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What is the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce?

The title pretty much says it: What is the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce? I Googled and got a bunch of hits but none of the answers left me feeling like I actually understand the ...
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2answers
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Baked sweet potato french fries (chips) too soft, how to crispen?

My first ever stab at french fries, and 20 minutes with olive oil and seasonings in the oven preheated at 450*F was not enough to make them crisp. They were cut thick. Could I simply cook them longer ...
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1answer
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How do I keep rice based noodles from sticking together?

I've already read a related question: How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself? However, I've found that rice noodles behave very differently than wheat noodles. I've tried: Adding oil to the ...
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Can I store dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, etc) together?

I am planning on making a bunch of gingerbread this year, the recipe I use takes both baking powder and baking soda. In order to cut down on dishes and time I thought I might mix all of the dry ...
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Slow Cooker Curried Vegetables turned off!

First post! I try to do a lot of my cooking on my days off being a bit time poor. We are also in a shared living situation with limited kitchen facilities (limited fridge/storage space, no oven). ...
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Muffins crumbled and were almost gummy, great taste

I made a new recipe today for gingerbread muffins. They tasted great but crumbled a bit, but I'm pretty sure they were not overcooked. They were somewhat moist, almost gummy and stuck to the roof of ...
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Mixing ingredients ahead of time

Can you mix all dry ingredients for a cake and place ingredients in container and make cake the next day?
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2answers
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What type of glue should I use to repair a marble mortar and pestle?

I have a mortar and pestle made out of marble that I use to grind up various things in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I dropped the pestle and broke it in half. Does anyone have any suggestions on what ...
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Can I use 3 jalapenos in place of 1 habanero?

I once got from the library this big book of Mexican recipes. A lot of them called for habaneros and a few of them called for red habaneros. My mother suggested that if I see a recipe calling for ...
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What is the best way to open a tightly fitted lid of a jar?

Help! I need to get a jar of pasta sauce open but can't seem to budge it. I've tried using a dishtowel, and running it under hot water, but the lid is still stuck. What else can I do to open this jar? ...
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0answers
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Do grocery stores have to tell you if meat has been previously frozen [on hold]

How dangerous is it when stores sell meat that has been frozen and without any warning you take it home and freeze it? Isn't there a law that meat should be marked previously frozen ?
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What cheeses work well for pizza that will be refrigerated and reheated?

I make pizza pretty frequently, and I always have leftovers. I have a few go-to crust recipes that reheat well after being refrigerated, but I'm never happy with the cheese upon reheating. Usually I ...
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3answers
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Induction unit makes buzzing sound

I was fed up with the low quality electric hobs which are installed in my 1 meter wide "kitchen" (I forgot a crepe on the smaller one on the highest setting, and 25 min later it wasn't even browned, ...
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2answers
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What can I do to make wood dust for cold smoking?

In order to cold smoke, you need a fine wood dust. I work with wood and have obtained, using a band saw, a very fine wood dust. The wood this dust comes from has been well seasoned. Is it OK to use ...
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1answer
37 views

Can I double the pizza dough recipe for my bread machine

I have a Panasonic SD-ZB2512 bread maker and I like to use it to make pizza dough. It does a good enough job but only makes enough for one pizza at a time. Can I double the recipe? I'm pretty sure it ...
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1answer
901 views

How many times can vinegar (after soaking onions in it) be reused again for soaking the fresh onions?

How many times can same vinegar (after soaking onions in it) be reused again for soaking the fresh onions? Do I need to take any special care w.r.t Vinegar for maintaining its freshness?
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0answers
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Fried Chicken Thigh skin always ending up soggy? Why?

I am making Japanese style fried chicken, so I'm using chicken thigh with skin on, bone out. My problem is the chicken skin on the fried chicken is always ending up soggy. I've searched the web for ...
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1answer
34 views

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth

I'm trying a beef bone broth recipe that is short on details... it basically says to cover the bones with water and simmer for 48 hours in a slow cooker. Based on Google, other recipes don't say to ...
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7answers
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What is the functional difference between imitation vanilla and true vanilla extract?

When baking or using vanilla, most recipes call for vanilla extract. In the supermarket you can find imitation vanilla flavoring for less money. Obviously the imitation is meant to be as close to the ...
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3answers
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Do you achieve better results from marinating if you poke holes in the meat beforehand?

Usually when I marinate any kind of meat (usually chicken or steak), I always just stick the whole piece of meat in marinade and let it sit for X hours. My question is, is it possible to achieve ...
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What is a non-pork substitute for Italian sausage?

We do not have genuine pork Italian sausages here in Israel. When a recipe like Ragu or Bolognese calls for Italian sausage, what meat could be used as a substitute for ground pork, and what ...
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0answers
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Brewing Hibiscus tea

I'm about to start a batch of Kombucha using 100% Hibiscus flowers as the tea. Just received a 1 pound bag of organic Hibiscus flowers. Can anyone give me some recomendations on amounts to use in a ...
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3answers
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How do I lessen the effects of thickening caused by roux?

I recently made slow roasted pork shoulder in the oven. I cooked the pork at 225F for 12 hours and after it was done roasting, I took the juices at the bottom of the pan and made gravy with it. I ...
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1answer
43 views

How does produce grading in the US work?

The US has a lot of standards about grading produce. Is everything graded on the same scale (with the same labels)? What characteristics do the grades generally depend on, and what characteristics do ...
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3answers
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How to keep baked seitan from being too tough?

I've been trying to make seitan at home more often and have a great slow cooker version that has won me over, but no matter how hard I try, every time I bake it it comes out awful. For instance, I ...
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14answers
92k views

What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of long-grain white rice (25 lbs.) and need to know the best way for storing it long-term. This rice will be used as both a food-storage food source and as my ...
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10answers
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How do I season my new pizza stone?

I just bought my first pizza stone. The instructions that came with it recommend that I wash it thoroughly with plain water before using it for the first time. Is there anything else I should do to ...
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3answers
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How should I interpret this expiry date?

I have a just opened plastic 4L container of cranberry juice that I bought several months ago. The expiry date on the container is 14 DE 15. I don't know if that should be interpreted as 14 Dec 2015, ...
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1answer
77 views

Can milk chocolate candy be used as a chocolate substitute in fudge?

Can I melt Brach's Milk Chocolate Stars or Hearts to make fudge?
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1answer
90 views

Will any sugar substitutes brown in a crumble topping?

As a diabetic (but unfortunately with a sweet tooth!!), I would welcome any recommendations for a sweetener as a substitute for sugar which will allow browning as in the topping for a fruit crumble.
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3answers
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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?
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1answer
89 views

Why won't my bread rise much during baking?

I'm trying some bread making for the first time and am having a hard time getting my bread to rise during baking. Here is the recipe I'm following: ...
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0answers
35 views

Which is better for breakfast: yogurt or cabbage? [on hold]

Which is better for breakfast: yogurt or cabbage? From what greater good? In terms of weight loss? For in the mood? Can I eat it all at once?
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8answers
43k views

Can I cook hamburgers in the microwave oven?

What would be the main differences between frying hamburgers and cooking them in the microwave oven? I'm stuck in a hostel with only a microwave oven and a water cooker.
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12answers
7k views

For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?

For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?
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0answers
75 views

Buying a “blender” that can purée a potato

My wife had a "smoothie" made by a co-worker that is based on green apples and raw red potatos. Our smoothie maker can't do that and leaves unchopped bits and a gritty feel. Her friend uses a ...
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12answers
47k views

How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?

I use a Misto oil spritzer. You fill it up with oil and pump it up and spray a pan with it. It's gotten clogged up so that it just squirts a steady stream of oil (not a spray). Any ideas how to ...
2
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1answer
84 views

Can kvass be made without bread?

While searching for kvass recipes some of them mentioned that kvass can be made with rye flour or malt and since I can't find 100% rye breads where I live making them just for kvass would be too ...
2
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1answer
55 views

The ultimate chapati [on hold]

Most of indian housewives make chapatis like a boss! My wife misses her mom's chapatis, so I want to surprise her with "the ultimate chapati", so I would like to ask some questions about the process. ...
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6answers
2k views

How to make homemade pinto beans taste like canned refried beans?

I see plenty of advice out there on how to make canned pinto beans taste delicious, but does anyone know how to recreate that cheapo refrito taste? I've tried countless combinations of freshly cooked ...
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2answers
83 views

How do I get rid of plastic smell in rice / pasta?

I bought a number of bags of rice and pasta and stored it in a plastic bin in the basement. I recently grabbed one of those bags of rice and it smells gross, like plastic. Everything in the bin smells ...
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2answers
72 views

To what extent is curcumin destroyed by boiling?

I came across a "juice shot" / "anti inflammatory drink" recepie the other day which lists the following ingredients : lemon (in slices) ginger (in slices) turmeric (in slices) sugar water The ...
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3answers
660 views

How can I remove burnt smell from white sauce?

I was preparing white sauce from milk. I started with boiling one half litres skimmed milk for the above. The bottom was getting burnt as I was not stirring continuously. Finally the white sauce ...
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0answers
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Does resting fish before serving affect its texture or taste?

More and more recipes seem to turn up that tell you to rest fish before serving. Not for very long, but still. That seems not right to me. You rest meat to reabsorb juices and relax,so it seems more ...
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0answers
46 views

New Oven Smell. Can the Consumer Protection Agency do anything for us? [on hold]

I purchased a GE gas stove in October 2015. I could not stand the "new oven smell" when I tried to burn it off a couple of times as recommended in the user guide. At least I had the air conditioner ...
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5answers
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When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?

Our last stove broke and our landlord had to replace it. We got one from GE Hotpoint and it seems like an OK stove. It's a gas model. We have had it for a few months now but haven't been able to ...
3
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1answer
81 views

hominy grits versus masa harina

Masa harina is the corn flour used by Latin Americans to make corn tortillas. If you live in the west or southwest US it's available in regular grocery stores. Maseca is a brand that's widely ...
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0answers
34 views

How should you go about heating a pan before adding oil? [duplicate]

I always see chefs pre-heating a pan until it is searing hot and then they add the oil (something with the pores inside the pan). But recently while I inquired about why white smoke comes off my pan ...
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1answer
1k views

What does butter do in cooking?

When cooks use butter in cooking for whatever recipe, what is its function? For example, if I add butter to a chocolate sauce which is made from heavy cream and milk chocolate, what do people expect ...
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1answer
83 views
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What effect on flavor and/or cooking does rinsing grits have?

The first time I bought stone ground grits, the package said I needed to rinse the grits three times before cooking. So I've done that ever since. However, I recently stumbled across this article ...

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