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How to quickly soften hard, dried out brown sugar

I had some brown sugar that didn't get properly sealed and so now it's too dry and solid as a rock. What's the quickest way to soften it up and get rid of the clumps? Folks have suggested leaving an ...
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How does ambient humidity of flour storage influence dough?

Cooking lore places a lot of importance on air humidity for doughs. When a dough fails, people quickly point that out as a possible factor, that happens on our site too. Is it really true? I don't ...
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What are the factors that affect the chewiness, softness, moisture of bread based desserts like cinnamon rolls?

I made some cinnamon rolls the other day but the outside of the rolls are firm rather than soft after baking. What are the factors that affect the chewiness, softness, moisture of bread based desserts ...
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What causes deviled eggs to 'weep'?

I've made deviled eggs hundreds of times over the years. On rare occasion, after being refrigerated, they weep. I always follow the same procedure, making sure that the egg whites are completely dry ...
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Can I make sweetened coconut from dried coconut?

In my pantry, I have a bag of dried & shredded coconut. I want to use it, but all recipes I come across ask for sweetened coconut. That coconut also looks a lot more moist than mine. Is there a ...
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How do I ensure my cooked meat turns out moist?

I don't cook meat very often, however when I do it often turns out "dry" rather than moist and juicy. How do I ensure my cooked meat turns out moist? thermometer? braise the meat? cook less time? ...