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comment How do I ripen a Mango?
As per themaroon's suggestion of an apple, bananas also produce high quantities of ethylene. As do tomatoes. If you've ever wondered why bunches of bananas ripen together it's because of increasing concentration of ethylene in the bunch. Also, the phrase one bad apple ruins the bunch is directly related to the ethylene production of the single apple increasing the production of ethylene in apples near it. So anyway, Mien says banana, themaroon says apple. I say tomato. :)
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answered Can I make buckwheat flour starting from toasted buckwheat?
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answered TV Programs like Good Eats
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comment Ideal coffee grind for a French Press?
Stirring and a 5 minute steep is what I do with my little French press at the office.
Jan
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answered How to lighten (or make less dense) pizza dough
Jan
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comment What organic grains can I substitute for self-rising (Gold Medal) flour?
King Arthur Flour sells it in organic and regular. kingarthurflour.com/flours/white-whole-wheat-flour.html It is a whole wheat flour, like many others. The color refers to the color of the bran (which is lighter). In all-purpose flour, a refined flour, the bran is removed.
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answered Turning raw/baking cocoa powder into instant cocoa (Kaba/Nesquik)
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comment When baking a cake that calls for butter, should you use salted or unsalted?
Depending on brand of butter (and sometimes even batch), there can be around 3/4 to a full teaspoon of salt per stick of butter. So, if you'd like to reduce any other salt in the recipe, feel free. That said, I once accidentally used salted butter in a cookie recipe and didn't reduce, but the extra salt was a fantastic surprise.
Jan
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comment When baking a cake that calls for butter, should you use salted or unsalted?
Exactly, Martha. +1 Also, unsalted butter tends to be fresher butter. Salted butter keeps longer. Salted butter can last two to three times longer refrigerated.
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comment Is it really necessary to properly heat oil in a pan before frying veggies?
Personally, I prefer to heat the oil along with the pan because the color of the oil gives clues as to whether or not the pan is at the right temperature to start cooking.
Dec
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answered Is it really necessary to properly heat oil in a pan before frying veggies?
Dec
20
answered Books that explain the science of cooking?
Dec
20
comment How warm must dough be in order to rise?
I should add that there's really no "proper" temperature to rise. Rise is caused by yeast converting sugars into gas (and alcohol), but a lot of warm rises shoot for about 25 to 30 C. Some people say that a slower, cooler rise makes for a more complexly flavored bread, but that hasn't been my experience with straight doughs. (Older yeasts in starters like levain or sourdough, though, definitely change the flavor.)
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