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Questions tagged [ingredient-selection]

Questions about selecting desirable ingredients (e.g. checking fruit ripeness). Please do not use for "which ingredient should I use in my dish" - this kind of question is subjective and will be closed.

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Difference between frozen and canned fruit paste

I want to make a recipe requiring strawberry fruit paste. I went on a web site of cooking supplies seller, and they have two options for fruit paste, simply "fruit paste" and "frozen fruit paste". The ...
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Premix process or methods in commercial bakery [closed]

Can anybody provide the premix process regarding commercial bakery chain? what are the ingredients included in the premix?
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

In commercials and when I go to restaurants (even fast food!) the bacon that I get is a reddish brown color and seems to be mostly meat, or at least meat textured. However, when I buy bacon at the ...
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Which one is better in Samosa dough,Ghee or Oil?

Which one is better in samosa dough, ghee or oil? some people use ghee in dough of samosa and some people use oil.Is there any difference in taste and texture of samosa while using ghee or oil in ...
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Plantain were not ready to puree, can they be saved?

I was planning in making plantain empanadas but the plantains were not really ready and after boiling them for a long time and trying to puree them they ended up being only a pile of crumbly plantain ...
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Making pizza toppings stay intact without using cheese

I am going to be following this recipe to make my pizza dough https://tasty.co/recipe/2-ingredient-dough-pizza However, I have just realised we ran out of cheese. I have processed cheese slices but I ...
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Why do we like some combinations of ingredients, and not others? Are there any general rules?

I would like to know how something will taste, before cooking and trying it. Is it possible? Sometimes ingredients are too expensive for experimenting.
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Eggs used as Binders

Eggs are commonly used as a binder in meatballs and other foods. If separated, is one part of the egg a stronger binder: Is the white a stronger binder than the yolk? Is the yolk stronger than the ...
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How can I recognize peaches with split pits?

Split pits in stone fruit can be a real problem for farmers, because fruit that are seriously affected can’t be sold. However, if the damage isn’t obvious from the outside, the fruit are going to the ...
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What is the flavor quality that makes cheese “sharp”? Are there other seasonings or foods with this "sharp flavor?

I love the flavor of sharp cheese (especially cheddar) and was wondering what exactly it is that makes aged cheese taste sharper. I was also wondering if there are any ingredients that emulate this ...
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What food can contain a hot drink?

Tempered chocolate, thickened caramel, even ice can all be used to produce a container (aka cup, mug, glass) for a liquid which, after drinking, can then also be consumed. Is there an edible material ...
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What went wrong with my yuzu cheesecake?

Having seen an episode of The Great British Bake Off, I decided to bite off more than I could chew and made a yuzu cheesecake. As yuzu was described, on the program, as having a taste somewhere ...
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What is the minimal set of ingredients that English rice pudding can be made with?

While reading the Wikipedia article on rice pudding, my curiosity has gotten the better of me. Clearly, any flavourings, spices, toppings or sweeteners will be optional and the article also explicitly ...
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Albacore or Yellow Fin

I once heard that one type of canned tuna is prone to have less mercury (poison) based upon the size it is at harvest or the location where it is commonly found. I buy Genova brand which has both ...
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Is it normal for collard greens to be red?

The collard greens that I have received are red. Is this normal/healthy? Image attached. Google searching this gives me zero results that are anywhere near relevant. I also can't find any images of ...
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What's the difference between carob powder, flour, and kibbled carob?

The whole carob pod, the pulp and the seeds are all edible, but which parts are used for the different core products? Does carob powder contain the entire pod, or just the seeds? Is kibbled carob the ...
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What could be the basic ingredients that potentiate sourness and bitterness?

When it comes to basic tastes (saltiness, sweetness, bitterness, sourness, and umami), I can easily think of very basic ingredients that could be considered the essence of a given taste, something ...
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Emulsifier: is it safe to cook mayonnaise?

I'm making some Buffalo wings sauce that calls for cayenne pepper sauce, butter, and oil to be heated together. I'd like to add a bit of mayonnaise (not sure how much -- suggestions?) as an emulsifier....
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What's the least fatty meat to use in this recipe? [closed]

Mashed potato hash 1 cup mashed potatoes 1 cup ground meat (it doesn't matter what kind) 2-3 slices cheese (it doesn't matter what kind) 3-4 tablespoons herbs/spices of your choice Cook the ...
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What flour for crepes should I use?

What type of flour should I use for crepes? What are the differences? I want to cook both sweet and savory, but not American style pancakes, just French thin ones.
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How does buttermilk affect a waffle recipe?

A lot of waffle recipes call for buttermilk and some claim its addition makes superior waffles. Apart from thickening the batter and giving it a slightly acidic flavour, does its addition do anything ...
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What is the function of salt in chocolate?

Iv'e recently seen, for the first time, chocolate coins filled with caramel and "Atlantic salt". I did a bit of searching and found some more of these types of sweets: To the food simpleton that I am,...
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Nutrition: Yogurt vs Milk [closed]

I'm generally a fan of having quite a bit of whole milk/yogurt made with whole milk (no flavoured stuff, no extra sugar). I'm also quite finicky about calories. I have found that the low sugar content ...
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Which is the most caloric, edible, single ingredient by weight?

There is a lot of articles among the Internet talking about the most caloric meals you can eat, but just out of curiosity, I would like to know which is the most caloric single ingredient you can add ...
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How crucial is cornmeal?

I have a recipe for bread bowls that are made from scratch and seem to be lacking cornmeal. From the recipe: Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Is cornmeal ...
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Is there any advantage to combining spices before applying them to meat?

Up to this point when preparing steaks, ribs, or any sort of "meat" I would apply my spices in sequence: first adding salts, followed by a pepper-based powders, and lastly some sugars (if applicable). ...
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Why does my cupcake texture end up with a watery-scrambled egg texture, with a sulfurish smell

I've gotten a batter recipe, but I fear that it might have something wrong with it. Mix together 250 grams butter and 200 grams sugar Add 4 eggs, one at a time Add 2 tbs baking soda, 2 tbs Sodium ...
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What ingredients are used in peri peri Powder?

I have been looking for possible ingredients that are being used to make peri peri powder. Is there any significant difference between peri peri powder and peri peri sauce. Interms of ingredients?
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What type of rice vinegar is more used in asian dishes?

I occasionally come across recipes that call for rice vinegar, but don't specify which of the many varieties they mean. Is there a "standard" or implied type of rice vinegar that should be used when ...
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Where to source Tapioca balls for Homemade Milk Tea?

Looking to make some bubble tea at home, not sure where to source the tapioca balls from. Local grocery stores don't seem to have them. Are these generally "balled" at home, or bought already in ...
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Why add Wheat Germ to Bread?

A blogger I generally trust recently posted a recipe for a simple, brown soda bread. The recipe calls for: bread flour, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ. What is the purpose of adding wheat germ to ...
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Do I need to worry about differences in produce in foreign recipes?

I am from Egypt and so I think some produce is different from the ones in Europe or the US where most of the recipes found online are written. Should I stick to a regional cook book or is the ...
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Can I use fresh broccoli in quiche?

I have some (not so) fresh broccoli I need use. I'm thinking of making a quiche with it. Most quiche recipes seem to call for frozen broccoli. Can I just use the fresh instead? Does it need any ...
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Pandan extract in small quantities

I've just returned from a year-long trip abroad, and now have some interesting recipes to try. I was thinking of making Indonesian kelopon but I'm having a hard time finding one ingredient. The ...
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What are the 'acidity controllers' used in canned whole tomatoes?

I was looking at the label on a can of Italian roma tomatoes (similar to San Marzano) and I noticed an ingredient called an 'acidity controller'. This makes perfect sense to me, but it doesn't go as ...
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When's the best time to buy a Thanksgiving turkey?

I know this is about buying, not cooking, but gathering your ingredients is the first step, and right now this is the one worrying me most. I'll be cooking the Thanksgiving bird this year, due to my ...
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Tomato Soup substitute in cake

Can I substitute Carrot Juice for Tomato Soup, in 'Tomato Soup cake'? Do I need to adjust the recipe in other ways?
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Is there a way to deliberately explode other food than corn kernels? [closed]

Since popcorn can be tasty, I started to think if other kinds of food could be modified to explode when rapidly heated. Corn explodes because of the water vapor pressure inside it finally exceeds the ...
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I lose the flavor of basil when I make pesto sauce

Okay, I am writing this question as a result of a long experience in trying to make pesto at home :p I like pesto sauce alot and that is why I have decided that I should make this at home. But for ...
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How to marinate tofu for my mint & lemon juice couscous salad?

How could I marinate my tofu such that it fits well with my couscous salad which is seasoned with mint and lemon juice, and also contains cucumber, tomato and bell pepper and onions?
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Effect of xanthan gum on agar agar gels?

I just recently got into using agar agar to prepare solidified gels, and I'm wondering what effect adding xanthan gum to the mixture before gelling it would have. I'm particularly interested in trying ...
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What is the measure for scaling cinnamon if you double a recipe?

I love bread and butter pudding. We came across a recipe, and had plenty of ingredients, so decided to double everything, including double the cinammon. This almost worked out perfectly, except that ...
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What ingredients can I add to food or gum recipes to add grittiness without any carbs?

I have a sugar free gum recipe that I'd like to add some grittiness to so that it scrubs teeth while it's being chewed. I need help finding an ingredient to add this grit, meeting the following specs: ...
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Which sugar for brining?

I've come across various brining solutions that include sugars: white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, etc. Are these sugars interchangeable? Is one sugar more desirable for a certain kind of meat over ...
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Replacements for baking soda in a cake

Sometimes I wish to bake a cake, but the country where I am in doesn't have baking soda. I have tried using actual soda, but this has limited success and the cake tends to just rise and then fall. I'...
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Marinara Sauce recipe

I've been trying cook Marinara Sauce for a while now, I visited the states and had that sauce in their pizza hut. When I got back i tried cooking the same Pizza hut Marinara sauce but can never get ...
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What spicy ingredients hit the sinuses?

My sinuses are constantly congested. I know some spices can help with clearing them. However, I also know that some types of spice affect my nose and sinuses while others merely burn my mouth (not ...
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Tamago-su preparation

In tamago-su recipe, egg shell is first dissolved in vinegar. Then the membrane is broken apart and the white and yolk are poured into vinegar. But I am not sure if these should be poured into the ...
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Culinary term for non-flavor defining ingredients

In a strongly flavoured soup/stew, curry, or sauce, or salad, you sometimes add other ingredients (eg mixed vegetables) that do not strongly influence the flavor of the end result, but are chosen for ...
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Help translating an older Recipe

I have an old recipe handed down from my great great grandmother in law, for what she called brown bread. Unfortunately it has a few ingredients that I don't recognise. I did some searching on google ...