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What is the meaning of the letters after the expiration date?

I've noticed letters after the expiration date on milk bag tags. Product: Neilson Milk Bag Location: Canada Please see the photos below. Sometimes there are letters after the expiration date and ...
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Mild chili powder?

My mother and I are having trouble finding pure mild chili powder in our area (Superstore, Walmart, Your Independent Grocer, and an Indian grocery store or two. We don't got much else in the suburbs). ...
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How can I tell an eggplant is not bitter and very seedy?

Aubergines / Eggplants are sometimes bitter or particularly seedy. Since this is at the market or supermarket, we can look at it, smell it and carefully touch it, but not poke mushy indentations in it ...
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Quality of Garlic

Is grocery store garlic as good as it gets or are there places to get higher quality garlic that will elevate ones cooking? Would better quality garlic last longer? I don’t cook much and often find ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

Undoubtedly no body is to taste water tank in supermarkets with live seafood! Don't ask me rely on supermarket salespeople. When I ask, they either don't know or can't answer straight. They say "Oh ...
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Does the size of capers influence their taste?

I read in several (non scientific) sources that smaller capers have a more "refined taste". I was not able to find an explanation what this "refined taste" is supposed to be. In supermarkets the ...
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Are there published standards for “cuts” of seafood similar to the NAMP guide?

I've been using the NAMP Meat Buyers Guide (pdf) to specify to butchers what, exactly, I'm looking for. That guide is simply an organized list of unambiguous names and descriptions of meat cuts. ...
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Who sells unstabilized (truly raw) oats in the U.S.?

Who sells unstabilized (unsteamed, truly raw) oats in the U.S.?
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What variety of tomato is typically used in Italian, canned, peeled tomatoes?

I'm experimenting with different brands of canned tomatoes and I just bought some Italian peeled tomatoes, the brand it Petti. Here is a image of the can. I was looking into what variety of tomato ...
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Where can I find nut-free chocolate in the EU?

I'm looking to make homemade chocolate bars but I'm having a hard time finding any sort of chocolate (chips or otherwise) that are nut-free. Where can I look for these types of chocolate? Are there ...
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Is refrigerated seafood fresher than seafood displayed on ice but uncovered?

I'm guessing that seafood displayed in refrigerators aren't exposed to room temperature would be fresher than seafood exposed on ice?
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Finding cheap but quality steak for grill

We recently moved to a nice apartment building with great rooftop grills. I have started to learn about grilling, and it was a mistake, as now I really like prime ribeye steak off the grill (I think, ...
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How can I check if a watermelon is sweet or not when buying? [duplicate]

I buy watermelon from the market, sometimes they are sweet and sometimes they are not. How can I check if a watermelon is sweet or not?
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How can I examine fruits or vegetables in a market, while minimizing mechanical damage?

From this answer and the discussion in comments: [T]he problem is mechanical damage: every time someone picks up a piece of fruit and puts it down again it may cause small soft spots and local ...
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How to choose coconut in supermarket?

I am an avid eater of coconut... Well, I would be if I had some decent coconut to begin with! It happened quite a few times that when I bought a coconut in a supermarket (you know the brown, ripe ...
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What kind of cheese did I buy in Bulgaria…and how am I supposed to eat it?

Today I was doing some shopping at the Tsentralni Hali in Sofia and bought some cheese, cause it looked so damn gooood. Well, it is good indeed...but it has the consistency of a brick and you don't ...
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How one may recognize whatever fish fillet is fresh?

Is there any way to judge whatever fish fillet is fresh (except judging shop itself)? Accepted answer at How can I tell if fish is fresh? explicitly mentions that it does not apply to fillets. Only ...
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Where can I find black cocoa powder (a.k.a. black onyx cocoa powder) in the UK?

I live in the UK and want to buy some black cocoa powder, also known as black onyx cocoa powder. This is a type of cocoa powder that has been alkalized more than standard cocoa powder. As a result, it ...
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Can powdered citric acid be used instead of baking soda?

So I couldnt find baking soda anywhere, went to a shop and the guy gave me citric acid saying its the same thing? I bought it anyway but I want to know if its same because I use baking soda in face ...
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How can I tell which limes have the most juice?

I frequently find myself at the grocery store looking at limes for cocktails and wondering which will yield the most juice. Sometimes, a lime will practically liquefy itself (which is what I want), ...
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Why are mushrooms safe for everyone to touch at the supermarket?

Food safety laws generally apply to most food you can touch with your hands at supermarkets - such as loose leaf spinach, bread rolls in the bakery, and anything at the deli. When handling these foods,...
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Where can I buy fresh, live yeast for making bread? (NOT active dry yeast)

Where can I buy live yeast? Who sells it? Can I buy it non-commercially? Does anyone sell it online? I've found it difficult to find, at least in the United States's grocery stores.
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How to buy eggs to avoid dark specks

There have been many occasions when I've bought eggs and on breaking them, they have little specks of dark solids inside (sometimes a lot and sometimes too much). I generally, just remove them by a ...
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How to not buy the bad apple?

I eat 2-3 apples a day and use them in various recipes - usually desert or pork related. I have found that I am literally terrible at picking out apples though and seem to be getting no better. ...
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In Belgium or from where to buy this grill over rack, steamer rack?

I have this microoven which has grill functionality. But to grill chicken like following picture: i do not have that stand (steamer rack) which is holding the chicken on top. Do you know in Europe/...
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Mackerel, how to get the good stuff?

I have a real problem getting good mackerel. What I consider to be "real" mackerel is that served typically in sushi bars, which I assume is Atlantic mackerel on the east coast of the USA. This fish ...
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Why might packaged pineapple contain egg, soy, peanut, fish, milk, sulphites, tree nuts, sesame, crustaceans, shellfish, mustard seeds, wheat?

Here is the proof: I'm a bit scared to eat it. What do they do to it?!
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Essenial cookware/utensils to buy from scratch for sustanence in the US? [closed]

I am a guy from India going to settle in the US(Houghton, MI) for higher education for a period of 2 years. I have been bombarded by a variety of stereotypes for cooking (You won't get this and that ...
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Where to find Tara gum?

I'm looking for a source for "tara gum" powder. It is used like xanthan and guar gum, but reportedly increases the general benefits and adds a "creamy" taste. The only providers I have located only ...
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Where can I buy a larger than usual 13x4x4 pull man pan?

I want to make Italian style pain de mie bread for sandwich which is much larger size than the usual 13x4x4 pull man pan available on the market. Where can I find a larger size baking pan for pain ...
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New Oven in the US, Which would home cooks prefer?

I am an English girl living in New York and looking to re-do my kitchen. The most common oven in the US appears to be 30" single space with a warming drawer underneath. In the UK it is a 24" double ...
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Do Asian groceries carry vital wheat gluten?

I want to buy vital wheat gluten for bread baking but I've only had luck finding it at health food stores where it's quite expensive. I know seitan is made from vital wheat gluten so I was wondering ...
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Should I be suspicious of meat/seafood on sale?

Recently a local grocery store had a sale where Fresh Salmon Fillets, apparently normally $6.99/lb, were dropped down to $1.99/lb. My parents were all too eager to load the car with 20lb of salmon ...
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How to classify the parts of a recipe ingredient?

I'm build a recipe app/website, and I'm interested in how to properly classify the sections of an ingredient (as you would find in a cookbook or on a website) with regards to the terminology. Let me ...
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How to authenticate food products?

I recently encountered some sellers trying to pass off what probably was counterfeit food at my supermarket. The counterfeiting was easy to detect. Some products had labels that were faded and not as ...
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Is the lettuce inside the wilted outer leaves still good?

At the vegetable market, I noticed some sellers cutting away the wilted parts of lettuce, to sell much smaller, but green portions. I wonder if they are cheating me, or if that is normal procedure. ...
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Where do I find the fruit tamarind?

I live in Minnesota and have never seen tamarind being sold online or in any grocery stores here. Where can I find it?
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Where can I buy bulk wild meat in Montreal? [closed]

I've been to marché atwater and they said that usually they have in stock in the winter. But one of the stores had Bison but it wasn't totally wild but still was walking in the forest. I want to ...
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In England, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat?

In Trondheim, where I used to live before coming to England, sometimes I bought fish directly off the boat. The fish was fresh and cheaper than the supermarket. I am interested to know if it is ...
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Help with thinly slicing garlic

I buy bulk peeled garlic. When I bring it home I always throw some in the food processor and freeze it in single use aliquots. That's fine for daily kind of use, but for fancier stuff I really like ...
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Are welded-handled stock pots safe?

I'm shopping for a new 16 to 20 quart induction-compatible stock pot and seem to be having a hard time finding one that has handles that are not welded. I've read in various Amazon reviews that welds ...
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Non-Quick Cooking Couscous - Is that a real thing anywhere?

To me a big part of the fun of cooking meals traditional elsewhere is to do it "right". So I'd like to try to approximate using a couscousier as I play with my new North African ingredients. Almost ...
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How do I choose frozen fish so that it doesn't release so much water?

I bought a package of frozen, individually wrapped, vacuum-sealed pacific cod fillets (about 150-200 grams each) from what I thought was a reputable brand (and not the lowest price) in my nearest ...
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cheapest blender for hot liquids [closed]

What is the cheapest "jar" (i.e. not immersion) blender that will survive daily blending of hot liquids (100 degrees celsius / 212 degrees fahrenheit)?
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Is foreigner-grade VB sold within Australia?

As a gift, a friend of mine was given a collection of Australiana. It included some iconic Australian foods, some other knick-knacks, and a can of Victoria Bitter. I suspect that they're from a single ...
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What to look for in a hand mixer for occasional bread dough kneading?

My handmixer just died. I used it (with its kneading hooks) to knead bread dough once every two weeks in addition to blend and mix and beat cream. I'm now looking for a new model, which is maybe a ...
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How does harvest time matter with tea?

At my regular tea webshop, you can always see what year and month the tea was harvested. Just recently they have brought in this spring's harvest of Darjeeling. But they also have tea from 2011 (in ...
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How to economically make home-made sushi?

How does one go about purchasing sushi-grade fish without breaking the bank? I know that sushi chefs & restaurants usually buy in bulk. Is there any way to do this individually in a way that is at ...
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What is size 2 pasta?

I have a recipe requesting pasta #2 as an ingredient. What is pasta #2? I searched in several places but found nothing useful.
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Where to buy food chemicals

So I want to experiment with making a food product, and I'm wondering where I acquire the chemical ingredients? Things like vitamin chemicals and caffeine. Thanks.