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Cooking smoke safety

Whenever I make burgers (stovetop with cast iron), they produce a high amount of smoke. I usually take extra precautions to ensure adequate ventilation, but I end up inhaling quite a bit a smoke. ...
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Best tool for quickly cutting vegetables into a salad?

I like eating a salad for lunch, but would like to somehow optimize the time it takes to cut the vegetables. My salad usually contains tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, carrot, etc. I could buy an ...
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Cooking minced meat spaghetti

now I want to ask some questions about this: after adding a little oil in the pot, when do I add the minced meat?then how long do I leave it? also, when should I add the sauce? (I use a spaghetti ...
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Quail dries out when cooked

What can be done with quail to ensure that it doesn't dry out when cooked? (note: the other question about tender quail, AFAICT, is specific to braising....my question is more about roasting, though ...
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Is a steak OK to eat if it fell down, but I cooked it afterwards?

If I am cooking steaks at a grill and one of them accidentally falls down on the floor/ground, is it safe for me to wipe it and cook it for a certain amount of time (till it is pretty well done) and ...
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How long can I keep a dessert out of the fridge?

Recently an uncle of mine taught me how to make Γαλακτομπούρεκο, which contains eggs and milk. When I asked him how many hours after it is baked should I put it the fridge, he said that it is Ok for a ...
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How to prevent the chicken breasts from drying out

One of the methods I use to cook chicken in general and especially chicken breast is as follows: put the chicken into a frying pan. Pour 1/2 a cup of water and let it cook on medium heat for as long ...
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Help converting dry milk + milk in recipe

I'm converting a cake recipe for a breadmaker that calls for 180g (3/4c) milk and some instant pudding mix. Wanting to convert it all to basic ingredients, I found an instant pudding mix recipe that ...
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31 views

Hot Peppers in Olive Oil Safe? [duplicate]

I chopped up some raw assorted hot peppers, covered them with olive oil and then refrigerated them immediately. How long will they keep in the fridge?
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Accentuating Garlic flavour

I keep losing the flavour of garlic when I cook. For example, I chop up a lot of garlic and put it in a baked bean recipe or I make soup. I have been putting an enormous amount of garlic in these ...
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Why aren't all food containers recyclable? [on hold]

It bothers me that some food is sold in recyclable containers while other things aren't. I want to know if there are good scientific reasons for any of the following, or is it all just about marketing ...
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38 views

Marinate pork loin overnight?

I'm looking at this recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30370-cuban-rotisserie-pork-loin-with-peppers-and-onions It says to marinate for 2 hours. Do you think it would be ok to marinate overnight? ...
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How can I word “add bread crumbs until it feels right”?

I'm writing a recipe for publication on a site not written for expert chefs. It's a contest with a very nice cash prize. One of my recipes includes meatballs. My final ingredient is dry commercial ...
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Beverage Cooler vs Small Refrigerator for Raw Chicken?

I'm entering a bazaar and I currently only have a spare beverage cooler (a Daewoo 123 watt beverage cooler) for my bazaar stall. This being the current circumstance, I want to know if a beverage ...
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86 views

If bacon tastes like fish, is it still good to eat?

I've had some bacon in the freezer for a few weeks, got it out and fried it up today, and it tastes like fish. Is it still good to eat? No, there was no fish in the freezer No, there was no fish ...
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1answer
58 views

Does liquorice roots expire?

Four years ago I have harvested some liquorice roots in a field. After a brief cleaning with fresh water I have sun dried these roots for a day. These were very tasty. I kept these in a cardboard box. ...
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51 views

Using sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride) for salting fish

Has ammonium chloride have ever been used in any culture/cuisine instead of regular salt for salting fish, or for curing meat in general? How about pickled vegetables or any other food? If no, why ...
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60 views

making scalloped potatoes, need to be in oven for 3 hours,what temperature should I have them on

I need to put scalloped potatoes in the oven for 3 hours, what tempterature should I have them on?
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What kind of chili peppers are these?

Having a long weekend, we have some new recipes we want to try. I found this recipe for Fried Green Chili Stuffed With Pork Stuffing . Unfortunately, the recipe doesn't say what type of chilies ...
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How to remove the excessive saltiness from gammon?

I've tried a few time to roast gammon, typically my method is to soak the gammon and then roast for a few hours. The result is typically just this side of editable. I've even tried boiling it first ...
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1answer
73 views

Opening wine bottle with rounded top using a waiter's friend

For opening non-screw-cap wine bottles I tend to use a "waiter's friend" style corkscrew (i.e. one with a lever that you push against the top of the bottle in order to extract the cork). I recently ...
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How to absorb/remove excess water that you've added to a dish?

My cooking style involves putting a bunch of ingredients (e.g. chicken, rice, mushrooms, tomatoes) in a pot, adding water and seasoning, turning on the heat, and coming back half an hour later. ...
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1answer
56 views

Does a plain latte have chocolate in it?

I cannot eat chocolate but would like to drink a latte. Is there any chocolate in a regular latte? I know you can get a chocolate latte, but need to know if a plain latte has chocolate in it.
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Do “Best by: XX-XX-XX” foods have an expiration date?

How long will foods that have "Best by: XX-XX-XX" on the product last past that date? I have tried looking online, and all I can find is anecdotal evidence, which isn't very assuring for me since ...
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2answers
121 views

Heating meat in a microwave

Everytime I heat up chicken in the microwave it tastes pretty strange and has a not-so-appealing odour too.. What is the best way to heat up those leftovers?
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1answer
80 views

Mayonnaise in stand mixer is very runny

I've frequently made homemade mayonnaise in my food processor following Alton Brown's recipe, and consistently had good results. Last week the food processor was busy with something else, and so I ...
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Do professional cooks use measuring cups and spoons?

I watched some TV shows showing cooks working in their restaurants. I use measuring cups and spoons when cooking almost everything, but do not see any of the TV cooks measure anything. They mostly ...
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Dehydrating herbs - leaves vs. stems

I use my dehydrator to dehydrate herbs such as parsley and dill. I use low temperature (95 F = 35 C) to preserve the taste. The dark-green leaves are usually completely dry after several hours, but ...
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44 views

How to make a good sauce for rice/potatoes/buckwheat? [closed]

Very often after work, when I come back home and have no time to prepare anything better I cook rice/potatoes/buckwheat and fry chicken/turkey or prepare some tuna or salmon. The problem I'm facing is ...
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1answer
103 views

Dealing with frozen ground beef

Last night, I had a small disagreement with my mother. She asked me to cook beef tacos for dinner. However, upon getting to the kitchen, I saw that the ground beef I was going to use was not fully ...
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1answer
95 views

Good/Bad Soy Sauce

How to tell if the soy sauce is of good quality? Could we tell with the smell and the colour of the sauce? I'm aware the differences of dark VS light soy sauce (See Soya sauce. Are they different ...
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2answers
121 views

Why does my bread smell like vinegar?

I have some bread that should still be good for few days that now smells like vinegar. There is no mold, ect. on it that makes it look bad. It is store bought whole grain bread with some oatmeal, if ...
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953 views

Can I use garlic leaf for cooking?

I planted a garlic clove and now I have a nice garlic plant. The question is: Can I use the leaves to season food safely? The leaves smell like garlic and I wonder if it's okay to use them dried, ...
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1answer
67 views

Reclaiming a salty curry

I often read that salt is added 'to taste' - and I try to keep adding salt until my curries taste right. However, on occasion my fingers are too big for my pallete, and the dish becomes overly ...
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1answer
56 views

Could cheese “halt” the tenderness of cooking lentils?

I was cooking some lentils in chicken broth. When the lentils seemed almost done (they had been simmering for 30 minutes or so), on a whim, I added a fair amount of Gouda cheese. There was still ...
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120 views

Why does cooked food spoil faster during a storm? [closed]

Best example: soup (beef, vegetables, cream). In any other weather, it can be kept in a fridge for ~5 days. In a storm, a few hours guarantee it have low pH and be hissing with gas bubbles. Which ...
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2answers
641 views

What is the difference in blanching and parboiling?

From the time I was very young and just beginning to cook, I always heard about blanching but never heard of parboiling. I learned how to blanch vegetables to prepare for freezing, removing skins from ...
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1answer
103 views

What is the correct order to both marinate and velvet the meat?

Velveting a meat is a Chinese technique to coat meat with oil and egg whites and can prevent overcook. In the process, it needs to be left for about 30 minutes in refrigerator for the coat to apply ...
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When coating raw meat with flour, does leaving it for a period of time make the flour 'disappear'?

I recently trying the flour coating trick before frying it so my meat can withstand more temperature and does not get dried up so easily inside. However, when I rolled the meat with all-purpose flour ...
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2answers
86 views

How to seal a jar with a jam so that it can be opened without breaking the lid?

When I make a jam, I put it while it's hot into a jar, then close the jar with its lid (a single-piece, screw-on metal lid) and put in cold water. After doing this, I can usually keep the jam outside ...
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2answers
103 views

What to do with dehydrated potatoes tainted black?

I had many potatoes I wanted to preserve for a long time. Usually the potatoes I keep in my kitchen get rotten after a month or two (and I don't have a cellar to keep them cool), I decided to ...
2
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1answer
41 views

Par-Cooking Corn on the Cob in a Microwave

I prefer barbecued corn on the cob, but don't always have the chance to cook it quickly after buying it. I know that fresh corn loses its sweetness fairly quickly if you don't lock it in by cooking ...
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1answer
35 views

What is the correct conversion of dried whole vs. ground fennel?

I have a recipe that calls for one tablespoon of ground fennel. I only have dried fennel seed. What amount of dried seed should I use?
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134 views

Sausage grease in fridge

I forgot a pan with a little sausage grease in the fridge (1 1/2 to 2 weeks). The pork sausages had peppers, herbs and maybe onions in them, the grease is orange from the chilis and peppers. If I ...
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2answers
175 views

What are the best type of skewers to use for ground meat kebabs?

We like to make ground meat kebabs. I usually use all ground lamb, but occasionally will use a mixture of lamb and beef or lamb and bison. I have tried wooden skewers (both small and large) and ...
3
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1answer
126 views

What is the difference between noodles and pasta?

Is pasta just a fancy name for noodle? Or is pasta always an Italian style noodle? Is all pasta noodles? Or the other way around? This may be more of a language question than an actual food ...
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3answers
3k views

Is there no use for high temperatures in ovens?

I'm about to buy a new oven. I can buy one which is able to steam the food, or one without. The one with steam (a nice, but not necessary feature) only goes to 230 °C / 446 °F, while a ...
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2answers
60 views

How do you create and store bacteria cultures for fermenting?

I'm very new to fermenting and am typically doing it with vegetables pressed under either salt or salt and water. I've come across several sites teaching about how bacteria cultures can be used in ...
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I have some leftover deep-fried chicken from my fastfood takeaway. Is it safe to store in the fridge and eat it tomorrow? [duplicate]

I had a takeaway dinner from a local Friterie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friterie). However, something went wrong between my order and the baking, and I received something extra for free, namely a ...
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2answers
55 views

How to best prepare Sukimono

I am trying to make Sukimono, which is a Japanese type of fermented green cabbage. I'm completely new to fermenting and my first batch came out a bit too salty. I weighted the cabbage down in salt ...

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