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Dec
7
comment What direction must one stir molten chocolate?
The molecules won't be destroyed, @stir_choc; it sounds like the larger structures they are intended to form might not come together in exactly the right way, however.
Dec
7
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Nov
8
comment Stew meat thawed at room temp. Safe?
One of the most dangerous bacteria you'll encounter in the kitchen will only reproduce in anaerobic conditions at room temperature.
Oct
8
comment What is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans?
This serious question is also the lead-in to a very vulgar joke (which is naturally popular in kitchens because of its vulgarity).
Sep
24
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Sep
18
comment Can I sharpen a knife with sandpaper?
This works of course, because ceramic is harder than steel, but the actual grit of the unglazed portion of a plate is pretty unpredictable. More importantly, the surface area is so small, and the shape so awkward, that in my experience a plate (or saucer, bowl, coffee cup, etc.) is really only a good-in-a-pinch substitute for a truing/honing steel, not a sharpening stone.
May
14
awarded  Yearling
Dec
14
comment Are Devil’s Cigar mushrooms poisonous?
The apparent eating of a wild plant by animals -- or even observed eating -- should NEVER be taken as evidence of its safety for humans. First, the animal may have made a mistake and indeed have gotten sick or died later. Cattle poison themselves on hemlock, for example. Second, particular chemicals affect different species in varied ways. Notably, birds have no sense of capsaicin being "hot".
Dec
2
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Aug
11
comment How much salt and pink salt do I need for pork sausage?
Exactly: eat vegetables, ingest sodium/potassium nitrate -> nitrites and other derived chemicals are formed in your stomach.
Aug
11
comment How much salt and pink salt do I need for pork sausage?
You get far more sodium nitrite from a stalk of celery than from a sausage. More importantly, it's not sodium nitrite that is carcinogenic, it's nitrosamines, which are created from nitrite under conditions of high heat. There's a very good article about this here: culinaryarts.about.com/od/seasoningflavoring/a/nitrates.htm For fresh sausage, you can do without the nitrite (though it has a positive effect on flavor), but you can still get botulism from a salame made out of the most pristine, well-raised pork in the world if you don't include nitrates.
Aug
11
comment can anyone explain why oil separation in a curry is indicator that the food is cooked?
possible duplicate of Oil separating from fried onion spice mixture -- why does it happen?
May
14
awarded  Yearling
Feb
25
comment Difference between Spumante & Champagne
The Piedmontese wine is officially (DOGC) known as "Asti". "Asti spumante" is also correct, but spumante is just an adjective meaning "bubbly".
Feb
21
revised Homemade Sausages Unlink
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Feb
20
answered Homemade Sausages Unlink
Jan
26
comment Storing and re-using rendered duck fat
Depends on what you want to do with it, but generally no. If you're making a sauce it might be too salty on its own and need to be mixed with some chicken stock.
Dec
28
comment How do I cook with bay leaves?
You may be using bay leaves that have lost all their flavor -- even dry, you should be able to detect some aroma. You could try crumbling a leaf and it in a cup of hot water (as if making tea) to get an idea of the flavor. Also, you may be able to find fresh bay -- either someone with a bush in their backyard, or in the produce section of one of the ritzier grocery stores. That will give you a clear picture of the taste.
Dec
28
comment How to Prevent Apples from turning Brown
According to the most recent Cook's Illustrated, honey will also deactivate the enzyme, which should fit in well with a dessert application.
Dec
28
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