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Please welcome Iron Chef Canada who will be preparing his signature dish, Kraft Dinner Bouillabaisse avec Tartiflette Poutine et Sirop d'érable.

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Nov
8
comment Why cleave chicken when making stock?
@TFD: That's where most of the collagen is, without which you would not have stock; if you don't want the fat then just skim it off (as most cooks do).
Nov
8
comment Why cleave chicken when making stock?
@Manako: Nothing wrong with that, some people even simmer their stock overnight. The whole point of making stock is to draw out all of that wonderful collagen and break it down into gelatin, and the longer you simmer, the more of it you'll get (until it's all used up, that is).
Nov
8
comment Why cleave chicken when making stock?
I don't think that an hour is long enough to actually break down all of the collagen, especially if you don't chop the bones. Does your stock turn to a jelly-like consistency when it cools?
Nov
8
comment My Cheese Melted while in the Fridge?
I'm not going to post this as an answer since I have no way to verify it, but it sounds as though it may never have been real cheese to begin with. Perhaps it's just some processed Cheese-Whiz-like product that's been hardened somehow, and what you're witnessing is not melting but breaking down.
Nov
8
answered Any way to soften gummy candy?
Nov
8
revised How can I avoid from turning mushrooms brown while freezing it?
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Nov
8
comment My Cheese Melted while in the Fridge?
Why is this tagged [sour-cream]? I don't see any reference to that in the question?
Nov
8
revised How should I deal with blood released while thawing meat in the refrigerator?
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Nov
8
answered How long does it take for unopened cheese to go bad?
Nov
8
comment How long does it take for unopened cheese to go bad?
Note that this applies primarily to hard cheese. If you see mold growing on a soft cheese, there may be roots deeper inside and you should throw the whole thing out.
Nov
8
revised How long does it take for unopened cheese to go bad?
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Nov
8
revised Juice recipe recommendation engine to give me recipes based on the ingredients I already have?
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Nov
8
revised When cooking pasta in salted water how much of the salt is absorbed?
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Nov
8
comment What is the safest, most effective way to cleave through thick bone?
I've had very limited success with this approach but some people do swear by it. It's certainly worth keeping in mind as a potential option.
Nov
8
comment Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
"Long enough to come down to near room temperature" can be a substantial amount of time depending on what you are cooling, and all throughout that time your food is in the danger zone. Some foods are certainly OK to cool this way, especially if they don't contain meat or dairy products, but one shouldn't rely on generalities when talking about food safety. The fact of the matter is that you've recommended a practice that is less safe (albeit more energy-efficient) than the practice you are recommending against. Worse, you're arguing about it instead of making a simple edit.
Nov
8
comment Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
@TFD: I don't mean to be rude, but I am asking for facts, not vague references and analogies. Different refrigerators have different compressors, with Embraco being no more than 20% of the market share; a hard drive is not equivalent to a refrigerator; and I know for a fact that none of the refrigerators that I or my family or friends have ever owned actually runs continuously, which you would expect if it is actually known to "last longer" that way. Furthermore, many people will have older appliances and I've seen at least a few refrigerator manuals warning not to run continuously.
Nov
8
comment Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
@TFD: Would you care to provide a source for that? Are you suggesting that if you left the door open overnight, your fridge would be fine in the morning?
Nov
8
comment Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
What kind of test is that? Not only are we talking about refrigeration, not freezing, but taste tests have nothing to do with food safety. Some foods really need to be cooled quickly. Leaving your homemade stock to cool for an hour on the countertop is inviting disaster.
Nov
7
answered Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
Nov
7
comment Is it safe to put hot food in the fridge?
I take issue with your second suggestion; for many foods it's not safe to let it "cool on the bench". Typically if you need to cool a really hot food before putting in the fridge, then you do as GUI Junkie suggests - submerge the container in an ice-water bath. And if the food is in an untempered glass or aluminum container that might crack or warp, then transfer it to a stable container first.