Questions tagged [flavor]

Questions on understanding and manipulating the flavor of foods. Not for "what goes with X?" which is generally off-topic. Please don't use if the only connection is that you want better-tasting food, this is implied in every question on the site.

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Making salted caramel popcorn - how can I remove the bitter flavour?

We've been following a Gordon Ramsay video to make salted caramel popcorn a couple of times, and it usually turns out pretty nice, except that the salted caramel has got a distinct bitter taste. I ...
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How to extract flavour from fruit without heating it or using alcohol?

I am curious to know, how fruit syrups and flavours are made commercially and how we can extract the maximum, true flavour of a juicy fruit (such as oranges or apples) as well as denser and less juicy ...
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Flavor of wasabi, horseradish, mustard, capers, and jalapeño

What is the name of the flavor of wasabi, horseradish, mustard, capers, and jalapeño? Unfortunately, I'm not fond of the taste of the above ingredients. To me, they taste similar. I don't mind the ...
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Is there a term for this distinction of sweet categories?

In a mildly synesthetic sense, I have been describing two categories of sweet flavors as "bright/clear" and "dark" all my life. These categories aren't exhaustive, but I think it will be easy to ...
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Can I make gelatin from bones without beef flavor?

I was looking around on the internet to find out how to make gelatin from bones ( cow bones to be more specific). I found some methods but they mention the gelatin will have a beef flavor. This is a ...
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My big home made batch of Worcestershire sauce is too vinegary

I've made this several times before, tweaking a bit as needed. The recipe asks for 2 qts. Apple cider vinegar, and three cups of Orange juice, along with a BUNCH of other ingredients. The vinegar ...
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Why did my bacon smell and taste like beef? [closed]

I made a bacon sandwich earlier and while cooking the bacon I noticed a pungent scent identical to the scent of beef crisps, I then ate my sandwich which tasted like a mix of beef and smokey bacon ...
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What makes breads different from one another?

I have two bread recipes I use frequently. recipe one is a type of flat bread called taftan, and the second recipe is called barbari. Taftan is griddled while barbari is baked in the oven. As for the ...
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Why to store olive oil in opaque bottles?

Nowadays it is common to store olive oil in opaque (dark green/brown) bottles to preserve its condition. Does the olive oil get bad if I would use clear glass bottles instead? Does the light "damage" ...
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What can pasta absorb from the water it's cooked in?

I know you're supposed to put salt in the water when you're cooking pasta, both to aid in anti-starch gelation and to add flavour. This got me thinking - what ELSE can pasta absorb from the water it ...
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What difference do microwave power settings make for reheating food?

Basically, the practical implications of microwave heating for food appear to be rather unclear to me. So, the question is whether a higher power setting for a shorter time does indeed produce, as is ...
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What happens to lemon juice when boiled?

Does anyone know what happens to the flavor of lemon juice when it's boiled?
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Potato substitution question? [closed]

Are there any recipes you know of where if potatoes weren’t included it would fundamentally change the recipe or the way it tastes? For example, a lot of recipes that have mashed or sliced potatoes ...
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Baking Powder Won't Mix!

Despite sifting baking powder with flour and other dry ingredients, every time I make a cake or baking powder (American) biscuits, there is ALWAYS a somewhat sharp taste in each biscuit or slice of ...
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GIving that alcoholic taste to yeast-leavened cakes (panettones)

For the last 3 new year evenings I've tried to make panettones (both chocolate and fruit ones) and my recipe is getting better, with the last one being the first reasonably successful one. However I ...
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How Does Wine Enhance Flavor?

In an article - What's Cooking America; How To Cook With Wine - I found that wine has three main uses in the kitchen – as a marinade ingredient, as a cooking liquid, and as a flavoring in a finished ...
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What is the “porky” taste in certain types of pork?

I recently made a simple pasta dish with minced pork and I noticed that the taste was very "porky" or I think some people call it "gamey," and I found it quite unpleasant. I rarely cook with pork ...
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Is there a frosting that's sweet like American Buttercream but textured like Italian Meringue Buttercream?

I know a lot of people find storebought frosting like Betty Crocker's to be vile anathema... but I love its taste. For me, the sweeter the better! Which is why I was disappointed when I made a batch ...
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are syrup more flavorful than powder or similar?

I'm going to make a recipe which includes 45 Grams of vanilla powder 2 Syrup pumps of Fruit syrup (20 Grams) but i'm changing some in the recipe so i will use vanilla extract instead of powder and ...
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How Does Too Much Oil in Indian Mughlai Food Makes It Tasty?

What is the explanation of oily food being tasty? How does extra oil enhances taste? It is evident North Indian food specialy Mughlai food uses too much oil and it is also true too much oil makes ...
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Canned cheddar kept for many years - does it get better and for how long?

Cougar Gold is a cheese made in Washington and is unique in that it is canned. Because of the canning, it lasts indefinitely if refrigerated until opened. I understand that cheese can become more ...
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Does fat as opposed to oil distribute flavour better?

I was eating a chicken stew and a beef stew both with the same ingredients. What I noticed was the beef stew had better and more distributed flavour whereas the chicken stew didn't taste as well ...
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Proportions for improvised cran-apple juice

I'm making a beverage that calls for cran-apple juice (the marketed name by Ocean's Spray's cranberry+apple juice blend). My local grocers have a very limited product offering which rules out buying ...
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Why does garam masala powder taste bland?

Garam masala is meant to taste sweet. However the powder I use doesnt taste sweet it tastes bland. I imagine this is because the powder has oxidised over time. Is oxidation really that bad that it ...
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How to stop mint flavor dying when cooking?

I notice albondigas recipes involve adding chopped mint leaves to the meatballs. Whenever I do this the minty smell is amazing coming from the freshly rolled uncooked balls however after cooking I ...
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Ways to Make Matcha Powder Less Bitter in Baking?

I want to use Matcha powder in some baking recipes (cake, macaroons, cheesecake, etc), and while I think it tastes fine many others have told me that it is too bitter. So I was wondering if anyone ...
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Why is my vegetable stock bitter, but the chicken stock not?

I have exactly the same procedure and ingredients for cooking vegetable and chicken stock - of course, the latter contains chicken meat, which is the only difference. The ingredients I put into my ...
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Celery Soup extremely bland [closed]

I have made some celery soup following a recipe, however it is extremely bland can anybody help with suggestions of what I could add to it 1 potato (about 300 grams) 1 head of Celery 2 vegetable ...
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Can I counteract bitterness in apple sauce?

I erred in making apple sauce by not coring and peeling the apples before cooking. Now I have a large quantity of bitter apple sauce. Is there anything I can add to counteract the tannic flavor?
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Why does “hot chocolate powder” lose taste?

Yesterday, I made hot chocolate with "Schokotraum Typ Trinkschokolade" from Krüger. I was very surprised, that it didn't taste sweet at all (which is bad; it didn't have a lot of taste overall). The ...
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What gives arugula (wild rocket) its distinct taste?

I noticed that a lot of people hate arugula ("wild rocket" to non-American English speakers), but other people absolutely love it. Is there some compound that makes it taste so controversial?
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How to reproduce beef flavor & texture

I love beef, but as a food source it is decidedly problematic: even aside from the ethical concerns of eating animals at all, farmed cattle are environmental disasters on hooves, and red meat just isn'...
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Astringent Dishes

Are there any dishes that make prominent use of astringency? I understand that often some of the ingredients in a dish are astringent, but are there any dishes where astringency is deliberately ...
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Is there a name for the Cinnamon-Mint under-flavor?

I was experimenting with Italian Sodas, and added flavor shots that perfectly balanced the heat and cool flavors between Cinnamon and Menthol, and they canceled out. What remained was a previously ...
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Using a ultrasound homogenizer to increase meat juicyness

I saw a popular TV show where a cook competes against a scientist. They made a pork belly, the cook made a brine and injected the brine directly into the meat with a needle, and the scientist also ...
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Am I cooking mushrooms wrong?

Since I was a child, I never really liked mushrooms. To be honest, I was extremely picky, but now, I eat anything. Well... Almost anything. I can't stand mushrooms. Except, I can't understand why, and ...
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What are the effects of abstaining from eating a certain flavor?

I've often heard that we become accustomed to oversalty food and that abstaining from eating such foods for a few weeks could allow us to taste salt in lesser quantities again. From experience I would ...
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How to understand flavors and when to use combination of them?

I want to be a home cook and at some stage to become a chef having my own café or restaurant. Marco Pierre White always says when he likes a dish in masterchef: Great dish. It tells me that you ...
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Does hard-boiling eggs in broth impact flavor?

I think the question says it all. I was looking at Marinated Soft Boiled Egg recipes for ramen and while trying them out I found it annoying to have a pot of boiling water for the eggs as well as a ...
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Lessen the acidity of fruit shrub syrup

I made a strawberry/cherry shrub for the first time with a 1:1 ratio of fruit juice to white wine vinegar, about 5 cups total, and it turned out just a little too strong for my taste. Is there ...
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How could I cook industry like foie gras?

I would like to learn the industrial skills that allow them to achieve such successful commercial products like the cheap and addictive foie gras. I know that in many cases, it is required to have ...
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Is there any significant flavour difference between dehydrated and sun-dried tomatoes?

I have a large batch of tomatoes which I want to preserve. I am confused between sundrying them and dehydrating them. Essentially they are the same processes but is there any significant flavour ...
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How to reproduce the smell of the ocean in cooking?

How might I recreate the smell of the ocean for cooking? I was out today fishing on a Pier in San Francisco and caught both a smelt and crab. The smell of both had that romantic smell of the sea. (I ...
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What is cumin good for? [closed]

I would like input from anyone that uses cumin in their food. I inherited a jar of the seasoning when my mom moved out of state. Better to give it away than throw it away. Unfortunately, I have no ...
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Why are my potatoes sour?

I've noticed that when we roast potatoes in the oven, they will often have a very sharp tangy aftertaste to me, and often that taste will linger in the back of my mouth for a while after I've finished ...
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What type of lavender is normally used in tea blends?

I was looking through a plant catalog, and am confused as to what type of lavender to grow this year to make tea with. Does each species taste different? Which ones are easier to pick?
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Can potassium sorbate (E202) be tasted and smelled by everyone or just a few people?

Potassium sorbate (in Europe: E202, or 'Kaliumsorbat' in German) spoils a lot of the packaged food for me – I clearly smell and taste it. I can also clearly smell it e.g. in a medicinal cream I bought ...
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After I eat some foods beer tastes weird?

I'm an obsessive home brewer. So I'm always trying to critically evaluate the flavour of beers I make with a view to constantly improving their quality. In particular I am searching for off-flavours, ...
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My gravy for my mash potatoes tastes bland

So I'm completely lost on what to do. I have no idea why my hamburger gravy for my mash potatoes is so bland. 1lb ground beef, 2tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1onion, 1/2 tbsp of garlic powder, 2cup milk, ...
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What does it mean when adding a little water causes oil to loose its falvour?

I have some oil which tastes one way(due to herbs, spices etc) however when I add even a little water to it the flavor goes. Besides that the water can dilute the flavor it seems more like the ...

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