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Can you steam a potato for too long?

There are several questions which cover overboiling a potato, where you would excessively hydrate it. However when it's being steamed this seems to not occur, and in other overcooking settings you are ...
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Can beans be overcooked?

Can beans be overcooked? Coffee beans, for example, are incredibly roasted. Falafel is baked or fried garbanzo beans. Is it possible to overcook beans, or is this good for breaking down the sugars, ...
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Should canned fish be flaky?

Properly cooked fish is meant to be flaky and not tough or chewy. I just had some canned mackerel and noticed it was not flaky but rather a bit tough and chewy. Is it just a bad batch or does the ...
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Are these courgettes overcooked, if so how can I avoid it?

I set the double oven(I think) to 150 and left thinly sliced courgettes in there for about 20 minutes. The skin of the courgette looked a bit dark to me and it tasted a bit dry: How can one know if ...
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What causes some fish to get texture like mashed potato suddenly?

Sometimes a fish I cook disappointingly becomes of a mushy texture like mashed potato. One particular species where this seems to happen very easily, is Lethrinus miniatus: sweetlip emperor (also ...
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How to not dry out precooked meat in a recipe

Certain types of meat like chicken breast seem to have such a short window of being done. Cooking too little can be unhealthy and cooking too much can dry it out. So it seems most cooks are very ...
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What is the thick white substance in my pasta water?

As you can see in the pic, the water in my pasta has a thick white substance. All I did was water, pasta, salt, boil. What is this substance? Is it a sign of overcooking, should the well cooked ...
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What happens when chocolate is overheated further than 50C/120F?

I've been googling about this for a while, and it seems to be a common practice to avoid overheating chocolate in the context of tempering. Here's an example source mentioning the fate of overheated ...
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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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Is it possible to overcook peas?

Is it possible to overcook peas as one could overcook a steak or pasta, or are they like mushrooms in that they cannot be overcooked?
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Both over- and undercooked beans from a pressure cooker

I cooked pinto beans in an electric pressure cooker and ended up with a few overcooked mushy beans, few cooked ones, if slightly al dente, and the majority of beans so severely undercooked that they ...
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pork went over internal temperature, can I make it tender by putting the oven in a lower temperature for a couple of hours?

I cooked a piece of pork shoulder and i put it at 250 celcius for 30 min and 130 celcius for 1 hours. Now the internal temperature is well above the 71 celcius mark and the meat looks tough. If i put ...
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Rice cooker not stopping?

I bought a first rice/multicooker Tefal RK8121. I cooked the rice according to the manual. I put the rice inside and added the steaming tray on top of the rice to steam at the same time (it doesn't ...
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If strring a 65c soup causes small fish to tear up, does it mean it's overcooked?

The fish in question is whitebait, I slowly bring the fish and soup water up to 65c then remove from stove. During the cooking period I stir the pot to overcome/distrubute higher temperature at ...
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Am I still overcooking whitebait, how to prevent it?

I have had a problem where I am constantly overcooking whitebait. In light of previous answers relating to the same issue, recently I have started to place the whitebait in the water, put a ...
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