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Sep
11
comment Should I separate grape skins when making jam?
I imagine the maceration and extra cooking gives them a better texture and flavor. I'm sure you could try a small batch of jam where you simply mash the grapes at first, then process through a food mill afterward, and see if the taste and texture works for you.
Sep
11
comment Is there a way to safely can pesto sauce?
Leaving out the oil is critical because a large percentage of oil means the pH is high.
Sep
11
answered Should I separate grape skins when making jam?
Sep
11
comment Is there a way to safely can pesto sauce?
Definitely freeze it, and consider giving basil infused oil or vinegar (or something else) as a gift instead.
Sep
6
answered Where do I buy a large amount of dried vegetables?
Sep
5
answered What is the difference between green, white and black tea?
Aug
30
answered How to unbake a cake?
Aug
29
comment Making flour tortillas softer and more elastic
I'm going to second the steaming!
Aug
17
comment Is it possible to make soymilk without a “beany” taste?
@BlessedGeek, okara is really great in bread or veggie burgers. Tofu is made my curdling the soymilk with vinegar or nigari. You need a lot of soymilk to get a decent amount of tofu.
Aug
15
comment How to substitute chicken broth in a vegetarian soup?
@Jefromi, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to broth. For some reason I am motivated to make a lot of things from scratch, but not broth. I'm sure it's one of the simpler things to make, but I find buying in this case a lot more convenient.
Aug
14
comment How to substitute chicken broth in a vegetarian soup?
@Nicholas, most vegetarians eat cheese even though there is rennet in it, so the OP would definitely have to ask.
Aug
14
answered How to substitute chicken broth in a vegetarian soup?
Aug
11
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Aug
8
comment What should I look for when buying a pasta roller?
I have a pasta maker that goes with my Kitchen Aid so I didn't do much research into stand alone models, but if you're interested in attachments that would probably be a feature to look for. You will definitely want something sturdy, my boyfriend had a pasta maker he bought in Italy for a few Euros and it broke (we tried to fix it with no luck) after the first use. Otherwise I'm not much help. Hopefully somebody else has some experience here!
Aug
8
comment What should I look for when buying a pasta roller?
Are you looking for one that attaches to a stand mixer or a stand-alone model? I would say as far as add-ons go, I think there are different presses for flat pasta (sheets, that you can hand cut or use for ravoili), linguini or spaghetti and probably depends on what kind of pasta you like the best.
Aug
6
comment How can I chill ice coffee quickly?
I don't drink coffee so I don't know what happens to the freshness, but what happens if you make it the night before, and put it in the fridge for consuming the next morning?
Aug
6
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Aug
4
comment What is this fruit?
If there's no pit it's definitely not a canepa!
Aug
4
comment What happens if you cook pureed pancakes?
The only thing I can think to say is, why not just try it and see what happens?
Aug
4
comment What is the difference between light and dark soy sauce?
@ElendilTheTall, I will have to keep my eyes peeled for that. Very cool!