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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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Making pork pernil, and had a slight “lasagna battery” issue - is it safe to eat?

I am in the process of making the cook's illustrated recipe for pork pernil. For the first hour, you heat marinated pork at 450, covered tightly in a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Lo, pulling it ...
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Peeling very ripe plantains?

I'm following the "slit & peel" advice, but I'm not getting consistant results. Sometimes, my ripe plantain (90% black) has a peel that is impossibly hard to remove - it's dry and sticks to a ...
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Does cooking nopales with a copper coin actually neutralize the mucilage, and if so, why?

While looking around at different ways of cooking nopales and okra that dealt with the mucilage, I found a few references to cooking nopales with a copper coin. Some people seem uncertain whether it's ...
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What to do when too much butter added to my puff pastry dough?

I made puff pastry dough, but I figured I've added too much butter to it and now that it is in the oven, the butter has melted and covered the dough! (I need your advice for the next time) What should ...
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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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Rice Cookery in water containing sugar versus plain water

I need to have a scientific explanation of why rice cooks faster in plain water than water containing sugar. I know the sugar interferes with the gelatinization of the rice, but I would like a ...
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Water + Sugar Solution Preserves Bread?

I've heard that by coating bread with a solution of water and sugar can preserve it from mold. Is this true? If not, then my Science Fair Project will be a bust.
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Tamales with rendered turkey fat and clarified butter - No pork?

A friend of mine is coming back into town tomorrow and I have been planning a dinner for the occasion. I have been planning on making tamales out of leftover turkey. We talked earlier and she told me ...
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How do I make soft caramel for homemade Caramel Apples?

I am making Caramel apples using, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and condensed milk. The caramel is coming out very thick and sticky to the extreme. How can I make a nice caramel that is not hard to ...
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Baking maple syrup on cold smoked almonds

I've been smoking almonds for years using a combination of maple syrup and seasonings, but recently I've discovered cold smoking gives a much nicer and deeper smoke flavor. I have a great soy wasabi ...
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Small batch of sauerkraut smells yeasty

As an experiment, for my first attempt, I'm making a small batch of sauerkraut. Small like less than 1/3 of a head. Its setup is pretty amateur, no professional airlock. Anyway, it's been going for a ...
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How to reduce the flavour of orange zest in chicken?

I recently tried to make orange chicken and the recipe required the zest of one orange. Well I added too much zest and the orange peel flavor is overpowering. How can I reduce that flavor?
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How do you make pie with Citron watermelon (not just the rind)?

Citron watermelon (AKA Pie Melon, Tsamma, and Colorado Preserving Melon) is said to be useful for making pies, preserves, jam, pickles and such. It is not used for fresh eating, typically, and is hard ...
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Why does freezing vegetable shortening alter its appearance?

I got large container of vegetable shortening that I wasn't going to open right away, so I stuck it in bottom of the freezer (-14 F) to keep it from going rancid. I never really needed it, so I ...
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What is an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey?

Does anyone have guidelines for an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey to make cheese (I'm doing it from kefir)? Specific temperatures are available, but sources I've seen just throw in ...
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Making a pocket-type french omelette without the curd sticking to the pan?

I'm trying to make the pocket/rugby-ball shaped type of omelette, basically the second omelette in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s10etP1p2bU . I want it to be runny on the inside and ...
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Could B.Subtilis ssp. mesentericus develop in proofing stage?

My last breads suffer from B.Subtilis ssp. mesentericus infection - the bread became sticky in hours and apparently ill. I exchanged the flour, performed cleaning and cleansing but still the disease ...
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Can I use the leftover pickling brine?

I have some leftover brine that was leftover from making canned pickles, it was heated up to put in the canned pickles to make them. Can I use this brine again to make more canned pickles? The brine ...
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Baker's Percentages for Baked Doughnuts?

I recently purchased an electric doughnut maker and am about to embark on a baked doughnut spree. Having consulted the few recipes included with the machine along with some online options, I have ...
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Coating/skin on Quorn Sausage - is it edible?

I bought some frozen Quorn Hot Dogs (Frankfurter style). After boiling some there was a transparent, filmy outer skin/coating that came off when I was cutting them. It felt plastic/rubber/paper-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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What is the maximum temperature to use when cooking with flavor oils?

I'm using standard LorAnn's flavoring oils, which are supposed to be for 'high temperature' cooking with candy. So far 275 degrees F works as far as the flavor goes, but it's bad for efficiency, as ...
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Guidelines for cooking Desert Truffels?

I have gotten my hands on a number of fresh blackish Desert Truffles, which are apparently quite different from the European ones. To quote: Desert truffles have nothing to do with their European ...
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How does the choice of vegetable ratio and processing steps influence the taste of mirepoix?

There are sources on the internet, but each one touches only one or two areas and some contradict each other. For example they say "two parts onions for other veggies" but videos always show equal ...
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Using liquid nitrogen for tenderizing octopus?

I recently had an idea to try and rapidly break down the "rubberizing" connective tissues in octopus using a different method than the tried and true boiling or hammering. It is well known that ...
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Is it possible to mature shop-bought hard cheese?

Is there a way in which I can continue the maturation process for blocks of shop-bought cheddar (or other hard) cheese of around 190g "packed in a protective atmosphere". The cheese is too bland for ...
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French Fries: Why soak in cold water, and if so, why a long time

I have heard that, to get crispy french fries, I need to get rid of the excess starch on the surface of potatoes after cutting them. But that can't be the reason, really, because starch is actually ...
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What is the best way to preserve oyster stew?

Now that the holidays are over, my local grocery store has a glut of pints of pre-shucked oysters they need to unload. I can't pass that up, so I thought I would make a whole mess of oyster stew or ...
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Normal lifetime of non-stick teflon pans

Questions such as Are Non-Stick Bread Pans Destined to Fail? conclude that non-stick pans do not last forever, especially cheaper ones. I am trying to find some information that allows me to quantify ...
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I would like to use my Miele steam oven to cook a steak and kidney pudding. How long should I cook it for?

I would like to make Nigella's steak and kidney pudding on New Year's Day. I've successfully made it before lots of times by following her recipe to steam it in a steamer on the hob for 3 hours but ...
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What is used in the production of dubu (Korean tofu)?

Tofu, in Korea, is known as 'dubu'. This product is very similar to (possibly exactly the same as) the Japanese counterpart. What is used in the process of making authentic dubu? A quick internet ...
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Non-melting fruity filling for cookies

I'm trying to bake a kind of cookies in an oven at 400°F and I need a fruity tasting filling that wouldn't melt at this temp. Any advice? P.S. Just for reference, the original Russian recipe uses a ...
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We're trying to make hard crack candy,the humidity in the house is 50%

Is there any way we can make it without it becoming sticky?
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What kind of chocolate should I use to coat homemade turtles?

I am making chocolate treats with mini Presley's caramel and chocolate. Can I use a regular Hershey's bar or use baking chocolate or can I mix them to make a harder coating or will the regular harden? ...
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Refinishing Griswold No. 8 waffle iron handles

I'm in the process of restoring a badly neglected Griswold No. 8 waffle iron (885 886 if it makes any difference). I've got all of the cast iron parts stripped down and re-seasoned and just started ...
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Chocolate spread preservation

I have tried and made chocolate spread at home. I made it using a melted milk chocolate slab added to boiled Amul fresh cream. After a few days, it grew some fungus. How can its life be increased? ...
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Can silicone moulds be used for making cupcakes in electric tandoor

I am preparing cupcakes as I have bought new electric tandoor. Now I am confused, can silicone moulds be used in electric tandoor or not?
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Incorporate oreo bits in cookie recipe

What's the best way to incorporate prepacked oreo bits into a tested chocolate chip cookie recipe? Mix with dry ingredients or wet ingredients? Consider weight of oreo bits equivalent to flour, or ...
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Why does my Victoria sandwich have a hole in the base?

I've made the same cake recipe for years, no changes but suddenly my cakes look fine on top but when I turn them out there's a big hollow underneath! Help!
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What is the minimum processing time for salsas?

I found a recipe (Wonderful Salsa at Food.com) that called for it to be processed for 10 minutes. I'm seeing now that other salsa recipes call for 15 or more minutes. Is this true for all salsas, or ...
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Food identification in fajitas - yellow sauce

I'm looking for the name of a yellow/ochre colored sauce, used in fajitas among other things. I've been to a tiny Mexican restaurant a couple of times and in there the guy made his fajitas with such a ...
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underfilled whipper canisters

I see a lot of info on overfilled whippers but what about underfilled. Let's say I have a 1/2 liter whipper which is 500cc. I know I can get away with just putting in 250cc of liquid but what if I put ...
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Discolored ring in squash

Our yellow squash has some brownish discoloration inside in a ring down that extends length-wise. Is this normal variation and safe to eat, or is this an indicator that the squash has gone bad?
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Shallower bowl or longer dough hook for Kitchen Aid 7qt Stand Mixer?

I have a 7qt lifter style kitchen aid stand mixer and use it often to make bread and pizza doughs. Generally works great for very large batches, but I find that either the 7qt bowl is too deep or the ...
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Best way to preserve nutrients while dehydrating fruit and veggies

I am getting into fruit dehydration (and maybe of other foods) for backpacking. I'd really like to backpack with my own made food as much as possible and reduce vitamins and minerals supplements to a ...
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Is it normal for the colour of the cooked lentils to change overnight even when they were kept in fridge?

Last night we cooked the lentils in a pressure cooker 20:00. They were on the kitchen shelf for about 3 hours before I put them in fridge. I took them out in the morning at 9:30, and took them to ...
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Unrefrigerated Mashed Bananas: Are they safe to bake with?

If mashed bananas are accidentally left on the counter overnight can they still be used for baking?
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Liquid glucose in marshmallows

What does liquid glucose do for a marshmallow? Has anyone replaced liquid glucose with golden syrup or any other syrup for that matter? What are the effects of using alternatives for marshmallows? I ...
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Chalky smell in bread dough?

The last batch of challah (bread) that we made had a very chalky undertone and aftertaste. This time, the dough has a faint smell of the chalk (we didn't bake it yet). The flour has no odor and was ...

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