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I'm a B2B Messaging developer. This involves Java, C,network protocols, databases and (for my sins) WebMethods.

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Feb
4
comment slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)
The temperatures mentioned on Wikipedia were dead wrong, and referenced Yahoo Answers. I've corrected it :). I think possibly the confusion may lie in manufacturer statements made about food safety. As in "we can't say what temperature they cook at, because that's not how it works -- but we can guarantee that it'll reach [safe temperature for meat] within [time]"
Feb
4
revised slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)
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Feb
4
comment slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)
I agree, except that (often) the heating elements are not at the bottom. On mine they're attached to a metal band which conducts the heat around the metal wall of the space in which the pot sits. The ceramic pot further disperses the heat. So the boiling is probably happening somewhere along the wall of the pot.
Feb
4
answered slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)
Feb
4
comment What is this cotton-like stuff growing on my pizza sauce?
Fungus spores are floating around in the air. It only takes one spore to land in your sauce while it's open. They will grow at fridge temperature.
Feb
4
answered Oatmeal & Lactose Intolerance
Feb
4
comment How can I cultivate and store yeast?
@ashkan sourdough is likely to be consistent, but yours will be unique and you'll need to learn its foibles. In particular it will be much slower than shop-bought yeast; think bread that rises overnight, not in a couple of hours.
Feb
4
answered How can I cultivate and store yeast?
Feb
4
comment Baking naan without an oven?
@nicoleeats the way I read it, they have an eggless recipe (which is most naans) and want to cook it other than in an oven. The egg has no bearing on how you can cook it.
Feb
4
comment How to ensure that the chicken meat is not over cooked or under cooked?
I don't think this poster is enough of a cooking nerd to be doing sous vide.
Feb
4
comment How to ensure that the chicken meat is not over cooked or under cooked?
Overcooked chicken (if boiled) is not chewy.
Feb
4
answered Baking naan without an oven?
Feb
4
suggested suggested edit on Baking naan without an oven?
Feb
4
comment Baking naan without an oven?
Then you should edit your question to say so. Most readers will interpret the question as written as "I don't have access to a tandoor, how can I make naan in a normal oven". Actually I'll edit it for you; I will also omit eggless; it's not relevant.
Feb
1
comment What is the purpose of kosher salt in peanut butter? Can it be replaced with something else?
Salt is a personal preference. You tend to get accustomed to it, so anything unsalted tastes bland. If you usually put lots of salt in your cooking, you'll probably want salt in your peanut butter. If you usually salt your food lightly, or not at all, you'll enjoy PB with little or no salt. Make a small amount (perhaps with a pestle and mortar). Try it without salt, then try stirring in some salt, and try that.
Feb
1
answered What is the purpose of kosher salt in peanut butter? Can it be replaced with something else?
Feb
1
comment How much tea is ideal out of one tea bag?
A lot of commercial teabags tell you to steep for far too long - for my tastes. More evidence that it's completely subjective. Most cafes in the UK and US (that use bags) let the customer remove the teabags when they want to.
Jan
31
comment How much does a cup of Nutella weigh?
Where did you find the density? Or did you measure it yourself?
Jan
31
comment How can I make my bread pudding firmer?
This might be a US/UK thing, but as far as I'm concerned, there is no custard in bread pudding. Bread-and-butter pudding is bread and butter soaked in custard and baked. Bread pudding is a dense cake of breadcrumbs, flour, spice, eggs and sugar. guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/dec/04/…
Jan
29
comment How to thicken marinara sauce?
I wouldn't drain - there is flavour in the liquid. Boil off the water to intensify the flavour and thicken the sauce.