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Questions about what temperature is optimal for cooking/preparing certain food or how certain temperatures can affect different types of food. Questions can also include how to best achieve/maintain a certain temperature for a specific type of food.

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Measuring Oven Temperature: Surface or Air?

I've noticed in my convection oven, there is a difference between the air and the surface temperature of the metal baking pan on the top shelf. Which is the better reference for measuring oven ...
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What temperature is a rolling boil?

At what temperature is water called at a “rolling boil”? How long does it take until water is at rolling boil?
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what is a required temperature of water for foaming of yeast??

What is the exact temperature of water for the foaming of yeast while baking because when i use cold it is does not activated similarly on hot water.
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How do I need to alter a recipe if I am using a convection oven? [duplicate]

How do I need to alter a recipe if I am using a convection oven as if a recipe calls to use a regular oven? Do I need to alter the recipe or there would only be the differences of baking time/...
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for how long we should boil to make a perfect half boil egg??? Can overcooking effect the nutritional value of egg??/ [duplicate]

which is the optimal temperature and time to make a perfect half boil egg.can there is difference between the nutritional value full boil egg and half boiled egg??? can overcooking or temperature ...
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Does cooking in a nonstick pan affect the finished food?

Whenever I cook in a nonstick pan, the food doesn't seem as crispy as compared to when I use simple aluminum pans. Is this due to the pan material or is there another factor behind it?
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How to convert cooking times

So a reacipe for mochi balls says to have the shiratamako mixture in the microwave for 1 minute, but i don’t have a microwave, i have a toaster oven. So basically ; 1 minute microwave=__minute(s) in ...
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Why does rice get sticky as it cools off?

So I have noticed rice go from fluffy and easy to separate to sticky and coming off as several masses. I have a hypothesis as to why that happens. Also, I have noticed this most in long grain rice ...
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Salmon nigiri sushi feels like melting in the mouth. How to achieve that?

I am trying to make sushi at home and I'm buying fresh salmon from Whole Foods. The sushi tastes good, but it's missing something. The salmon feels too "fishy" and solid. If one eats at a good sushi ...
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Does natto really need to be fermented at body temperature?

I want to make natto, and recipes say that it should be fermented at ~38°C/100°F. My oven doesn't have a bread proving or defrost setting, and previous experiments with just the oven light on haven't ...
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Should pasta be started in cold or boiling water?

There are two main methods, either putting the strands into water already at boiling point, or putting them in cold water and then putting on the heat. Which method is the best to cook pasta? Does ...
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cooking time and cooking temperature

The recipe calls for my food to bake for 35 minutes at 425 degrees F, But if I have another dish baking at 325 degrees F, how long should I bake the first dish at the lower temperature so it will turn ...
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Fan oven temperature conversion and biology/chemistry

Many recipes call for a lower temperature in a fan oven (usually by 20°C), which makes sense as these ovens transfer heat more effectively. However there would appear to be exceptions: When the ...
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Managing oven temperature [closed]

I know that the temperature inside an oven fluctuates, but I'm just curious. Won't the temperature inside continue to rise? How do I manage, or control, the temperature inside the oven after ...
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Tempered chocolate thickens

I have now twice experienced that when I'm tempering dark chocolate is becomes incredibly thick - almost solid- in the cooling phase When it happens I will accidentally heat it up to much as to get it ...
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Non stick pan browning milk vs stainless steel

We recently purchased a nonstick medium pot but have been encountering problems while making mac & cheese. The milk seems to be browning/toasting with all settings on our induction cooker ...
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Cooking with Hemp Protein Powder

I was considering making baking goods with protein powder and was considering Hemp Protein Powder. I see most of the recipes often use Hemp Hearts but didn't find much with the protein powder form. ...
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How many degrees Celsius of inaccuracy should a thermometer have?

I have sent an enquiry one week ago about why a digital thermometer seems to have bigger temperature difference, as comparing to the other more accurate thermometer than before. However one of ...
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What's the point of hot food?

Many people prefer certain dishes and drinks to be hot (or cold). I can understand the impact it has on mouthfeel for some foods (cold pizza has a very different texture than hot pizza, for example), ...
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Should I microwave-defrost sandwiches?

I freeze sandwiches made from homemade bread rolls at the weekend, paired in plastic bags, and get a set out at 6 am to take to work in a rucksack. They stay there until I eat them at noon, when they'...
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How accurate is the hand technique for grilling?

I have read several articles and watched several videos talking about the proper way to gauge the temperature of a grill. Basically they state if you can hold your hand X inches over a grill for Y ...
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What is the maximum allowed temperature to cook onions saving the fructooligosaccharides?

Onions are a great source of fructooligosaccharides that are a natural prebiotic that beneficial bacteria of our gut microbiome feed on. Having read about this I have started eating raw onions but ...
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How do I avoid my food becoming brownish/dark while cooking?

I recently encountered a few recipes where food is not allowed to 'get colour', or become brownish while baking. A few examples of what I mean: Chicken turns a golden-brown colour. Burgers get a ...
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How to eat a spruce tree

Big farm to table dinner coming up. I'm showcasing the vegetables that are readily available this season. There is a beautiful spruce tree on the farm that I'd like to incorporate into a brisket. I ...
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What's the recommended temperature for chocolate to set?

I have been making various kinds of chocolate bonbons for about 8 months with great success. (Once I had mastered tempering, that is.) I had read somewhere (but I can't remember the source) that ...
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How to adjust refrigerator temperature/power?

On my refrigerator, there's a wheel (1-5) to adjust temperature/power, but there's no indication about it - is it power (1 is low power and 5 is max power with max cold) or are those numbers the ...
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What is the temperature of the massive pots of water at hotels for cooking 10 poached eggs at once?

I love cooking poached eggs at home. Assumption: This is all sea level (+/-15 metres). I went to a hotel with glass walls to the kitchen and watched the way they prepared the morning cooked egg ...
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Charcoal grill not getting hot enough

I purchased a cheap kettle charcoal grill a few weeks ago, and I feel like it's not getting hot enough. I'm using a charcoal chimney which takes about 40 minutes to get the coals ashy. I've read it ...
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How to batter something wet?

I'm trying to batter a frozen egg but the egg melts as I try to batter it and it falls off about half the time. I notice when I cool the batter mixture and flour mixture before hand it has a better ...
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Can I reliably expect cheesecake to raise by 10°F after being taken out of the oven?

I just made a Pumpkin cheesecake. Long story short, I tried substituting whipping cream for condensed milk, in equal parts, and my cake ended up super watery. I managed to get the temperature to 155°...
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Why cool creme brulee?

Why bake, cool then torch the creme brûlée; why not skip the cooling? Is cooling for setting? Cooling for 4-24 hours is in almost every recipe I find.
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Does it matter if I start boiling hard eggs in hot or cold water?

Does it matter if I in which water temperature I start to prepare hard eggs? Of course, the preparing time will be still measured from boiling - but does it make any difference? - regards the ...
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What, if at all, is the difference of cooking an egg on high or low heat?

When I fry an egg I frequently cook them on medium-high and it takes 2-3 minutes with one flip. Some of my family will cook eggs over a very low heat that takes as much as 10 minutes. Do the eggs ...
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How do I reduce kitchen temperature during cooking?

My kitchen gets too hot during the summer while I am cooking. I have exhaust fans installed in the kitchen, but it's not really helping. I have four questions: Is there any other way I can reduce the ...
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For a beef stock, why should I roast bones at 450?

Everything in a beef stock seems to be about going slow and taking time. When it comes to roasting the bones though, it seems that most people recommend roasting at a really high heat. My instinct ...
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Oven does not have a temperature notification sound

Oven is in new condition, however about 10 yeqrs old. The oven does not have a signal to let you know when desired temperature has been reached. Mfg. suggested using an oven thermometer probe. A ...
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Cooking techniques for venison neck

I recently received a venison neck. I've never cooked this cut before and I haven't found a lot of helpful recipes. I want to keep it as whole as possible, not simply grind it into sausage. I am ...
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Is 'honey in crystallized form' the same as 'raw honey'?

Is 'honey in crystallized form' the same as 'raw honey'? Subquestion: can heated/pasteurized/decrystallized honey ever crystallize again?
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Air dehydrating ambient air temperature?

I would like to dehydrate fruits with an outdoor air drying rack in an arid climate: What ambient air temperature is ideal for this? I've heard anything below 118°F is good for dehydrating. Is 100°F ...
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Baking madeleines without burning them

I am making chestnut cream madeleines from almond flour. The recipe calls for baking at 320F/160C for 30 minutes, which almost burns the outside but leaves the inside baked. I baked a second batch ...
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Sous Vide temperature accuracy

I'm starting a Sous Vide project and I didn't find any information about Temperature Accuracy. I really would like to know how accurate must be the temperature sensor in Sous Vide. I found some DIY ...
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Whole Chicken - why won't the breast cook even though thighs are done?

I've been cooking a 6.5 lb. whole chicken tonight and I'm confused by the temperature readings. After about an hour and a quarter, the thickest part of the thigh is at 175 degrees but the breast is ...
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Cooking at low temperature on induction cooktop

I started cooking recently on induction cooktop ,minimum temperature on it is 120 C but i want to cook my dish at 50 C for 15 minutes but the temperature is increasing rapidly.How do i maintain its ...
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Wet-heat cooking intensity vs. time

Dry-heat recipes have a variety of options for low-slow vs. high-fast cooking. Techniques like searing, caramelization, smoking, etc. all contribute special characteristics to the end result. For wet-...
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at what temperature is whole wheat durum pasta cooked, and therefore safe to eat?

someone says that temperature is the most reliable way to know if a food is done is or not they say that there are various signals to know but none of these are actually that reliable (source: How ...
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What is the external operating temperature range for a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker?

Some quick online searches define an operating temperature for slow cookers: the minimum internal temperature is A, the simmering point is B, you have certain options depending on heat setting, etc., ...
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What do you call the flavor imparted from cooking at high heat?

I'm wondering about that high-heat flavor you get just before outright burning food. Charred, grilled, blackened, smoky, or seared flavor? Wok hei? I'm not exactly sure what to call it. Or would the ...
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Baking scalloped potatoes at 275 °F instead of at 400 °F

I have a single oven. My ham needs to cook for 2 1/2 hours at 275 °F, my scalloped potatoes need to be cooked at 400 °F for 1 hour. Do I put both dishes in the oven at 275 °F and if yes, when do I ...
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Two temperatures for making caramel candy

When making caramel candy the recipe often calls for boiling a water/sugar/butter mix to one temperature, then adding cream and boiling to another temperature. Often the second temperature is higher ...
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Reasonable to store loaves and pound cake in garage during winter? (25-35 F max?)

I receive a large package of baked goods from family every Christmas. I do NOT have enough freezer space to keep them frozen until we get to them. They usually arrive about 10 days prior to when we'll ...