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What is a good resource to evaluate my ability to taste olive oil?

I'd like to improve my knowledge of olive oil (and olives), by just seeing if I can tell the difference between common brands like California Olive Ranch, Partanna, Lucini, Colavita, etc. I can taste ...
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Which tomato product will give a very sweet, tangy result?

I’m trying to use a tomato product to make my food taste sweet and tangy and not just a mild tomato flavour. I have tried Holland and Barret tomato puree which I’m assuming is a puree as it states. ...
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How to order cheeses by strength for a cheese tasting event?

I read on https://www.northlightfoods.com/blog/2015/12/15/host-your-own-cheese-tasting-party: Organize your cheese tasting order from mildest cheese to strongest cheese. That's a typical advice I ...
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How to salvage bitter homemade mustard?

I made some mustard but it turned out bitter. I saw similar question here but their case was a bit different than mine. I used only small yellow seeds. Didn't use any dark ones. Which is supposed to ...
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What should be added to brownies when reducing cocoa powder and vanilla extract?

I have a brownie recipe. The first time I tried them they turned out great but had a strong taste of chocolate and vanilla extract. I halved the cocoa powder and vanilla essence required to reduce the ...
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Why don't we all eat injera? Or some other form(s) of teff? [closed]

We are supposed to eat high-protein foods, yet even people without celiac disease complain about gluten... Tuff, unlike quinoa, is a true cereal grass, and like quinoa, is high in protein that is not ...
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How do I get better at tasting?

I think this question might be borderline off-topic. I am open to suggestions for making it fit the SA format better Many drinks (coffee, whisk(e)y, wine) are more enjoyable once one can discern the ...
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Why is Ginger essence hard to get hold of?

Not been able to get hold of essence of ginger for a while now and wondered why??.....is there anywhere in UK that still does it or has it been discontinued for some reason
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Balancing Flavours

I've been taught that various taste can be countered with others. For example, if something is too acid or spicy I could bring it back down with fats and sweetness. I understand that there are ...
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Various ways to identify smoked foods and liquid smoke

What are some key identifiers for telling if a dish was smoked manually rather than using liquid smoke i.e. taste, smell, visually etc. I'm curious about meats, veggies etc. What I already know: (...
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Substitute for Palm Sugar

What is typically the best substitute for palm sugar? I've been getting away with brown sugar or molasses if I really have no time to get the actually stuff. Honey, granulated sugar, maple syrup are ...
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Cacao percentages and aromas developed in chocolate from different origins

About chocolate: I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate bar origin of Caribbean coast. And then, I tasted a 66% cocoa chocolate origin of Alpaco (Ecuador). The only thing I've noticed it, that the ...
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How to preserve tea taste for 6-7 hours?

I am new to this site and I hope my question is clear to everyone. I prepare 4 cups of black tea in the morning by bringing water and tea powder to boiling. Then I pour this into flask by filtering ...
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How to make pizza as good as original italian pizza? [closed]

I love pizza and I tried few times with the recipes I found on the internet. It didn't taste like pizza I get from italian pizza vendors. Also I've tried few times some of the local pizza shops, ...
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Tasting food while cooking

I cook quite regularly at home, but I have trouble tasting food while cooking. All I want to know is if I should adjust salt, pepper or sourness. On the rare occasions that I taste, I invariable mess ...
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Why do catered baked deserts have a yucky aftertaste? [closed]

Baked desserts from home and fine restaurants leave no bad taste in my mouth. But catered deserts at my workplace or those purchased from a grocery store leave a nasty aftertaste that I can't stand. I'...
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What are vegan ways to change or neutralize the taste of textured vegetable protein (TVP)?

I find the taste unappealing. For one cup of TVP I blend 3-4 onions, a head of garlic then add some spices, add carrots, then bake it as burgers and still I can taste it. I tried soaking it in ...
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Honey bubbles taste question

What do honey bubbles taste like? I'm asking because I've got almost no sense of smell or taste myself. The answer is probably obvious though.
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Tasting food in kitchen

When cooking (for example, in a restaurant), is it common for cooks in the same team to taste each other's dishes (still in progress), without asking for a permission?
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Stock questions. What to taste for when making stock?

First, what should homemade stock taste like? Should it be fairly bland? When I cook other things like pasta sauce, dressing, etc. I can always taste and add seasoning and adjust as needed while it ...
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What makes a 'primary' taste?

I just noticed this proposal that 'starchiness' should be recognised as the sixth primary taste (after sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami). I've never really been clear on the ...
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Is it possible to improve one's taste palette through practice or other methods?

Good day, this seems more of a biology question rather than a cooking question, however, I don't know where else to ask. My question is simple? Is it possible to train someones tongue to be more ...
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Are there similar scales like the Scoville scale?

Are there any scales that have been applied to any of the five basic tastes or other types of food sensations that have been quantified based on their affect on people, similar to the Scoville scale? ...
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How much food for a tasting event? How big of samples?

I am participating in my first tasting event. The event coordinator says I need to make enough food for about 400-600 people to sample. How big should a sample be? About 2 tablespoons? 1 ounce? Does ...
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What are "goes well with" recommendations based on?

I heard a lot about what food goes well with some sauce or drink. Why does someone say that? Based on what? Do they only try those foods together or is there any sort of property on the food that ...
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How should I order unknown wines in a tasting

I hope this is not too off-topic. We are doing a wine tasting soon, where everyone presents a wine (assume all red, dry). As there will be a wide variety of types, I think the order is quite ...
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PH and sour / acid taste

I had always thought low pH foods had a noticeable sour (acid) taste, and vice-versa. But when reading The Bread Builders by Daniel Wing & Allan Scott, on page 54, it says: The sour taste of ...
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Where does the chlorine taste in yogurt come from?

My parents used to make yogurt some years ago. When they tried to make some last month, it turned out very firm and smooth in appearence, but tasted like chlorine. The taste is so strong that even ...
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Unique Sweat dish recipe required for GOLAB JAMBO [closed]

This is a Indian Sweat dish, there are many recipes on the internet. I need to know how would you prepare it, what would you add to make it taste unique? What will you do, to add a unique flavor to ...
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How to taste hamburgers for seasoning?

How would I make sure that my hamburgers (or any food unsuitable raw) tastes good? With other foods, it is possible to adjust the spice proportions according to taste, but I would not taste the raw ...
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How to Pair for Beer Tastings

I am no sommelier, however I understand that while drinking or tasting wines a suitable matching food-stuff (be it a cheese, herb, etc) should be paired to fully engage the drink. Is there a similar ...
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Proper olive oil tasting technique

I'm looking to buy some really nice olive oil from an artisan shop near my home. Is there an appropriate olive oil tasting technique, similar to wine? If so, what is it, and what dimensions of flavor ...
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