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Amateur home cook


Mar
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awarded  Commentator
Mar
9
comment Best way to dissolve caramelized sugar
It's the flavor rather than the consistency that the caramelization improves.
Mar
9
asked Best way to dissolve caramelized sugar
Mar
8
comment Given I have to make the batter now to eat in 3-4hrs, what's the best way to store my pancakes (or the batter)?
In the US, we would probably call it a crepe.
Mar
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awarded  Critic
Feb
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comment Should rice be washed with hot water or cold water?
As I said, it comes down to taste. If I was using jasmine, it would be to get that creamier consistency. But, I fully support that you might prefer it differently. I found a reference which might help someone decide whether or not to rinse different types here: busycooks.about.com/od/howtocook/a/ricescience.htm
Feb
28
answered Should rice be washed with hot water or cold water?
Feb
16
answered How to cook a pork sirloin roast?
Feb
9
comment Why does baking bread in a closed pot make a good crust?
Professional bread makers use ovens that add steam. It is often recommended that you spray your bread with water before cooking or that you add a small tray of water to the oven to get similar results. I know this doesn't answer your question for why; I just wanted to point out that it is common to increase humidity to get better bread.
Feb
8
comment Why are my braised pork chops inconsistent?
I disagree, as do many references that I found. The one that comes to mind first is Tom Colicchio in this season of Top Chef, who said "If you don't let the meat cool in the braising liquid, it will dry out", before booting someone off the show, but here is a written one: culinaryarts.about.com/od/moistheatcooking/ht/…
Feb
7
answered Why are my braised pork chops inconsistent?
Feb
3
comment Rinse the salt off a steak before cooking?
Obviously, there are many opinions on how to cook a steak, but the method Colin is using requires a ton of salt. Some people even submerge the steak in a salt bath. This gives a different result than just lightly salting the steak. When you do this, yes, wash the salt off, and then thoroughly dry the steak before cooking it.
Feb
2
answered Safety of Egg Yolk Glaze
Feb
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awarded  Organizer
Feb
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revised Safety of Egg Yolk Glaze
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Feb
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answered What brine ingredients are effective?
Feb
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awarded  Scholar
Feb
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accepted Why does canned mango pulp have no vitamin A?
Jan
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comment Why does canned mango pulp have no vitamin A?
This sounds reasonable. Do you have a reference for the oxidation hypothesis?
Jan
31
comment How to find a competent knife sharpener
You can learn to sharpen your own knife quickly and cheaply. Your results will be as good as a professional if you take your time. Then you don't have to worry about someone else messing it up. A good whetstone will cost you under $50, and then you are set for years.