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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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Mascarpone and Almond pasta Sauce?

While in Italy I had a pasta sauce that was made with mascarpone and almonds (the almonds were ground fine) it had the look of Alfredo sauce. I cannot recall the name of the sauce. I have searched far ...
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Storing onions and potatoes in the same cellar

Potatoes and onions have the same storage guidelines: store them in a a well-ventilated area in the pantry. However, I have read that onions should be kept away from potatoes as onions will absorb ...
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Why didn't my crumpets cook in the middle?

I tried to make crumpets today, first time I've used yeast so didn't really know what to expect. The recipe I followed was: 450g plain flour 1tsp caster sugar 14g instant yeast 350ml skimmed milk ...
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Salt in boiled meat

Is there a way to estimate consumption of salt when dealing with the boiled meat? I.e. I had 500 grams of meat, boiled in 2 litres of water, with 5 grams of salt diluted in that water. If the water is ...
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How do I use tamarind powder?

If a recipe calls for tamarind pulp/paste/concentrate, can I substitute powder? If so, how much tamarind powder should I use?
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Hard dry crusts on frozen bread

I have always frozen my bread with absolutely no noticeable difference. I notice someone else thought it had an off flavor--my mother's fridge used to impart a stale freezer burn flavor to lots of ...
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Why does my homemade mustard thicken only some of the time?

For the first time in many years, there are enough red bell peppers in the harvest for me to make this recipe for roasted red pepper mustard, which I have made off and on for 20 years or so. It's ...
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Does Turkish Delight have to be this difficult?

At the weekend I made some Turkish Delight based on the recipe featured in a recent BBC series called "Sweets Made Simple". Simple maybe, but highly effortful. The recipe is here, but the brief ...
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What is the correct mixing method for this kind of batter?

I made a pie according to the following instructions. While it did turn out good, I'm not sure if the mixing method is sound. It called for beating two eggs with sugar until white and fluffy. Then, I ...
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What Makes Bread Gray?

I've been baking French-style bread loaves (not baguettes) for years. The ingredients are flour, salt, water, yeast, and about one tbsp cornstarch per cup of flour. For the last year or so, the ...
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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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Can I use store bought custard for Potuguese Tarts?

I always make my own custard when I bake Portuguese Tarts but want to take a shortcut. Can I use store bought custard to make Portuguese Tarts? What kind of custard do I need to buy? Should be at the ...
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What is the smoking point of salmon fillet oil?

What is the smoking point of salmon fillet oil cooking in oven (baked in a foil parcel)? (could be a range) There is one Q&A at What is the best time and temperature for taste when cooking a ...
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Why does oil reduce the effectiveness of Japanese waterstones?

I've read in several places that oil should not be used on Japanese waterstones, but none of the sources explain the reasoning behind this. What, if any, damage would using oil cause and would it be ...

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