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Jan
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comment How should burger patties be prepared in terms of mixing and flavourings?
I will only say that I J. Kenji Lopez-Alt has made an extensive study of all things burger related aht.seriouseats.com/the-burger-lab/index.html and in many cases he approaches things scientifically (measuring weight before and after for each technique, measuring liquid expelled for each technique, etc) and personally I trust that more than Mr. Ramsay.
Jan
26
comment Do tinned anchovies need to be sold cold for food safety or quality reasons?
@MarcLuxen Surstomming is a fermented fish dish served traditionally in Sweden.
Jan
25
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Jan
21
comment How many kilos of bread can I produce with one kilo of flour?
In the bakery I used to work at that was the expected range of yield loss. I've read some other books that also state that range. Often, higher hydration loaves (like ciabatta) actually experience higher yield loss because evaporation can be a large part of the loss. Here's another interesting article that discusses how the cultivar of wheat used can change the percentage as well aaccnet.org/publications/cc/backissues/1992/documents/…
Jan
20
revised How many kilos of bread can I produce with one kilo of flour?
added some weights
Jan
20
answered How many kilos of bread can I produce with one kilo of flour?
Dec
22
comment Pectin granules in jam
After reading the recipe I have a few more questions for you. The recipe states it makes 9 pints (18 half-pints) and uses 12 tbsp of pectin. You say your regular batch is 4 pints (8 half-pints) and your using 8-12 tbsp. If you are halving your recipe you should be closer to 6 tbsp so you may just have too much pectin for your liquid (hence only half is dissolving). It also mentions (step 15) that it may take up to 2 weeks for the jam to set. How long did you wait to check the set (as you said it was "poor")?
Dec
21
comment Pectin granules in jam
Do you have a link to the recipe you are using? Is the recipe size geared toward the small size (and you are multiplying) or at the regular size (and you divide for the small batches)? Seeing the recipe can help. The answers to these questions can help us determine what kinds of issues you could be running into. Jams and Jellies, along with baking, can be less forgiving than other kinds of cooking because their outcome is often based on a set of chemical reactions. If any one of your variables is out of "spec" (time, temperature, ingredients, ambient humidity, etc) it can cause issues.
Dec
4
comment How do I brown nuts without burning and without taking forever?
I don't believe that they do - however I also don't believe that they need to. In a home scenario, you're roasting enough nuts for your single batch. If they are over(or under)-done, they have a large impact on your dish. In a commercial setting, they'd be roasting a huge quantity - so some will be over-done, some under-done and some just right. Once chopped up, mixed and distributed the homogenous mixture should be "good enough"
Dec
4
comment How do I brown nuts without burning and without taking forever?
Since nuts are grown and not manufactured, there are too many variables to be able to say "always cook this amount of time" as depending on when they were harvested, how much water the tree got etc the nuts might be drier, oilier, etc which all have an effect on the roasting. Then you also have to take into consideration the how long it's been since they were harvested, how they were stored, etc. This is why they say to check them every few minutes - there isn't a once size fits all time.
Dec
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answered How do I brown nuts without burning and without taking forever?
Oct
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Oct
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reviewed Reject What's the difference between fajitas, enchiladas and tacos?
Sep
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answered How to remove garlic smell from refrigerator/ice maker
Sep
9
comment Will chocolate cake be edible if I added one cup of water instead of two?
It would be helpful to see the recipe you were using. We would have a better chance of correctly determining what outcome you might face.
Sep
2
comment “Old wild west” secret sauce
Is it pickles in general that aren't available, or just "spicy pickles"? If you have access to dill pickles, etc, then you can use that. Otherwise you could substitute a splash a vinegar (cider or white) and if desired add a pinch of pickling spices (pepper, dill, etc). You could also leave it out altogether.
Sep
2
comment Meat alternative for tempura?
I've been to Japanese restaurants here in the US and often you'll find Chicken Tempura on the menu. It's not traditional to in Japan itself, but is very common here. You just cut the breast meat in thin strips and it cooks up fine.
Sep
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answered “Old wild west” secret sauce
Aug
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comment How should I substitute jalapeño peppers for fresh green cayenne peppers?
Also, cayenne is not as hot when you pick it early (that is, when it's green and not red - as her recipe mentions)