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comment Can sarsaparilla and sassafras be substituted with licorice root?
IIRC real sarsaparilla and sassafras are considered poisonious
1d
comment How to store Soda Water or other Home Made Sodas?
Buy more sodastream bottles?
Jan
18
comment Should I wash newly bought plastic tumblers?
Release agents aren't normally used for plastic injection molding? They are used for fiberglass etc.
Jan
7
comment How do I adjust cooking time when temperature may be off by 5-10C?
You have it back to front. 180°C is the medium oven temperature as defined in a classic French (metric) cooking school. 350°F is the rough approximation of that :-)
Jan
7
comment Using fat as a preservative,
Key point "chilly European kitchens". Most of these old time preserving methods where for over the winter. My family used to keep food preserved in large earthenware tubs on the shaded side of the house over late autumn, winter, and early spring. Probably below 5°C most days!
Jan
6
comment How to Debone Oxtail?
Sounds like a 1st of April recipe
Jan
6
comment How to protect roasted coffee powder from degrading during daily use?
Ground coffee doesn't degrade significantly in days if kept in a normal airtight container. Use a zip lock bag and the freeze if worried. Can you actually taste any difference?
Jan
6
comment Sous Vide and Plastic Melting?
Sous-vide is generally cooking underwater, and therefore below 100°. Most plastics melt at above 110°C, so normal food grade plastics will be safe. PVC and Polystyrene are notable exceptions, but these are generally not used for bags. PVC is used for some cling films, which are not suitable for the sous-vide process anyway
Jan
4
comment Why did people start using CO2 (instead of e.g. oxygen) for carbonated drinks?
@DavidRicherby It's not that simple. Read up on Henry's Law re. dissolved gasses. Also, CO2 does not just dissolve, it forms a chemical compound (carbonic acid), hence you can get grams per litre, with oxygen you are only ever going to get mg per litre
Jan
3
comment Why did people start using CO2 (instead of e.g. oxygen) for carbonated drinks?
Water normally has dissolved oxygen. Adding more (still less than 1%, as in carbonation) isn't going to make any difference
Jan
3
comment Why don't they sell frozen tomatoes like other frozen vegetables and fruits?
One is cooked, the other is not. One still looks like a tomato, the other is total mush. Not comparing equals here!
Jan
3
comment Why did people start using CO2 (instead of e.g. oxygen) for carbonated drinks?
Water normally has dissolved oxygen. Adding more (still less than 1%, as in carbonation) isn't going to make any difference
Jan
3
comment Why did people start using CO2 (instead of e.g. oxygen) for carbonated drinks?
Natural soda springs occur all around the worlds. Surely people would have drank those long before bottled fermentation was achieved
Jan
2
comment Is it necessary to “heal” clay pots?
For thousands of years people have suffered with clay pots, and their associated problems. Now we have cheap glass and steel. Please use them. It adds nothing to the cooking process, and if it did you should be worried
Dec
28
comment How does one break long bones for broth?
Because using the back of your knife is a bad practice? And using a builders hammer is overkill, and makes a big mess. YMMV try for yourself!
Dec
28
comment How does one break long bones for broth?
See first sentence?
Dec
27
comment How to honey roast peanuts?
Wikihow is generally a bad source of information. The picture looks like raw peanuts that have been blanched to remove skins. Maybe that's what they are referring too?
Dec
23
comment How to know potato is done boiling without poking it to check softness?
What's wrong with poking? It does not effect the cooking process, or the majority of the potato in any way
Dec
22
comment Why are roasts wrapped in foil?
Foil changes they way it cooks, but it just different, not necessary better, as that is subjective. See youtube.com/watch?v=w-0TEJMJOhk
Dec
21
comment How to cook Brussells Sprouts and sweet potates in one oven?
Neither should be put into an oven. Both respond better to steaming, and then, optionally, searing of sweet potatoes. They both have delicate tastes and textures, which are easily ruined if overcooked. Precise timed steaming is the way to go