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New York Pastrami [on hold]

Since I last made corned beef, I have been wondering if anyone has published a (preferably free) recipe for pastrami similar to the one served at the 2nd Avenue Deli. Is there one?
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Additives to make bread soft and moist?

Given a recipe for bread/buns, what can I do to make it softer and more moist? From what I have gathered in various recipes on the net: scald the milk use buttery sweet dough emulsion use diastatic ...
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Should I taste-test food before serving it?

Do all chefs sample food before serving it? I ask because I feel like there is a huge sanitary problem here. If the chef gets a taste of the food, doesnt he risk his/her saliva getting into the food ...
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Effect of potato water on bread

Inspired by another question here, I am going to make potato bread. I am using the King Arthur Flour recipe. (For 2 loaves) 1 tablespoon instant yeast 99g sugar 283g to 340g lukewarm water or ...
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Recipe Filing System

I'm a recipe gatherer with an elaborate electric filing system who needs to make some improvements on how I search. Right now, my filing system works as everything is categorized by recipe types such ...
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Potatoes in bread? How to estimate potatoes needed?

Just found out that adding potato to a bread recipe can make it softer and more moist. I'd like to experiment with this. If I were following a recipe that didn't include potatoes, how could I modify ...
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Why did my salsa go bitter?

Recently I made 2 separate batches of salsa from the same ingredients: 1x Red Capsicum 1x Brown Onion 3x Green chilis Half a head of garlic Salt Sugar Lime Juice The first batch was great. I dirced ...
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Do I have to cook salame

My specific query is to the products on http://www.columbussalame.com/products/italian-delicacies The website says that it is "cured and naturally aged" Does this mean I dont have to cook it before ...
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How can I rescue an undercooked pastry cream?

Yesterday I attempted to make pastry cream (my goal was to use it as a filling for creme puffs). After taking it off of the heat and letting it cool to room temperature I put in the refrigerator. That ...
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How does velveting work?

The Chinese technique of velveting works. It creates a lusciously tender bit of meat, and I'm a complete advocate of making the small additional effort. If you've ever done it, you're already a ...
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What is the Chinese celery and cabbage appetizer called and how is it made?

My favorite Chinese restaurant for 30 years closed a few months ago. Back many years ago they had an appetizer that they served when you were seated that was excellent. It was very simple, only ...
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Is there a table showing the shelf life of basic food at room temperature?

Probably a table showing the shelf life at room temperature for food like bread, peanut butter, butter, sausage, ham, chicken nuggets, fish filet, etc
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Why use citric acid and sodium hexametaphosphate in cheese sauce?

I was watching a YouTube video from ChefSteps on how to make cheese sauce. They used sodium citrate and sodium hexametaphosphate. What are the reasons for including these in the recipe? What are the ...
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Do long-cooked pasta and brown rice lose more minerals than short-cooked types?

There are many different types of brown rice and whole grain paste that one can buy. Some need to be cooked for 25 minutes while others only need to be cooked for 8 minutes. I was wondering if rice or ...
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How do you coat perfectly round truffles with melted chocolate?

How do you coat perfectly round truffles with melted chocolate. Preferably with the least amount of mess. Normally, I just dip the truffle into a bowl of melted chocolate and remove the truffle with a ...
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Flavors in Fresca

I was trying to reproduce the flavors in Fresca without very much success. Supposedly it is a grapefruit-flavored drink, but in all honesty it doesn't taste like grapefruit to me, and when I make ...
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What is the origin of fish sauce in asia?

wondering about the history/origins of fish sauce, specifically in Asia. I haven't found anything after Googling a bit.. My friend claims that fish sauce was invented in Italy (the Romans?). Can ...
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Breed of chicken

My question has to deal with breed of chicken not really cooking, but my friends insist that those rotisserie chicken you often find sold at costco are overcooked and chicken not fresh thus the meat ...
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Why does sourness taste in yogurt increases with time?

If we let curd for more days, the yogurt become more and more sour why ?
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Is raw coconut safe to eat?

I recently came across this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC546945/?page=1 and I am worried about potential salmonella infection in raw coconut meat and whole coconut picked up ...
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How do I cook brain to achieve a firmer texture?

Most of the time we fry brain and eat it. But due to its semi-solid state, it doesn't seem good. Also Wikipedia says: Consuming the brain and other nerve tissue of animals may be hazardous to ...
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How to peel / cut onion without irritating eyes? [duplicate]

Is there any method by which it doesn't irritate eyes while peeling / cutting onion ?
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What can be used to thicken chili other than masa harina?

We like to make our own chili and it seems like masa harina is pretty traditionally used as a thickening agent. However, I don't particularly like the flavor it adds and I always have to add more ...
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How can I check if the milk I bought is made from rehydrated milk powder?

I am afraid the milk I buy may not be fresh, but created from milk powder. How to check it?
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Can you candy salt?

Bear with me... I'm working on a pretty amazing ice cream. It's Dulce de Leche, made the kind of scary traditional way of boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk, then mixing that with a custard and ...
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How can I make 'Santon sauce'

My local Chinese restaurant (Happy Chef on King St, Sydney for anyone who's interested) does a very simple dish of a half crispy skin chicken, served with rice and a sauce that they call 'Santon ...
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How to make XXL Watermelon Jell-O Shots without falling apart?

I was trying to make XXL Watermelon Jell-O Shots but the Jell-O was not firm enough and fell apart. Should I use more Jell-O and less water next time? The recipe requires unflavoured gelatin but I ...
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Why is it advised to freeze meat before eating as opposed to eating it fresh?

I am not sure, is it right to wrong "It is not good to eat meat just after killing, it should be stored and deep freezed for at least 24 hours". But I had heard same like this through national media. ...
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How can I store wonton wrappers in the freezer?

I have found that authentic frozen egg roll wrappers from an Asian food store work well for canneloni and ravioli. Just thaw, fill, and roll. You can cut them to any desired length. Also, frozen ...
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Hot Sauce: margarine versus butter

http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Pizza-Hut-WingStreet-Traditional-Chicken-Wings-Copycat-Recipe.html has a copycat recipe for Pizza Hut's hot sauce (you can't see the recipe anymore as it was free to ...
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What is Bosnian black honey?

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, I bought some black honey that someone was selling on the roadside in unlabeled jars. It was the most delicious honey I've ever had. It tasted like caramel but also like ...
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Can I store fish sauce at room temperature, and how do I know when it's gone bad?

For a long time, I believed this advice: Don't refrigerate your fish sauce. Whatever can happen to this brew has already happened; it's not going to go bad. You can pass your half-empty bottle ...
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What should I look for in a crepe pan?

Amazon link Remarkable to find them all together like this, but these are the options I am considering. Hard-Anodized Aluminum Non-Stick (Teflon) Blue Steel (I've never even heard of it) ...
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Infrared on regular gas grill

I have a regular gas grill (Brinkmann) and I'm trying to find a way or a workaround to have an infrared on it, have any of you tried that? is it possible to use something like this by placing it on ...
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why should the madeleine tins start off cold?

I have a recipe for Madeleine's which calls for the tins to be buttered, sprinkled with flour and then put in the fridge or freezer for the remainder of the prep time. What is the reasoning for this? ...
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What is this really tasty part of a chicken found in a cavity in the hip?

About once per month, my mother prepares chicken with rice and a currysauce with pineapple. I don't know exactly what the method of preparation is of the chicken because it's prepared by one of those ...
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What is this plastic handle that is used for corn and watermelon called?

I've seen these plastic handle things and searched for phrases like the one in the question title but failed to find it. What are they called? And where can I get buy them from?
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Why do doughnuts have holes?

We're all familiar with the ring doughnut as an American confection. One thing I've always been curious about is why they have holes in them (or are toroidal in shape). What advantages, if any, does ...
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Why is lettuce rarely cooked?

Most, if not all, of the lettuce I've seen has been uncooked, usually as a salad, wrap, or garnish. I don't recall ever seeing it being heated, even though visually similar leafy vegetables, like ...
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Crystallization of sugar solution, and oddly crunchy candy with fudge-like texture after eating

I've been trying to recreate the results from: http://cookingsciencetradition.blogspot.com/2010/12/crystallization-of-sugar.html to very little success. My process: 1: Add 1 + 1/2 cups white ...
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Why does my caramel sauce fail?

Every now and then I make caramel sauce for this recipe by caramelizing sugar, but sometimes it either: Hardens Burns Doesn't have that nice caramel colour What are some tips to avoid the above ...
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Re-processing pickles

I'm all set to make pickles and I realize I don't have any more jars, so I'm making the brine and putting the whole batch in the fridge. I plan to buy more jars and do the processing next weekend. ...
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Saved-for-later then reheated potato mixture sparks and catches fire in microwave

I have a bird who gets medicine twice a day. I hide it in a mashed potato fruit mixture. I make enough that the potato mixture lasts several days and add the medicine as I need it. I take a small ...
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Vegetable stock for a vegan gravy

I am vegan. I want to make a vegan gravy sauce but I want to make my own vegetable broth without too much salt. I don't want to use a ready to use vegetable stock and nutritional yeast. How can I add ...
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Where to store my propane torch?

Yesterday, I began using a propane torch (which I won in a raffle; Yay!) for browning the tops of foods. My quandary is: where do I store the torch? The instructions say not to store it in your living ...
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Will a grill pan reduce oil splatter when pan-frying steaks?

I have recently started cooking steaks at home and I really enjoy it. BUT I really hate the oil splatter all over my kitchen floor and stove top after I'm done cooking. I am already patting my steak ...
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Why commercial gummies do not melt?

I've noticed that commercial gummies do not melt, even when they are left in the sun, while home made gummies melt even at room temperatures sometimes. What is the secret ingredient? Sugar?
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Can you make nut butters without dehydrating nuts?

It's normally recommended to soak nuts, then dehydrate them and at some point in the future make your nut butters. Now what if you want to bypass the dehydration process, I understand there will be ...
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Pork chops: low and slow or high and fast?

How hot/long should I bake my porkchops (bone-in)? I've done a bit of google searching and have gotten mixed results. Is it better to do the low temp slow baking or high temperature but quick? Why?
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What is the most cost effective way at home to dehydrate nuts?

I have recently been looking to make some nut butters and one of the main things everyone talks about is soaking the nuts then dehydrating them. After googling all I can find out about is using the ...

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