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Apr
17
comment How should the smoke appear in the exhaust in a kettle charcoal grill
@SAJ14SAJ I don't doubt you, but I'd be interested in hearing more about this. Do you have a source?
Jan
8
comment What happens to the flavour of meat when you cook it Star Anise with Onions?
Stupid question--how much is "1 star anise"? Is it the whole "flower", or just one "petal"?
Nov
8
comment Making hazelnut flour with *just* blanched/peeled hazelnuts
I know you've asked for a way to do this with just the nuts, but one common approach is to combine with sugar to avoid turning the nuts into a paste.
Nov
8
comment Making hazelnut flour with *just* blanched/peeled hazelnuts
Worth a shot--go nuts.
Oct
8
comment What ingredient, besides beans, creates a complete protein together with rice?
One of my favorites. Caramelize plenty of onions, add to boiled lentils and rice (boil separately), season with salt and cumin, and serve with sour cream.
Jul
15
comment Why do chefs use salt and pepper bowl after touching raw foods
I'm not sure about that. A salt cellar is not exactly the most habitable environment for most food-borne diseases, and some chefs don't bother with discarding the salt. That's not an endorsement of the practice, just an acceptance of fact. Also, when cooking for a show rather than real diners, sanitation is not necessarily of primary concern.
Jul
15
comment Difference between “real mayonnaise” and “mayonnaise dressing”
I don't know that I'd feel deceived if I were given mayo whose color was adulterated using saffron.
May
28
comment How to make fried chicken tender and juicy?
This answer misses some key points. If we were talking about pure muscle meat, like a boneless skinless chicken breast, then this would be perfectly correct. But that's not typically what is referred to as "fried chicken"--usually we mean whole pieces of meat with bones and sinew intact. The collagen from the connective tissue is key to understanding what makes meat--fried chicken in particular--"juicy". Also, final temperature is not the only factor in moisture loss. As others have mentioned, salt can be used to alter the structure of the meat itself to reduce moisture loss.
May
28
comment How to make fried chicken tender and juicy?
The concept of "sealing" may be inaccurate, but it is not "urban legend". It's simply not what the term means.
Feb
23
comment How can I make low sodium (140mg or less per serving) pancakes / waffles?
What about the baking soda--sodium bicarbonate--used to make the products fluffy?
Jan
18
comment How could buffalo chicken dip be stabilized?
It looks like Velveeta includes sodium alginate that would work as an emulsifier for the dip.
Jan
16
comment How could buffalo chicken dip be stabilized?
@Aaronut, that sounds more like an answer than a question.
Jan
16
comment How could buffalo chicken dip be stabilized?
Great points. I like the starch idea--I've used that in melted cheese scenarios with success in the past.
Jan
15
comment How could buffalo chicken dip be stabilized?
I guess what I was getting at is that this is something that shows up at parties, so it's not that folks are all using the same recipe. But, for reference, here's the one from the photo. browneyedbaker.com/2011/02/01/buffalo-chicken-dip-recipe
Jan
12
comment What factors affect collagen to gelatin conversion?
Ah, I should have had more detail there--the sauce was purposely made thin so that it could later reduce. Also it had been going at a low simmer for about 5 hours at the time of writing.
Jan
12
comment What factors affect collagen to gelatin conversion?
That's been my experience as well--which is why I was a bit surprised when it wasn't going here, and suspected the chemistry of the braising medium.
Nov
16
comment Can I substitute mint tea for fresh mint?
Most "mint tea" in my area (near Philadelphia, US) is either spearmint alone, or sometimes spearmint mixed with tea. Around here, where it grows as a weed, "mint" in a culinary context almost always refers to spearmint, whereas if peppermint is intended, it would be specified as such. Examples: salad with goat cheese, figs, and mint; leg lamb with mint jelly; peppermint cookies; peppermint mocha.
Oct
8
comment Is there an alternative and less toxic way to clean an oven than using oven spray?
For our US friends--Bicarbonate of Soda = sodium bicarbonate = Baking Soda
Sep
28
comment Mozzarella. Obtaining buffalo milk from whole milk and heavy cream
The question seemed to be focused on the fat content, so my answer was really addressing that. That said, there are surely other differences as well--buffalo milk, for example, has more protein, which will certainly affect the product.
Sep
14
comment How can I prevent tea stored in a thermos from oversteeping?
Okay, who wants to turn comments into answers? I have upvotes for citizen, Yamikuronue, and talon8, and an "accept" for one of you.