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double boiler (temp?)

It seems that almost everywhere, I see the advice to keep the top of a double boiler away from the water in the bottom--with the explanation that the top will get too hot if it touches or is semi-...
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Does blanching cause loss of mass/weight in the vegetable?

Let's say I am water-blanching 100g of green beans. After the blanching process will the resulting weight be less than 100g? I aim to dehydrate the blanched 100 g of green beans. Will dehydrating ...
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Is it safe to continue using a pot that has steamed dry?

I was making steamed chicken soup in a clay pot, and think I may have steamed/simmered the larger stock pot dry. My arrangement was like so: I had a large stock pot with a few cups of water in it (an ...
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Does food steamer require ventilation

I am considering getting a food steamer but I don't have access to a kitchen. I have a microwave in my room but I think I could use a steamer as well to cook vegetables. I've never used a steamer ...
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Why does cooking fewer eggs require more water/steam?

I have purchased a Nutri-Q 34360 Healthy Eating Egg Boiler: How does it work? - The eggs are cooked through hot steam. The instructions will guide you on the amount of water that is required ...
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What are the safety and warranty implications of steaming bread in a domestic oven?

There are lots of recipes online that suggest mimicking commercial bread ovens by using a water bath and or ice cubes to create a hot, steamy baking environment. I have always been very wary of doing ...
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Does the inside of a lid used to cook rice or steam vegetables have anything besides water on it?

After cooking rice or steaming vegetables the inside of the lid used to cover the pot has water droplets on it - is it just water or do elements of the food make the lid "dirty" and require ...
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How to prevent scorching and sticking when boil soy milk

So long story short, I really like making tofu at home and I have done it a lot of times. I am pretty happy with my end results, but the boiling soy milk part always bothers me. No matter how much I ...
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Is steaming causing food to lose more flavor than baking?

I made two banana nugget with two different method. For those who have never heard one, that basically a thin (3 cm thick in a pan of 5x5 cm) banana cake with a lot more banana than flour. One is ...
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Stove-steamed rice gets burnt on bottom

I've followed one of those countless videos on YouTube about steam-cooking rice on stove, particularly this one: How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time | Stovetop Method | Easy Asian Cooking But three ...
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Why did my salmon turn brown when I steamed it?

A few months ago I took out a wild salmon fillet I had in the freezer and left it to thaw for about 15 minutes in water. After it had partially thawed to the point where it wasn't hard, I filled my ...
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Steaming while boiling food

Can you use the steam from boiling one thing to cook something else? E.g. Boiling potatoes and steam broccoli in the same pot at the same time. Thank you!
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How does water behave in Dutch oven baking?

Recently I made a research about how steam works in baking. I found four main functions: Steam condenses and keeps the dough surface cool, preventing the crust to form too soon, what could hinder the ...
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Steaming and steam temperature

With a boiling pot of water with lid on, can I get different steam temperature? This is without the use of a pressure cooker. I understand the phase change process of water to steam and that steam ...
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How can I bake muffins without an oven?

In the Big Man's Blog, there's a recipe for Banana Bread Muffins, which I'd love to make. The problem is the very first item below, since I have no oven. I have a microwave and an induction stove (and ...
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Why my Biriyani gets mushy when I cook for 30/35 mins (suggested by lot of chefs)

I am trying to make some Kachhe Biriyani (Cooked with raw meat and half cooked rice). For that I am using following ingredients. 600 gm, Lamb 4 tbsp, Ghee 160 gm, Onion 70.00 gm, Raw Papaya 50 gm, ...
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How to soft boil eggs with a countertop egg steamer?

Having misplaced the custom measuring cup for an "egg steamer" device, not quite sure how to steam eggs. Desired result: so that: The perfect soft-boiled egg should have firm, custard-like whites ...
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Does adding baking soda to steam sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker help with caramelization?

I recently discovered that adding baking soda to increase Ph in a pressure cooker promotes the Maillard reaction (see article, and this answer), and I want to try this with steamed sweet potatoes. In ...
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What is the proper cooking time for steaming whole stone crabs? Is there any reason to avoid them?

In several pages of Google results, I found no information at all on cooking time, average market prices, recipes, etc. for whole stone crabs. I made my own estimation for cooking time last time I ...
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Electric Steam Cooker

I'm planning to purchase an Electric steam cooker, however, I'm concerned that the plastic surface which comes in contact with the food will eventually leach into the food. Is it just better to use ...
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Why does water always boil over when steaming shrimp?

Normally, with some typical amount of water, when steaming vegetables my steamer never boils over. However, when I steam shrimp, it seems like no matter how low I keep the heat or how little water I ...
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How to tell if a vegetable steamer contains titanium

How do I find out why steamers sometimes have titanium, and which ones, if so? Also, why is it there in the first place?
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No Knead Bread comes out a tad gummy only in the center

I’m using 200g Bread flour, 50g Whole Wheat flour , 50g All-purpose flour, and 60g Rye. I add 2.25tsp of yeast, 2tsp sea salt, and 1.5cups filtered tap water. I let it rise overnight or at least ...
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How is starch content of some vegetables reduced by cooking?

How is starch content reduced by cooking vegetables? Are the starch molecules simply broken apart? For example, this study showed a reduction in starch in sweet potato by cooking.
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Can a cast-iron casserole be used for steaming?

I just got my first cast-iron cookware -- a 2.5qt casserole (similar to the Le Creuset ones, but a fair bit cheaper). I understand that cast-iron cookware has some caveats regarding cleaning and ...
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Is a blowtorch suitable for browning/caramelising steamed food?

I have started using a microwave steamer to quickly cook the bulk of meals, including mushrooms, gem squash, sausages, steak. These specific examples are extra tasty when browned or caramelised (that ...
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Imparting flavor to steamed vegetables

What flavors, when added to the steaming water can impart its flavor to vegetables being steamed? I know ginger has some water soluble compounds. What else is similar?
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Water came out cloudy after steaming chicken, is it cosidered a broth?

I was surprised since the chicken never touched the water but I guess it dropped some of its juices in it, I was doing a small batch and I tried to taste it but after adding some salt it just tasted ...
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Rigging equipment for steaming large amounts at once

I am making steamed BBQ pork buns for a work potluck. I have some steamer equipment, but small scale. I'm looking at making 60+ buns, and would really like to cook them as quickly as possible the ...
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Steaming with oil instead of water

Can you cook some foods just placing them in a metal frame above hot oil? In the same way as steaming vegetables, but with oil. Is that a thing?
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Xmas Pudding put in microwave by mistake for 5 minutes

I put the wrong bowl in the microwave and cooked my raw xmas pudding mix for 4 mins. It was meant to be steamed for 8 hours tomorrow. It’s now pale and semi cooked. What shall I do?
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Preparing large cherrystone clams

I was tempted last week-end by Cherrystone clams. They were large and with heavy shells. Reading about them, there were supposed to eaten raw; I tried to open one of them with an oyster knife, and ...
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Water collects around cooked idlis in my steamer

I am running into a problem where water collects around my cooked idlis. I have used the steamer for about 7 years with no issues. All of a sudden, I am seeing that the top most idly tier is fine ...
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Microwave steaming - venting/holes optional?

I see a lot of cooking videos where vegetables like carrots are steamed in the microwave, and the bowl is covered with what looks like a pretty tight lid without any vents/holes. For instance this one....
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How to infuse flavors into steamed vegetables? [duplicate]

Tried to put 5 smashed garlic cloves in boiling water in a hope to get the spanich flavoured but failed. Spanich was being steamed in that vessel. I intend to steam cook mushrooms, spanich, green ...
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Steamed chicken soup [closed]

I just made some steamed chicken breasts in a multicooker. Naturally, I still have water used for steaming in the bowl. It smells like and even looks like chicken soup. I'm not sure if it's good to ...
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Is it sensible to add steamed vegetables to a vegetable curry to reduce cooking time?

The objective is to make an Indian mixed vegetable curry like this one. However, the last time I tried it, I had used more vegetables than what the recipe specifies, and needed to cook it for around ...
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Steaming and seasoning veggies in a pressure pot?

I am an extreme novice when it comes to food prep. My daughter bought me a pressure pot. I have the Aozita brochure for steaming veggies. When do I season , before? during? or after steaming? What is ...
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How to serve fresh bao buns

So I would like to make bao buns fresh on my food truck. What would be the best method of steaming. I proof, roll out and proof again then steam for 10 minutes. I guess I can't steam them to order, ...
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Is there a difference in gnocchi between baking, steaming, or boiling potatoes?

I’m looking to make gnocchi. Lydia Bastianich says in her cookbook that we should boil the potatoes. Bryan Talbot says that we should bake them with a little bit of salt.
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What causes steamed fish to become mushy?

I went to a Chinese seafood restaurant for dinner and ordered steamed grouper. I repeatedly confirmed that the fish must be live "swimming fish". The fish came out and the flesh was mushy. Guests ...
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Hardcooked eggs by steaming (not boiling)

Can anyone relate an exact, foolproof method of steaming eggs, to yield hardcooked eggs? I'd appreciate whatever clear, concise instructions are available on the process, including what not to do.
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A lot of foam while cooking a cod with steam

I was cooking a cod with steam, but unexpectedly a lot of foam came out. First, I thought that the pot has not been cleaned but after re-cleaning the pot and refilling the water the situation repeated....
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How do I cook rice in a steamer?

I'd like to cook rice in my steamer, if possible. It comes with instructions for a bunch of food types, but doesn't mention anything for rice. The bottom of the steamer looks like this: I also have ...
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Is there a principle for when to use a bain marie or when to steam?

Both bain marie and steaming are indirect methods of cooking but are they interchangable or are there cases where one should or shouldn't be used? It seems that some recipes call for one or the other ...
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Sourdough Breadmaking: Adding Water to Dutch Oven to create more steam?

Is there any benefit to adding some boiling water to a preheated dutch oven (under some parchment paper) just before putting the lid back on? EDIT: Well I did it. It seems to improve oven spring. ...
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Must a lid for a pot used for steaming be vented?

This is a follow-up to my earlier question about steaming using the Instant Pot. The answer there said that the "steam" function of the Instant Pot was only for pressure steaming; for ordinary ...
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Why does the Instant Pot use pressure while steaming?

I think this question falls under "equipment", but if it's off-topic, please close and I'll delete it. I recently acquired an Instant Pot. To my surprise, its "steam" setting generates and uses ...
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Frozen Octopus or fresh Octopus for recipes?

Yeah, I wonder with grilled, fried, steamed, salad recipe, which is better? Frozen Octopus or fresh Octopus Can you compare Frozen Octopus and fresh Octopus, which recipes for which? Thank you so ...
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Cooking time for steaming vegetables "Al Dente'?

I have a pack of mixed vegetables (peas, broccoli pieces, green beans and diced leek) that I want to steam in a two pan vegetable steamer (the bottom of the top pan is perforated). The pack contains ...
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