answer
73 views

Which is the best culinary book (a reference guide) for study at home? [closed]

I am a ordinary cook, but I want to improve my skills studying by myself. Which is the best culinary book (a reference guide) for study at home that explain the basic techniques of culinary, and how ...
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5answers
126 views

Non-dairy substitute for cheese on baked potatoes

One of the combinations I've missed since becoming dairy-free is grated cheese on baked potatoes. Is there any good substitution for this topping that would provide the salty-tangy counterpoint to the ...
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1answer
284 views

In ingredient lists, does “lime” mean the fruit or the chemical?

Ingredient lists on packaged foods sometimes list "lime". Does this refer to the citrus fruit, or to the chemical calcium hydroxide? As an example, Mission Organics White Corn Tortilla Chips list ...
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2answers
57 views

Malva pudding recipe containing too much bicarb and vinegar?

I tried making Malva pudding today using this recipe and the results were decidedly off. I don't know if it was too acidy or basey but definitely didn't taste right. The recipy calls for 2tsp bicarb ...
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1answer
60 views

Using parchment paper to bake whoopie pies

My recipe for whoopie pies calls to grease and flour a baking sheet. Can I simply use parchment paper on the baking sheet instead?
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2answers
74 views

How long can I keep unleavened dough at room temperature?

Can a dough of only flour and water stay usable indefinitely (as in between a few days and a few weeks) when stored covered at room temperature? I made a batch of dough last week and ended up with a ...
2
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0answers
78 views

How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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2answers
104 views

substitution of whipping cream for water in jello

This is the first time I have been on the internet for over 5 years so please excuse my slowness with this site. I have been successful using heaving whipping with unflavored gellatin mix with added ...
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1answer
48 views

Homemade double/heavy cream separates after setting in the fridge

Good day. I recently made a homemade double cream using 1.5 cups of whole milk and 150 grams of unsalted butter. I followed most recipes I saw online which started with melting the butter so that it ...
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0answers
43 views

Wok comparison for induction

My wok cooking has never turned out very well, which has been partially subpar equipment and partially lack of training and practice. I'm looking to get a wok to use with my induction cooktop, and ...
2
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1answer
60 views

Wild Mustang champagne cocktail

Does anyone know of a champagne cocktail with vodka and Grand Marnier called a Wild Mustang. We used to get it is Whistler but the bar has closed and we can't find the recipe online anywhere.
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0answers
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Chicken breasts, frozen then thawed in refrigerator [duplicate]

Is it safe to cook and eat chicken breasts that have been thawed in the refrigerator for 4 days after they have been frozen in our deep freezer for a lengthy time? I believe that the thawed ground ...
2
votes
2answers
233 views

Lasagne package says cook from frozen

The package says cook from frozen, do not thaw first, but the lasagne is thawed (my daughter brought it up for us) and has been refrigerated for a couple of days. Is it safe to cook and eat?
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votes
3answers
168 views

Should I cover food while reheating it in a microwave?

For reasons of time, I like to cook more than one portion of a meal and then reheat a portion in the microwave whenever it's needed. Aiming for maximum energy efficiency, I wonder if it's a good idea ...
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2answers
1k views

Which foods are certain to never cause food poisoning?

After a nasty bout of food poisoning lasting nearly 5 days (rare I know) my trust levels and appetite for certain foods have dropped considerably however my inquisitiveness kicked in... ...from a ...
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1answer
59 views

Dehydrating eggs

I have seen a few examples of dehydrating scrambled eggs, and reconstituting them later. It got me wondering if there is a way to dehydrate raw eggs in a way that lets them still work for baking. I ...
2
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1answer
53 views

Do I need Malt Vinegar for pickling onions?

I intend to make several kilograms of pickled onions. Last time I made them, I just dumped in basically what ever vinegar i had to hand. A combination of white malt, brown malt, unmalted, and rice ...
2
votes
3answers
104 views

Are vanillin/vanilla powder safe to use in savory dishes?

Vanilla beans are quite expensive, and I can buy cheap vanillin ($0.3). So I'm wondering whether I can use vanillin instead of real vanilla for savory dishes: are they dangerous in high heat? I'm ...
6
votes
4answers
545 views

How to keep dust and cat hair off cast iron pan?

I live with three long haired cats that shed in the winter, and my place gets dusty at times too. I have a fairly new cast iron skillet that I use once every one or two days. I dont have any shelves ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Adding more bones to a finished stock?

I'm making a tonkotsu ramen dish, but I feel it could use a porky boost. The broth is done now but there's about six hours until serving time. Would it be okay if I added more pork hocks now to add ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Is it safe to drink from a mug that has a hole in the glazing and was made in China? [closed]

Is it safe to drink from a ceramic mug that has a hole in the glazing at the bottom and was made in China?
8
votes
6answers
522 views

How can I light charcoal faster?

I'm terribly impatient but I love cooking on a charcoal grill. How can I get the charcoal ready faster? Currently I have a chimney starter, I use lump charcoal and light some kind of paper under the ...
13
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5answers
922 views

How do I practice piping icing without wasting icing and money?

Is there some cheaper alternative to real icing so I can avoid wasting good icing and money while practicing? Or can I avoid having to throw the practice icing away? I do not want to waste good butter ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How to keep a chocolate fondue in a liquid form?

I'm trying to make chocolate fondue for dessert to serve in a restaurant on Valentines Day. What should I do to prevent the chocolate fondue from burning during heating, and setting as it cools.

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