Questions tagged [water]

Water strictly refers to the liquid state of that substance; it can be used for washing, soaking, boiling, steaming, simmering, diluting, etc. Ask questions about using water in a recipe.

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Potable water chemical preservation

I intend on making caffeinated water for personal consumption, in batches large enough that it will take several months to consume them, using containers which are not hermetically sealed, and for ...
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Cooking noodles and adding water to sauce [duplicate]

When cooking noodles, I always read that I should save the salty water I just cooked the noodles in. Can you just leave a little extra water in the noodle pot? Do you have to add it after you add ...
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Lightly salted water?

I often see a recipe that require something to be boiled in "lightly salted water" e.g. Semmelknödel, but I'm always in doubt on how much salt that actually is. Can anyone tell the "correct" ratio of ...
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Cold water and flour

Does flour and water of 45 degrees Fahrenheit rise? I thought that it has to be warmer, or they wont react at all. Will it rise just at a slower paace?
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Should I be concerned about drinking tap water?

I grew up in the United States and have been drinking tap water my whole life. More recently some of my friends have been making me feel a little bit guilty or awkward about the safety of tap water, ...
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Gold tea steeper changed colors

This gold tea steeper changed colors after it has been used once for tea steeping. Anyone know why the color of one side has changed? My guesses are that the gold plating has been removed, or that ...
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Slow down evaporation when cooking

Does water evaporate faster when rolling boil with a lid or simmer without a lid? If I use a certain stove plate with a certain sauce pan set to its lowest setting it will cause the water to roll boil ...
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What should I do if I have added extra water in rice for braising and you can see the rice is turning into sticky rice?

While cooking rice with meat, sometimes I faced that extra water has been added to the rice container when kept for braising. What should I do when I see the rice is turning into fluid? Need opinions ...
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Can I fry an egg in water?

I loved fried eggs, but I hate all the grease that come with them. I have been told this is like a poached egg. I don't want to fry my egg in oil or butter. How can I fry eggs in water?
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Should rice be started in cold or boiling water?

There are two main methods, either putting the rice 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 rice? Does it ...
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How can I use bitter or hard water for cooking and specially in soaking beans?

How can I use hard water (with a bitter taste) for cooking and especially to soak dry beans. Normally beans do not soak well in hard (bitter) water. In that case, what should I do?
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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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Soup making - should I add extra water and boil off for flavour?

When making soup, my husband likes to add a lot of water then boil off for 30-45 mins to make it more concentrated. I prefer to add just enough water for consistentcy then gently simmer, thinking ...
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How to make oil have powder garam masala taste?

I'm wanting my oil to taste of garam masala. At the moment I'm adding a little bit of powder to oil and frying it. The problem is the powder doesnt dissolve and the flavour doesnt seem to go to all ...
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fried garam masala tastes watery

Recently I've been frying garam masala because I want some tasty oil(which should not be watery). At first it was kind of working however it now seems the oil is watery and not thick or oily if you ...
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Should parboiled rice be washed/rinsed before cooking?

Should parboiled rice be washed or rinsed before cooking? If yes, on average how many times it should be washed. Should it be rinsed in water for more than 10 minutes?
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When you simmer certain spices in fat and water, where do the spices/nutrients go?

I'm referring to ingredients like cumin, coriander and tumeric. If you have a fat and water mixture, both the fat and water will seperate i.e. fat moves to top. Will these ingredients and their ...
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Does soaking liver in water instead of milk work well?

I researched and found that milk reduces the absorption of iron in your body. I have low iron and was wondering if I can soak liver in water instead of milk. Is it possible to soak liver in water ...
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Tea water: heat to 80 °C or boil to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C?

Boiling water is too hot for some teas. Today I heard that it's better to boil water to 100 °C and let it cool down to 80 °C rather than heat water to 80 °C. Is this true? Does it really affect ...
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Why does tea with hard water (lime) taste different?

It seems that tea with lime water (hard water) tastes different. Different enough that tea manufacturers have a different product to cope with the difference in taste. My question is: Why does tea ...
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What can you add to water to make it hard enough for tea?

I was living in southern California where the water is one of the hardest in the country, but once passed through a Brita filter it was perfect for tea. Now I am living in a country where the water ...
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Dusty water, different taste if water has been sitting?

If I leave a glass of water out over night, I notice that it seems to taste different the next day. Is this because dust is falling into the water?
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Has the oil started to smoke here?

Following the question posted here concerning the safety of cooking with olive oil Is cooking with olive oil bad or toxic? I wasn't quite sure how to tell when the oil actually starts to smoke ...
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Why does the crust of a freshly baked loaf of bread become less crunchy/hard over time?

Something I noticed - I bought fresh bread today from a Polish bakery/deli. It was still warm when I bought it, so it probably just came out of the oven. When I got home and tried it, it was amazing. ...
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Can I save peanut oil from turkey fryer after rain?

I just fried my first turkey and left the oil outside to cool. While we were inside enjoying the turkey we realized it had been raining for a while. I didn't have a lid on the pot. I was planning on ...
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Safe to leave eggs in water overnight?

I want to have boiled eggs in the morning when I wake up. For this I want to use a standard rice cooker. My plan is to add the eggs and water before going to bed, set a timer and go sleep. Is it ...
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The Perfect Smoothie - Liquid Milk versus Powdered Milk

I recently attempted to make myself a Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie (as what is defined here, that is, no ice cream used) and failed miserably. This made me wonder about two things regarding this ...
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Why was sauteed spinach watery?

I sauteed some spinach in a little oil and when eating the oil with spinach I noticed the oil tasted a bit watery and I could have sworn I saw water(likely from spinach) in the oil while it was frying....
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Can a rice cooker be used to evaporate remove all water in a soup?

Suppose I cooked a soup and now wanted to evaporate/remove all water from the soup leaving behind fat, oil, minerals etc. Could I place the soup liquid in a rice cooker, switch it on and expect it to ...
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Why does water evaporate from curry better when you off the gas then heat again?

When I cook curry I often try to make it dry. When I try to simmer the water off I notice the water takes time to go and sometimes when i think its done i still see a little water in it. However I ...
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water temperature affecting bread rolls texture!

I'm doing food tech coursework, and I'm really confused on how temperature of water affects the texture of the bread. If someone can answer scientifically that would be great : ) thank you!
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How to know if water has evaporated from curry/stew?

I am trying to get a curry to be thick and less watery. At the moment I am removing solids, boiling water off and then adding solids back in later. Unfortunately some green vegetables I put in are ...
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How to make curry always come out dry\easily remove extra water?

When I cook a curry I add water to help it cook and stop burning if it goes to low etc. However I prefer my currys to be dry i.e where most water has evaporated. I know you can just cook with less ...
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What is the right consistency for ghee?

Some of ghee I find in stores has liquid on top (with some solids floating about), while in other brands it is completely solid (both jars are stored at the same temperature). Also, the latter ghee (...
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Making apfelschorle

Apfelschorle is a German (or Austrian?) drink which is made with approximately a 1:1 ratio of apple juice and sparkling (carbonated) mineral water. My technique is simply to pour the appropriate ...
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Why does oil transfer heat to food more gradually than water?

While working on the homework for week 2 of Harvardx's Edx course, SPU27x Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, I came across this question: The difference in the ...
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How hot is the bottom of a pot of boiling water?

I need to put a plastic bag in a pot of boiling water. The bag is rated to handle up to 200C (400F). I will be using a stainless steel (or aluminum) pot on a gas stove. I am worried that the ...
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What is the best water to use for yeast being used in bread making?

I'm just starting back on the road to bread making, and I have been wondering about the water that I am using, and how it will affect the yeast. Do I just use (1) the stuff that flows from my ...
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Why should one boil water over medium-high heat for pasta?

I have encountered a pasta recipe with this as the first step: Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. What is the purpose of using medium-high heat? Isn't it faster and more ...
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Scaling up water for cooking soup

I'm cooking soup as a starter for Christmas dinner. I've made this soup before and I used 1.5 litres of water for 4 servings. I'm making 12 servings for Christmas day so that should be 4.5 litres of ...
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How to Remove Excess Water from Chicken/Other Meats Prior to Cooking?

Here in the UK, supermarket chicken and other meat cuts are infused with water to bulk them up prior to sale. So, when frying or browning the meat, I often end up half boiling it from all the water ...
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How do I fix the issue with white film on utensils in dishwashers? Is it okay to use dishwashers if water hardness is 900 ppm?

I've purchased a Dishwasher from Bosch (SMS60L18IN). We were very satisfied with it's first wash when it gave us clean utensils without any problems. We put a 3 in 1 tablet then. Now, I use a special ...
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Adding water to a pan-fried burger

I picked up this trick from one of the restaurants I used to work at. When cooking a beef hamburger on a med-high stove-top, they would add a half ounce of water midway through cooking and cover the ...
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Can I simply soak fruit and vegetables in water for several hours to sanitize them?

To optimize my time as much as possible, I would like to know if I can simply put them in water and leave them there for a while. This would help if there are lots of fruits and vegetables to be ...
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I have a water-logged meat thermometer (non-digital) How do I dry it out?

I recently and very stupidly ran an analog (non-digital) meat thermometer through the dish washer. It came out full of water, like a fish tank or a pimp's aquarium heels, and it has not dried a ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Whenever I need to heat up water for a French press or hot chocolate, I do it in the microwave. Is there a good reason to use a kettle instead of the microwave to heat water?
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How much Salt to Boil Chicken Breast

Well you heard right how much salt,! I am a complete noob when it comes to cooking and I have never cooked before. I need to regain my muscle so i desire some boiled chicken. I want to know how much ...
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Brown rice aricini but always end up with too much water

I want to make simple aricini (eggs + cheese + rice) but with brown rice and chopped spinach. When I made this I ended up having too much water in the mixture. As brown rice takes lots of water to ...
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Why do some green gram seeds float on water while some don't?

I wanted to make sprouted green grams. I put a handful of them in a bowl and added water. Some of them floated on water while some remained suberged. Is this normal? Is there a difference in quality ...
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How to make club soda

What would be the proportions of potassium bicarbonate & potassium sulfate added to one litre of water before carbonating it?