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Aug
22
comment What happens when you knead bread dough?
Community wiki on questions is gone (or, if it still exists, it's diamond-mod only). See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/67039/… and blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/the-future-of-community-wiki and blog.stackoverflow.com/2014/04/…
Aug
21
comment Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?
BTW: The potato salad isn't special. It's just frequently left at room temperature for long periods and also (due to handling during prep) often starts with a higher bacterial load. The meat at least started refrigerated; the potato salad often doesn't...
Aug
21
comment Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?
@ElendilTheTall you should post an answer.
Aug
19
comment Does boiling a salsa or BBQ sauce for 30 min alter the taste?
Boiling something after putting it in a jar is normally for canning (i.e., killing all microbes that could grow in that environment to render it shelf-stable). Is that what you're doing?
Aug
13
comment How does irradiated beef spoil?
Irradiation can be used to achieve complete sterilization (e.g., NASA does so for some of the stuff they're sending into space), but it has a much larger quality impact. It can also be used in much smaller doses to, e.g., prevent pest spread (e.g., kill or render infertile insects in produce), with very little quality impact. As you suspect, there is a balance to be struck there.
Aug
4
comment Utensil to thaw meat
Curious, if you have one, how does it compare to a good aluminum baking sheet?
Aug
1
comment How do you properly cook a steak?
@phant0m how thin was it? If it's a very thin steak (say, under a half inch) it'll cool much quicker, and doesn't need as long a rest. The five minutes is with a ¾ to 1 inch thick steak.
Jul
30
comment How do you properly cook a steak?
@phant0m I use whatever is around. I usually use a plate if it's just one steak. Can also be a cutting board if I'm going to cut it for multiple servings. If I need it to take longer (e.g., to finish a side or sauce), tent it with foil. As long as you're not trying to rest it in the hot pan, it's probably fine.
Jul
27
comment Where to store my propane torch?
@Joe I dare say if you live in an earthquake-prone area, you should secure it so it can't fall.
Jul
15
answered Thinned yogurt instead of milk
Jul
15
comment Thinned yogurt instead of milk
Wait... 1.5 cups of baking powder? That can't be right.
Jul
15
comment Is vanilla a flavour or just absence of flavour?
If you make your own vanilla ice cream, especially with extract, its just a few tsp of extract you add in at the end... you can make a batch with and without vanilla extract, and then compare, and you should notice the difference. Or Häagen-Dazs's vanilla bean is fairly assertively vanilla (at least as far as commercial American ice creams go)
Jul
10
awarded  Yearling
Jul
3
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why didn't my crumpets cook in the middle?
Jul
2
comment How can I modify my banana bread recipe to make cookies from it?
You might also consider pressing and drying (in a very low oven) your banana bread, that may make an acceptable banana cracker.
Jul
2
answered How long to defrost 11 1bs. of chicken in the fridge?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
25
comment How to tell if it is honey, super filtered honey, or corn syrup?
This might be a good place to start: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#Physical_and_chemical_properties ... I'm not sure, but I don't think corn syrup will crystallize. In fact, its often added to prevent sugar crystallization.
Jun
20
comment White Stains on stainless steel
Did they slowly build up over time, or was that something in particular that caused it?
Jun
20
comment I want to duplicate my bread mistake!
Salt does inhibit the yeast, but it wouldn't make it more gooey. Also, I can't imagine bread with 1/3 the expected salt being described as good... Also, normally upping the amount of yeast hurts flavor. So I doubt it was mismeasuring the salt or yeast. Honestly, despite protests, I'd go with you added more butter or honey.