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What is the result of extremely over-fermenting bread dough?

I left some dough to ferment in a 2L container in the fridge, got distracted by a hospitalization, and didn't remember it again until 6 weeks later. The lid hadn't popped open and the dough looked and ...
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Tainted tupperware

I took an orange to work inside a polypropylene food storage box, and then (ahem...) forget about it for a couple of months. Upon rediscovering it, I threw out the mouldy remnants of the orange and ...
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Why did my oatmeal and raisin cookies end up tasting soapy?

I've made oatmeal cookies twice, and both times they have ended up tasting "soapy" and a touch bitter - the first time really strongly, the second less so, but still badly enough that I have ...
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How do you get burned wood off of a glass stovetop?

I accidentally set a cork trivet on fire on top of my glass stovetop the other week, and it's left behind a gray burned on spot that feels different to the touch. I can't figure out how to get it off; ...
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Is this Pomegranate Molasses rescuable?

I was trying to make Alton Brown's Pomegranate Molasses, but had trouble converting his "medium-low heat" to my electric (glass top) stove. I ended up with what commenters on the above link ...
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How do I salvage this bread dough?

I was planning to make a brioche dough, but somehow managed to measure out and add cornstarch instead of bread flour. I've taken as much of the cornstarch out as I can, but there's about 3/4 cup still ...
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Overcooked yogurt : what did I actually do?

I tried to make yogurt by slowly heating yogurt diluted in milk, but I forgot to watch it. When I checked a few minutes later, it was above 70 °C and the whey had separated from the "yogurt". The ...
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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's the right way to do Octopus? [duplicate]

On occasion I have bought sliced/chopped, pre-tenderized, frozen octopus from the local market and each time I attempt cooking it, it always is still a little chewy and smells like bay water. I ...
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What went wrong with my bread?

I made challah earlier today and the texture is a bit off- it's slightly too dense and not as fluffy as it should be. The recipe I used calls for only yeast, not baking soda. Any idea what I should do ...
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Can I rescue a bread preferment with unmixed flour lumps?

I started a plain 65% flour+water+poolish, mixed it up and left it to sit for a few hours before kneading. When I came back, I discovered I hadn't stirred all the way to the bottom of the bowl. ...
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Sous vide bath cooled after reaching cooking temperature, still safe to eat?

I was doing boneless short ribs for 48 hrs at 140. I had to leave town suddenly and unexpectedly for a day and I added enough time via WIFI to continue to cook for an addition 16hrs. My water level ...
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Microwave door blew open when boiling water-vinegar mixture for cleaning

The inside walls of a microwave have become sticky. I was attempting to be a smart cookie and tried to clean it by boiling a glass of water-vinegar mixture inside it. However, this DIY backfired as ...
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Cleaning my cast iron from exploded battery and plastic

I am a baker and just moved houses. I used my cast iron to hold my electronic scale, which is made of plastic and had batteries in it, and without checking put the whole container into the oven at 450....
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Too much Rosemary

I put too much Rosemary spice in a pureed vegetable soup. Ingredients were onions, peppers, celery, ,cauliflower, vegetable broth, tamari and Rosemary and coconut milk. The Rosemary is too strong. ...
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Whipping cream that has been frozen won't whip

I have whipping cream that has been frozen; it is now separated and won't whip. Is there anything I can do to make it whip?
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Pizza dough didn't rise, maybe yeast cells were killed off

I made a pizza dough and I left it to rise until doubled in bulk. However, it didn't rise at all. After reading here I can just guess that I killed the yeast cells: Yeast Is Too Hot. Recipes that ...
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over salted an uncooked steak

I seasoned uncooked rib steaks yesterday (using a truffle sea salt). cooked 1 today and it was way too salty. How can I salvage the 2 remaining steaks. I cooked the 1st steak in the oven broiler....
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How did I screw up this rice pudding recipe?

I've never made rice pudding before so I tried this recipe, exactly (no frills like raisins or anything). Ingredients: 2 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups milk 1 teaspoon ...
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Salvage my turkey chili? Cinnamon fail!

Making turkey chili for the week's dinners. Three tablespoons of chili powder: one, two, CRUD THAT"S CINNAMON! I now have a slow cooker holding 1.5 pounds of turkey meat, cooked onion and two green ...
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I accidentally added butter into flour/cocoa powder/baking soda without beating first

I am making cookies and accidentally added my butter directly into my dry ingredients. Now I have chunks of butter and dough that is basically powder. Is there any way to salvage this even if the ...
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How can I salvage burned apple crumble?

I made apple crumble in small ramekins earlier today. I tasted one and the crumble felt a bit dry and not sweet enough, so I added white sugar on top and put it in the oven on broil, hoping to melt ...
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How to rescue a Hollandaise with too much lemon

I accidentally doubled the amount of lemon juice in my Hollandaise recipe. The result is much too sour to be usable, but if not for that, the sauce would be okay. Could I rescue this sauce by ...
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How can I make my Oreos crispy again?

Someone1 didn't re-close the Oreo bag properly, and now the remaining cookies are kinda... not-quite-crispy. They're not soft, but they have this chewy side to their crunch. If these were ordinary ...
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How can I rescue an undercooked pastry cream?

Yesterday I attempted to make pastry cream (my goal was to use it as a filling for creme puffs). After taking it off of the heat and letting it cool to room temperature I put in the refrigerator. That ...
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My Fudge Is Crunchy! Where Did I Go Wrong?

This is the recipe I'm trying to follow, but from what I've seen it's a fairly standard fudge recipe. I watched a few videos online and I felt like I had the general idea of what to do. The fudge ...
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Cheesecake Reincarnation

I significantly over-baked my cheesecake today (I forgot to check the temp extra early to compensate for the fact that there was a baking stone in the oven). Now I'm trying to decide if it is ...
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Frozen Kefir Grains Seem Dead...Any Suggestions?

My kefir grains were frozen by accident when the temp in my fridge was turned way down. I turned the temp back up, and after a couple of days took my grains out to culture a fresh batch of milk. ...
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How to cook already cut roast beef

I am a new cook, and I want to freeze roast beef for later use. So I cut it in 2cm pieces. I never cooked roast beef before and realized that it is cooked as a whole. What can I do now? Should I ...
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Effect of adding wet ingredients to dry when making bread?

I inadvertently omitted the eggs from my challah recipe, but realized this only after the final step of mixing in and after fully incorporating the flour. Rather than throwing everything away, I ...
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How do you recover if you lose track of what you're measuring?

I was making a lemon meringue pie, which called for 1/3 cup of corn starch and 1 1/3 cup of sugar, added to some quantity of water. Silly me, I put the water in the pot first, then the corn starch, ...
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