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how can I get guar gum to smoothly blend in juice?

I watched a demo clip of a guy who simply tossed a tbsp of guar gum powder into a cup of cold water and 5 minutes later, it looked and acted like a glass of slightly opaque jello. Yet, when I've tried ...
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How to Prepare Chickpea Purée from a Can?

I got a can of "chickpea purée with sesame paste" (though the English name on the can seems to be "chickpeas with sesame purée"), produced by Baktat, as a gift. It is this product. The can specifies ...
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Does an induction stove require flat bottomed vessels?

Does an induction stove require flat bottomed vessels? What materials besides stainless steel works for an induction stove?
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Why do my nonstick fry pans 'bow up' and not make good contact with my flat top stove

We recently bought a flat top (glass top) stove to replace our standard electric stove with the coiled "eye" heating elements. The flat top is certainly easy to clean, and if you have a boil-over, it ...
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How to turn froth into juice?

When I make juice from vegetables and leafy greens about 1/4 of what comes out of the juicer is froth. Is it possible to mix this froth back into the juice rather than throwing it away? That would ...
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Ingredients vs. Temperature Control in Chocolate Fudge

In reading through a LOT of different approaches to making fudge, I am wondering about how the non-sugar ingredients affect the issue of temperature control (both heating AND cooling) and, therefore, ...
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Tempering raw cacao for coating

I have a 2-pound block of dark no-sugar-at-all chocolate, and I want to use some of it as coating for candies or popsicles. It's 100% raw cacao, so I'm thinking of melting some and using honey as a ...
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Does frozen broccoli need to be cooked to be eaten safely?

I bought a different brand of frozen broccoli and the package says, "For food safety, cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees". The previous brand didn't have any such warning. My questions: ...
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Too much water in a cake mix

I added 1/4 c too much water to a red velvet cake mix. Will the cake just be really moist or completely ruined?
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Why pre-mix baking soda into 2 tsp of milk?

I am not much of a cook, but about this time every year, I pull out a favorite family recipe for cookies. My grandmother made these cookies for me when I was a child, and when I got older she wrote ...
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What is the rate of loss of vitamin C in fresh vegetables?

If I keep fresh vegetables in the fridge, how quickly is vitamin C lost? What is the rate of loss in percent per day, or any other relevant measure?
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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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Soaking millet before making ogi

I have a recipe for making Ogi - soured mixed millet, that calls for soaking whole millet grains, then blending them, then souring them with whey for three days. I'm wondering why is there the first ...
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Why is my Green Tea Brown but then Green when I reuse the bag?

I've read the posts about why Green Tea can appear brown, and it makes perfect sense. However, what I'm experiencing is different. When I reuse my Green Tea Bags a second time, I get the green ...
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Green tomato soup calls for creme fraiche. I cannot have creme fraiche. If I add heavy creme will it be ok?

I want to make green tomato soup but the recipe I have calls for creme fraiche. I cannot get creme fraiche. Will using heavy cream as a substitute smooth out the sourness of the green tomatoes and ...
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Why does my cakes fall?

When I bake cakes from scratch they fall in the middle. When I bake boxed cakes they do not fall. I do not know if I am overbaking or using too much liquid.
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Crock-pot/slow-cooker basmati sushi/ketupat

I have successfully made sushi rice or ketupat cakes with long grain basmati using the slow cooker. I see the advantage that I could use fragrant or any usual household rice rather than sticky rice. ...
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How should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?

I have one of these teeli tea strainers, and it's wonderful. It's a very fine metal mesh basket with plastic frame. I've had it for perhaps 10+ years and it's still working well after brewing ...
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Why is my stevia-sweetened fresh whipped cream bitter?

I just used my iSi whipped cream maker for the first time. I cleaned it thoroughly. Then, I used a half pint of unpasteurized heavy cream (just bought yesterday with expiration 6 days away), and a ...
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Science of fast (high heat) vs. slow (low heat) scrambled eggs and omelets

There seems to be a lot of disagreement about cooking "light" (as in texture) scrambled eggs, which would seem to be one of the simplest of foods. (To be clear, I'm specifically asking about the ...
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What is the formal definition of savory?

What is the formal definition of "savory" when used in cooking? I hear a lot about things coming in either sweet or savory forms — e.g. crepes — but in context it doesn't seem that savory ...
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Ingredients injected into chicken breast

What is in the broth injected into the Heritage Farms boneless skinless chicken breast I feed my dogs. Dogs can't eat onions or garlic.
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Whole fish oven temperature and inside temperature

A 6 to 7 lbs Whole Snapper with head. Broil or Bake is the first is part of the question? With a convection oven what temperature should it be cooked at? What the inside temperature should be?
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My hand mixer came with dough hooks, can I knead dough with it?

I bought a fairly inexpensive (<$50) hand mixer a while back, and when I was organizing the kitchen I came across a set of dough hook attachments for it. I thought dough was too heavy for a hand ...
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recipe say's to sponge on 2 cups warm milk and 1 cup warm water, what does this mean? [on hold]

Recipe from Great Grandma say's to sponge on 2 cups warm milk and 1 cup warm water. What does this mean?
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please help identify this mystery cookware

I'm not the lister, I'm a potential buyer. I asked a question about a "Wonder Pot" a bit ago, and this item came up on a search. I don't think it's a wonder pot though. The center hole is ...
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removing breast before roasting rest of duck?

I ordered a duck to roast for Thanksgiving. When I picked it up, it was much larger than I had expected. Since there will only be two of us eating, I was wondering if it would be possible to remove ...
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Substituting almond milk for regular milk in coffee without bitterness

I've tasted my local coffee shop's specialty coffee in which they substitute homemade almond milk for regular milk, and it tastes creamy and smooth. No bitterness. When I try to recreate this with ...
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Is it safe to make chicken stock, forgot to turn crock pot on!

I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot today and then put all of the veggies/herbs in to make stock from the bones. I just realized I forgot to turn it on for the stock and it's 5.5 hours later. Is ...
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How long does grated/chopped courgette last out of water/fridge?

I am making a pasta dish at school that has courgette in it. The recipe says grate the courgette and because I don't have much time at school to do it, I want to do it at home. I heard that if you ...
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Temperature needed to make crunchy toffee

I'm trying to make chocolate nut toffee and all the recipes I've found tells you to boil the toffee until it's dark brown. What temperature does it have to reach to achieve that? The toffee should be ...
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Can you make Bearnaise with olive oil?

I'm looking to make a 'paleo version of Bearnaise Sauce. Can you substitute olive oil for butter when making Bearnaise sauce?
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Best pan to use for cooking in olive oil?

I have just bought a Tefal Pan with nonstick Teflon coating. The instruction manual says that using olive oil to cook will gradually ruin the nonstick coating. What are the best options for buying a ...
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Lifetime of French press filter

I'm thinking about buying a French press for making coffee. I'm just not sure what is the lifetime of the filter? Can I use it for years or do I have to get a new filter from time to time?
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What purpose could baking soda and cream of tartar serve in a meatball recipe?

I came across a recipe for Italian-style meatballs today that includes two ingredients I've never seen used in any meatball recipe before: baking soda and cream of tartar. It also does not include any ...
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how do you cook calamari/squid and avoid making it tough

having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbour (seafood monger). It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid rings, no label. ...
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How can I stabilize a berry coulis?

I made a coulis from fresh blackberries by simply using a fork and sieve. The creamy coulis had beautiful color and texture, however it clearly separated into a watery and a more granular phase. How ...
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tartine bread without dutch oven (inverted mixing bowl on top of heavy skillet)?

I'm contemplating buying a dutch oven to make tartine bread. It would be a strict unitasker for my purposes. It's bulky and if I get a bare one, I might not bake often and it could rust. An ...
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Filter out sand from amaranth and teff

I'm having sand in the cooked amaranth and teff if the package has some in it. Is there a way, how to filter it out before cooking it? Or I just need to find a proper brand?
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how large does an oven need to be to fit a 18 lbs turkey?

can anyone tell me the interior oven dimensions needed to comfortably fit an 18 lbs turkey? i've searched around on the internet, but seeing as Thanksgiving is an American holiday, where most people ...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

I've recently developed a shellfish allergy, and I'm not sure what the best substitute for oyster sauce would be. I've read that the flavor of it is not really easily substitutable. What is the best ...
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How long is garlic butter safe, and why is it not a botulism risk like garlic in oil?

I've been making garlic butter for years, storing it for months at a time. When I read that garlic-in-oil can grow dangerous amounts of botulinum toxins after similar lengths of time, I wondered how ...
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Do I need special gloves for mozzarella stretching?

I'd like to pick up some gloves for stretching mozzarella. I've seen gloves sold for just this on specialty sites like thebeveragepeople.com and thecheesemaker.com, but I can't tell if they're just a ...
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How can I make nutritional yeast?

I live in a country where nutritional yeast is not readily available. I'd like to make it. Anyone know how? Other forms of yeast, such as baking yeast and brewer's yeast are easily found here. I ...
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How long do you let a turkey rest after cooking?

I have heard mixed advice on how long you should let a turkey rest after cooking. Last year my wife and I watched a Thanksgiving cooking show with Gordon Ramsey and he said you should let the ...
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What is a good subsitute for Mirliton (aka Chayote)?

My daughter wants to cook a recipe that she found in a cookbook. The main ingredient is Mirlitons, but I don't think I'm going to be able to find them where I live. I've never had them myself, so I ...
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Using sauce as a soup base

I am wondering which, if any, prepared sauces would work as a soup base. After several experiments I have found that none of the many (mostly Asian) sauces I have on hand work for this (just an ...
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Can I freeze raw liver and meat?

I noticed that my friend freezes raw liver, raw red meat, and raw chicken. I have the intuition that the fat goes bad (due to lipid peroxidation) even when frozen. However, I am not sure if this is ...
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How do I ensure my deep dish crust gets cooked

I've made a couple of deep dish pizzas over the last several months and I occasionally get either a soggy or a not cooked crust. I've been pushing the dough into a cast iron skillet and then putting ...
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pork fillet cooking time

I have a pork fillet which I've cut in half and marinated in some honey and soy. I heated a pan, and seared it on all sides, then put the pan in the oven at 180 deg C. The question is, how long to ...

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