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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Amount of water needed to soak buckwheat groats together with apple cider vinegar as prep for buckwheat milk

I'm attempting a recipe for buckwheat milk from Blissful Basil. The recipe calls for the following ingredients: 1 cup raw buckwheat groats 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 3 cups filtered water 2 ...
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Given that fat has a lower specific heat than water, why do meats with higher fat content take longer to cook?

Meats with a low fat content, like shrimp and chicken breast are often suggested to be cooked at a high temperature for a short period of time. However meats with a higher fat content, such as beef ...
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Rice finger rule for figuring water quantity

I've seen some videos where people recommend the "finger rule" (as opposed to measuring) when figuring out how much water to put in a pot to boil rice. However, the explanations are pretty ...
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Would some dry herbs sprinkled on the surface prevent water from superheating in the microwave?

I know about the risks of superheating water in a microwave (and some countermeasures), but suppose that someone didn’t have any sort of wooden skewer, tooth pick, or something like that to act as a ...
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Why Does My Sugar Wax Turn Out Different When Scaling Up The Volume?

I'm in the process of making sugar wax made of heated sugar, lemon juice and water. I have found a ratio that works great when it's heated up to 119 C (246.2 F). It gives me a wax that has the perfect ...
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Can distilled water in gallon plastic bottles expire?

I am puzzled about this. Depending on what article I read I get different results. There are no experts per say. It's just a bunch of people voicing their opinion concerning distilled water expiration ...
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How much oil can flour absorb?

I know that flour can absorb about 60% of its weight in water. Hence, the 5/3 flour to water ratio when making bread How much oil can flour absorb?
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

I like mint and sometimes put some in a cup of water. My question is can I grind the mint into a fine powder and dissolve it? Maybe if the water is warm? Usually mint like in this pic just settles on ...
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Should I salt the water when boiling store-bought dry potato gnocchi?

Should I salt the water when boiling dry gnocchi? I have seen some recipes where they do salt the water, but also advice on some websites recommending not to do so. Most information on the internet ...
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If you boil food in water, does the volume of water matter for the amount of flavorful compounds lost to the water?

Let's say that you'd just put pieces of meat or other food in plain water, for science, and don't season or do anything else to the food afterwards. You use two amounts of water, both of which are ...
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Bread: Hydration change for making Wholewheat bread with oats

I make 100% whole wheat bread with 80% hydration. I want to experiment by replacing some whole wheat with oats. How should I change the hydration level? I replaced 50% whole wheat with oats and made ...
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Is ginger soluble In water, fat or both?

Is ginger soluble/can it creates strong flavours in water, fat or both together?
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Residue in a cup of tea using household filter

I'd like to ask some insights re potential cause of residue in a cup of tea when I used water from household filter but no residue when I used the water bought from purified water vendor. I boiled the ...
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What is causing a "grassy" aftertaste?

I frequently eat these Madeleine pastries, and then drink filtered tap water after. For some reason, this sometimes creates an off-putting, "grassy" aftertaste. Does anyone have an ...
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Measurement of water

I've been making chicken soup for decades, but today I'm in a little bind. I have two large enough chicken thighs with bone in. How much water and broth should I use?
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

I have an electric water boiler in the kitchen. I put fresh tap water into it, boil it up, and use it for my coffee. Then, an hour later, I go back and press the button again and have it re-boil the ...
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Why are my Rucola and Lettuce washed in ice-water?

I bought rucola and lettuce at the grocery store today and on the packaging is said in Dutch Drie keer gewassen in ijswater which translates to washed three times in ice-water. Is there a reason why ...
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What are good ways to flavor water? [closed]

I'm having a hard time to keep hydrated... and really, I think a good part of it is that straight water is really meh. I know of ways to flavor water, but I find fruits to be a bother (you then have ...
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Is it healthy for no frost fridge to have water in ice cube forms?

It's said that we should close liquids when we put them into fridge that has no frost system (no ice formation in the freezer).Or ice will appear and the fridge will not serve that long. At the same ...
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Can copper vessel be boiled?

I have the habit of boiling water before drinking. I am planning to buy a copper dispenser. In this context, I am getting the following doubts: Can I boil water using copper water dispenser? Is it ...
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Should I be reducing salt amounts in recipes if cooking with tap water that has passed through a salt based water softener?

Should I be reducing salt amounts in recipes if cooking with tap water that has passed through a salt based water softener? Or is the amount of salt from the softener negligible? I'm probably over-...
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Does salty water become more or less salty after boiled?

If I have water containing a certain concentration of salt and I boil the water to the point that I have, say, half of the initial water left, will the leftover half have a higher, lower, or equal ...
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What would result from not adding fat to pastry dough?

I'm preparing some form of pastry. The usual ingredients: flour, water, and shortening. What would happen if I don't add shortening?
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In uk, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat? [closed]

In England, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat?
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Dumping hot water without steam burns

Does anyone know a technique to prevent rising steam from burning you when you are dumping hot water into a sink? For example, putting a strainer into the sink and pouring off water from spaghetti. ...
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Why does water color go red when you boil maizes or lentils? Is it bad?

I was boiling two maizes in a pot. After about twenty minutes the water inside the pot became red-colored. Also, some days before that, I was boiling lentils and the same happened. Why did this happen ...
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Can I thaw salmon directly in water?

Some online advice says to put salmon in a bag before thawing it in cold water. My question is: Is it safe to omit the bagging, and instead thaw salmon directly in water, with no bag? If not, why?
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Can you use CO2 cartridges in a N2O dispenser?

UNlike this post (Are N2O and CO2 chargers interchangeable for culinary purposes?) I want to know whether you can use the same dispenser for both carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. I see that the heads ...
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When I boil cereals (rice, quinoa, etc.) to freeze, shall I drain water first?

When I boil cereals (rice, quinoa, etc.) to freeze, shall I drain water first? (the water I want to drain is the water I used to boil which was not absorbed by the cereals during cooking) I am ...
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what noise is the water boiling pot making when boiling water?

I tried to boil water in a Whistling boiling water kettle tea pot on a stove. The stove has electric stove top coil burners. So when boiling water with those, there is some noise and sometime a ...
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Extracting flavor of ginger in cooking

I have noticed and tried the practice of frying the combination of ginger and garlic pieces in oil/ghee at the very beginning, prominently in Indian cuisines. However, pungent taste from the uncooked ...
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Does liquid temperature matter when making bread in a bread maker?

Let me start by saying this is my first attempt at using a bread maker. I just wanted to know if the temperature of the liquid used in the bread recipe matters? Cold vs room temp or warm?
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What can pasta absorb from the water it's cooked in?

I know you're supposed to put salt in the water when you're cooking pasta, both to aid in anti-starch gelation and to add flavour. This got me thinking - what ELSE can pasta absorb from the water it ...
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Are there green tea variants that can be made with 100 °C?

Green tea is usually prepared with 80 °C water. However, I found some variants in a supermarket (they are pretty cheap), where there is 100 °C written on the box. Is it some kind of fraud made by the ...
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If you use black pepper with water will the taste disapear?

I’m Asking about the solubility of black pepper in oil and water i guess. If you use it with just oil I imagine it will taste strong. If you use it with oil and water e.g. in a stew I guess it will ...
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Substitute dried pig's blood for fresh

I have some dried pig's blood (fresh is not at all easy to buy in my country), which I wish to use in recipes where fresh blood is called for. How much dried blood + water should I mix to replace e.g. ...
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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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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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How to 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?