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How do we escape the cycle of bad college eating?

Mouseover text: And yet I never stop thinking, 'sure, these ingredients cost more than a restaurant meal, but think how many meals I'll get out of them! Especially since each one will have leftovers!' ...
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Potato for a purpose

I noticed that my super market sells packaged potatoes for different purposes, for example they sell: potatoes for a salad potatoes for baking potatoes for frying etc.. They all look pretty similar ...
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What do “virgin” and “extra virgin” mean in regards to olive oil?

I have seen the terms "virgin" and "extra virgin" on bottles of olive oil. What do these terms mean, and how do they affect the flavor and cooking properties of the oil?
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When baking, is it better to use a gas or electric oven?

I'm looking for an oven and wanted to know if there is any difference between a gas or electric oven when it comes to baking things like cakes, biscuits and scones?
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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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What to look for when purchasing a blender?

I currently don't have a blender after purchasing my own home and am looking to get one for making smoothies primarily, but also for pureeing for soups, etc. I had a smoothie maker that I won as a ...
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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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How much difference is there between brands of flour?

How much real difference is there between flours (specifically all-purpose) such as King Arthur, Gold Medal at a considerable savings and a store brand which is even less expensive?
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How can I tell if fish is fresh?

I love fish, and I love cooking it. The thing is, I don't have any idea how to buy fish. Considering common fish in a grocery store (salmon, whitefish, tuna, grouper, etc.), how can I tell a good ...
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Why do so many cheeses have artificial ingredients?

Here in Europe (and perhaps only in Spain) I've noticed that most of the cheeses (hard and soft, but more often hard) contain an interesting list of artificial additives in the ingredients: ...
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What should I check when buying a pineapple?

I live in middle Europe so pineapple (so called "ananas") is an exotic fruit for me. What should I check when buying a pineapple to make sure it would taste well? Should it smell specific? Should it ...
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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 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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Yellowness of egg yolk

Related question: Why are Italian eggs so yellow? Occasionally I get served a fried / poached egg with a deep yellow/orange yolk. I find it extremely appetising and visually attractive. Sometimes ...
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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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Where can I buy American style bread flour in Europe

I live in Germany, and all the flour here is made from soft winter wheat. I can get some durum semolina imported from Italy and sold as "hardwheat flour" (Hartweizenmehl), and that's about it. But ...
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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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What is coriander root and where can you get it?

I mentioned the book Thai Food in an answer to another question. This reminded me of one of my longest running quandaries with it. Many of the recipes mention “coriander root”. I am aware of being ...
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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 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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What should I look for when buying a pasta roller?

I'm looking to buy a pasta roller but I have no experience with them at all. What things should I look for to make sure I get a good one? Can they be made of different materials? Are there left-...
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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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What is Zwieback toast and where can I find it?

I am baking a black forest cake and it calls for zwieback toast. I cannot find this anywhere. Does anyone know what this is or where I can find it?
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Best online source for spices [closed]

I'm looking or good online sources for spices. Good selection and good prices.
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How can one determine if a potato is suitable for French fries?

I often make French fries by cutting potatoes into long strips, adding a bit of oil and spices, then baking them in the oven. Sometimes, this tastes very good. Unfortunately, most of the time, it ...
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How to cook and plan meals when ingredients are not reliably available?

My wife and I have just moved to Mozambique Africa for her job. She works all day it's my job to do the cooking. I've never been much of a cook, but I could always follow a recipe and the results were ...
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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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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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Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes and variations in brands

I've been experimenting with BBQ on a variety of smokers for the past few years. Originally I tried some Kingsford Briquettes and had a hard time managing the temperature. There was an excessive ...
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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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Finding a farmer's market

A lot of people advise getting fresh produce and other ingredients at a farmer's market, where you can find items that are local and high quality, and have various other appealing attributes (such as ...
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How can I identify quality bacon?

I see bacon in store that varies widely in price. From the bulk ends and pieces packed in a solid block to thinly cut off-brand to expensive thick cut bacon. Some of the differences in quality are ...
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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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What is a good online resource for purchasing high quality sea salt? [closed]

I would like to purchase some very nice sea salts. There are many sources available online but it is hard to tell what their quality and reputation is. What is the most comprehensive online shop for ...
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How do I skip the planning and shopping?

I really enjoy cooking. I enjoy the creativity, the experimentation and trying new foods. I HATE the planning, list making & shopping. Is there any service or "technique" for avoiding ...
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What kind of coffee grinder is best?

I need to get a coffee grinder. What kind is best? I have heard that burr mills are better; are they worth the extra cost? Which ones last longer? Update: I ended up getting a Hario hand grinder.
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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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Where can I buy online spices, sauces, extracts, etc. with international shipping?

I already know Penzey's spices, which is good, but they don't sell sauces. Ebay won't work for me because it is too expensive to ship to Russia (judging from one bottle from one user). Amazon is also ...
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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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Where can I bulk-buy cheap parmesan?

My friend planted three rows of basil in his garden to make pesto, and now we need to source roughly 25-50lbs of parmesan. With that kind of quantity, cheaper is better.
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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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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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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 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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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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Where is a good place to buy food coloring in bulk?

We use a lot of food coloring, not so much for cooking but for activities with my little one. Do you know of a good place to buy food coloring in bulk (either in store or online)? It can be quite ...
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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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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.
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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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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 ...