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How to store no yeast dough

I need to store a no yeast dough (water, flour, butter, salt) for verenyky for about 40 hours. What would be the best place: fridge or freezer?
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Sweetened Condensed Milk in Carnitas - What Does it Do?

I plan to make carnitas soon with a lovely pork shoulder that wants out of my freezer. I've made carnitas many times before; what's not to love about Mexican pulled pork? I've never used sweetened ...
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Sour pickles with Calcium Chloride?

I've read that putting grape leaves with your brine will help pickles stay crunchy. But those are hard to find. I've also heard that Calcium Chloride does the same thing. Bubbies uses it, in fact. ...
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5 Gallon Drinking Water Container

I'd like to buy a 5 or 6 gallon container for drinking water. I don't like plastic. One option is a glass carboy. But it's easy to break a glass carboy. Another option is a metal container. I guess ...
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What are different methods of preserving chillies?

I've been given three chilli plants: Bulgarian Carrot Jalapeño Scotch Bonnet I'm not going to be able to use them fresh before winter arrives. What methods of preserving would be appropriate ...
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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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What do you get when you reheat and cool clotted cream?

I made clotted cream and tried to heat it for serving. It immediately disintegrated so I tried to salvage it by freezing it. It solidified into something yellowish and left some liquid at the bottom, ...
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Should I rinse canned beans before using them?

Certainly, if I were making a salad with canned beans, I would thoroughly rinse them first. But if I'm making soup or chili with canned black beans or kidney beans, should I drain and rinse them ...
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Making Tamales using a corn meal alternative

What can I use to make tamales other than corn meal? My son is allergic to corn.
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Leaving the ladle in the soup considered harmful?

There's this belief in my family that leaving the ladle in the soup is bad, but nobody actually seem to know why it would be bad; it's really just a persistent piece of family lore. I never really ...
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Can I make microwave frozen ready pizza?

I would like to make frozen pizzas and heat them in the microwave. I understand that to warm in oven would be better but I don't want to use an oven. I want to make my own frozen ready pizza and heat ...
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How to prevent cucumbers from tasting bitter?

I am a cooking dummy and I hate bitter cucumbers. :) Help!
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My chocolate-chip cookie expanded after baking

I have been making the same chocolate-chip cookies for a while. Last week, after baking a batch and removing from the oven, they expanded and became flat. Usually they stay in the same shape when ...
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Too much pepper in soup: any way to fix?

I added too much ground black pepper to my soup (was actually following a recipe for once, while I usually season to taste) - is there any way to rectify this other than diluting it? I think I vaguely ...
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Honeycomb in honey - how long does it last?

I've got some nice honeycomb (submersed in honey) in a big jar, but the "best before" date was over 4 months ago! I was saving it for a year or two. Just realised the date is gone. Any possibility ...
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Is it possible to oversoak wood chips for smoking?

I wanted to prepare for a long day of cooking and get the wood chip soak out of the way. My barbequed brisket recipe calls for soaking the (hickory) wood chips for 30 minutes. If I soak the wood ...
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How should I store a cut bell pepper?

Recently I'm finding that I'm ending up using only part of a bell pepper for a meal, and so wish to store the rest for later. So how should I best store half-used bell peppers so that they stay as ...
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How do I cook with bay leaves?

I am an amateur hobbyist cook. So a lot of the time I will toss in a dash of something, taste the dish, and add a bit more. Experimenting sometimes with disastrous results... but I learn :) One spice ...
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4answers
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

My crockpot roast beef has the best aroma ever but the flavor of the finished product is only average. I had a 4 pound tri-tip roast and seasoned it with the usual onion, garlic, worcestershire sauce, ...
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What exactly is “vegetable shortening”?

I have not heard about this stuff before.. It is not used in Indian cooking..! What exactly is shortening? I read it in a recipe to bake a rose shaped cake and it uses shortening to grease the pan..
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1answer
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Parsley storage

I am trying to store parsley safely at room temperature using the following method: I snip off a little from the stem part and put parsley in a jar filled with around an inch of water I loosely ...
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Why does Cauliflower taste so awful? [on hold]

I've tried baking, grilling, frying, and boiling cauliflower. I've tried everything from salt to cilantro (which I discovered tastes like dirty soap), and even the all powerful cheese. Is there ...
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What “actually” tastes (and cooks) like chicken?

I have been allergic to chicken my entire life, and I am looking for a chicken substitute for a variety of recipes. Of course I've heard the old saying that "everything tastes like chicken", but I ...
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How can I emulsify cod liver oil, or otherwise mask its taste?

Background I have some cod liver oil to take a supplement, but the taste is sufficiently unpleasant that I am not sure how to finish the bottle off. In the past, I have found emulsified cod liver oil ...
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how early can I put food into a slow-cooker?

I am considering getting a slow-cooker. I leave for work by 8am, return about 4pm and feed my family dinner about 5pm. Can food sit in the slow cooker that long? Thanks.
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Boiling Chicken Breast (or any meat) before cooking to cook evenly

Good day. I've had another disagreement with my mother on how to cook Chicken Breast. I know it seems like a small topic and it is situational, but do consider it. The scenario is this, let's say you ...
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What would be an alternative cooking technique for the Orion Cooker to get more tender ribs?

After cooking my first batch of baby back ribs on the Orion Cooker, I found that they were more "Kansas City Style", as opposed to what I like (fall off the bone). So although the Orion Cooker is ...
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Sponge cake: excessive cooking time

I haven't baked anything for over a decade. But the other day I decided to have a go at doing a Victoria sponge. As a result, I now have lots of questions. But I'll try to keep things focused. All ...
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1answer
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What is the target internal temperature of pork back ribs for maxium tenderness?

Although there are many variations for how to cook 'baby back' ribs, there seems to be scant information concerning the target internal temperature of the meat when finished. The question may be ...
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1answer
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Sugar/salt frosted around the top of a cup/mug

Recently I managed to accidentally get a bunch of raw sugar crystals stuck to the rim of a mug of tea. Drinking the tea over the sugar, being able to balance out the tartness and the sweetness as I ...
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1answer
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Cast iron pan flaking

My cast iron pan has started to give off tiny black flakes after 3 months of use. Are these dangerous in any way? Are we ingesting iron? There are patches on the skillet that are now a little ...
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Käsespätzle like the ones in Bavaria

I'm really impressed how here in Bavaria people can cook some delicious things... Well I fell in love with Käsespätzle. I keep having trouble making them just like at the restaurant, where no matter ...
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1answer
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How to Judge the Appropriate Feeding Schedule for Immature Sourdough Starter

I am a week into the development of sourdough starter. I initiated the starter on spring water and a flour mixture that is 1/2 whole grain rye (Hodgson Mill) and 1/2 whole grain wheat (King Arthur). ...
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Does pizza need yeast?

I have been looking into some recipe without yeast. Jamie Oliver has a recipe in his 30 minute book that does not need yeast. Will pizza have less crunch or flavour without yeast?
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How to make round popcorn?

In many high quality ready made popcorn, the popped grains are almost perfectly round, while home popped grains are the usual irregular shape. How is that lovely round shape achieved?
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Ate steak with the layer of fat kind of undercooked, is it dangerous?

I bought a nice steak from a very good butcher yesterday. It was marinated in garlic and oil. Tonight, I cooked it for about three minutes on each side (probably more). The layer of fat on the ...
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Cooking dried corn

I'm trying to cook some dried corn that normally is meant for popcorn. I've soaked it 36 hours using bottled water and then rinsed it multiple times with tap water. After that I cooked it for about ...
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3answers
511 views

Does placement of ingredients and condiments on a sandwich change the taste?

When making a cold deli meat sandwich or a burger, does layering the solid ingredients and condiments in a different order change the taste or mouth-feel? If so, how and why? Are there reasons to ...
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4answers
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Preheat the Dutch oven (and the oven itself) for No-Knead Bread? (experiment results)

I'm trying the America's Test Kitchen tweak of No-Knead Bread. The video segment on the website conflicts with the attached written recipe (sorry, paywalled). The video clearly says to preheat the ...
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858 views

Mug-cake mix at home

I would like to make my own mix for "mug cake" -- that is to say, prepackaged instant cake mix you dump into a mug, add liquid, and microwave. Is there anything special about mug cake that makes it ...
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How do I keep my enchiladas from getting soggy when they cook?

I love enchiladas. I almost always order them at a Mexican restaurant. I've made them at home a few times with a recipe that's delicious, but it's not the same as what I'm getting at a restaurant. The ...
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2answers
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Why is delivered pizza often oily?

Forgive the heresy, but I've recently had some pizza delivered. I noticed it was quite oily, and I have seen and heard horror stories of pizza basically drowning in oil. This does not happen when I ...
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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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3answers
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Cookies end up Rubbery

I've been trying to make cookies the usual way : All Purpose Flour + Eggs + Butter + Powdered Sugar + Chocolate Powder > Mix till Semi-Solid Batter > Put chunks of them in a baking tray and bake at ...
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Is it a good idea to use cardamom in chili?

I am preparing a chili for a contest. The recipe calls for cardamom (along with chili powder and cumin). I have never cooked with it before. From my research, it seems this spice is used more commonly ...
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Is the cockchafer grub edible, and how best to prepare it?

I've never eaten or cooked insects, but I wanted to give it a try some time. Now, we found a few grubs 4-6 cm in length, that we think to be cockchafer grubs, in one of the pots on our balcony. So I ...
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1answer
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Can whole pablanos be frozen whole?

My neighbor brought me several pablanos & I can't use them all right now. Can they be frozen whole?
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1answer
57 views

Korean rice cakes (tteok) sold unrefrigerated

I bought some tteok, cylindrical Korean rice cakes, that were displayed on a table. It didn't have a date on it. They seem to need soaking before cooking as they are not very soft but only packaged in ...
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553 views

Why are drippings from restaraunt ground beef colored orange?

I've noticed over the years that whenever I cook ground beef from the grocery store, the drippings in the beef are typically clear in color. When eating out, if I order a particularly greasy ground ...
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1answer
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How do I roll or wrap up pasta into a log-like shape for presentation?

How do I roll or wrap up pasta into a log-like shape for presentation? Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 Do they use some kind of tool to wrap the pasta around?

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