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Sep
21
comment Which type of flour would be better to use in this case?
Can you give us some more detail about exactly what flours you have?
Sep
17
comment How to keep frozen puff pastry dough keep its shape
Will that not let the butter melt and result in chewy pastry? Usually it's best to keep puff pastry as cold as possible.
Sep
16
comment Is it better to fry or grill a steak?
@malachi: amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/…, seriouseats.com/2013/06/…, americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/01/… . It's still absolutely vital to develop a crust for flavour and texture, but it does nothing to retain juices.
Sep
15
comment Is it better to fry or grill a steak?
Note to Americans: OP is British. Grill = broil, not BBQ.
Sep
12
comment What is inside the Prawn Cocktail crisps flavour?
Naturally I mean the flavours can be replicated somehow, as you say, with dehydrated versions.
Sep
11
comment Do tinned foods go off (stale)?
Absolutely. Assuming the canning was done to a good standard, and the can itself is undamaged (inside and out - acidic foods like canned tomatoes may cause issues), tinned food can definitely last many years.
Sep
11
comment How does MSG enhance food flavor?
MSG is synthetic, but glutamate occurs naturally in nearly all foods, especially high protein foods: dairy, meat, and some vegetables. Even human breast milk contains it. Cheese is especially high. You know how parmesan has an almost crystalline appearance when grated? Those are crystals of purest glutamate :)
Sep
11
comment How to add more toppings to frozen pizza?
You might find the onion nicer if you fry it first, then add it to the pizza near the end of the cooking time. It also has the added benefit of driving the water out - raw onions are one of the main offenders for soggy pizza.
Sep
10
comment Egg safety. When to eat and when to not eat
Do you crack the sloshing eggs open to verify they're rotten? I've never had a rotten egg in my life.
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open?
Ok. This is more or less exactly the same issue as another, very well answered question. I'll VTC and link to to it. Short answer: the oven is a little too hot.
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open?
What size and shape are we talking here?
Sep
10
comment Cheesier Cheese Sauce?
Wash your mouth out. Right now.
Sep
10
comment Cheesier Cheese Sauce?
There's also a fair amount of naturally occurring MSG in aged cheeses that really boosts flavour.
Sep
9
comment Toads with a flat batter-y
I believe the Toad in the Hole Act 1843 stipulates all TitH must be served with onion gravy on pain of death, so that is a wise move. It's still enforced in some of the more remote Dales, too.
Sep
8
comment Toads with a flat batter-y
Yup, that's equally good. In fact it's often easier because you get a nice even cook without having to turn the sausages as much.
Sep
8
comment Should I fry the chicken first or should I pressure cook it first?
How long is 4 whistles (roughly)? Chicken breast overcooks very easily. If you'd already cooked it to the point of having dark brown skin, it was probably already mostly cooked even without pressure cooking.
Sep
8
comment Should I fry the chicken first or should I pressure cook it first?
Ok. How long did you fry the chicken for? How long did you then cook it in the pressure cooker for? What cut was it?
Sep
8
comment Should I fry the chicken first or should I pressure cook it first?
Some details would be nice. What recipe are you following?
Sep
4
comment How can I make my Oreos crispy again?
Make a peanut butter Oreo milkshake, learn from your mistake, and NEVER DO ANYTHING SO FOOLISH AGAIN!
Sep
4
comment Is it okay to slow cook sausage casserole without pan frying the sausages?
The casings will likely go soggy to the point of falling off, and the sausage will be very soft, but as you say, no safety problem.